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The expansion of WNBA rosters figured to have an effect on not only who made rosters, but also how teams approached the draft. One skill in particular seemed to stand out compared to other drafts in recent memory: three point shooting.
In our latest guest blog, Missouri's Bri Kulas recounts the experience of waiting for the San Antonio Stars to select her with the 28th pick of the 2014 WNBA Draft and her experience of training camp.
Someone has to be left out of the WNBA draft and here are five notable prospects.
A draft board for today's WNBA Draft with prospects ordered into tiers
Alyssa Thomas has made her case as the best player ever at Maryland and there's a chance that you might hear people refer to her as "the female LeBron James" on draft day. But some fans have asked whether there's a women's basketball comparison for her and there might just be an option worth considering.
By all accounts, Kayla McBride's WNBA draft stock has risen after Notre Dame's impressive run in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. But how good will she be and what does that mean for how high she should be drafted?
Louisville's Shoni Schimmel will certainly be drafted by a WNBA team in Monday's draft, but if she makes a roster and succeeds she'll be a somewhat unique case.
To get more insight on Spain's Astou Ndour prior to the 2014 WNBA draft, we asked our friend Luis Cristovao to contribute some insight about her from a Euroleague perspective. You can follow Luis on Twitter at @luis_cristovao.
Highlights of Spain's Astou Ndour, who has drawn interest from WNBA teams in advance of the 2014 WNBA draft (via FIBA).
Projecting a starring role for Bria Hartley in the WNBA is difficult statistically, but her combination of distributing and scoring efficiency could make her a big contributor as a combo guard in the right situation.
UConn center Stefanie Dolson gained national recognition for her defensive ability in winning the WBCA Defensive Player of the Year award. Yet it might be her passing ability that really sets her apart from other centers as a 2014 WNBA draft prospect.
Over the course of the 2013-14 NCAA season, we've been watching a set of 10 WNBA prospects closely. With the draft just a few days away, we'll be taking a closer look at a few of them. Just to establish a structure, I'll begin with a profile of WNBA draft green room invitee Meighan Simmons with the help of our friends from Rocky Top Talk and a shot chart analysis we undertook during the season
The WNBA has announced the list of 12 prospects who will attend Monday's draft at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
With the Huskies Invitational now over, we look back on our community WNBA mock draft, developments during the 2014 NCAA Tournament that could have an effect on the 2014 WNBA draft, and a few players who might have made an impression on WNBA general managers during the tournament.
After a disappointing end to her college career, Iowa State forward Hallie Christofferson is looking forward to continuing her basketball career in the professional ranks.
Senior Kayla McBride broke down in tears after Notre Dame's 79-58 loss to UConn (via WNDU.com).
Brian Grindrod of SB Nation's The UConn Blog posted an interview with Lisa Leslie today that included her thoughts on a wide range of subjects, including Stefanie Dolson's WNBA potential.
TUCB: Moving onto the professional game, what type of professional career in the WNBA will Stefanie Dolson have?
LL: Dolson can have a good career or not. It all depends on what team she plays with. Teams that can use her size are Connecticut, San Antonio, and Washington because they play half-court sets. It really depends on where she plays.
While Connecticut is obviously unlikely to spend the top pick overall on Dolson, San Antonio has the third pick, and Washington - a spot where many of us assume Dolson will go - has the sixth pick. Connecticut does have the 11th pick as well, but it's extremely unlikely that Dolson falls that far.
USA Volleyball has selected 36 athletes to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team (CNT) program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships from June 22 to July 1 in Minneapolis...After the training portion of the program, the 36 athletes will be divided into three equal teams which will compete in a round-robin event June 27-30. The round-robin event may add an international team to increase the field to four teams that would complete June 26-30. This program is considered a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
From USAV Selects Roster for U.S. Collegiate National Team-GJNC via TeamUSA.org.
6-foot-7 BYU center and 2014 WNBA draft prospect Jennifer Hamson has been selected for the U.S. Collegiate National Team, which will compete this summer. Hamson has said publicly that she plans to return to BYU this fall to use her final year of volleyball eligibility after redshirting this season to focus on basketball.
For more on 2014 WNBA prospects, check out our WNBA draft prospect watch storystream.
