Duke has turned to Boston Celtics assistant coach and former WNBA All-Star Kara Lawson to lead its womenâ€™s basketball program. It is the first college head-coaching job for the 39-year-old Lawson, who played under Pat Summitt at Tennessee before a long WNBA career as well as work in broadcasting.
Posted: July 11, 2020, 8:08 pm
Kara Lawson, who became the Celtics' first female assistant coach last July, has reportedly accepted the head coaching position for the Blue Devils.
Posted: July 11, 2020, 4:46 pm
Duke is in talks with Boston Celtics assistant coach and former WNBA All-Star Kara Lawson to lead its womenâ€™s basketball program, a person familiar with the situation said Friday. A former Tennessee guard under Pat Summitt, Lawson played in the WNBA from 2003-15 and won the 2005 championship with Sacramento.
Posted: July 10, 2020, 9:49 pm
Four-year college athletic teams eliminated because of budgetary cuts or school closures associated with the coronavirus pandemic, according to research by The Associated Press through Wednesday, July 8. (x-denotes school closure; y-effective in 2021) :
Posted: July 8, 2020, 8:16 pm
Renee Montgomery and Tiffany Hayes appreciated what former UConn teammate Maya Moore was doing when the All-Star forward stepped away from basketball two years ago to focus on criminal justice reform. ''I had no idea,'' Hayes said on a Zoom call last week. Hayes and Montgomery are following Moore's example with both deciding to take the upcoming WNBA season off to help with social justice reform and voter registration.
Posted: July 2, 2020, 1:08 pm
Coach Dawn Staley would be prepping the U.S. womenâ€™s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. â€œAlthough we have things weâ€™re dealing with in our personal lives and our basketball lives, weâ€™ll get together to talk about some things, say hello to each other and get a virtual hug,â€� said Staley, a three-time Olympic basketball gold-medal winner.
Posted: July 1, 2020, 4:37 pm
Stephanie Watts is returning to North Carolina for a final season after transferring to Southern California for a year. The school announced Monday that the former Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year would return after receiving an additional year of eligibility from the NCAA.
Posted: June 29, 2020, 8:18 pm
The Tennessee Lady Vols will host UConn on Jan. 21 in the second game of the Revival Series between the college basketball rivals. UConn won the first game 60-45 in Hartford, Connecticut, last January. ''The Revival Series is a tremendous celebration of women's basketball, featuring two of the most storied programs in college hoops,'' said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Posted: June 23, 2020, 10:32 pm
Longtime Bentley University womenâ€™s basketball coach Barbara Stevens is retiring after a four-decade run that included more than 1,000 wins, the 2014 NCAA Division II national championship, and recent election to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 65-year-old coach made the announcement Tuesday, ending a 34-year stint at Bentley in which she compiled a 901-200 record, made 31 Division II tournament appearances and 14 in regional championships. â€œThis is a bittersweet time for me,â€� Stevens in a statement.
Posted: June 23, 2020, 6:16 pm
Baylor has added a graduate transfer guard from another major conference for the third year in a row. Former All-Pac 12 guard DiJonai Carrington is joining the Lady Bears from Stanford. Carrington averaged 14 points and 7.5 rebounds a game as a junior two seasons ago at Stanford.
Posted: June 22, 2020, 5:07 pm
Attorneys filed a lawsuit against the NCAA in federal court Monday that seeks to prevent the association from limiting the amount of money athletes can make off their names, images and likenesses. The antitrust lawsuit by attorneys representing two current college athletes also seeks damages for potential past earnings athletes have been denied by current NCAA rules. The latest legal challenge comes as the NCAA is the process of changing its rules to allow college athletes to earn money from third parties for things such as social media endorsements, sponsorship deals and personal appearances.
Posted: June 15, 2020, 9:23 pm
Robert Morris is leaving the Northeast Conference to join the Horizon League. The school announced Monday that it will become the 12th member of the Horizon League on July 1. Robert Morris, located Pittsburgh's western suburbs, will join the league in 10 sports, including men's and women's basketball as well as soccer and track and field.
