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The Daily Swish: Becky Hammon, Lauren Hill tributes, and midweek WNBA links
by Swish Appeal
posted October 30, 2014 at 12:49pm

Some midweek links throughout the world of WNBA basketball and more. It's the middle of the week and we have some links for you to catch up on. Becky Hammon Tuesday night was definitely a big night as Becky Hammon finally made her season debut w...more

Pac-12 basketball preview: the University of California, Los Angeles
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 30, 2014 at 12:43pm

This is the eleventh in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.The UCLA Bruins were hitting their stride in 2012-2013, coach Cori Close's second season. They knocked off Cal in the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals to play...more

Spurs beat Mavericks 101-100 in Becky Hammon's coaching debut
by Swish Appeal
posted October 29, 2014 at 1:39pm

The NBA's defending champs start their 2014-15 season on the right foot as Hammon begins her career as an assistant coach. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Dallas Mavericks 101-100, where they shot 52.9% from the field, and also made 14-of-28 of thei...more

More than 86 percent of Division I players earn diplomas
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 29, 2014 at 10:11am

The graduation rate of Division I women's basketball players is up to over 86 percent.No surprise to me.More college news:Oregon State is embracing lofty preseason expectations.LSU will be relying in junior guard Danielle Ballard this season.More on coach...more

3 key differences between two of the WNBA's and NBA's oldest teams
by Swish Appeal
posted October 28, 2014 at 1:43pm

Average age isn't what it seems when you compare how two of the oldest teams in the WNBA and NBA are constructed. Last week, Conor Dirks of Truth About It wrote about the transformation of the Washington Wizards NBA team from one of the league's y...more

Pac-12 NCAA Basketball preview: Arizona State University
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 28, 2014 at 1:41pm

This is the tenth in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.Charli Turner Thorne proved herself again last year.After a sabbatical during the 2011-2012 season that left some angry and the rest doubting her, the Sun De...more

Pac-12 approves sweeping changes on scholarships, health care and more
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 28, 2014 at 1:36pm

The Pac-12 made landmark reforms today that include guaranteed four-year scholarships and health care coverage after graduation.ESPN breaks it down:Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has said that figure likely will range between $2,000 and $5,000 per athlet...more

Despite changes, Gonzaga still picked to win West Coast Conference
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted October 28, 2014 at 1:32pm

From Gonzaga:     WBB Selected to Win WCC, Greinacher tabbed All-WCC 10-time WCC champion Gonzaga picked by coaches to win WCC   SAN BRUNO, Calif. – The Gonzaga women’s basketball team earned seven first-place votes to ...more

Stefanie Dolson takes her dance moves to Russia
by Swish Appeal
posted October 27, 2014 at 11:49pm

You know it wasn't going to take long before Dolson took her dance moves to the international stage, right? The fall and early winter is a dead time in the WNBA. The Finals are over, the draft order has been set, and we won't be talking about moves for...more

One Week to Stanford Basketball
by C and R's Stanford Women's Basketball Blog
posted October 27, 2014 at 11:48pm

So it is one week until we get a Stanford Women’s basketball preview. Stanford opens its exhibition season against Vanguard. Many, many questions are floating around this year’s team. This will be the first time in six years without an Ogwumik...more

Pac-12 NCAA Basketball preview: Stanford University
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 26, 2014 at 5:58pm

This is the ninth in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.The biggest mystery in the Pac-12 going into the season is what Stanford will look like this year. Conference coaches picked the Cardinal to win the conferen...more

The WNBA doesn't need to consider using anti-tanking measures for the draft lottery
by Swish Appeal
posted October 24, 2014 at 10:12am

The Philadelphia 76ers NBA team's rebuilding strategy has caused enough ire for the league to consider Draft Lottery reform, though it failed. There is no need for the WNBA to do the same. Tanking in the NBA has been a subject of debate, in particular ...more

22 days 'til NCAA Basketball college season
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 24, 2014 at 10:09am

News keeps flowing:Missouri senior Morgan Eye is eying an NCAA three-point record.Arizona State hopes to build off their NCAA Tournament experience last season.Today's Lady Vol report.Senior Dearica Hamby has a chance to make a lasting impact at Wake Fore...more

Pac-12 NCAA Basketball preview: Washington State University
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 24, 2014 at 10:08am

This is the eighth in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.In a conference on the rise, even Washington State showed signs of improvement last year. Instead of their usual 10th-12th place finish, they were seventh, ...more

Pac-12 NCAA Basketball: a conference on the rise
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 23, 2014 at 9:56am

Today was Pac-12 media day, so the news is flowing:The rest of the Pac-12 doesn't believe Stanford is on the downturn. Despite the lack of Ogwumikes, the Cardinal were again picked to win the conference title.In the meantime, UCLA is back in the Pac-12 ra...more

Pac-12NCAA Basketball preview: the University of Colorado
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 22, 2014 at 10:09am

This is the seventh in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.Colorado had a rough season last year, and they might be in for more of the same in 2014-2015.Leading scorer and rebounder Arielle Roberson (12 points, 8.3...more

Teams bracing; new SEC NCAA Basketball analysts
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 22, 2014 at 10:07am

Interesting bits today:Oklahoma State's optimism is high, even without Tiffany Bias.Maryland braces for changes.Tennessee coach Holly Warlick says discipline is the key to winning.Georgia Tech has signed coach MaChelle Joseph to a contract extension throu...more

Judge rules to strike Summitt reference in lawsuit
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 22, 2014 at 10:05am

The lawsuit of former employees against the University of Tennessee can't include a reference to former basketball coach Pat Summitt, a judge has ruled:KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A judge has ruled that former Tennessee director of sports medicine Jenny Moshak an...more

The college hoops season countdown continues
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 21, 2014 at 10:05am

The news today is truly widespread:UConn senior Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is working to prove skeptics wrong.Out of the shadow of big sister Shoni, Louisville's Jude Schimmel is ready to shine.Rina Hill is taking over as point guard for LSU.Oklahoma's Maddie...more

Skylar Diggins Hits the Runway for Michael Costello Show at L.A. Fashion Week
by A Glam Slam
posted October 20, 2014 at 10:17am

Skylar Diggins was a presence at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York in September, hitting show front rows and visiting backstage with top designers. As part of L.A. Fashion Week, the WNBA star transitioned from spectator to model. Diggins took to...more

UConn opens new basketball practice facility, holds First Night
by Swish Appeal
posted October 20, 2014 at 10:15am

There are many "Midnight Madness" showcases and the like. But only one school can hold such an opportunity for the defending national champions. Around the college basketball world, many schools are holding their open houses where the men's and women's...more

Pac-12 NCAA Basketball preview: the University of Oregon
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 20, 2014 at 10:13am

This is the sixth in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.It's been a long haul for Oregon basketball the last 11 years. Since a 2002 WNIT win in former coach Bev Smith's first year, the program has languished in un...more

Pac-12 NCAA Basketball preview: the University of Southern California
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 19, 2014 at 10:12am

This is the fifth in an annual 12-part series previewing the Pac-12 teams for the upcoming season.To say Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's first year as USC's coach last season exceeded expectations is an understatement.Having lived near the basement of the Pac-12 wi...more

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