Latest Women's basketball News

Louisiana College applies for NAIA for 2021-22 school year

Jul. 2, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

PINEVILLE, La. (AP) — A private Baptist college in Louisiana has applied to rejoin the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, with league play starting in the 2021-22 school year. Louisiana College is currently a member of the American Southwest Conference, which it joined in 2000. The...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019, file photo, Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie communicates with players during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against South Carolina, in Columbia, S.C. McCallie won’t return for a 14th season as Duke’s women’s basketball coach. McCallie announced her departure in a 6-minute video posted Thursday, July 2, 2020, on the program’s Twitter account. She said she was “choosing to step away” as coach, saying she wanted to bring “clarity” instead of uncertainty as she entered the final year of her contract. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)

McCallie won't return as Duke's women's basketball coach

Jul. 2, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

Joanne P. McCallie won’t return for a 14th season as Duke’s women’s basketball coach. McCallie announced her departure in a 6-minute video posted Thursday on the program’s Twitter account. She said she was “choosing to step away” as coach, saying she wanted to bring...

FILE - In this March 31, 2009, file photo, Connecticut guard Renee Montgomery brings the ball up during the second half of a women's NCAA college basketball tournament regional final against Arizona State in Trenton, N.J. At rear is Connecticut coach Gene Auriemma. 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. The Atlanta Dream guards admit they weren't sure why she couldn't continue keep playing at the same time. Now they have a better understanding. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Trio of former UConn greats leading social justice charge

Jul. 2, 2020 2:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — 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. The Atlanta Dream guards admit they weren't sure why she couldn't continue playing at the...

A crow sits on fencing erected around the Epsom Downs racecourse, in Epsom, England, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The Derby annual horse race will take place behind closed doors on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The Latest: Oklahoma athletics cutting $13.7M from budget

Jul. 2, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Oklahoma athletics department has announced $13.7 million in budget cuts it blames on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, including a 10% salary drop for any employee earning at least $1,000,000 per year. Athletic...

FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2020, file photo, Jefferson City, Mo., native and WNBA star Maya Moore, right, calls Jonathan Irons as supporters react in Jefferson City after Cole County Judge Dan Green overturned Irons' convictions in a 1997 burglary and assault case. Moore, a family friend, had supported Irons, sharing his story on a national basis. Irons was freed from prison Wednesday, July 1, 2020, after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges. (Jeff Haldiman/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP, File)

Missouri man freed from prison with help from WNBA's Moore

Jul. 1, 2020 10:42 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man was freed from prison Wednesday after a county prosecutor declined to retry his case, punctuating years of work by WNBA star Maya Moore and other supporters who argued he was falsely convicted of burglary and assault charges. Moore was on hand when Jonathan Irons,...

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma talks with Connecticut's Anna Makurat (24) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the American Athletic Conference tournament quarterfinals at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Auriemma is asking for help from Congress to get foreign students, including athletes, back to campus. The Huskies have three foreign players on their roster this year: Anna Makurat, a sophomore from Poland; Nika Muhl, a freshman from Croatia, and Aaliyah Edwards, a freshman from Ontario, Canada. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

College athletes from overseas might be stuck at home

Jul. 1, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has asked for federal help in getting his team back to campus this summer. The Huskies, who are scheduled to gather in Storrs for summer workouts on July 26, have three foreign players on their roster: Anna Makurat, a sophomore from...

FILE - In this April 24, 2018, file photo, coach Dawn Staley talks with players and assistant coaches during a practice for the U.S. women's basketball team in Seattle. Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed Olympics are held next year.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Coach Dawn Staley awaits Olympics, focuses on South Carolina

Jul. 1, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Coach Dawn Staley would be prepping the U.S. women’s basketball team for the Tokyo Olympics this week if not for the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she’ll hold a Zoom conference call Wednesday with players who are vying for a spot on the roster in 2021, if the postponed...

Sky F Lavender has foot surgery, will miss 2020 season

Jun. 30, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Sky forward Jantel Lavender is recovering after surgery on a broken bone in her left foot. The team announced Lavender had the procedure on the fifth metatarsal in the foot on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Lavender, who has averaged 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds in 288 games over nine...

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announces a new executive order in response to the rising COVID-19 cases in the state, during a news conference in Phoenix on Monday, June 29, 2020. The governor ordered bars, nightclubs and water parks to close again for at least a month starting Monday night — a dramatic about-face as coronavirus cases surge in the Sunbelt. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Nets' DeAndre Jordan says he has coronavirus

Jun. 29, 2020 11:50 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ DeAndre Jordan says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and won’t be joining the Brooklyn Nets in Florida when the NBA season resumes. Jordan announced his status on Twitter, hours after fellow Nets player Spencer...

Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes to sit out 2020 season

Jun. 29, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Dan Hughes will not coach the Seattle Storm during the 2020 WNBA season over concerns about his risk for severe illness if he were to contract COVID-19, the team said Monday. The decision was made following a medical assessment by the league and in consultation with Hughes’ primary...