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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.

Pac-12 preview: Can anyone stop Stanford?

Stanford is the clear-cut top team, but the conference will not be easy, with Oregon and Arizona waiting in the wings.

Big Ten preview: Iowa the team to beat, faces serious competition

Are you ready for Caitlin Clark to dazzle once again? For Grace Berger to put it all on the line for one more shot at the Final Four? The Big Ten season should be an exciting one.

Big 12 preview: Iowa State and Texas are hungry for Final Four

The Iowa State Cyclones return one of the best big threes in the country, while the Texas Longhorns have been to two-straight Elite Eights.

Big East preview: UConn is in Azzi Fudd’s hands

Without Paige Bueckers, UConn will go as far as Azzi Fudd can take them, but that may be further than some people think. However, the Huskies might not go undefeated in their own conference with the Creighton Bluejays returning familiar faces from last year’s Elite Eight run.

This Week in Women’s Basketball: Brittney Griner’s appeal rejected

On Tuesday, a Russian court denied Brittney Griner’s appeal of a nine-year prison sentence.

Mid-major preview: No. 23 SDSU, No. 24 Princeton looking to tangle with the best

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits and Princeton Tigers have the talent to be great in 2022-23.

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.

Big 10 players to watch in 2022-23

Taking a look a some of the top players in the conference.

2023 WNBA Draft Watch: Ashley Owusu

There weren’t many bigger transfers during the 2022 offseason than Ashley Owusu’s move from Maryland to Virginia Tech. The addition of the full-court playmaker may be just what the Hokies have needed to separate themselves from the pack in the competitive ACC.

ACC players to watch in 2022-23

Elizabeth Kitley of the Virginia Tech Hokies returns as the No. 1 player to watch, but her teammate Ashley Owusu, Louisville’s Hailey Van Lith, Notre Dame’s Olivia Miles and others are worth keeping an eye on too.

This Week in Women’s Basketball: Curt Miller makes big career move

On Friday, Curt Miller became the head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks, leaving the Connecticut Sun.

Pac-12 players to watch in 2022-23

The Pac-12 is star-studded with Cameron Brink and Haley Jones returning to Stanford, UCLA’s Charisma Osborne entering her senior year, and Bella Murekatete representing Washington State. These are some of the many players to watch in the Pac-12 this season.

High hopes for the No. 4 Hawkeyes

The defending Big Ten champions will begin their season with a high ranking, high expectations, and a high resolve to be among the best.

Big 12 players to watch in 2022-23

Iowa State Cyclone Ashley Joens is poised to become a Top 5 player in the nation and will be joined in the Big 12 by Missouri transfer Aijha Blackwell, Oklahoma star Madi Williams, sophomore sensation Rori Harmon and plenty of other talent.

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2023 WNBA Draft Watch

A collection of features on players from the 2023 WNBA Draft class by Eric Nemchock.

2023 WNBA Draft Watch: Madi Williams

The Oklahoma Sooners boasted one of the most explosive offenses in the country last season, and athletic guard/forward Madi Williams thrived in it. She returns to Oklahoma for a fifth season, during which she’ll hone her skills in anticipation of the 2023 WNBA Draft.

This Week in WBB: Clark, Jones, Watkins sign NIL deals with Nike

Bronny James’ high school classmate Juju Watkins joined the likes of James and women’s basketball college stars Caitlin Clark and Haley Jones as a Nike NIL signee.

This Week in Women’s Basketball: Remembering Tiffany Jackson

Swish Appeal’s weekly news roundup.

2023 WNBA Draft Watch: Grace Berger

The Indiana Hoosiers are in a position to do something special for the 2022-23 NCAA season, and Grace Berger will once again be leading the charge. The fifth-year senior guard has a steady, balanced game and specializes in draining short-range and mid-range jumpshots.

Stanford’s Cameron Brink uses her influence to promote civic engagement

Cameron Brink has been a key influencer for All Vote No Play, a student-led initiative created during the tumultuous year of 2020 in an effort to get student athletes involved in voting and civic engagement.

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?

Taking a look at the 2022 ESPN Hoop Gurlz Top 10

No. 1 recruit Lauren Betts will be an intimidating player at Stanford, but Kiki Rice (UCLA), Janiah Barker (Texas A&M) and others bring a lot to the next level too.

This Week in Women’s Basketball: Robert Sarver will sell Phoenix Mercury and Suns

Robert Sarver has felt the pressure and has decided to give up the teams.

Get your Aces championship gear from breakingT!

The Las Vegas Aces are WNBA champions! Celebrate with awesome shirts from breakingT.

New book ‘Inaugural Ballers’ tells story of first U.S. women’s Olympic basketball team (1976)

Hear from New York Times bestselling author Andrew Maraniss about the fascinating journey he went on to tell the story of Pat Summitt, Lusia Harris, Ann Meyers Drysdale, Nancy Lieberman and many other influential figures in women’s basketball.

WNBA Draft Watch 2023: Rickea Jackson

Rickea Jackson transferred from Mississippi State to Tennessee last March, staying in the SEC but moving to a situation with far less volatility. Should she get acquainted with her new teammates early and successfully, the potential is there for the multi-talented Jackson to earn a top selection in the 2023 WNBA Draft.

Whalen, Cash, Stanley and Grentz inducted into Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame

A look at Lindsay Whalen, Swin Cash, Marianne Stanley and Theresa Shank Grentz’s speeches.

This Week in Women’s Basketball: Bueckers says there’s more college ball in her future

Paige Bueckers left no doubt about her intentions for the 2023-24 season. Plus, Ayoka Lee of Kansas State will, like Bueckers, miss the 2022-23 season and Sue Bird became the playoff assists queen.

Nine names to know from the 2023 WNBA Draft class

The 2022-23 college basketball season is right around the corner, and for WNBA fans, that means it’s almost time to start watching for the league’s next crop of young talent. Here are just a few of the biggest names we’ll expect to see drafted in 2023.

This Week in Women’s Basketball: Griner’s conviction being appealed

Brittney Griner hopes to avoid being transferred to a penal colony. Efforts to bring her home in an agreement between the United States and Russia also continue.

This Week in Women’s Basketball: Skylar Diggins-Smith to miss rest of All-WNBA-caliber season

The Phoenix Mercury are without Brittney Griner, Tina Charles and Skylar Diggins-Smith, three superstars they expected to have this season, for the remainder of it. Diana Taurasi could still return in the playoffs.