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2013-14 Chicago Sky offseason: Sky bolster their frontcourt in the 2014 WNBA draft
by Swish Appeal
posted April 16, 2014 at 10:20pm

After earning their first-ever playoff berth in 2013, the Chicago Sky will look to win their first playoff game and advance beyond the first round in 2014. Now without further or do, let's take a quick look.   1. Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury...more

Missouri's Bri Kulas blogs about the experience of hearing her name called during the 2014 WNBA Draft
by Swish Appeal
posted April 16, 2014 at 10:16pm

In our latest guest blog, Missouri's Bri Kulas recounts the experience of waiting for the San Antonio Stars to select her with the 28th pick of the 2014 WNBA Draft and her experience of training camp. Monday night was a moment in my life when I realize...more

Gonzaga guard Haiden Palmer drafted; Lisa Mispley Fortier hired
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted April 16, 2014 at 10:10pm

It's been an eventful week across the Cascades. Gonzaga had its all-time fifth player drafted to the WNBA in G Haiden Palmer. The Oregon State transfer was picked up by Indiana with its 29th overall pick (third round). She joins All-Star Courtney Vandersl...more

Sun trade former MVP Charles to Liberty, select Ogwumike No. 1 in 2014 WNBA Draft
by Swish Appeal
posted April 15, 2014 at 9:01pm

Connecticut selects Stanford star Chiney Ogwumike with the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft and trades Tina Charles to the New York Liberty for Kelsey Bone and the rights to Alyssa Thomas. UNCASVILLE, Conn. – The Connecticut Sun went 10-24 in 2013. I...more

The wild WNBA 2014 Draft
by They're Playing Basketball
posted April 15, 2014 at 8:54pm

Draft board:2014 WNBA DRAFT - ROUND 11 Connecticut Sun (10-24), Chiney Ogwumike 2 Tulsa Shock (11-23), Odyssey Sims 3 San Antonio Stars (12-22), Kayla McBride 4 New York Liberty (11-23), Alyssa Thomas 5 Indiana Fever (16-18), Natasha Howard 6 Washington M...more

Storm coach Brian Agler talks rookies; Tianna Hawkins responds to being traded
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted April 15, 2014 at 8:44pm

Storm coach Brian Agler sounded defensive when I suggested he plays more to win now and doesn't prefer true rookies on his WNBA team. It's what the facts show when looking at his history since being hired in 2008. Only one draft pick remains after Agler, ...more

WNBA draft preview
by They're Playing Basketball
posted April 14, 2014 at 10:32pm

Chiney Ogwumike and Odyssey Sims are expected to lead the WNBA draft class.The WNBA has a mock draft.Team overviews.The Indiana Fever have options.Maryland's Alyssa Thomas awaits her fate, while the Mystics are looking for depth.Ten questions and answers ...more

Women's Final Four Summit
by They're Playing Basketball
posted April 14, 2014 at 10:08pm

Results of the Women's Final Four Summit last week:Three sessions – youth development, business of basketball and the state of the game – brought together stakeholders from the international, professional, collegiate, high school, youth and me...more

2014 WNBA draft prospect profile: Bria Hartley, UConn
by Swish Appeal
posted April 13, 2014 at 10:14am

Projecting a starring role for Bria Hartley in the WNBA is difficult statistically, but her combination of distributing and scoring efficiency could make her a big contributor as a combo guard in the right situation. By almost any reasonable standard, ...more

Stefanie Dolson's defensive presence at UConn and potential as a 2014 WNBA prospect
by Swish Appeal
posted April 12, 2014 at 8:22pm

UConn center Stefanie Dolson gained national recognition for her defensive ability in winning the WBCA Defensive Player of the Year award. Yet it might be her passing ability that really sets her apart from other centers as a 2014 WNBA draft prospect. ...more

Chiney Ogwumike wins Wooden Award
by They're Playing Basketball
posted April 12, 2014 at 9:27am

Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike has won the John R. Wooden Award. The honor is bestowed to the player who embodies the late great coach's ideal of the "total basketball player":Ogwumike is a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year and three-time Pac-12 Defens...more

2014 WNBA draft prospect profile: Meighan Simmons, Tennessee
by Swish Appeal
posted April 12, 2014 at 9:17am

Over the course of the 2013-14 NCAA season, we've been watching a set of 10 WNBA prospects closely. With the draft just a few days away, we'll be taking a closer look at a few of them. Just to establish a structure, I'll begin with a profile of WNBA dra...more

