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Preview: South Carolina hopes to stay undefeated in the SEC vs. Arkansas in Top-20 MLK Day matchup

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Around the NCAAW Weekly: Colorado shocks nation, downs No. 1 Stanford

Mya Hollingshed and the Colorado Buffaloes took down the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal in thrilling fashion with Peanut Tuitele getting the game-winning block. Plus, the Iowa State Cyclones snapped an incredible streak for the No. 6 Baylor Lady Bears during a week full of upsets.

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Preview: No. 8 UCLA looks for third-straight win

The No. 8 UCLA Bruins have won their last two games and will face the No. 25 Washington State Cougars, who are looking to bounce back after being upset by the unranked USC Trojans.

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NCAAW Preview: It’s Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M in Sunday SEC clash

Both Mississippi State and Texas A&M are coming off disappointing losses earlier in the week, raising the stakes in what should be a competitive game between two of the SEC’s best.

A’ja Wilson: Statuesque and bronze

South Carolina Athletics installed on Thursday the bronze statue, more than a year in the making, of the women’s basketball program’s most famous Gamecock: A’ja Wilson. It is a rare tribute to the greatness of any woman anywhere, let alone a Black woman in the Deep South.

NCAAW Preview: No. 25 Washington State faces first test as a ranked team

The No. 25 Washington State Cougars are led by four international players: Charlisse Leger-Walker, Krystal Leger-Walker, Ula Motuga and Bella Murekatete. They will face Endyia Rogers and the USC Trojans on Friday.

Preview: No. 10 Oregon looks like better team vs. No. 11 Arizona

The No. 10 Oregon Ducks have gone toe-to-toe with the Pac-12’s best teams, while the No. 11 Arizona Wildcats beat the No. 8 UCLA Bruins but struggled against the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal. Can Nyara Sabally and company pick up a key win against Aari McDonald and company?

Around the NCAAW Weekly: Naz Hillmon dominates

The Michigan Wolverines’ Naz Hillmon evoked the name of Jessica Shepard on Thursday with her biggest accomplishment of college thus far, while Holy Cross Crusaders coach Maureen Magarity was able to beat her dad not once but twice in historic showdowns.

Preview: No. 5 ‘Cocks face No. 10 ‘Cats after COVID layoff

Zia Cooke and the No. 5 South Carolina Gamecocks have not played since Jan. 4 because a positive COVID-19 test led to a pause in activities. They are set to restart against Rhyne Howard and the No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats.

Preview: No. 17 Texas looks to build off momentum against West Virginia

The No. 17 Texas Longhorns are coming off an important win over the Iowa State Cyclones. Can they continue to live up to expectations against the West Virginia Mountaineers?

Preview: Versatile Cardinal vs. young Ducks

The No. 1 Stanford Cardinal have handled their business this season and look like one of the best teams in the country. The No. 11 Oregon Ducks are coming off a narrow loss to the No. 9 UCLA Bruins that ended their 27-game win streak.

Preview: Can the No. 10 ‘Cats keep rolling against the undefeated No. 8 Aggies?

There’s still a top-10 showdown on Thursday night! The No. 10 Kentucky Wildcats (9-1), fresh off two-straight wins over top-15 teams, head to College Station to take on the undefeated No. 8 Texas A&M Aggies (10-0). Will the game be another showcase for Rhyne Howard? Or, will N’dea Jones and the Aggies protect their turf, and their perfect record?

Becky Hammon, Swin Cash headline list of HOF noms still awaiting call

Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey and Barbara Stevens will soon be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with the 2020 class, and a pair of WNBA legends were nominated for induction in 2021. Yet, plenty more women’s basketball nominees still await the call.

2021 WNBA Draft Watch: Natasha Mack

Once the top junior college player in the country, Natasha Mack now roams the paint at Oklahoma State. Don’t let her humble collegiate beginnings overshadow her WNBA potential.

Kim Mulkey tests positive for COVID-19

Baylor Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not participate in team activities until at least Jan. 15. How long the team will have to go without playing remains uncertain but it is on pause and has canceled its Thursday game against the UConn Huskies.

Preview: No. 2 Louisville schedules rematch with UT Martin

The No. 2 Louisville Cardinals seek another comfortable win over the UT Martin Skyhawks. It could be the seventh victory by 18-plus in eight games for Dana Evans and company.

Preview: Terps vs. Hoosiers in battle of Big Ten pride

The No. 12 Maryland Terrapins and No. 19 Indiana Hoosiers have a lot to prove in a battle of Big Ten pride. The Terrapins are not projected to win the Big Ten and the Hoosiers so far lack a ranked win.

