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Cayla McMorris decides to attend Wisconsin

"I've decided to join the (Wisconsin) Badger family because I felt a major connection with the coaches and the team."

Cayla McMorris

Washington Mystics owner Ted Leonsis wants fans to come out and support the team for the playoffs

I often hear from folks asking us to show our commitment to women's basketball. I am hopeful that people in our community see that we care deeply about the team and the league. Now I am hopeful that the fans will return the respect for the game by coming to our playoff game to support the Mystics. The more fans in the building the better the environment and the better the team seems to play. Thank you for caring.

Washington Mystics owner Ted Leonsis on his blog today. We here definitely believe that Ted has been very involved with the team and look forward to seeing it continue both in good times and bad.

Top rated PG Gabbi Ortiz selects Oklahoma over Purdue

"I think Sherri Coale is an incredible woman," Gabbi Ortiz said. "It has a lot to do with her and just the success she’s had. "Oklahoma has been to three Final Fours (2002, 2009, 2010) and that’s intriguing to look at a program that has done that well."I’d like to go in, be successful and play deep into the (NCAA) tournament. That’s one of my big goals."

The Journal Times

Another top prospect selects Ohio State; Top-30 recruit Makayla Watherman commits to the Buckyes

"I just kept thinking about it more and more," Makayla Waterman said. "And I was like, ‘I don’t know why I’m waiting. Ohio State is the place I need to be and I want to be.’ I just think that it’s the right fit for me. "With me and the other people that are coming here, I think we can make a dynasty in the McGuff era. I think it’s going to be a really good time."

Columbus Dispatch

Laimbeer reacts strongly to Moore playing late in 88-57 rout

"I was a little disappointed they left Maya Moore in the game just to try to get player of the week again, when the game was out of control," Bill Laimbeer said. "She should get hurt for that."

Star Tribune

Jenny Moshak retires from Tennessee, walks away because of inequality concerns

"Due to the overall atmosphere since I raised issues of equality at the University of Tennessee and given the university’s unwillingness to address the issues of discrimination and retaliation, I cannot continue my association with the university’s athletic department," said Jenny Moshak in a statement. "I truly love the Lady Vols," said Moshak. "I am honored to be a part of the rich tradition of Lady Vol athletics and even prouder to have supported the physical, mental and emotional development of women in sports and life."

Govolsxtra.com

Sydney Moss transfers to DIII Thomas More

"We are excited that Sydney is joining the Thomas More women's basketball program," said head coach Jeff Hans. "It is especially nice to have local student-athletes at Thomas More to play in front of their family and friends. It is always good to have quality student-athletes in the Thomas More community and our women's basketball program that are looking to complete their academic degrees."

Thomas More Athletics

Gennifer Brandon has surgery to repair tibial stress fracture

"This procedure will allow Genn to get fully healthy, to return to the court at full strength this season and to have a lengthy professional career should she so desire," California head coach Lindsay Gottlieb said. "I am so grateful to our talented medical team at Cal and UCSF. Genn had the best surgical care and will work with our athletic trainer to get back on the court quickly and in optimal health."

California Athletics
WNBA

Sheryl Swoopes on what she hopes people will take from her story

"It’s ok to be different. It’s ok to stand over here and fight for what you believe in. That’s what I want people to get from my story."

Sheryl Swoopes near the end of her Nine for IX documentary "Swoopes". That seems like a good candidate for a new Swish Appeal tagline (which needed to be refreshed anyway). The entire documentary is definitely worth a watch for any WNBA fan or basketball fan in general. For more, check out Adrienne Vogt's review at the Daily Beast.

WNBA players want the All-Star game played at new venues

We would rather play somewhere else [besides the Mohegan Sun Casino]. When you go out the door of the casino, there is nowhere to go. You can't see anything for miles. I think for the players, that's confining in a sense

Seattle Storm forward Tina Thompson in article by ESPN's Kate Fagan. Great read.
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