How do you make a talent-rich team even more lucrative? The Minnesota Lynx offered a possible solution in the 2015 WNBA Draft, using a middling first-round draft pick as a means of attracting an established athlete.
No one was exactly sure what the Lynx would do on draft day. They held the 11th overall pick in a shallow field, mock boards had no consensus on who would join them, and there was even talk about deferring their pick for a long-term option.
At the start of April, fanfare surrounding the 2015 WNBA Draft was equivalent to the excitement of filing taxes. Two weeks later, the possibilities are now very tantalizing. The early declarations of Notre Dame star Jewell Loyd and Minnesota standout Amanda Zahui B. give Seattle and Tulsa a very favorable stance, giving them instant impact players to help their cause.
The landscape of the 2015 WNBA Draft changed dramatically when Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame and Amanda Zahui B. of Minnesota both announced they would forgo their remaining NCAA eligibility, in turn making them eligible draftees. Their early departures gave what was considered a relatively weak draft class a much-needed infusion of star power. Both players are cornerstone pieces that franchises can build on or around and should pencil into the top two slots on the draft board.
If you've been following the various women's college basketball All-American teams that have been rolled out over the past few weeks, including most recently our own, you know quite a bit about the top stars at mighty UConn as well as in basketball's five so-called "power conferences," the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC.
Florida Gulf Coast entered this year's NCAA tournament with a 25-game win streak that earned them a seven seed and a first-round match up with Oklahoma State, the team that had sent the Eagles home at this same stage a season ago.
At stake was the first NCAA tournament win in program history. Wouldn't it be fun to get it against the Pokes?
On April 16, Elizabeth Williams - a soon-to-be Duke University graduate and sure-fire Blue Devils basketball all-time great - will be named as one of the top picks in the 2015 WNBA draft. She might even go No. 1 overall.
Full Court congratulates our 2014-2015 women’s college basketball season National Player of the Year, Breanna Stewart, and Freshman of the Year, Brianna Turner, as well as all the talented athletes named to our NCAA Division I All-American and Freshman All-American teams.
TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Connecticut defeated Notre Dame 63-53 to win the 2015 Division I NCAA National Championship on Tuesday night. The win gives head coach Geno Auriemma his third championship in a row and 10 titles overall—matching the legendary John Wooden of UCLA. Junior forward Breanna Stewart had eight points, 15 rebounds and four blocks en route to her third consecutive Most Outstanding Player.
TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Connecticut defeated Notre Dame 63-53 to win the 2015 Division I NCAA National Championship on Tuesday night. The win gives head coach Geno Auriemma his third championship in a row and 10 titles overall—matching the legendary John Wooden of UCLA. Junior forward Breanna Stewart had eight points, 15 rebounds and four blocks en route to her third consecutive NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player award.