Around the NCAAW Weekly: Madi Williams’ 45 points set new Sooners record

Madi Williams of the Oklahoma Sooners put together a performance to remember! Elsewhere, the No. 11 UCLA Bruins defeated the No. 8 Oregon Ducks behind the heroic efforts of Michaela Onyenwere, and the No. 16 Michigan Wolverines dominated the No. 15 Northwestern Wildcats.

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Preview: MI and NW, two of the Big Ten’s best, square off

The No. 16 Michigan Wolverines, led by Naz Hillmon’s 65.1 percent clip, are third in the nation with a field goal percentage of 52.8. The No. 15 Northwestern Wildcats’ Lindsey Pulliam will need to snap out of her shooting slump if she and two-way star Veronica Burton are to defeat Hillmon and her co-star, Leigha Brown.

Preview: No 8 Oregon hosts bounce-back hopeful in No. 11 UCLA

The No. 11 UCLA Bruins are coming off a loss to the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal and will look to avoid a second-straight defeat when they face the No. 8 Oregon Ducks on the road.

Preview: No. 13 ‘Cats clash with No. 12 Bulldogs

SEC play has finally gotten underway and the No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats are coming off a big win over the No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks. Can Chasity Patterson and Rhyne Howard keep it going for the Wildcats? Or will Jessika Carter, Rickea Jackson and the No. 12 Mississippi State Bulldogs remain ahead of them in the rankings by defeating them?

Preview: No. 21 South Florida takes on East Carolina

Both the No. 21 South Florida Bulls (6-1) and East Carolina Pirates (5-3) enter this matchup an undefeated 3-0 in AAC play. While the ranked Bulls would seem to have the edge, ECU’s AAC Player of the Week winners Lashonda Monk and Taniyah Thompson are capable of sparking an upset win with their big-time scoring.

Preview: Stanford vs. Arizona in Pac-12 matchup on New Year’s Day

The No. 1 Stanford Cardinal continue their trek through the ultra-competitive Pac-12, taking on Player of the Year candidate Aari McDonald and the No. 6 Arizona Wildcats on New Year’s Day.

Happy New Year! Our 21 wishes for women’s hoops in 2021

In case you missed it, the Swish Appeal team convened around the roundtable to discuss our biggest wishes for the New Year. Here’s what we want to see in women’s hoops in 2021.

Preview: Dungee, No. 10 Arkansas face No. 13 Kentucky

With each team being 1-1 in Top 25 matchups, the No. 13 Kentucky Wildcats face the No. 10 Arkansas Razorbacks in an important matchup and the league opener for both.

Preview: No. 4 Huskies are heavy fave vs. No. 18 Blue Demons

Olivia Nelson-Ododa, Paige Bueckers, Christyn Williams and the UConn Huskies are coming off a big win over the Villanova Wildcats. They hope to dominate the DePaul Blue Demons, unless Sonya Morris and company can execute other plans.

2021 WNBA Draft Watch: Selena Lott

Thanks to a deliberate style of play and exquisite shot selection, Marquette’s Selena Lott is one of the country’s best-kept secrets — for now.

Preview: No. 23 Gonzaga to face Loyola Marymount in LA

The No. 23 Gonzaga Bulldogs already have played one of the nation’s elite teams in the No. 5 South Carolina Gamecocks and they lost a thriller to the previously-ranked South Dakota State Jackrabbits. Can those tests lead them to an undefeated WCC record? It all starts with their conference opener against the Loyola Marymount Lions.

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2021 WNBA Draft Watch

Get to know the seniors and draft-eligible juniors playing the 2020-21 NCAA women’s basketball season with hopes of making the 2021 WNBA Draft.

Around the NCAAW Weekly: No. 16 Ohio State bans itself from postseason

The No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes have punished their own program for recruiting violations committed by former associate head coach Patrick Klein. The violations included sexual harassment of student-athletes.

Duke cancels season. Should other programs follow?

Even with a vaccine on the way, Kara Lawson’s Duke Blue Devils called it quits for the rest of the season due to coronavirus concerns. Should sports be played right now? And, if play continues, how can the NCAAW use the WNBA as an example to make things as safe as possible?

Our 21 wishes for women’s hoops in 2021

In a spirit of reflection on the unprecedented year in sports, and with an eye to the future, the Swish Appeal staff gathered to share our biggest wishes for women’s basketball in the coming year.

2021 WNBA Draft Watch: Michaela Onyenwere

An explosive athlete, UCLA’s Michaela Onyenwere is just scratching the surface of her potential. The sky is the limit for the Bruins star, both in the 2021 WNBA Draft and beyond.

Recap: No. 3 UConn’s ‘Big 4’ give Huskies big bite in blowout

Christyn Williams, Evina Westbrook, Paige Bueckers and Olivia Nelson-Ododa combined for 81.1 percent of the UConn Huskies’ scoring and the team attempted 19 more free throws than the Villanova Wildcats.

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