Tag Archives: women’s basketball

WNBA Draft 20th Anniversary

Tonight marks the 20th anniversary of the WNBA draft. Some things have changed over the years (the location, its allure) and some haven’t (the structure). The first league president (Val Ackerman) and former draftees took me behind the scenes at the draft.

Excelle Sports: WNBA draft

Women’s College Basketball 2017-18 Early Top 10

The college basketball season just ended, but that doesn’t mean it’s too soon to look ahead to next year. For the first time since 2012, a program other than UConn will enter the season as defending champs. Is South Carolina the early favorite to repeat? Find out in my latest story for Excelle Sports.

Excelle Sports: 10 Best Teams for 2017-18

Women’s NCAA Tournament: Players to Watch

The women’s NCAA Tournament starts Friday. In an article for Excelle Sports, I look at the top players to watch.

NCAA Tournament: Players to Watch

The Team That Launched the WNBA

The 1996 women’s Olympic basketball team didn’t lose a single game during its year-long tour, which culminated in a gold medal at the Summer Games in Atlanta. But its lasting legacy is the WNBA, which launched largely because of the success of the ’96 team. For a story published in Excelle Sports, I interviewed some of the team’s players and coaches, as well as other key figures, for their recollections of that incredible team.

RIP Pat Summit

Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in college basketball history, died Tuesday. The Tennessee women’s basketball legend is remembered fondly by all she encountered, and I tried to capture those feelings in a story for Excelle Sports. I only met Summitt once, but her attraction was evident.

Breanna Stewart

Last season, I profiled UConn’s Breanna Stewart for the website Sports On Earth, culling insights from her parents, teammates, and coaches from all levels, including Geno Auriemma. On Tuesday, Apr. 8,  Stewart was named the NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player as the Huskies won their third straight national championship. She is the first woman to win the award three times and will have a shot at a fourth next season.

Breanna Stewart Profile

Breanna Stewart is only a sophomore but she’s already been named MVP of the Final Four and claimed five gold medals for USA basketball. Can she be the best women’s basketball player of all time? A story I wrote for Sports On Earth attempts to answer that question.

After covering a UConn game in which Stewart’s coach, Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma, said she was unlike any other player he’d coached, I talked to her teammates, parents, high school coaches, and USA basketball coaches to get a better idea of her potential. Their praise for Stewart’s basketball abilities was matched only by their glowing reviews of her as a person.