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.
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.