There's not a team in the Eastern Conference without significant needs to be addressed as the 2014 draft approaches. Chicago vaulted from “worst to first” in terms of its regular-season record, but that progress was quickly negated in the playoffs. Indiana, the team who swept Chicago, returns all of its healthy players from last season, but may require immediate-impact players to compensate for two key losses. Atlanta is still searching for a way to relieve some of the pressure on Angel McCoughtry, players who can take the Dream from a WNBA finalist to league champions.
NEW YORK, April 10, 2014 – Odyssey Sims of Baylor, winner of the 2014 Wade Trophy as the NCAA Division I Player of the Year, and Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, this year's Wooden Award winner, a four-time First Team All-American and two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year, headline a list of 12 prospects who will attend the WNBA Draft 2014 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Monday, April 14, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Live coverage of the first round will begin on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET.
With the college basketball season now behind us, Monday's WNBA Draft marks the arrival of a new group of players who might lend help to some of the league's faltering franchises, while helping to boost interest in the WNBA in general. Still, it's a lot to ask of a rookie to turn a team around.
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Connecticut culminated the program's fifth undefeated season in convincing fashion in a national championship game that was billed as a battle of unbeatens, but turned into another showcase for the Huskies' dominance in women's basketball.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Connecticut Huskies thoroughly trounced Notre Dame Tuesday night in the championship game of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament, pounding their way to a 79-58 win, defending their 2013 national title and setting multiple records along the way. With the victory, Connecticut took home its ninth national championship, surpassing the eight-title record established by Hall-of-Fame coach Pat Summitt at Tennessee and becoming the all-time leader in the women's game.
The anticipation leading up to the Sweet 16 game was a feeling that I hadn’t felt in a very long time. I don’t know if it was more of anxiousness or nervousness, but either way I was ready to play, and I knew that my team was too.
We didn’t start the game off the way we wanted to, and the ball just wasn’t falling for us. I give my team all the credit in the world for our fight throughout the entire game. We never gave up; we never lost belief in what we were trying to accomplish. Although it didn’t go the way we wanted, it became a learning experience for all of us.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – As Notre Dame’s women’s basketball program headed into Sunday night's Final Four in Nashville against Maryland, the big question was how the Irish would overcome the loss of senior standout Natalie Achonwa, sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL suffered in last week's 88-69 Notre Dame Regional final win over Baylor. The same question looms even larger in tonight's National Championship tilt against undefeated first-seed Connecticut.