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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....

THS Newsletter March 2021

The March 2021 newsletter features a deep dive into role mainstream sports media has played in thwarting the WNBA's growth and efforts to build a stable, successful league. Members also got a first listen at our interview with Gabby Williams, and more! AT THE FINGERTIPS OF MEN, THE WNBA NEVER HAD A CHANCE "At last we have a professional basketball league in which a player can arrive for a game in a silky dress, mascara and high heels and it's considered no big deal," Greg Cote, columnist for The Miami Herald, started his column for June 22, 1997, one day after the WNBA's league-opening game slate. "But enough about Dennis Rodman." In one sexist, homophobic sweep of the pen, Cote exemplifies the chest-puffing claim men have made on the sports space and the sexist, homophobic and racist views they were willing to sling to keep it. ......

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. ...

S1E9: The Cry for Justice Continues

On the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor's murder by Louisville police officers, we review the changes that have happened in the wake of her death, explain why justice still has not been served and replay an episode that originally aired on July 31, 2020 about the relentless grief inflicted on families whose loved ones have been killed by police and how that pain is compounded by impunity....

The Unforgiveable Sins of Kelly Loeffler

Now that Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler has been voted out of the Senate seat she was never voted into in the first place, does this mean she returns to WNBA ownership as if nothing ever happened? ...