John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant reports that UConn coach Geno Auriemma had some high praise for Notre Dame senior Kayla McBide, who he might be facing in the National Championship game after coaching this past summer as part of the USA Basketball program.
"Going into the camp, Kayla McBride was perhaps just another college player invited," Auriemma said. "I don't think a lot of people paid as much attention to her last year because most of it was naturally all on Skylar Diggins.
"But once she got to camp and people began to see what she can do, well, it didn't surprise me, but I think it surprised a lot of others. I would venture to say other than Stewie and Elena Delle Donne, she might have been the most impressive player there, at least for a day or two."
Altavilla mentions that McBride is a lock to be a first round pick in this year's WNBA draft, but you could probably go as far as saying she should be favored to go in the lottery.
Tom FitzGerald of the San Francisco Chronicle relayed some draft analysis of Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike from ESPN's Kara Lawson in advance of the Final Four.
For a post player like Ogwumike, Lawson said, one of the biggest challenges in adjusting to pro ball will be on defense – handling ball screens, deciding when to switch and doing it quickly, especially in late-game situations.
Because of her length and agility, Lawson said, "Chiney is uniquely qualified to be an amazing defensive post player. She rebounds at a high rate — that’s one skill that almost always translates (to the pro game). Her offensive game has improved. If she continues to improve her shooting, she’ll be an all-star."
Although it's hard to quantify Ogwumike's defensive contributions, her contributions to Stanford aren't limited to that side of the ball: she accounts for more than a third of the team's overall statistical production, including an extremely impressive 15.64% offensive rebounding rate.
Unfortunately, Ogwumike apparently didn't do enough to win the AP's Player of the Year award - she came in a somewhat distant second to UConn's Breanna Stewart - there's no question about her being the top pick in this year's WNBA draft.
The WBCA announced its 10-player All-America team on Saturday, with seven players participating in the 2014 NCAA Final Four taking home honors.
However, UConn's Breanna Stewart was the highlight of the day, taking home both an All-America honor and the AP Player of the Year award. Stewart finished well ahead of fellow All-Americans Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford and Odyssey Sims of Baylor, both of whom UConn coach Geno Auriemma said were deserving of consideration as well, according to Lori Riley of the Hartford Courant.
Stewart became only the third sophomore (joining Maya Moore and Oklahoma's Courtney Paris) to receive the award and the eighth UConn player.
"It's a great reflection of our program and the University of Connecticut," Auriemma said. "Mostly it's the hard work Stewie has put into the game, how much she has improved from last year. You could make a case for Chiney [Ogwumike of Stanford]. You could make a case for [Baylor's] Odyssey Sims.
"But in the end, it's hard to find somebody who's had the type of season Stewie's had all-around. And she's so young. So much pressure on her, given what she did at the Final Four last year. It's not easy for her."
In addition to Ogwumike from Stanford and Stewart, Stefanie Dolson, and Bria Hartley from UConn, Maryland's Alyssa Thomas and Notre Dame's Jewell Loyd and Kayla McBride will also be showcasing their talents in the Final Four. Along with Dolson, Hartley, McBride, Ogwumike, Sims, and Thomas, Jordan Hooper of Nebraska is the other All-America honoree who can probably expect to be selected in the 2014 WNBA draft.
Hamson signing up for this combine confirms her interest in the WNBA. Stock arrow up!
In all seriousness, Schimmel is one of the most competitive kids I've ever coached. The kid is a winner! @schimmel23 not surprised she won— Samantha Williams (@ULCoachSam) April 4, 2014
Louisville's Shoni Schimmel won both the women's and overall three point championship tonight in Dallas as part of the NCAA men's Final Four kickoff.
Schimmel beat Duke's Tricia Liston 22-16 to win the women's championship. In the overall "Battle of the Sexes" championship, Schimmel beat Baylor's Brady Heslip 22-17.
For those interested in the WNBA draft, the commentators had some interesting observations about each player's shooting form which are in the comments of our open thread for the day. For more on the parts of their games that WNBA scouts might actually look at, check out our 2014 WNBA draft prospect watch storystream.
