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This Oakland women’s basketball league helps locals go pro around the world

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Hunched over, RaeVaughn Barnes grasps her basketball shorts, catching a breath. "It’s been eight years," Barnes gasps, thinking back to when, as a community college student struggling with academics and mental health, she walked out on her team midseason. Barnes later learned that several Division I schools were offering her a scholarship. She hasn’t played organized basketball since. "I think about how I walked out every day," said Barnes, who moved to Oakland in 2018. Those regrets brought her to Fremont High School in East Oakland on May 7, as one of 20 players trying out for the Women’s Premier Basketball Association, or WPBA. After full-court sprints and side-to-side shuffles, followed by one-on-one and three-on-three drills, Barnes is battling fatigue before a series of full-court, five-on-five scrimmages end the nearly five-hour camp. Watch the live Rugby World Cup action that beIN SPORTS has to offer wherever you are and on any device exclusively on beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

Giacone Joins Illini Women’s Basketball Staff

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Fighting Illini women's basketball head coach Shauna Green announced Wednesday (May 11) the addition of former Dayton star Jenna Giacone as the Fighting Illini's Director of Scouting & Player Development, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Fantasy women's basketball: Jordin Canada among top players to add to your roster

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The opening weekend of the WNBA season has come and gone, so now we have some tangible feedback on what the teams look like. Many of the impact players played to expectation, but there have already been surprises. A significant portion of the league still has commitments to overseas basketball leagues and/or are dealing with injuries or suspension, which has opened up playing time for several players who are maximizing their opportunities.

Winners, losers and reloaders of the women’s basketball transfer portal

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The 2022 transfer portal season officially surpassed the 2021 season, with 1,284 Division I players entering their names into the portal (compared to 1,197 a season ago). It’s a win for every player that made a decision to start a new journey or took a chance on themselves and their game.

Charting WNBA stats over time

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Really cool resource for anyone who wants help putting team-level stats into perspective relative to historical averages. Also, just awesome to see so many more people taking interest in WNBA analytics!

Maine removes interim tag, signs Amy Vachon to 4-year deal

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"Amy has done an outstanding job during the last 15 months, and she has earned the opportunity to be the permanent head coach of the women's basketball team," says UMaine Director of Athletics Karlton Creech. "After taking over the program under adverse conditions, Amy led our student-athletes to continued success academically and athletically. The championship-level performance of the program under Amy's leadership has been more than impressive."

Maine Athletics

'Defensive specialist,' Christmas-Kelly returning to Dallas

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The Dallas Wings have announced they have re-signed veteran forward Karima Christmas-Kelly. "Karima is a great defensive specialist and an explosive scorer, that continues to be a strong leader on the court," said head coach Fred Williams in the team's release. "Her efficiency and ability to play multiple positions on both ends of the floor makes her a triple threat player, which is invaluable to us. She’s an all-around player who our fans and community admire, and we couldn’t be happier that she will continue her career with the Dallas Wings."

WNBA: Connecticut's Miller adds familiar face to staff

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"I am so excited to be reunited with my longtime and talented assistant coach," Miller said. "We have a fantastic relationship and helped build two programs during our 13 years together at the collegiate level. Brandi is widely considered one of the elite assistant coaches in the country. She has tremendous work ethic and is the best multi-tasker I have been around in my coaching career."

Connecticut Sun head coach Curt Miller

Important Update: Missouri-Arkansas game re-scheduled for Monday

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Hours ago, Missouri’s and Arkansas’s game had to be postponed because the Tigers could not safely travel. The university announced, the game has been re-schedule for tomorrow (Monday, Feb. 12) and tip-off is set for 6 pm CT.

Sources: WNBA plans to release 2018 schedule today

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Earlier this week, we wrote there was a rumor that the WNBA was going to release the upcoming 2018 schedule that day barring a setback. Well, there was a setback that day. But according to sources, the schedule will be released sometime today short of another delay. Stay tuned.