Posted: June 15, 2020, 8:54 pm
A women's basketball player at Liberty University says she is transferring because of â€œracial insensitivities shown within the leadership and cultureâ€� of the school. Rising sophomore Asia Todd made the announcement in a video posted on Twitter. Todd, wearing a â€œBlack Lives Matterâ€� T-shirt, praised the coaching staff at Liberty and her teammates, but said the conduct by school leaders do â€œnot align with my moral compass or personal convictions.â€�
Posted: June 12, 2020, 3:24 pm
Longtime Midwestern State women's basketball coach Noel Johnson, the point guard for Texas Tech's 1993 national championship team, has died. Midwestern State said Johnson died Tuesday following a 14-month bout with ovarian cancer. Johnson's 159 wins in 12 seasons as Midwestern State's coach were the most in program history.
Posted: June 10, 2020, 3:51 am
Boston College hired Patrick Kraft as its new athletic director on Wednesday, bringing in the former Temple AD to replace Martin Jarmond a month after he left for UCLA. BC hopes the new hire can shore up a program that has struggled to gain attention in a region dominated by its professional sports teams. Under Jarmond, who was in Chestnut Hill for just three years, the school opened a new football fieldhouse and upgraded other facilities but attendance for its revenue sports languished; the football team remained perpetually stuck at seven wins and the basketball team hasn't reached the NCAA Tournament since 2009.
Posted: June 3, 2020, 4:06 pm
Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam has a conversation with Arizona State's Robbi Ryan on her personal journey with mental health issues. Ryan advocated for all of us to ask for help if we need it, and to confront mental health issues together rather than being alone. She also gave some advice on how to deal with anxiety during the current COVID-19 crisis including physical and outdoor activities.
Posted: May 26, 2020, 5:28 pm
Vanderbilt has removed the interim title, making Candice Storey Lee the first woman to become an athletic director in the Southeastern Conference. With Vanderbilt's announcement Wednesday, Lee now is among only five women and the second black woman in charge of a Power Five program. Daniel Diermeier, who takes over as Vanderbilt's chancellor on July 1, said Lee is the ''living embodiment'' of the university's values and aspirations.
Posted: May 21, 2020, 10:30 pm
Longtime Colorado women's basketball coach-turned-administrator Ceal Barry will retire in July after spending 37 years in Boulder, the school said Tuesday. Barry was named the school's associate athletic director for student services. Barry has served as the department's deputy athletic director since August 2018.
Posted: May 19, 2020, 9:19 pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago State hired Tiffany Sardin as coach Friday, hoping the former Virginia star can transform a struggling program in her hometown.
Posted: May 15, 2020, 8:18 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State is adding graduate transfer Raina Perez from Cal State Fullerton.
Posted: May 14, 2020, 4:14 pm
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Courtney Paris is returning to Oklahoma as an assistant coach after a 10-year WNBA playing career.
Posted: May 13, 2020, 8:31 pm
Pac-12 Networks' Ashley Adamson interviews Dr. Kate Starbird on Tuesday's edition of the "Pac-12 Perspective" podcast. Starbird, a former Stanford women's basketball star, shares her research in the spread of misinformation during the current pandemic. Now at the University of Washington, Starbird is on the cutting edge of dispelling coronavirus myths during a time of great uncertainty. Subscribe to the podcast to listen to her full interview.
Posted: May 12, 2020, 4:40 pm
UConn and Mississippi State are scheduled to play in November's Hall of Fame Womenâ€™s Challenge basketball tournament in Connecticut. The Huskies are scheduled to take on instate rival Quinnipiac in the tournamentâ€™s first round while the Bulldogs open the tournament against Maine. The winners will face off the next day in the championship game and the losers will meet in a third-place game.
Posted: May 12, 2020, 4:13 pm
Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam and Ashley Adamson sit down with Stanford women's basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer on a recent episode of the "Pac-12 Perspective" podcast. VanDerveer, who recently celebrated 35 years on The Farm, shares her memories and coaching philosophy. Subscribe to the "Pac-12 Perspective" podcast on your favorite podcast service to listen to the coach's full interview.
