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Women’s sports coverage

A pair of women’s basketball stories

I recently wrote a couple of women’s basketball stories for MLive. One is about the team at Hope College. Hope is a Division III school here in Michigan (Holland to be exact). The Flying Dutch have won 61 straight games. Their last loss was to end the 2018-19 season. Unfortunately, because of COVID, they didn’t get a chance to play for a national championship either of the past two seasons.

I attended a recent Hope game, talked at length with the program’s long-time coach and a few of the players, all with the goal of learning how this team keeps winning (often by 40 or 50 or 60 points).

Here’s the story:

College basketball’s longest win streak lives in Michigan, at Hope College

My other story is about University of Michigan senior Emily Kiser. Her college arc is one that’s becoming less common in the transfer portal era: She didn’t play much her first three years. Now she’s a starter for one of the best teams in the country.

On patience, preparation, and seizing an opportunity:

Emily Kiser waited four years for this opportunity with Michigan basketball

Women in Sports: Val Ackerman

Val Ackerman is the commissioner of the Big East Conference. In this interview with espnW, she explains why she doesn’t think college athletes should be paid and why she loves leading a league without football.

espnW: Val Ackerman’s Cool Sports Job

Women in Sports: Leila Dunbar

As part of espnW’s “Women with Cool Sports Jobs” series, I spoke with Leila Dunbar, who appraises sports memorabilia for a living. If you have a sports, pop culture, or entertainment item, Dunbar can probably tell you how much it’s worth. Perhaps you’ve seen her on “Antiques Roadshow,” as she’s been a part of the show since its first episode in 1997. Click below to learn more about the famous, infamous, and quirky items she’s come across over the years.

espnW: Leila Dunbar’s Cool Sports Job