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A historian of women's sport, Cat provides historical and cultural perspectives of women's basketball for Swish Appeal. She received her MA from the University of Georgia and PhD from the University of Miami. Her research concerns issues of race, gender, and sexuality in twentieth-century women's sport in the United States and Caribbean. Cat also is a long-tortured Atlanta basketball fan, who, nonetheless, believes Tiffany Hayes and Trae Young will lead ATL hoops to brighter days. In addition to nerding out about basketball, she enjoys running and gardening. Cat also serves as a contributor and book review editor for

Cinderella Canes and Lady Tigers advance to Elite Eight

The No. 9 seed Miami Hurricanes earned the program’s first Elite Eight appearance, holding off a comeback from the No. 4 seed Villanova Wildcats. The No. 3 seed LSU Lady Tigers then escaped against the No. 2 seed Utah Utes, advancing to the program’s first Elite Eight since 2008.

Six Cinderellas to pick for upsets

While the FGCU Eagles, the No. 12 seed in the Greenville 2 Region, are our favorite potential Cinderella, here are five other intriguing underdogs who could upset their favored foes in the first round, and maybe beyond.

Recap: No. 1 South Carolina soars to seventh SEC Tournament title

Behind 24 points from Zia Cooke and 18 points from Aliyah Boston, No. 1 seed South Carolina steadily pulled away from No. 4 seed Tennessee to secure the program’s seventh SEC Tournament championship. The Gamecocks, winners of 38 straight games, remain undefeated.

SEC Tournament preview: Undefeated South Carolina has eyes on championship

Can South Carolina cap off an undefeated regular season by recapturing the SEC Tournament championship crown they let slip away last season? Can LSU or another contender deter the Gamecocks’ dominance? The action begins on Wednesday and culminates with a Sunday afternoon title tilt.

SEC update: No. 1 South Carolina surviving, Tennessee steadying, Georgia improving and more

Let’s check in with the SEC’s top seven teams ahead of the final weekend of regular-season play. The biggest question: Can the South Carolina Gamecocks remain undefeated? Here are some other things worth watching.

(Updated) 2023 WNBA Free Agency: Connecticut Sun

The Connecticut Sun have officially signed Brionna Jones to a one-year contract. Before that, the Sun acquired Tiffany Hayes via trade with the Atlanta Dream. The multidimensional Hayes should enhance the Sun on both ends of the floor.

(Updated) 2023 WNBA Free Agency: Connecticut Sun

What will the Sun look like in 2023? After trading Jonquel Jones and Jasmine Thomas, Connecticut still has not confidently answered this question, only agreeing to a two-year contract with Natisha Hiedeman and offering Joyner Holmes and Mikiah Herbert-Harrigan training camp deals.

Dream re-sign Nia Coffey, AD

The Atlanta Dream have continued to shape their 2023 squad, re-signing Nia Coffey to a one-year protected contract and AD to a training camp deal. Next up for Atlanta is resolving the situations of Tiffany Hayes and Monique Billings.

2023 WNBA Free Agency: Atlanta Dream

Within the last year, GM Dan Padover and head coach Tanisha Wright have engineered an impressive turnaround in Atlanta.

2023 WNBA Free Agency: Connecticut Sun

The Connecticut Sun will enter the 2023 season with a new general manager and coaching staff. They also will enter it with a new-look roster, as the Sun jumpstarted the WNBA transaction season by trading 2021 MVP Jonquel Jones and Jasmine Thomas.