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It’s WNBA Draft Day 2021!

Charli Collier, a 6-foot-5 forward/center (Texas), is expected to be selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft, but she is not a lock. With the top picks literally anyone's guess, we compiled a draft package featuring: primers on the 1997 Elite Draft and the 1997 WNBA Draft, players to keep on your radar in 2021 and a peek at the swag packages the top prospects will receive on draft night....

Career retrospectives on Rick Welts fail to mention his role in launching the WNBA

After long-time NBA executive Rick Welts announced his decision last week to step down as president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors, the career retrospectives poured in. It's too bad, however, that the normalized erasure of the WNBA runs so deep that the league, now in its 25th season -- and Welts' award-winning contributions to it -- were erased from the myriad articles detailing his career....

Vic Schaefer, Dawn Staley in Elite Eight battle of familiar coaching foes

Vic Schaefer can escape the Southeastern Conference (SEC) but he can't avoid a postseason meeting with Dawn Staley apparently. The South Carolina Gamecocks, under master-planning from Hall of Fame coach Staley, won six of the last SEC Tournament titles in head-to-head matchups with the Mississippi State Bulldogs, coached by Schaefer until 2020. Although he moved into the Big 12 in 2020-21 to coach the Texas Longhorns, Schaefer faces familiar coaching rival, Staley, yet again. Only now, their meeting comes much deeper into the postseason, with nothing more at stake than a trip to the NCAAW Final Four....

Gabby Williams: ‘All we needed was the chance’

Gabby Williams, a forward with the Chicago Sky, took time out of her schedule in January between the end of the EuroLeague Women regular season and the start of the Hungarian Cup to discuss her new partnership with Ford, muscle cars in general, society's obsession with gendering everything, how her stellar season overseas will help her in the 2021 WNBA season and a whole lot more....

Media Monday: Monarchs stay undefeated in Sacramento

When Joe Maloof announced in November 2009 that his family would be surrendering ownership of the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs, he claimed to be "bummed" about the decision and told reporters that the move was necessitated by the ownership group's need to focus full-throttle on the NBA's Kings. "This is our team that won a championship," Maloof told Aileen Voisin of The Sacramento Bee. "We love the Monarchs. But all of our efforts have to be on getting the Kings back to where they once were, and that takes our full commitment." Love, Maloof-style, apparently means forsaking your lone winning franchise for a struggling one, leaving players, coaches, staff and Maloof Sports and Entertainment employees out of work. The real dagger in the hearts of the players was the timing....

ICYMI: Season 2 of the The Hard Screen is officially here!

We kicked off our second season with an interviewing featuring WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert discussing the league's historic 25th anniversary season! Now, a further look at what listeners can expect from Season 2 of The Hard Screen, an independently-produced podcast. ...

An exclusive look into the WNBA’s 25th anniversary season

Twenty-five years since its inaugural tipoff, the WNBA is still here: "impossible shot after impossible shot after impossible shot." In the runup to this historic season, the WNBA has provided The Hard Screen with a first look into the ways the league will pay homage to the past and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert discusses how the 2021 season is an investment in the league's next 25. ...