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Idaho star Destiny Slocum verbally commits to Washington
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted September 30, 2014 at 11:47pm

According to multiple reports, Idaho star Destiny Slocum gave a verbal commitment to Washington on Monday. Under NCAA rules, UW can't confirm any reports. ESPNW has the 5-foot-7 PG ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2016 class...more

Skylar Diggins begins her offseason training regimen in style
by Swish Appeal
posted September 30, 2014 at 11:45pm

#NoDaysOff!!! You would think that if the Tulsa Shock would have one player on the USA Basketball women's national team, it would be franchise guard Skylar Diggins. While one Shock player did make the 2014 FIBA World Championship team, it was Odyssey S...more

FIBA World Championships 2014: Team USA has offensive advantages and defensive concerns in group play
by Swish Appeal
posted September 30, 2014 at 11:42pm

The USA Basketball women's national team is almost one with group play in the FIBA World Championship for Women. What are the statistical trends that we have seen so far? The USA Basketball women's national team has so far played two games in group pla...more

US, Belarus, Turkey, Australia win on World Cup's second day
by They're Playing Basketball
posted September 29, 2014 at 2:27am

The US stepped it up in the fourth quarter to push past Serbia, 94-74.Belarus stunned Cuba, 70-69.Turkey won again, this time beating Canada, 55-44. But the Canadian youngsters are learning.Australia routed Korea, 87-54. "Simple old school ball" is keepin...more

US, Turkey, Canada and Australia among the winners on FIBA's first day
by They're Playing Basketball
posted September 28, 2014 at 5:25pm

World Championship opening round today in Turkey:The USA used a strong second half to crush China, 87-56. Brittney Griner lead the way for the Americans with 15 points, including a dunk.Turkey upset France, 50-48.Canada downed Mozambique, 69-54.Australia ...more

2014 FIBA World Championships for Women, Day 2: Team USA faces Serbia
by Swish Appeal
posted September 28, 2014 at 3:40pm

After an uneven performance against China yesterday, Team USA will attempt to put together a more complete game against Serbia. The biggest news of yesterday was Turkey beating the French team that had previously beaten Team USA in an exhibition game. ...more

2014 FIBA World Championships For Women: Previews, schedule
by Swish Appeal
posted September 27, 2014 at 3:50pm

The 2014 FIBA World Championships for Women begin this morning with Team USA taking the floor for the first time this afternoon. The FIBA World Championships begin today at 7 a.m. EST when Canada faces Mozambique, as previewed yesterday by Aneela Syed....more

TV Alert: Many ways to watch the FIBA World Championship
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted September 27, 2014 at 3:48pm

OK, so maybe it won't be the Sue Bird spotlight live from Turkey, but the Storm all-star PG is making a historic trip to the FIBA World Championship for Women, which runs from Saturday through Oct. 5 in Ankara and Istanbul. Bird, 33, has competed for USA...more

2014 FIBA Women's World Championships preview: Expectations for Team Canada
by Swish Appeal
posted September 26, 2014 at 1:22pm

Team Canada's finishes in recent years in international competition suggest that they're trending upward. And as they enter the 2014 FIBA World Championships, they have plenty more potential for growth in the future. Since 2010, the Canadian Senior Wom...more

2014 WNBA rookies who deserve All-Rookie honorable mentions
by Swish Appeal
posted September 26, 2014 at 1:14pm

As the 2014-15 NCAA season approaches, we'll begin breaking down the top prospects for the 2015 WNBA Draft in the next few days. But before moving on completely to next year, it helps to take stock of how the 2014 rookie class performed beyond those who...more

Diversity shines at the Asian Games but not for everyone
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted September 26, 2014 at 1:11pm

PIC Reuters via Al JazeeraPlaying sport as a woman can be challenging, and even impossible in some situations so it's disappointing that the International Basketball Federation has ruled against hijabs. The Asian Games are taking place at the moment, and ...more

USA Basketball names 2014 FIBA World Championship roster
by Swish Appeal
posted September 24, 2014 at 5:04pm

Sue Bird makes history in her storied professional and international playing career as the first player to play in four FIBA World Championships. USA Basketball announced the final 12-man roster for the FIBA World Championships. Here is the list: Play...more