If you're a basketball junkie who needs a fix for today, you have the women's three point championship to watch during the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships which begin at 9 p.m. EDT. on ESPN/3.
After highlighting Maryland's defensive effort in their Sweet 16 win against Tennessee, Todd Carton of SB Nation's Testudo Times once again brought attention to a defensive effort that reduced Louisville's normally efficient offense to just 0.78 points per possession.
Part of that effort was forcing Louisville into turnovers on 25.2% of their possessions. part of it was their defense of Cardinals star guard Shoni Schimmel.
As mentioned previously, Katie Rutan was a major part of an effort to bother Schimmel in the first half. In the second half, they shut her down almost entirely.
[Katie Rutan] picked up a steal and drew an early charge on Shoni Schimmel...Sometimes, you simply can't look at the final numbers. When Shoni Schimmel made a jump shot with 15:08 to play in the second half, Louisville had 45 points. The Cardinals reached 47 points with 7:36 to play. That's over seven and a half minutes without a point. Before that Antonita Slaughter basket, Maryland went from a three point deficit to a nine point lead. Before she made three of four ridiculously tough three point jumpers in the game's final 31 seconds, the Terps held Schimmel to 36 percent shooting and 25 percent from behind the arc - both below her season average. (But all credit to her for making huge shots when they counted.)
Although Carton discussed the shots she did take, perhaps more interesting were the shots Maryland prevented her from taking.
The Terrapins trapped Schimmel off screens to force Louisville's offense out of their rhythm and used a mix of taller, longer defenders to make her think twice about shooting and contest shots when she did get looks.
As much as some of the Cardinals' turnovers were due to poor decision-making, Maryland's activity and athleticism all over the court was a primary reason for stopping Louisville.
This draft is certainly subject to change considering that the mock draft was done before Achonwa's injury, but at least here's something to start things off. The AP's Doug Feinberg provided the other mock draft.
Todd Carton of SB Nation's Testudo Times has summarized the announcements of the AP and U.S. Basketball Writers Association All-America teams, noting that Maryland's Alyssa Thomas is among a pair of players making their third appearance on the list.
Baylor's Odyssey Sims is the only player joining Thomas as a three time traveler on this year's All-American ship. And lest you think that's not such a big deal, the team consists of eight seniors and two sophomores; so six of the seniors are making their first or second appearance on the team... the Associated Press announced their All-America Teams. The first team had three unanimous choices, Ogwumike, Sims and Stewart. Alyssa Thomas and Kayla McBride were also voted onto the first team.
As Carton alludes to in his article, there were two players from the Wade Trophy list who didn't receive AP or USBWA All-America recognition: South Carolina's Tiffany Mitchell and Florida State senior Natasha Howard.
To read more about Thomas' accomplishments, check out the article at Testudo Times (also cross-posted on our home page). For more on these players' WNBA draft potential, check out our 2014 WNBA Draft prospect watch storystream.
The Notre Dame forward's college career is now over, and the injury could impact her WNBA Draft stock. But she definitely left the court with her head held up high.
In the past when we talked about Louisville turnovers, we might have discussed the high-risk, high-reward play of guard Shoni Schimmel.
Yet as Michael Grant of the Journal-Courier has noted, that's an area of improvement for the senior lately.
That's not it, though. Schimmel has always been a lethal scorer. Now the star guard has been an incredibly efficient playmaker too with 18 assists to only three turnovers in the NCAAs.
On Sunday afternoon, she propelled U of L to its third straight rout by clobbering LSU 73-47. Schimmel finished with 19 points 6-of-13 shooting with six assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.
To put the numbers in even broader context, Schimmel has a career-low 89 turnovers this season - a reasonable turnover ratio of about 11%. For those watching her as a WNBA draft prospect, that's a big development for her: although her 39.6% field goal percentage won't make her the most efficient player in the draft, her improved ball handling numbers might help her stock a bit.
After a sub-par performance against Texas, Maryland's Alyssa Thomas left everyone in awe of her talent to lead her team to the Elite Eight.
Natalie Achonwa will undergo MRI on injured knee Tuesday: http://t.co/s0DEOJzfwA— ESPN Women's Hoops (@ESPN_WomenHoop) April 1, 2014
Here's an update on Achonwa's status in regards to her knee injury during Notre Dame's win over Baylor on Monday, March 31 over Baylor.
