Could Chelsea Gray turn out to be the steal of the 2014 WNBA Draft?
Gray, the slashing, athletically built Duke point guard, sat out the bulk of the 2013-14 season after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured kneecap sustained during Duke's Jan. 12, 2014 victory over Boston College.
No matter what happens in the 2014 WNBA Draft, it is safe to say that, unlike 2013, no one draft pick will result in a team being tabbed as the presumptive league champion before a single regular-season game is played. Last year when Phoenix picked up Brittney Griner with the first overall pick, many were skeptical that any team in the league would be able to beat the Mercury with its new combo package of Diana Taurasi and the 6-8 Griner anchoring the paint.
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, 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.
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.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- For 12-and-a-half minutes Sunday evening, hope rose in the hearts of those outside the Storrs, Conn. orbit of influence. For 12-and-a-half minutes, it looked like someone might actually give the Huskies a game.
The match-ups for the 2014 Final Four are now set and while there may be clear favorites, there are no true underdogs in this pack. UConn is entering its seventh consecutive Final Four, having won three of the last six. Stanford is in its sixth out of seven. Notre Dame is in its fourth in a row. Maryland hasn’t been here since its surprising National Championship in 2006. UConn has eight National Championships, Stanford two, Notre Dame and Maryland one each.