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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

SEC update: Undefeated in S. Carolina; new identities for Ark., UGA

Are South Carolina’s deficits a problem? Can Arkansas actually challenge the SEC’s elite? What about Georgia? Let’s analyze the recent results of the Gamecocks, Razorbacks and Bulldogs.

SEC update: Checking in on South Carolina, Tennessee and LSU

Let’s take a look at how the conference’s top three teams have fared so far this season. Are there cracks in South Carolina’s armor despite its dominance? Can Tennessee clean things up? Will LSU continue to cross the century mark?

Preview: Boston and bruising Gamecocks aim to take down Terps

Just after the 2023 WNBA Draft Lottery, when the likes of South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston and Maryland’s Diamond Miller will get an idea about their professional futures, the No. 1 Gamecocks will aim to show off their back-to-back title pedigree with a victory over the No. 17 Terrapins.

SEC preview: Aliyah Boston, South Carolina aim to cement championship DNA

Can any team take down the South Carolina Gamecocks? While fellow coaches expect the No. 1-ranked defending national champions to capture the conference’s most prestigious honors, that doesn’t mean they intend to make it easy on Dawn Staley’s squad. The SEC is, yet again, a conference full of talented, intriguing teams.

SEC players to watch in 2022-23

There should be no doubt or disagreement that South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston is THE player to watch in the SEC. In addition to Boston, here are 10 other players who should attract the eyes and interest of fans this season.

WNBA Offseason: Connecticut Sun

Coming off an excellent 2022 season that did not end until the WNBA Finals, the Connecticut Sun enter a critical offseason. While Brionna Jones appears poised to depart for a deserved pay day, the Sun can lessen the loss by targeting free agents who will allow the team to improve its offensive attack and championship upside.

Mulkey’s lack of comment on BG speaks volumes

Recently asked to share her thoughts about Brittney Griner, LSU head coach Kim Mulkey resisted, refusing to offer a comment that expressed sympathy for the best player that she has ever coached. Does Mulkey deserve the benefit of the doubt for her decision to demur?

Connecticut Sun 2022 season recap

Despite another deep playoff run ending in disappointment, the Connecticut Sun’s 2022 season should not be categorized as a failure. Nevertheless, changes are coming.

Sun survive, thrive in Game 3

In Game 3 of the WNBA Finals, the Connecticut Sun not only avoided a sweep at the hands of the Las Vegas Aces but also turned in a statement performance, highlighted by a history-making triple-double from Alyssa Thomas.

The Sun are back in the WNBA Finals

The Connecticut Sun are back in the WNBA Finals, returning to the league’s ultimate stage for the first time since 2019 and the fourth time in franchise history. All it took to get there was a shocking, seemingly-impossible fourth-quarter comeback against the defending-champion Chicago Sky.