It's April 1 on the East Coast right when this FanShot was posted. So for the record, this isn't an April Fools joke.
Hope it isn't anything horrible.
A large part of that was their ability to contain PSU's Maggie Lucas defensively, holding her to a career-low six points.
Stanford’s Lili Thompson got the assignment to guard Penn State’s great scorer, Maggie Lucus. She averages about 21 points a game. Lili held her to 6 points in the fist half. And for the game? Six points. That’s right they shut her down in the second half. Lucas was scoreless. Tied her career low, too. She was 3-for-14 from the floor, including 0-for-5 on 3-pointers. Her last points were nine and a half minutes left in the first. Wowsa!
Penn State set screens, and even double screens, to try to free up their outside shooter Lucas, but nobody prepares for a game like Tara Vanderveer. Stanford knew the screens were coming and either got over them or switched personal on her so she never got an open look.
Stanford isn't the first team to stifle Lucas, even if for only a half: in PSU's previous two losses to Nebraska and Ohio State (in the Big Ten tournament), Lucas shot a combined 10-for-34 in the face of similar defensive schemes. Stanford was just able to get it done for 40 minutes.
ESPN's commentators mentioned that some people thought that Penn State had a chance at an upset in this one. I guess anything is possible, but even considering that prediction seems difficult unless you a) have never been to Maples or b) don't know anything about Chiney Ogwumike.
Ogwumike, whose dominance looks routine at this point, scored 29 & 15 in the game and really didn't face all that much resistance.
For Penn State, Maggie Lucas scored just six points and none in the second half as Lili Thompson's defense just did not give her any breathing room.
As David Hooper of Rocky Top Talk wrote in his preview this morning, "We're now at the point in the tournament where any team can realistically beat any other team (Notre Dame and UConn excepted)" - it's hard to call this one a true "upset".
But with Tennessee having an opportunity to go to the Final Four with a home crowd behind them, it's certainly a disappointment for Lady Vols fans.
On the other hand, Alyssa Thomas looked about as dominant as it gets in scoring a career-high 33 points to go with 13 rebounds.
Odyssey Sims joined Jackie Stiles as just the second player ever to score 1000 points in a season during the first half of Baylor's Sweet 16 matchup against Kentucky.
A look at a few WNBA prospects from the Louisville region in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
A look at the top WNBA prospects in the NCAA Tournament's Notre Dame region.
After a heartbreaking 60-58 loss to North Carolina in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, UT Martin had plenty of reason for disappointment. But senior Heather Butler is proud that her team managed to prove to the nation that they belong among the nation's best.
Todd Carton of SB Nation's Maryland site Testudo Times recapped Maryland's more difficult than expected 69-64 win (at home) against Texas, highlighting the efforts of Terrapins forward Alicia DeVaughn.
...the Terps' inside players deserve special mention. Brionna Jones, Malina Howard, and Alicia DeVaughn. Their presence defensively and on the boards were essential to Maryland's win Tuesday...My vote for player of the game goes to Alicia DeVaughn who contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds. She made life in the paint tough for Texas all night and importantly sank all six of her second half free throws...[Said] DeVaughn, "We knew coming in that it was going to be a physical game. We played together and communicated throughout the whole game. Just working with each other. It was great."
Where Texas tried to establish an advantage was from beyond the arc, where they dropped in three consecutive threes in the second half to whittle the lead down to just three. That might have been good preparation for their Sweet 16 matchup against Shoni Schimmel and Louisville, who aren't exactly shy about launching the three ball themselves.
Odyssey Sims scored 27 points for the Lady Bears, including 11 key points in the final eight minutes of the ball game to ice the Golden Bears and advance to Baylor's sixth consecutive Sweet 16.