Posted: May 11, 2020, 5:40 pm
Pac-12 women's basketball student-athletes reflect on the influence of their moms ahead of Mother's Day
Pac-12 student-athletes give shout-outs to their moms ahead of Mother's Day on May 10th, 2020 including UCLA's Michaela Onyenwere, Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu and Satou Sabally, Arizona's Aari McDonald, Cate Reese, and Lacie Hull, Stanford's Kiana Williams, USC's Endyia Rogers, and Aliyah Jeune, and Utah's Brynna Maxwell.
Posted: May 8, 2020, 9:24 pm
During Friday's "Pac-12 Perspective," Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer spoke about Haley Jones' positionless game and how the Cardinal used the dynamic freshman in 2019-20. Download and listen wherever you get your podcasts.
Posted: May 8, 2020, 4:17 pm
Natalie Chou breaks through stereotypes, inspires young Asian American girls on 'Our Stories' quick look
Watch the debut of "Our Stories - Natalie Chou" on Sunday, May 10 at 12:30 p.m. PT/ 1:30 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network.
Posted: May 7, 2020, 5:34 pm
Oregon State women's basketball receives Pac-12 Sportsmanship Award for supporting rival Oregon in tragedy
On the day Kobe Bryant suddenly passed away, the Beavers embraced their rivals at midcourt in a moment of strength to support the Ducks, many of whom had personal connections to Bryant and his daughter, Gigi. For this, Oregon State is the 2020 recipient of the Pac-12 Sportsmanship Award.
Posted: May 7, 2020, 3:58 pm
The Pac-12 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee voted to award the Oregon State womenâ€™s basketball team with the Pac-12 Sportsmanship Award for the 2019-20 season, honoring their character and sportsmanship before a rivalry game against Oregon in Jan. 2020 -- the day Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gigi, and seven others passed away in a helicopter crash in Southern California. In the above video, Aleah Goodman and Madison Washington share how the teams came together as one in a circle of prayer before the game.
Posted: May 7, 2020, 3:58 pm
Pac-12 Networks' Mike Yam has a conversation with UCLA's Natalie Chou during Wednesday's "Pac-12 Perspective" podcast. Chou reflects on her role models, passion for basketball and how her mom has made a big impact on her hoops career.
Posted: May 5, 2020, 9:33 pm
During Wednesday's "Pac-12 Perspective" podcast, Natalie Chou shared why she is using her platform to speak out against racism she sees in her community related to the novel coronavirus.
Posted: May 5, 2020, 4:24 pm
The women's basketball committee will start using the NCAA Evaluation Tool instead of RPI to help evaluate teams for the tournament starting with the upcoming season. â€œItâ€™s an exciting time for the game as we look to the future,â€� said Nina King, senior deputy athletics director and chief of staff at Duke, who chair the Division I Womenâ€™s Basketball Committee next season. â€œWe felt after much analysis that the womenâ€™s basketball NET, which will be determined by who you played, where you played, how efficiently you played and the result of the game, is a more accurate tool and should be used by the committee going forward.â€�
Posted: May 4, 2020, 8:31 pm
See some of Sabrina Ionescu's remarkable accomplishments at Oregon set to the Star Wars opening crawl.
Posted: May 4, 2020, 4:20 pm
DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit Mercy hired AnnMarie Gilbert as womenâ€™s basketball coach.
Posted: April 24, 2020, 8:51 pm
Niele Ivey is coming home.
Posted: April 23, 2020, 5:21 pm
Just two years removed from the euphoria of winning her second national championship, Muffet McGraw knew it was time. The Hall of Fame coach retired Wednesday with a resume that includes two national championships in 33 seasons at the school, a surprising decision to many of the countless players and coaches she has influenced on and off the court as a mentor and advocate for women. ''I am proud of what we have accomplished and I can turn the page to the next chapter in my life with no regrets, knowing that I gave it my best every day,'' said McGraw, a four-time winner of the AP women's basketball Coach of the Year.
Posted: April 23, 2020, 2:36 am
Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw retired after 33 seasons Wednesday. What she did for me in those four years, I came in as a girl and left as a woman.'' - WNBA player Kayla McBride, who played for Notre Dame from 2010-14.