2014 FIBA World Championships: Team Canada
by Swish Appeal
posted September 23, 2014 at 8:44pm

The 2014 FIBA World Championships are starting soon and there are many countries that will be represented. One of the countries that will be there is Team Canada. While they are not the women’s traditional powerhouse in basketball, they are a gro...more

Storm 2014 Exit Interviews: Temeka Johnson adapted to play as a backup
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted September 23, 2014 at 8:43pm

Series Note: The Storm did not advance to the postseason for the first time since 2003. The team held its exit interviews in August. This series will feature conversations from the 12-player roster. PG Sue Bird's conversation was a feature used in the new...more

Trouble in paradise? France beats USA basketball team, 76-72
by They're Playing Basketball
posted September 22, 2014 at 1:02pm

France handed the USA a rare international loss today, downing them 76-72 in an exhibition game. The French came from 18 points behind to edge the Americans.Sandrine Gruda lead the French team with 26 points and 15 rebounds. She averaged 3.8 points and 3 ...more

Monday morning links: Reactions to the Liz Cambage's injury, what went wrong for Team USA against France
by Swish Appeal
posted September 22, 2014 at 1:00pm

Eight links and a couple of tweets from the world of women's basketball over the weekend. There was plenty of news from this weekend, most of which we've been keeping up with in our FIBA section. So we'll begin with some of the tidbits of informa...more

Team USA rolls on, beats China in basketball
by They're Playing Basketball
posted September 21, 2014 at 8:25pm

The National Team downed China today, 95-75. Nneka Ogwumike lead the Americans with 16 points.College news:A Delaware State player's mother has accused coach Tamika Louis of verbal abuse.Binghamton is experiencing a roster shake up.Class of 2015 #18 prosp...more

Daily Swish: Team USA survives, Liz Cambage's injury, and the Mighty Macs are returning to the Garden
by Swish Appeal
posted September 20, 2014 at 4:47pm

Here are some links for your Saturday. Here are some links to start your Saturday off right, so I'll just cut to the chase: Team USA's win over Australia John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant has a recap on Friday's Team USA victory over Australia -...more

Team Australia center Liz Cambage may have torn her Achilles tendon
by Swish Appeal
posted September 20, 2014 at 2:17pm

If confirmed, this would be a big blow to the Australian Opals basketball team. Team Australia center Liz Cambage suffered a leg injury during Friday's 72-66 loss to the USA Basketball women's national team, which was a tune-up for the FIBA World Champ...more

WNBA playoffs most-viewed postseason since 2007, according to ESPN
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted September 19, 2014 at 6:28pm

Not only did Phoenix reset the record books during its championship season, it drew a few more television viewers along the way. Here are some highlights of the Mercury's Game 3 win in the WNBA Finals. Below is a release from ESPN about the increased view...more

Candice Dupree will join USA Basketball in Paris, FGCU's rise, Sheila Johnson on Title IX
by Swish Appeal
posted September 18, 2014 at 2:39pm

10 links from yesterday, ranging from some Team USA news to the upcoming NCAA season to discussions about Title IX's impact. Yesterday was a slow day overall, but there was some news about USA Basketball: after years of being snubbed, Phoenix Mercury f...more

Skylar Diggins, Bria Hartley, and the developmental trajectory of rookies
by Swish Appeal
posted September 18, 2014 at 2:18pm

Washington Mystics rookie Bria Hartley was cut from the USA Basketball Women's National Team over the weekend, but coach Geno Auriemma said that she was one of a group of players who has "a future in the game" despite poor timing this time around. But...more

Storm 2014 Exit Interviews: Alysha Clark provided a spark in the starting lineup
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted September 17, 2014 at 1:53pm

Series Note: The Storm did not advance to the postseason for the first time since 2003. The team held its exit interviews in August. This series will feature conversations from the 12-player roster. PG Sue Bird's conversation was a feature used in the new...more

What's next for the Chicago Sky after losing the 2014 WNBA Finals?
by Swish Appeal
posted September 16, 2014 at 4:09pm

After losing the 2014 WNBA Finals to the Phoenix Mercury, what's next for the Chicago Sky? And what sort of offseason improvements should they be looking to make, aside from getting healthy? Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune suggested in an article a...more

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