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Swish Appeal’s starting five discuss season award picks

From unanimity on the Player of the Year award to complete disagreement on Freshman of the Year and a split decision on Defensive Player of the Year, the Swish Appeal team sounds off on which players should win these coveted awards.

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WNBA free agency (UPDATED Feb. 21): The latest news in player movement

Saniya Chong signed a training camp contract with the Las Vegas Aces on Tuesday, Feb. 19. During her 2016-17 senior season at UConn, Chong averaged 8.3 points, 2.6 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. In her 2017 rookie WNBA season with the Dallas Wings, Chong averaged 11 minutes, 2.7 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist per game. But her 2018 campaign with the Wings ended after just five games, with Chong being waived in favor of Letitia Romero.

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SEVEN-time Freshman of the Week Rhyne Howard is the motor making the No. 16 Wildcats go

Against Arkansas last week, Howard’s double-double — and a big steal with just seconds left on the clock — got Kentucky the 61-59 win. She and Wildcats face No. 13 South Carolina tonight on the road. Plus, Mizzou’s inconsistency, games of the week, Player of the Week and more!

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EuroCup/EuroLeague 2019 central

Follow your favorite WNBA players as they compete in EuroCup and EuroLeague tournaments during the WNBA offseason.

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Mount Rushmore State’s dominance continues

No. 23 South Dakota and South Dakota State continue their battle for first place, with each hosting games midweek before facing each other in a Sunday afternoon showdown that could have national poll and NCAA Tournament bid implications. Plus, some conference records are in trouble, the Player of the Week and more!

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The Seattle Storm’s Alysha Clark and Sami Whitcomb shine as EuroCup Women Round of 8 play ends this week

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The latest AP Poll reflects a week of upsets — and mid-major triumphs — across the country

With 14 top-25 schools losing last week — including seven to unranked teams — the AP Poll for Week 16 looks a little bit different heading into the last few weeks of the season.

Recap: Notre Dame runs over NC State in ACC showdown

Notre Dame’s fast-break offense leads the way in blowout win.

NBA All-Star Weekend was simply MARVEL-ous!

Marvel Studios joined forces with the WNBA in stunning ad for Captain Marvel. Also in this edition of Hoops Happening: a recap of NBA All-Star events, comments on one player’s All-Star snub, Naismith finalists, a general news roundup, one special shout-out, bonus All-Star coverage, and more from the world of women’s hoops!

Saint Francis U looks to chip away at Robert Morris’ lead as NEC Tournament seeding scramble continues

Already assured an NEC Tournament berth, the second-place Red Flash begin a three-game homestand tonight. It starts with the top team in the conference. Plus, two SFU players’ record-breaking month, win streaks across the board and more!

Gonzaga on track for historic finish

The Zags, ranked a program-best No. 13 twice this season, still have room to grow.

Shop WNBA ‘BreakingT’ shirts!

The WNBPA has memorialized its call for equity into a sleek and modern BreakingT shirt. And it can be yours, while supplies last! Plus, shop other shirts from the 2018 WNBA season, featuring: Sue Bird, Liz Cambage, Kayla McBride, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart and more.

A roundup of ‘Hoops Happening,’ a column from Tamryn Spruill

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Miami surges in February, Louisville in position to win conference title

Clemson is still on track to finish above .500 in conference play and Virginia has gradually turned their season around.

Undefeated at home, Iowa hosts Maryland in top-15 showdown between the Big Ten’s best teams

The Hawkeyes have never beaten Maryland since the Terrapins joined the Big Ten in 2014, but some serious momentum in Iowa City could erase the Terps’ one-game lead in the standings and create a tie for first place.

Allie Quigley’s 29 is the score to beat in tonight’s NBA Three-Point Contest

A’ja Wilson and Candace Parker will serve as judges for the Slam Dunk contest. Let the good times roll!

GameThread: North Carolina A&T looks to extend perfect play in MEAC against Howard

Today, North Carolina A&T will be on the road to face Howard with a chance to go 11-0 in conference play. With the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament coming up, this is a significant game for both teams.

Comedian Famous Los scored a team-high 22 points for Team Home in NBA All-Star Celebrity Game win

Reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year A’ja Wilson added 11 points before a relative hometown crowd.