Posted: April 22, 2020, 9:42 pm
Baylor has signed a transfer point guard for the third year in a row, and this one can play multiple seasons with the Lady Bears. Jaden Owens is transferring from UCLA after signing a national letter of intent with Baylor, which had graduate transfers at point guard each of the past two seasons. The Texas native just completed her freshman season with the Bruins and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.
Posted: April 20, 2020, 6:27 pm
Pac-12 Networks' Yogi Roth and Ashley Adamson talk with Hall of Fame player and Pac-12 Networks talent Bill Walton during Thursday's Pac-12 Perspective podcast.
Posted: April 18, 2020, 1:59 am
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago State womenâ€™s coach Misty Opat resigned Thursday after two seasons and a 3-55 record.
Posted: April 17, 2020, 5:37 pm
Pac-12 Networks' Ashley Adamson speaks with former Arizona State women's basketball player Michelle Tom, who is now a doctor treating COVID-19 patients Winslow Indian Health Care Center and Little Colorado Medical Center in Eastern Arizona.
Posted: April 16, 2020, 11:44 pm
Pac-12 Networks' Ashley Adamson speaks with former Arizona State women's basketball player Michelle Tom, who is now a doctor treating COVID-19 patients in Winslow, Arizona.
Posted: April 16, 2020, 4:51 pm
Maori Davenport, who drew national attention over an eligibility dispute during her senior year of high school, is transferring to Georgia after playing sparingly in her lone season at Rutgers. Lady Bulldogs coach Joni Taylor announced Davenport's decision Wednesday. The 6-foot-4 center from Troy, Alabama will have to sit out a season under NCAA transfer rules before she is eligible to join Georgia in 2021-22.
Posted: April 16, 2020, 1:40 am
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Sophomore guards Jazmine Massengill and Robyn Benton transferred to Kentucky from Southeastern Conference rivals Wednesday.
Posted: April 16, 2020, 12:04 am
The Tennessee Lady Vols have added forward-center Keyen Green as a graduate transfer from Liberty. Coach Kellie Harper announced Wednesday that Green has signed a scholarship for the upcoming season. The 6-foot-1 Green spent the past four seasons at Liberty and graduated in May 2019.
Posted: April 15, 2020, 11:06 pm
With the spotlight on her growing ever brighter, Sabrina Ionescu is aware she's becoming her own brand. One of the most decorated players in women's college basketball, Ionescu is about to go pro with the WNBA draft coming up Friday. Ionescu said Oregon has prepared her to understand how much impact she can have in the community and on women's basketball.
Posted: April 14, 2020, 11:17 pm
Ruthy Hebard and Sabrina Ionescu have had a remarkable four years together in Eugene, rewriting the history books and pushing the Ducks into the national spotlight. Catch the debut of "Our Stories Unfinished Business: Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard" at Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network.
Posted: April 14, 2020, 4:16 pm
Mississippi State hired former Old Dominion womenâ€™s basketball coach Nikki McCray-Penson to replace Vic Schaefer as the Bulldogsâ€™ head coach. Athletic director John Cohen called McCray-Penson â€œa proven winner who will lead one of the best programs in the nationâ€� on the departmentâ€™s website. McCray-Penson, a former Tennessee star and Womenâ€™s Basketball Hall of Famer, said itâ€™s been a dream to coach in the Southeastern Conference and sheâ€™s â€œgrateful and blessed for this incredible honor and opportunity.â€�
Posted: April 11, 2020, 7:32 pm
Learn how Oregon stars Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard developed a lasting bond as college freshmen and carried that through storied four-year careers for the Ducks. Watch "Our Stories Unfinished Business: Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard" debuting Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. MT on Pac-12 Network.
Posted: April 10, 2020, 8:26 pm
UCLA guard Japreece Dean is primed to shine at the next level as she heads to the WNBA Draft in April. The do-it-all point-woman was an All-Pac-12 honoree last season, and one of only seven D-1 hoopers with at least 13 points and 5.5 assists per game.
Posted: April 10, 2020, 4:40 pm