"I haven't been in the women's game that long. I came from the men's side. I coached the number two pick in the NBA draft, Rik Smits in college. She is one of the best players I have ever seen. In terms of her instincts, her ability. What an unbelievable nose for the ball. Just tremendous. She's so good in person. I knew she was good watching her on tape but I hadn't seen her live before. So that was in some ways a treat as a basketball person. It wasn't a lot of fun for these guys [indicating his players]. She's just unbelievable. But we did a pretty good job I thought of keeping her in front of us. We forced her into a couple of tough shots. We doubled her whenever we could. But to her credit, she had four assists. She found people. She's so unselfish. And she still goes for a double double."From "Ferocious defense and hot shooting propelled Terps past Army 90-52" via Todd Carton of SB Nation's Testudo Times.
Alyssa Thomas made more history yesterday when the 6-foot-2 senior became the basketball program's - men's and women's - all-time leading scorer in Maryland's 90-52 rout of Army in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Pete Volk of SB Nation's Maryland site Testudo Times has more on the milestone.
With a free throw in the first half of Maryland's first round NCAA Tournament game against Army, senior forward Alyssa Thomas has passed Juan Dixon's school record of 2,269 points, becoming the all-time leading scorer in Terrapin history.
Thomas broke the scoring record during a 29-2 run to end the first half.
For more on the game, check out Volk's recap at Testudo Times.
UT-Martin's Heather Butler wrote in her guest blog published at Swish Appeal today that she planned on giving North Carolina "a good battle" today. As it turned out, they did that and then some in nearly upsetting #4 North Carolina.
UT-Martin star Heather Butler offers a guest blog about making the tournament and rising to the challenge of facing a bigger program.
BYU didn't look like a mid- anything in a major upset over the fifth-seeded N.C. State Wolfpack on the biggest of stages, representing the growing strength of the WCC with a well-timed team effort.
Chiney Ogwumike is obviously the top prospect in the Stanford region, but there will be a pretty good matchup of prospects in the first round and a mid-major prospect that's definitely worth watching.
Only 4 finalists? No Thomas?
A quick summary of players for WNBA fans to watch in the 2014 NCAA Tournament's Lincoln region.
Tomorrow we're going to start up a community WNBA mock draft, that will run alongside the 2014 NCAA Tournament. To get the discussion going, we're going to post a preliminary draft board of players who have a solid chance of making a roster.
Future #1 WNBA pick Chiney Ogwumike takes it to the next level with her long-awaited follow up to "Nerd City Kids".
The Robert Morris Colonials (21-11, 14-4) defeated the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash (15-17, 11-7) on Sunday afternoon, 78 - 64, for their chance to dance.
BYU's Jennifer Hamson is one of a number of players getting attention for their senior year performance as a WNBA draft prospect. But how much does it matter that she's playing mid-major competition? And which other mid-major players deserve attention as draft prospects?
Women's basketball analyst Debbie Antonelli breaks down Natasha Howard's offensive game (via ACC Digital Network).
Highlights from Maryland's loss to North Carolina in which star Alyssa Thomas became the program's all-time leading scorer.
Tournament MVP Jewell Loyd scored 26 points while teammate Kayla McBride scored 25 to lead the Fighting Irish to the ACC title in their first appearance.
Markeisha Gatling scored 28 points but went down with a knee injury in the second half of N.C. State's quarterfinal win over Syracuse.
After Mississippi's loss to Auburn we probably won't get another chance to watch Valencia McFarland this season. And that's a shame.
Mississippi State claimed a win in the first round of the 2014 SEC women's basketball tournament, but it was Missouri's Bri Kulas who stood out by showcasing WNBA potential.
"I'm really looking forward to it," she said of the draft and a possible pro career. "That's why I've been playing my whole basketball career - to make it to the highest level."
The Lady Bears limited Hallie Christofferson, who is tied for second in the conference in scoring at 18.7 per game, to 10 points. The versatile, 6-foot-3 Christofferson battled foul trouble throughout that contest and played only 22 minutes. "She’s playing inside some this year, and that’s a difficult matchup for us because our (centers), Sune (Agbuke) and Kristina (Higgins) have to guard her, and she goes out to shoot the 3 as well," Mulkey said. "You have to limit her ability to score in the paint first."From Lady Bears get 2nd chance at Big 12 title at Iowa St. by Jason Orts of the Waco Tribune. Baylor will face Iowa State at 7 p.m. tonight for a chance at a share of the Big XII title with West Virginia. Mulkey's comments match with our previous observations about Christofferson from our preview of the teams' last meeting.
