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2014-15 Washington Mystics offseason: Lack of a franchise player still their top problem
by Swish Appeal
posted November 17, 2014 at 4:32pm

The Washington Mystics head to the third offseason in the Mike Thibault Era. Though Thibault had his best coaching performances in his first two seasons in D.C., the Mystics' number one question has still not been addressed. When, and how will they be i...more

"Slash-and-burn" team rebuilding is tanking, but long-term improvement is the bigger goal
by Swish Appeal
posted November 8, 2014 at 6:04pm

Blowing up a team is tanking. But there is a bigger goal to a rebuild than just tanking. In professional basketball, there comes a time when core groups run their course, and it's time to start over from scratch. When teams decide to rebuild their foun...more

Skylar Diggins talks fashion, her looks, and her nerdiest moment
by Swish Appeal
posted November 7, 2014 at 10:07am

The Tulsa Shock star gave an interview to Yahoo on her style and other topics. I found that she used a skill that all students could use before taking tests. Earlier this week, Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins gave an interview to Yahoo! Beauty's ...more

Season previews; scary Griner incident
by They're Playing Basketball
posted November 4, 2014 at 2:33pm

Team news:George Washington coach Jonathan Tsipis is looking to lead his team into the NCAA Tournament.USC season outlook.Cal State Fullerton season preview.Player news:The NCAA has granted Seton Hall forward Lubirdia Gordon a transfer waiver, and she is ...more

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

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

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

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

Prognostications and honors
by They're Playing Basketball
posted October 15, 2014 at 11:22pm

New Oregon coach Kelly Graves is putting finishing touches on fresh canvas.Louisiana Tech is rebuilding with second-generation coaching royalty (Tyler Summitt).South Carolina's freshman class are already like sisters.Tamela McCorvey has been moved from as...more

Bill Laimbeer let go by New York Liberty
by Swish Appeal
posted October 15, 2014 at 6:52pm

New York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer's contract was not renewed by the organization, according to the New York Liberty website. According to the New York Liberty website, New  York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer's contract has not been rene...more

Sue Bird, Leilani Mitchell advance to quarterfinals of FIBA World Championship
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted October 2, 2014 at 5:26pm

Point guards Sue Bird (USA) and Leilani Mitchell (Australia) helped their countries advance to the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey. Mitchell, who starred at Kennewick HS, qualified for the Opals national team because her m...more

Would any of the Euroleague's best women's basketball coaches come to the WNBA?
by Swish Appeal
posted October 2, 2014 at 5:23pm

The United States plays the best women's basketball in the world, but that doesn't mean that talent exists outside the national borders. Great players from other countries have come to the WNBA, but what about foreign coaches? We look at some coaches ...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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday morning links: Sylvia Fowles out for World Championships, Team USA beats Team Canada, Kia Nurse impresses
by Swish Appeal
posted September 16, 2014 at 3:56pm

Links from yesterday, including some updates on who might be on the final USA Basketball Women's National Team roster. With Team USA facing and beating Team Canada yesterday, there were plenty of articles about players on both sides with content releva...more

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