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Cat Ariail received her PhD in history from the University of Miami in 2018, researching the intersection of race, gender, sexuality and nationalism in women's sports. She has contributed to Swish Appeal since 2019, and began running the site in 2023. When not digging into stories and stats from across women's basketball, she, literally, is digging in the dirt as a farm manager for a farm-to-table restaurant in northeast Georgia.

Are the Fever playoff ready?

Regardless of how great, good or okay presumptive No. 1 pick Caitlin Clark is as a rookie, have the Indiana Fever built a playoff-caliber team? And how can free agent additions Katie Lou Samuelson and Damiris Dantas help Indy return to the postseason?

The Mercury are heating up with Copper

The Phoenix Mercury are going all in for the franchise’s fourth championship, trading for 2021 WNBA Finals MVP Kahleah Copper after already acquiring Natasha Cloud and Rebecca Allen.

A Storm surge with Sky-Digg and Nneka?

It appears a storm is coming for the rest of the WNBA. With Skylar Diggins-Smith and Nneka Ogwumike joining Jewell Loyd and Ezi Magbegor in Seattle, the Storm are a certified championship contender.

Can Canada help Atlanta achieve playoff Dreams?

The Atlanta Dream upgraded the point guard position through the acquisition of Jordin Canada, while adding a pair of bucket getters in Tina Charles and Aerial Powers. Nia Coffey also will be back in the ATL.

Team USA ready for Olympic Qualifying Tournament

Aliyah Boston, Rhyne Howard and Jackie Young will make their 5x5 senior national team debuts at the 2024 FIBA Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Meet the other nine players who will represent Team USA in Antwerp, Belgium.

Around the NCAAW: Who’s got next for the NCAA scoring record?

Even as we wait for Caitlin Clark to become the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer, is it time to begin thinking about who might threaten her mark? Freshman scoring phenoms JuJu Watkins and Hannah Hidalgo look like strong candidates.

This Week in Women’s Basketball: Baylor to honor BG

The great Brittney Griner’s jersey will go where it belongs, with Baylor to raising her No. 42 to rafters on Feb. 18. In other news, WNBA Golden State named Jess Smith the franchise’s president.

Syracuse-Louisville headlines topsy-turvy ACC

The ACC’s six ranked teams are in action on Thursday night, headlined by No. 16 Louisville vs. No. 21 Syracuse and No. 5 NC State vs. No. 24 North Carolina.

Tune into ESPN 2’s “WNBA Free Agency Special”

On Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. ET, ESPN 2 will air a live, one-hour "WNBA Free Agency Special."

Around the NCAAW: Notre Dame makes a statement

While a pair of clutch 3s from Bree Hall helped South Carolina escape against LSU and remain undefeated, Hannah Hidalgo was electric as Notre Dame upset UConn. Those two primetime contests highlighted another wild week in women’s college hoops.