There may be no coach more effusively about his senior leader than West Virginia's Mike Carey and the statistics suggest the praise is justified.
Highlights of Purdue's senior day win over Nebraska, which included a surprise return to the court by injured senior KK Houser (via Purdue Sports).
Once again, UConn beat Louisville. And once again, Shoni Schimmel struggled to score.
The WCC announced today that BYU senior Jennifer Hamson has been voted both WCC Player of the Year and WCC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player in league history to do so. So with her dominance in the WCC, does she have a shot at the WNBA?
Louisville faces UConn on senior night with a chance to tie the Huskies at the top of the American conference. That will almost certainly require a bigger game from senior Shoni Schimmel.
Highlights and postgame comments from Notre Dame's win at North Carolina State (via WatchND).
Chiney Ogwumike reflects on her career at Stanford after scoring a career-high 37 points against Washington State on Senior Night (via Pac-12.com).
On March 2, Alyssa Thomas will become the ninth member of the Maryland Terrapins program to have her name and number honored in the rafters at Comcast Center. Swish Appeal caught up with the two-time defending ACC Player of the Year to discuss the honor and what has motivated her during her career.
We turn our attention to Conference USA with a match between two of its best teams. Read more on it here.
Highlights from Baylor's 96-89 win over Oklahoma on Monday (via Baylor Athletics).
For the second season in a row, Nebraska and Penn State find themselves at the top of the Big Ten standings with a big late-season game that could determine the regular season champion.
Highlights from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish's win over the Duke Blue Devils, which includes commentary from coach Muffet McGraw about senior guard Kayla McBride's career-high 31 points (via WatchND).
Chris Pendley of SB Nation's Rocky Top Talk has previewed Tennessee's game today and has identified Missouri's 6-foot-1 senior forward Bri Kulas as a focal point.
This year's Missouri squad isn't much different than last year's. The good news - such as it is - is that Bri Kulas is the only other player worth noticing. Of course, she's 6'1", shoots 42% from deep, and gets 1.15 points per weighted shot...She's going to likely spot up at the 4, which puts her up against Isabelle Harrison at the top of the key - or, even better, Bashaara Graves down low. Make her work on defense and she'll likely need a few possessions off on the other side of the court.
We haven't yet discussed Kulas much on this site, but she's certainly on WNBA draft radars and a player worth keeping an eye on if you're not already familiar with her game. You can see her statistics for the season at WBB State. The game is on ESPN3 at 2 p.m. EST.
With a win at USC today and a loss by Washington, Cal can secure a first round bye in the 2014 Pac-12 Tournament. While California Golden Blogs will elaborate on what's at stake from a Cal perspective, we'll look at what's at stake for USC.
Analyst Debbie Antonelli asked senior post Natalie Achonwa what they have to do to remain undefeated after an 87-72 win over Georgia Tech on senior night (via ACC Digital Network).
Highlights from the Maryland Terrapins' 87-77 win over the Florida State Seminoles in which star players from each team shined (via ACC Digital Network).
Highlights from Connecticut's 83-35 win over Central Florida last night (via NCAA Highlights).
Mike Rutherford of SB Nation's Card Chronicle has video and details about Shoni Schimmel joining Angel McCoughtry (and three men's basketball players) in Louisville's 2000-point club. Catching McCoughtry will prove impossible though: she finished her career with a school-record 2779 points.
N.C. State faces Duke in Durham with a chance to make a statement that could help them in both national rankings and tournament seeding.
Highlights from the Baylor Lady Bears' 89-51 win over the Iowa State Cyclones last night (via Baylor Athletics).
Big XII foes Baylor and Iowa State face each other for the first time this season with Iowa State trying to find a rhythm before the tournament.
Women's basketball analyst Debbie Antonelli watches film with Haley Peters to analyze the strengths of her game (via ACC Digital Network).
N.C. State is on a roll and at the center of it all is 6-foot-5 center Markeisha Gatling, who was named a candidate for both the Naismith Award and Wade Trophy earlier this week.
After having a 16-game winning streak snapped by UConn on Sunday, Louisville tries to get back on track against Temple tonight with Naismith Award candidate Shoni Schimmel looking to find her way out of a bit of a shooting slump.
