A Women's Hoops Podcast + More

Any expansion should be by measured approach, WNBA history reveals

The WNBA features a logjam of talent that has pushed some of the country's best players out of the league, and expansion is the only solution. Yet, history illustrates the need to proceed with caution when growing a women's professional sports league. Of the four teams the WNBA added on this day in 2000, just two remain....

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....

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....

S2E1: A look into the WNBA’s 25th-anniversary season with Commissioner Cathy Engelbert

Twenty-five years since its inaugural tipoff, the WNBA is still here: "impossible shot after impossible shot after impossible shot." In the runup to the historic 2021 WNBA season, the league 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 season is an investment in the league's next 25 years....

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. ...