Women's basketball

FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Iowa's Megan Gustafson reacts as she leaves the court during the second half of a regional women's college basketball game against North Carolina State, in the NCAA Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Gustafson was named The Associated Press Player of the Year, Thursday, April 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
April 08, 2019 - 11:31 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Picture this — a little girl growing up in a town with a population of 164 people shooting hoops at the town hall outdoor court has now arrived in New York for the 2019 WNBA draft. Who would have thought? I certainly didn't. To say this past year has been extraordinarily special...
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Baylor center Kalani Brown holds the championship trophy next to guard Chloe Jackson (24) after Baylor defeated Notre Dame 82-81 in the final of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 08, 2019 - 10:55 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Baylor and Notre Dame capped the women's college basketball season with a thrilling championship game. The sport now has had a different champion in the past four years, with the Lady Bears edging the Irish 82-81 on Sunday night to win their third title. It's only the second time...
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FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2018, file photo, Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart, right, is embraced by Sue Bird after the Storm defeated the Phoenix Mercury 94-84 during Game 5 of a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal, in Seattle. The WNBA's 23rd season begins May 24, with the Seattle Storm the defending champion. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
April 08, 2019 - 9:02 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA's logo is getting a new look and the league is resetting its brand for the upcoming season. The league unveiled its plans Monday, intent on embracing the optimism of the women across the WNBA in building the next generation of fans. "We are excited about all of it," WNBA...
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Baylor forward Lauren Cox yells as she holds her left knee, during the second half against Notre Dame in the Final Four championship game of the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
April 07, 2019 - 7:41 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Lauren Cox hobbled around the bench, moving as quickly as her injured left knee would allow. The tears on her face had dried, crushing disappointment overshadowed by anxiety during a tense finish to the national championship game. Chloe Jackson's layup went in, Arike Ogunbowale's...
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Notre Dame guard Arike Ogunbowale stands on the court during the last seconds of the Final Four championship game against Baylor in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. Baylor won 82-81. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
April 07, 2019 - 7:19 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Notre Dame's chances of repeating as national champions no longer a possibility, Arike Ogunbowale doubled over in disappointment. The Fighting Irish star, a year removed from hitting the winning jumper for a national title, went to the foul line for two shots with 1.9 seconds...
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Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu (20) drives to the basket as Baylor forward Lauren Cox (15), defends during a Final Four semifinal of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Friday, April 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 06, 2019 - 7:14 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu is returning for her senior season. The Ducks star bylined a story on The Players Tribune titled "Unfinished Business" on Saturday night, minutes after the deadline for her to declare for the WNBA draft expired. She was eligible to enter the draft...
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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2003, file photo, Sacramento Kings center Vlade Divac, top, fights to keep his balance after New Jersey Nets forward Kenyon Marton tried to steal the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif. NBA stars Vlade Divac, Sidney Moncrief and Jack Sikma are the headliners of the 2019 class for the Basketball Hall of Fame. The honorees were announced Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis before the Final Four. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)
April 06, 2019 - 3:22 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The longest active streak of missing the NBA playoffs belongs to Sacramento, where general manager Vlade Divac has been trying to return the Kings to the league's elite over the last four seasons. Back when the slick-passing Serbian big man was in the paint, the Kings had quite...
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Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey gestures during a news conference at the women's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. Baylor will play Notre Dame for the national championship on Sunday. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 06, 2019 - 12:47 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Kim Mulkey climbed the steps to the dais at the Final Four, six-month-old grandson Kannon Reid in tow, and the baby's proud mother watching from the side. Family has always been important to one of the nation's most successful women's college basketball coaches, though never more...
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Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw answers questions during a news conference at the women's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. Notre Dame will play Baylor on Sunday for the national championship. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
April 06, 2019 - 12:28 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — It's been a somewhat difficult road back to the title game for Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, who face Baylor on Sunday night for the NCAA title, came into the season as the favorites to repeat as champions, with nearly everyone back from last season's team...
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Baylor players celebrate their 72-67 win over Oregon during a Final Four semifinal of the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Friday, April 5, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)
April 05, 2019 - 11:12 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is excited that Sunday's night championship game will have two women coaches. The Fighting Irish will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive titles during the NCAA era against Baylor. It will be the first...
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