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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

Sun showing ‘urgency’

Since dropping their first game of the season, the Connecticut Sun have run off three wins in a row, defeating the Los Angeles Sparks, New York Liberty and Indiana Fever.

CT Sun, Brittney Griner, Diamond Deshields and C. Vivian Stringer news

Here’s why the Connecticut Sun dropped their opening game of the 2022 WNBA season to the New York Liberty. Also catch up on other women’s hoops news about Brittney Griner, Diamond DeShields and C. Vivian Stringer.

Preview: Intriguing games kick off the 2022 WNBA season

The W is back! A four-game slate launches the 2022 WNBA campaign, beginning with the Washington Mystics hosting the Indiana Fever (7 p.m. ET). After the Los Angeles Sparks meet the Chicago Sky (8 p.m. ET), contests between the Phoenix Mercury and Las Vegas Aces (10 p.m. ET) and Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx (10 p.m. ET) close out opening night.

2022 WNBA season preview: Connecticut Sun

Owners of the best regular season record in 2021, the Connecticut Sun are fully stocked and loaded for the 2022 season. Not only will Alyssa Thomas enter the season healthy, but Courtney Williams also has returned to Connecticut, giving the Sun rotation six players who have been named All-Stars. With this level of talent, anything less than a championship run would be a disappointment.

WNBA power rankings: 2022 preseason

The defending champion Chicago Sky lost Diamond DeShields and Stefanie Dolson, but added Emma Meesseman and Julie Allemand to top our preseason power rankings.

WNBA Draft preview: Connecticut Sun

Connecticut owns the last picks of the first (12), second (24) and third rounds (36), giving the franchise three opportunities to add players who potentially could earn a roster spot and supplement the Sun’s core of six All-Stars.

Elite Eight Preview: Will the No. 1 seeds make a clean sweep into the Final Four?

Two more trips to the Final Four remain, with No. 1 seeds NC State and Louisville seeking to hold off No. 2 seed UConn and No. 3 seed Michigan, respectively. Elite Eight action begins at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN on Monday evening.

NCAA Tournament Day 5 Preview

The Sweet 16 starts Friday, with No. 1 seeds South Carolina and Stanford both aiming to continue their march to the national championship.

For women’s college hoopers, will a signature March moment lead to NIL sponsorships?

Presumably, a successful showing the NCAA tournament can help a women’s college basketball player expand her NIL portfolio. Data collected by HypeAuditor suggests this could be the case. However, early data on NIL deals also indicates that on-court excellence does not always correlate with NIL opportunities.

Swish Appeal staff Final Four picks and links to full brackets

Who’s excited for the Swish Appeal Women’s Tournament Challenge group?! Here is what the Swish Appeal writers have picked.