Dawn Staley and A’ja Wilson vs. the world

Hall of Famer Dawn Staley will coach the Home Team featuring Las Vegas Ace forward A’ja Wilson, while three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird will coach the Away Team featuring Chicago Sky center Stefanie Dolson.

NBA All-Star Preview: A’ja Wilson and Dawn Staley prepare to take All-Star Weekend by storm

The two South Carolina-based superstars represent just some of the women’s basketball talent gracing NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.

GameThread: The Pac-12’s top teams face off twice in four days as Oregon State looks to halt Oregon’s success

The Beavers will look to do what no other team in the conference has done this season: beat the Ducks.

The Indiana Fever can only get better from here

After a dismal 2018 season where the last-place Fever won just six games, the young team looks to regroup mainly by finding the winning combination of the players they have.

After dropping two straight, NC State wins a tight contest against Syracuse

Kiara Leslie led the Wolfpack to a win after back-to-back losses threatened to derail their season.

EuroCup Women Round of 8 play features many up-and-coming WNBA players

Starting Wednesday, the athletes in this round, including rising WNBA players like Moriah Jefferson and Sami Whitcomb, will be on full display in one of FIBA Europe’s top women’s basketball tournaments.

If the NCAA Tournament started today, these 16 teams would lead the bracket

Baylor, Louisville, Oregon and Mississippi State would be one-seeds in the NCAA Tournament if the season ended today. Here’s how each region looks at this early stage of decision-making.

A conflict of interest as Christyn Williams, Olivia Nelson-Ododa face South Carolina

Making this year’s matchup between No. 4 UConn and No. 11 South Carolina special is Christyn Williams and Olivia Nelson-Ododa, who both considered playing for the Gamecocks in 2018-19.

South Carolina has a big road test tonight against a UConn team with lots to prove

Plus, Mississippi State remains undefeated in Southeastern Conference play but still lags in the AP Poll, Tennessee struggles to stay on track, our top picks for games of the week, and more!

Sabrina Ionescu and Oregon end 32-year streak of road losses to Stanford in big Sunday win

A near triple-double for Sabrina Ionsecu leads the Ducks to a 40-point victory over the Cardinal.

Fresh off a career-best season, re-signing Cheyenne Parker is a smart move for the Chicago Sky’s future

As the Chicago Sky begin to carve out their identity under James Wade, putting faith in Cheyenne Parker’s continued success is a solid start.

Re-signing Briann January was a necessary move for the Phoenix Mercury’s championship aspirations

The re-signing of the 10-year veteran will help this experienced Phoenix Mercury team return to the postseason to chase their fourth title in franchise history.

GameThread: Portland State hosts Northern Colorado with the top spot in the Big Sky on the line

The crowded top-4 of the Big Sky standings means that a favorable combination of wins and losses could catapult Portland State from fourth place to a three-way tie for first place in just one game.

GameThread: Stanford and Oregon State can challenge Oregon, but first they must go through each other

The PAC-12’s current second- and third-place teams will face off before each team gets their shot at conference leader Oregon.

The 2018 WNBA champion Seattle Storm face many decisions — mainly, what to do with Ramu Tokashiki

Although the Storm re-signed their two free agents, some questions remain about their 2019 roster.

Missouri State remains undefeated in the MVC after handing Drake its first conference loss since 2016

Plus, Drake continues its redemption quest at Valparaiso, the top two teams in the conference are keeping themselves in exclusive company, MVC players of the week were announced, and more!

North Carolina continues late-season surge by upsetting NC State

It’s unclear just how good NC State is due to their strength of schedule. Also, Virginia Tech bounces back after their rough start, and six ACC teams are ranked in the top 25.

Karima Christmas-Kelly will have a big impact on a Lynx team that needs her versatility

The veteran guard will bring her all-around talent and experience to the aging Minnesota Lynx, which suffered some major losses this offseason.

Code blue: The AP Poll dunks on the Huskies, placing them at No. 5 in latest rankings

After their loss to Louisville, the now-No. 5 UConn Huskies are on the brink of being on the outside of tournament greatness looking in, as Baylor, Louisville, Oregon and Notre Dame sit comfortably as the top four seeds.


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