With Duke facing North Carolina tonight and the additions made to the Wade Watch List, we take focus on the role of Tricia Liston in helping the Blue Devils deal with Chelsea Gray's absence.
The nation's leading shot blocker won her second consecutive WCC Player of the Week award after coming two blocks short of a triple-double at the University of San Francisco in BYU's win on Saturday.
Highlights from the Baylor Lady Bears' 81-64 win over Oklahoma State Cowgirls in Waco, including a dominant 33-point performance from star Odyssey Sims (via BaylorAthletics).
Georgia Tech guard Tyaunna Marshall and coach MaChelle Joseph discuss the senior's 32-point performance in an upset of North Carolina to break the program's all-time scoring record.
The Dawn Staley Award Watch List was announced this past weekend and included 10 senior guards as candidates for the award. As we continue to look ahead to the 2014 WNBA Draft, we wonder specifically about some of the three point shooters on that list.
After watching Kayla McBride play at Maryland, New York Liberty coach and general manager Bill Laimbeer said that he believes the senior scorer will be a top seven pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft.
Bria Hartley recorded her first career double-double with 11 assists on Tuesday night in UConn's 93-56 win over Temple. The record night highlights an improvement that has strengthened her value as a pro prospect.
The 2013-14 UConn women's basketball team became the first team in program history to have three players with 50 or more blocks in a season last week. Center Stefanie Dolson might have a chance to join another elite group that could help her in the 2014 WNBA Draft.
Oklahoma State suffered a heartbreaking loss at home to the Baylor Lady Bears, but senior point guard Tiffany Bias inched closer to making program history while turning in an impressive defensive performance.
Post-game interview and highlights with Chiney Ogwumike after Stanford's 72-55 win over UCLA on Friday (via Pac-12 Networks).
Mike Rutherford of SB Nation's Louisville site Card Chronicle summarized a record-setting performance for Cardinals star Shoni Schimmel in which she went 9-for-12 from 3-point range. As alluded to in the write-up, Schimmel is now 16-for-23 from beyond the arc in her last two games.
Highlights from Jerica Coley's 38-point performance in Florida International's 63-52 win at UAB on Saturday (via Conference USA).
Despite a lack of publicity, Georgia Tech senior guard Tyaunna Marshall is among the top offensive rebounding guards in the nation.
Todd Carton of SB Nation's Maryland site Testudo Times previewed the Terrapins' game against Virginia tomorrow (6:30 p.m., ESPN3) and highlighted yet another upcoming milestone for star Alyssa Thomas.
Alyssa Thomas needs to score just seven points to become the fourth player in Maryland women's basketball history to score 2,000 points in her career. Crystal Langhorne (2,245), Marissa Coleman (2,205), and Kristi Toliver (2,078) are the others. In addition, Thomas recorded three assists Sunday against Georgia Tech giving her 402 for her career. I have found only four players in NCAA women's basketball history who have scored at least 2,000 points, grabbed 1,000 or more rebounds, and handed out a minimum of 400 assists for their career. (Cheryl Miller, Nicole Powell, Armintie Price, and most recently Maya Moore.) Even if my research has missed a player or two, this achievement clearly puts Thomas in very elite company.
Zack Ward has already done a great job of putting Thomas' career at Maryland in context - all-time leading rebounder and scorer are still within reach for her - but adding that points-rebounds-assists stat to the mix make it all even more impressive and speaks to her potential as a WNBA player.
Highlights from Tennessee's 86-70 loss to Notre Dame on Sunday (via UTSportsTV)
Highlights from Notre Dame's 86-70 win over Tennessee last night (via WatchND).
UConn senior Bria Hartley discussed the need to become more consistent and be a better point guard in a preseason video (via UConn Huskies).
John R. Wooden Award candidate Maggie Lucas has a chance to set a few Big Ten scoring records before leaving Penn State. But if the past is any indication, her college statistics don't necessarily bode well for WNBA success.
Highlights from Kansas' 76-60 upset of Baylor on Sunday (via Baylor Athletics).
