The Chicago Sky was dealt a huge blow when All-Star center Sylvia Fowles informed the team she would sit out the season if she couldn’t be traded to the Minnesota Lynx.
Unable to pull off a deal with Minnesota the Sky had to fill the void left by Fowles at the center position. To help fill that void Chicago selected Cheyenne Parker of Middle Tennessee State with the fifth overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft.
In many ways the 2014 season for the Chicago Sky was bittersweet. Injuries and illness plagued the team from the start of training camp until the end of their magical run to the WNBA Finals.
That bad mojo has spilled over into 2015 for the team. Soon after their 0-3 loss in last year's Finals to the Phoenix Mercury, All-Star center Sylvia Fowles turned down a contract extension and subsequently demanded a trade, but only to the team of her liking, the Minnesota Lynx.
The development of collegiate women’s Division I basketball took a major step forward a few weeks ago, with the formation of a new NCAA governing body.
The Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee will oversee day-to-day decision-making in all aspects of the sport, including governance of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee. The 13-member panel includes athletic directors, conference commissioners and others whose aim is to develop women’s basketball overall, and to assist student athletes.
The news on January 5 was an abrupt and rude awakening for Seattle Storm fans.
After seven seasons, Brian Agler was out, leaving for Los Angeles to succeed interim coach and general manager Penny Toler as head coach of the Sparks. Two weeks later, a familiar face officially took the helm in Seattle, with longtime assistant Jenny Boucek getting the nod.
Brittney Griner received no special treatment when she was allowed to plead guilty to domestic violence disorderly conduct in Goodyear Municipal Court earlier this week pursuant to a diversion agreement that will likely result in the dismissal of all charges once she has completed a 26-week program of domestic violence counseling.
In the weeks leading up to the 2012 London Olympics, there was anticipation among women's basketball fans at Team USA's impending fifth consecutive gold medal - an unprecedented feat. Plenty of press was generated, but the rest of the sports world didn't seem to be noticing.
Fast forward to the medal ceremony, and nothing had changed. The Women's National Team had won their medal unheralded and virtually unnoticed. It was arguably the most obscure team gold in Olympic history.
Phoenix Mercury All-Star center Brittney Griner will complete a domestic violence aversion program after her arrest with fiancee Glory Johnson last week for assault, when the two began fighting at their Goodyear, Ariz. home.
Griner pleaded guilty to domestic violence disorderly conduct in a court appearance Tuesday, according to the Goodyear City Attorney prosecuting the case. Upon completion of the 26-week program, all charges will be dismissed.
Phoenix Mercury all-star center Brittney Griner and and Tulsa Shock all-star forward Glory Johnson were arrested yesterday afternoon at their home in Goodyear, Ariz., for assault and disorderly conduct, according to police. The two, who were engaged to be married, began arguing verbally, and the altercation became physical, reports say.
Griner, one of three highly-touted players to be drafted by the WNBA in 2013, was the league's all-defensive player of the year last season. Johnson has played for the Shock since being drafted in 2012.