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WNCAAB: NCAA ponders tweaks to women’s tournament over inequities

After controversy arose this spring over apparent inequities between the NCAA men’s and women’s Division I tournaments, the women’s basketball oversight committee revealed that it is mulling major changes to address rebranding and “participation opportunities” in the women’s game. In a press release Tuesday, the NCAA said the committee has met repeatedly since the season […]

  • WNCAAB: Maryland’s Brenda Frese agrees to contract extension

    Maryland women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese agreed to a contract extension that effectively runs through the 2027-28 season. Financial terms were not disclosed, however the Washington Post reported the deal begins next month with a base salary of $1.4 million. Frese, 51, was named as the 2021 national coach of the year by the Associated […]

  • WNCAAB: UConn’s Geno Auriemma receives five-year extension

    UConn women’s basketball head coach Geno Auriemma received a five-year contract extension on Friday. Per the school. the pact runs through April 2025 and can be extended for two additional one-year periods by mutual agreement. Auriemma, 67, will receive an annual base salary of $600,000 plus media, consulting and speaking-appearance fees worth $2.2 million in […]

  • WNCAAB: Southern California hires Lindsay Gottlieb as coach

    Southern California hired Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Lindsay Gottlieb on Monday to lead the women’s basketball program. Gottlieb, 43, returns to the Pac-12 after two seasons in the NBA. Her contract with the Trojans is for six years, according to ESPN. ??We got GOTT! ??The Trojan Family is extremely excited to announce the hiring of […]

  • WNCAAB: Baylor hires Atlanta Dream’s Nicki Collen to replace Kim Mulkey

    Baylor on Monday named the successor to Kim Mulkey, announcing the hiring of Atlanta Dream coach Nicki Collen to lead the women’s basketball program. Mulkey left last week for her native Louisiana to become coach at LSU. Collen, 38-52 in three years with Atlanta, led the team to the WNBA semifinals in 2018. The WNBA […]

  • WNCAAB: UConn star Paige Bueckers undergoes ankle surgery

    UConn star guard Paige Bueckers underwent surgery to repair an osteochondral defect on her right ankle, The Athletic reported. The surgery took place Friday, and the school expects her to take part in preseason camp in September. A freshman in 2020-21, Bueckers swept the major postseason honors, winning the Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy and […]

  • WNCAAB: Longtime LSU coach Kim Mulkey leaves Baylor for LSU

    Hall of Fame coach Kim Mulkey is leaving Baylor for LSU, returning to the state where she grew up, the school announced Sunday. Mulkey won three national championships at Baylor, where she spent 21 years as head coach. She became the fastest coach in Division I history to notch 600 career wins, took her teams […]

  • WNCAAB: LSU coach Nikki Fargas resigns after 10 seasons

    LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Fargas resigned after 10 seasons to pursue another opportunity. The school announced the news Saturday and the Associated Press reported that Fargas is in negotiations to become the team president of the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces. Fargas, 48, is the second-winningest coach in Tigers history with a 177-129 record, trailing […]

  • WNCAAB: USC women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh retires

    USC women’s basketball head coach Mark Trakh, 65, announced his retirement Wednesday following four seasons as the Trojans’ coach, his second go-round as head coach at the school. “I want to thank Mark for his steadying leadership during a difficult time,” USC athletic director Mike Bohn said. “The future of our women’s basketball program is […]

  • Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer receives five-year extension

    Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer received a five-year extension through the 2025-26 season, Rutgers announced Wednesday. According to the university, Stringer is guaranteed $5.5 million in compensation during the contract. The deal includes performance incentives and retention bonuses. Stringer has compiled a 1,055-426 record in 50 seasons as a head coach, the past […]

  • UConn assistant Shea Ralph named Vanderbilt coach

    Shea Ralph, who played at UConn and served as an assistant under Hall of Fame member Geno Auriemma, was named women’s basketball coach at Vanderbilt on Tuesday. She replaces Stephanie White, who was fired last week after five seasons and a 46-83 (13-54 Southeastern Conference) record with the Commodores. “It is with great honor and […]

  • Oklahoma names Drake’s Jennie Baranczyk as head coach

    Oklahoma hired former Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk on Saturday to replace the retired Sherri Coale. Baranczyk, 39, compiled a 192-96 record at Drake over the past nine seasons, leading the Bulldogs to three NCAA Tournament berths and twice earning Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year honors. “It is an honor and a privilege […]

  • Vanderbilt fires coach Stephanie White after 5 seasons

    Vanderbilt fired women’s basketball coach Stephanie White on Tuesday after five seasons. White, 43, compiled a 46-83 record with the Commodores from 2016-21, including a 13-54 mark in the SEC. “I want to thank Stephanie for her efforts over these past five years,” athletic director Candice Lee said in a news release. “While we did […]

  • Women’s title game ratings fall between previous years

    Measuring ESPN’s success in drawing viewers for this season’s women’s NCAA Tournament championship game depends on what is used as a comparison. The network announced Monday that Stanford’s victory over Arizona drew an average of 3.63 million viewers. The peak viewership on Sunday reached 5.34 million. In 2019, the title game, which featured Baylor edging […]

  • UConn’s Paige Bueckers captures Wooden Award

    UConn freshman guard Paige Bueckers made history on Monday when she became the first freshman to win the John R. Wooden Award as the top women’s college basketball player in the nation. The only other underclassman to win the award was Maya Moore of UConn, who did so as a sophomore in 2009. The Wooden […]

  • Stanford outlasts Arizona to win first NCAA title since 1992

    Stanford produced a game-ending defensive stop for the second game in a row and captured its first NCAA championship in nearly three decades by defeating upstart Arizona 54-53 in the title game Sunday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Stanford bottled up Arizona’s Aari McDonald on the last possession and she was unable to make […]

  • Stanford, Arizona meet in all-Pac-12 NCAA title game

    Stanford has one more assignment left to complete a championship season: beat a familiar opponent for the third time this season. The top-seeded Cardinal play upstart and third-seeded Arizona in the NCAA championship game on Sunday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, making it an all-Pac-12 final for the first time. It’s also the first […]

  • UConn’s Paige Bueckers wins Naismith Trophy

    UConn freshman guard Paige Bueckers was named the winner of the Naismith Trophy on Saturday, becoming the first freshman in the 39-season history of the women’s award to claim the honor. Bueckers is the seventh different UConn player to receive the award. Bueckers averaged 20 points, 5.8 assists and 2.3 steals in 29 games this […]

  • Arizona’s Adia Barnes not apologizing for expletive, gesture

    Arizona coach Adia Barnes said Saturday that she has no reason to apologize after cameras caught her using a hand gesture and uttering an expletive in a celebratory moment following her team’s 69-59 Final Four win over UConn on Friday. Barnes admitted during her postgame press conference that she used a “cuss word” to illustrate […]

  • Aari McDonald scores 26 as Arizona shocks UConn

    Aari McDonald scored 26 points and Arizona surprisingly was in control for most of the game in upsetting Connecticut 69-59 in the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four semifinal Friday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Arizona (21-5) takes on Stanford, a 66-65 winner against South Carolina in the first semifinal, in Sunday night’s title game. […]

  • Stanford edges South Carolina to make NCAA title game

    Haley Jones made the final basket of the game and Stanford came up with a pair of defensive stops in the last 30 seconds to defeat South Carolina 66-65 in the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four semifinal Friday at the Alamodome in San Antonio. Jones tallied 24 points and Lexie Hull posted 18 points with 13 […]

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