Duke's Tricia Liston discussed her offseason and personal goals for the 2013-14 season in an interview (and game of horse) with DSB Sports' Eitan Tye (via Duke Student Broadcasting).
The 29-player 2014 Nancy Lieberman Award watch list was announced earlier today.
With Chelsea Gray's college career officially over due to injury, one of the next questions on people's minds was what this would mean for her future as a professional basketball player.
Highlights of UConn's 66-55 win at Baylor last night (via BaylorAthletics).
Duke star point guard, Chelsea Gray, has injured the same knee from last year bring her Blue Devils career to an end. Gray suffered a fractured right knee cap this past Sunday in their victory against Boston College. She will have season-ending surgery in the near future.
ESPN commentators discussed Christina Foggie's impact on Vanderbilt's 74-63 win over Tennessee yesterday.
Highlights from Mississippi's 87-80 loss to Baylor on December 18.
ESPNU's feature on Asya Bussie's recovery from an ACL injury that caused her to miss last season.
Baylor University highlights of Baylor's win over West Virginia last night.
Baylor Lady Bears guard Odyssey Sims keeps getting better in her senior year even as the competition gets stiffer.
Viet Nguyen of BearInsider.com published coach Lindsay Gottlieb's thoughts on where she's at after an extended absence.
"...my expectations are for her to come out, contribute, play hard, enjoy doing it and be with her teammates, and I know what she can do on the court. Today, obviously, she's got to shake off some of the rust, but she did a great job on the boards, she was active, she made some big free throws for us so we'll continue to move forward and progress with her and getting her back into game rhythm."
As Nick Kranz of California Golden Blogs has already written, it might be reductive to suggest that Brandon was responsible for the rebounding margin on Sunday but she made exactly the type of impact that makes her worth keeping an eye on as a 2014 WNBA Draft prospect.
For more updates on draft prospects around the nation, visit our 2014 WNBA Draft prospects storystream.
Video of John Pierson's feature about the improvement of UConn seniors Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley and their value as 2014 WNBA Draft prospects (via SportsEdge).
Chiney Ogwumike was absolutely dominant in a 96-66 win over the Oregon Ducks in which she became the Pac-12's all-time leading rebounder and added to her growing legend.
Video of Tennessee Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick talking about the expectations for senior Meighan Simmons at media day (via Knoxville News Sentinel).
Alyssa Thomas' unique skill set makes her one of the best players in the country and maybe the best ever at Maryland.
ACC Digital Network highlights of UConn's win over Duke last night.
Wrapping up this week of draft talk, we look today at five seniors who have shown signs of improvement early in the 2013-14 season.
Continuing our look at 2014 WNBA Draft prospects, today we focus on some forwards and centers who probably warrant attention based on their junior season performance even if figuring out exactly how their statistics translate might be difficult.
Aneela Khan of the Silver Stars News & Notes blog covered the Notre Dame Fighting Irish's 100-61 win over the Duquesne Dukes for Swish Appeal, with a focus on the return of Natalie Achonwa to her home province in her NCAA uniform.
With the WNBA announcing the date of the draft lottery yesterday, we look at 10 NCAA DI players to watch during the 2013-14 women's college basketball season.
After previously looking at some red flags for 2014 WNBA draft prospects earlier this week, today we take a look at positive indicators for this coming draft class based on their junior season statistics.
Continuing our advance look at the 2014 WNBA Draft, we look at past risk factors for unsuccessful college to pro transitions.
Through four games, Gray has averaged 13.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 8.5 assists. She has also shot 51.4% from the field and 82.4% from the free throw line. She’s been incredible, to say the least, and whether she remains incredible will mean everything to a Duke team trying to take the next stepFrom "Chelsea Gray Returns with a Boom" by Ethan Novak of Ball Durham The one potentially concerning junior year stat for Chelsea Gray as a 2014 WNBA Draft prospect was her 42.1% field goal percentage. Clearly she's off to a better start this year and it's not like she's been playing a cupcake schedule. And here's the scary thing: she might not even be 100% yet.
ESPN highlights of UConn's 72-55 win at Maryland on Friday evening.
Video from BearInsider.com of the California Golden Bears' postgame press conference after their season-opening 70-51 win against Long Beach State at Haas Pavilion on Friday night.
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