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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

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

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

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

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

The perfect mindset: The root of the undefeated seasons #pursuitofperfection
by Swish Appeal
posted April 8, 2014 at 8:50pm

UConn has established an impressive track record over the past few years, but Kayla McBride and Notre Dame have that same mindset of perfection. The definition of mindset: a particular way of thinking, a fixed state of mind For the first time in the i...more

UConn vs. Notre Dame preview: Four things to watch in the 2014 NCAA Women's National Championship
by Swish Appeal
posted April 8, 2014 at 8:43pm

Undefeated Notre Dame is certainly best equipped to beat UConn with all of their offensive weapons, but even they can't afford a lapse in execution on either end if they want emerge as the champs. There will always be those who want to continue complai...more

Notre Dame vs. Maryland final score: McBride dominates, leads Fighting Irish to an 87-61 blow out of the Terrapins
by Swish Appeal
posted April 7, 2014 at 10:01am

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (37-0) are now one win away from their second national championship after defeating the Maryland Terrapins (28-7), 87-61. With Natalie Achonwa out for the rest of Notre Dame's season, that certainly was a blow to the Irish...more

Connecticut vs. Stanford Final Score: Huskies get to their ninth championship game appearance and win big 75-56
by Swish Appeal
posted April 7, 2014 at 9:57am

Connecticut (39-0) beat Stanford (33-4) 75-56 and is now headed to its ninth championship game appearance, but the game was closer than the score indicated, at least early on. The Huskies will face the undefeated Notre Dame Fighting Irish (37-0) in the ...more

Notre Dame and Connecticut to face off for Championship game Tuesday
by They're Playing Basketball
posted April 7, 2014 at 9:44am

Despite the attempts of the "party-crashers," it'll be Notre Dame and Connecticut for the title Tuesday.Notre Dame dominated Maryland, 87-61.Connecticut routed Stanford, 75-56. ...more

Stanford Gets the Same Results Against UConn
by C and R's Stanford Women's Basketball Blog
posted April 7, 2014 at 9:26am

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. With Stanford going to the Final Four six times in seven years and coming up empty handed, you could call head coach Tara Vanderveer Insane&he...more

2014 Women's Final Four preview: Turnovers will be key for Maryland to upset Notre Dame
by Swish Appeal
posted April 6, 2014 at 5:04pm

While the focus of Notre Dame's matchup with Maryland in the Final Four has been Natalie Achonwa's absence, that might not be as big a concern as people make it: the Irish have already beaten Maryland once this season with Achonwa essentially out for a ...more

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