The Swish Appeal Podcast, Episode 1 - featuring Pokey Chatman, Amber Cox, and Doug Feinberg
by Swish Appeal
posted April 12, 2014 at 9:09am

Welcome to the newest feature on Swish Appeal - our first podcast! Editor's note: Please welcome Michael S. Brown to Swish Appeal, who is our newest contributor to the site. Mike will be the Producer and Host of The Swish Appeal Podcast, where he will...more

Rocky Top Talk/Swish Appeal bracket challenge results: Crowning the champion
by Swish Appeal
posted April 11, 2014 at 7:14pm

We have a winner in our bracket challenge. < blockquote lang="en"> < p>I won the @SwishAppeal Women's Bracket Challenge though! ...more

Stanford All-American Chiney Ogwumike still No. 1 in WNBA draft?
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted April 11, 2014 at 7:07pm

UConn nearly has more players (10) in the WNBA than the Pac-12 conference as a whole (15). It appears just one more will break through this year and stick on a WNBA roster in Stanford F Chiney Ogwumike. Add that Connecticut Sun coach Anne Donovan was the ...more

The WNBA draft is coming
by They're Playing Basketball
posted April 11, 2014 at 7:05pm

SIMS, OGWUMIKE HEADLINE LIST OF TOP COLLEGE PROSPECTSTO ATTEND WNBA DRAFT 2014 PRESENTED BY STATE FARM®– Four Players from NCAA Division I Championship Game to Take Part in Telecast –– ESPN2 to Telecast First Round Live Beginning at ...more

Final high school basketball rankings
by They're Playing Basketball
posted April 11, 2014 at 8:49am

ESPN's final high school top 25:1. Blackman2. Incarnate Word Academy3. Long Beach Polytechnic4. Duncanville5. Windward6. Manvel7. Mater Dei8. Regis Jesuit9. Myers Park10. Bedford North Lawrence11. Rock Bridge12. Whitney Young13. Lawrence North14. M.X. Sha...more

Kelly Graves named new Oregon women's basketball coach
by Swish Appeal
posted April 11, 2014 at 8:46am

Oregon has hired Kelly Graves as their new head coach to replace Paul Westhead. For more on the story, check out SB Nation's Oregon site Addicted to Quack. ...more

2014 WNBA draft attendees announced: 12 prospects invited to Monday draft
by Swish Appeal
posted April 11, 2014 at 8:39am

The WNBA has announced the list of 12 prospects who will attend Monday's draft at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The list of prospects scheduled to attend the 2014 WNBA Draft was announced earlier today as follows (in alphabetical order with link...more

Post-NCAA Tournament WNBA Draft notes: Our top 20 prospects and players who might have made an impression in the NCAA Tournament
by Swish Appeal
posted April 11, 2014 at 8:29am

With the Huskies Invitational now over, we look back on our community WNBA mock draft, developments during the 2014 NCAA Tournament that could have an effect on the 2014 WNBA draft, and a few players who might have made an impression on WNBA general man...more

Mailbag: Baby problems in Australia
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted April 10, 2014 at 9:36pm

From the Twitter files, follower Jodie Skellern asked: "Does Team USA have a parent assistance policy for bball athletes traveling with children while playing for USA?" In case you haven't heard, former Storm F Abby Bishop is upset with her native Basket...more

Skylar Diggins Featured In the April Issue of Vogue Magazine
by A Glam Slam
posted April 9, 2014 at 10:03pm

Skylar Diggins is the latest athlete to be featured in Vogue magazine. The April issue of the fashion publication highlights Diggins as an “athletic dynamo” who is “making plays on and off the basketball court.” Following a st...more

Lisa Leslie on Stefanie Dolson's WNBA potential
by Swish Appeal
posted April 9, 2014 at 9:57pm

Brian Grindrod of SB Nation's The UConn Blog posted an interview with Lisa Leslie today that included her thoughts on a wide range of subjects, including Stefanie Dolson's WNBA potential. TUCB: Moving onto the professional game, what type of professiona...more

UConn reigns supreme, beats Notre Dame for ninth national championship
by Swish Appeal
posted April 9, 2014 at 9:48pm

Undefeated UConn blew out Notre Dame, 79-58. In a game that was a battle of two undefeated teams, UConn was able to open the game up in second half en route to 21-point blowout, 79-58. The Huskies showed that not only were they the best team in the co...more

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