MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 15 points and Lexie Brown added 12 to help the Minnesota Lynx hold off the Phoenix Mercury 58-56 on Thursday night.
McCowan leads No. 6 Mississippi St. past Virginia 72-44
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer doesn't want the No. 6 Bulldogs to play all cupcakes to start the season.
He loves it, however, when he sees them make another Power Five level program look like pushovers.
Teaira McCowan had 12 points and 12 rebounds and No. 6 Mississippi State spoiled Tina Thompson's debut as Virginia's coach with a 72-44 victory Friday night.
Virginia’s Thompson bringing new approach to Cavaliers
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Tina Thompson has moved the blue sticky notes that used to cover the left side of her desk into a notebook to cut down on the clutter.
The Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer is focused on the one thing she knows well: Winning.
It's fitting she will make her head coaching debut against a top 10 opponent — No. 6 Mississippi State on Friday. Thompson embraces challenges, having worked hard for every accolade that has come her way.
Passing Grade: Point guards go to head of Hoops Hall class
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Lefty Driesell had the crowd laughing. Dino Radja fought back tears. Blue Devils and Tar Heels brought their rivalry to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and Ray Allen made a peace offering to his spurned Celtics teammates.
And they did it with an assist from three of the greatest point guards in NBA history.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Natasha Howard had 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists, Sue Bird became the WNBA leader in minutes played and the Seattle Storm beat the Indiana Fever 94-79 on Tuesday night.
Breanna Stewart added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Seattle (23-7), which won back-to-back games in Indiana for the first time in franchise history. Bird scored 16 points with eight assists, passing Tina Thompson (1997-13) at 16,090 minutes.
NEW YORK (AP) — Several players have etched their names in the WNBA record books.
Rebekkah Brunson is now the league's all-time leading rebounder while Diana Taurasi broke the mark for most field goals mad.
Brunson broke Tamika Catchings' record with 12 boards last Thursday against Los Angeles. The longtime Lynx forward started the day in third all-time before also passing Lisa Leslie.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — It didn't take Virginia athletic director Carla Williams long to decide she really liked Tina Thompson.
It took Thompson even less time to say "yes" when Williams offered her Virginia's women's basketball coaching job.
The way Thompson tells it, a half-hour conversation Friday ended with Williams suggesting Thompson get on an 8 a.m. flight the next morning to come tour the campus and meet face-to-face. She agreed, and by Sunday was offered the job.
Virginia hires Tina Thompson as women’s basketball coach
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Virginia hired former WNBA star Tina Thompson on Monday to coach its women's basketball team.
The Class of 2018 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will have a distinct Philadelphia flavor.
Longtime Philadelphia 76ers point guard legend and one-time head coach Maurice Cheeks, former Sixers and NBA executive Rod Thorn, and the late tennis standout and women’s basketball pioneer Ora Mae Washington — who starred for the Philadelphia Tribunes — will be inducted as part of the class during Hall of Fame festivities Sept. 6-8 in Springfield, Mass.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Steve Nash was an unsung Canadian kid who got one significant U.S. basketball scholarship offer. Jason Kidd was an Oakland hoops prodigy ticketed for superstardom from childhood.
After parallel careers that first crossed during college workouts a quarter-century ago, two of the best point guards of their generation are thrilled to be headed into the Basketball Hall of Fame together.
"It's even more special when it's with him, and with so many people you respect," Nash said.
San Antonio – Former Detroit Pistons star Grant Hill, Steve Nash and Jason Kidd are among the 13-member class that will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September.
The Hall of Fame made the announcement Saturday before the NCAA Final Four semifinals.
The inductees also include Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Tina Thompson, coach Lefty Driesell, Charlie Scott, longtime executive Rick Welts, NBA executive Rod Thorn, Katie Smith, the late Ora Mae Washington and Croatian star Dino Radja.
Ex-Shock star Katie Smith headlines HOF hoops class
Storrs, Conn. — Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and Chamique Holdsclaw headline the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame class for 2018 announced Monday.
The three former WNBA stars were eligible for the first time.
Joining them in the seven-member class are former Colorado coach Ceal Barry, longtime assistants Chris Dailey and Mickie DeMoss and longtime New Jersey high-school and college coach Rose Marie Battaglia. Dailey and DeMoss are the first two assistant coaches to get into the Hall.
Smith, Thompson headline Women’s hoops Hall of Fame class
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Katie Smith, Tina Thompson and Chamique Holdsclaw headline the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame class for 2018 announced Monday.
The three former WNBA stars were eligible for the first time.
Joining them in the seven-member class are former Colorado coach Ceal Barry, longtime assistants Chris Dailey and Mickie DeMoss and longtime New Jersey high school and college coach Rose Marie Battaglia. Dailey and DeMoss are the first two assistant coaches to get into the Hall.
Lynx re-sign 14-year pro, 4-time All-Star forward Brunson
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx have re-signed forward Rebekkah Brunson.
The 14-year pro out of Georgetown and four-time All-Start is coming off one of her best seasons, averaging 10.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. She shot 45 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line.
Holdsclaw leads Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame finalists
Chamique Holdsclaw, Tina Thompson and Katie Smith headline the 10 finalists for the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame announced Thursday.
The three former WNBA stars were eligible for the first time this year.
Holdsclaw is Tennessee's all-time leading scorer and rebounder and led the Lady Vols to national championships from 1996-98. Thompson helped the Houston Comets win the first four WNBA titles from 1997-2000. Katie Smith won three Olympic gold medals as well as two WNBA crowns.
Nash, Kidd, Hill, Allen eligible for basketball Hall of Fame
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, fellow star point guard Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen are among six first-year candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Detroit Pistons backcourt of Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton also became eligible after the Hall changed its rules to allow players to reach the ballot after three years of retirement.
Williams scores career-high 27, Sun beat Storm 84-71
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Courtney Williams scored a career-high 27 points, Jonquel Jones posted her fifth straight double-double and the Connecticut Sun beat the Seattle Storm 84-71 on Tuesday night.
Connecticut opened the fourth quarter with an 18-2 run, grabbing a 69-64 lead on Alyssa Thomas' layup.
Jones had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Connecticut (16-9). Thomas finished with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Taurasi stands alone atop WNBA scoring list
About the only thing missing from Diana Taurasi's record-setting day was a victory.
Taurasi became the WNBA's career scoring leader in front of her family, friends and Kobe Bryant.
With her parents watching, Taurasi passed Tina Thompson on Sunday in the Phoenix Mercury's 90-59 loss to the Sparks in Los Angeles.
"It's pretty special I got to do it in front of my family on Father's Day in LA," said Taurasi, who finished with 19 points.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 19 points to break the WNBA career scoring record in the Phoenix Mercury's 90-59 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday.
Taurasi finished with 7,494 points, passing Tina Thompson's mark of 7,488. Taurasi broke the record in the closing seconds of the first half, coming around a screen by Emma Cannon near the top of the key and knifing into the lane, past Nneka Ogwumike, for a layup.
Diana Taurasi breaks WNBA career scoring record
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diana Taurasi became the WNBA's career scorer leader, passing Tina Thompson's mark of 7,488 on Sunday against Los Angeles.
Taurasi needed 14 points coming into the game, and broke Thompson's record late in the first half on a layup with the Phoenix Mercury trailing big.
The game was stopped and the crowd, which included former Lakers star Kobe Bryant, gave Taurasi a warm ovation.
PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 27 points and Diana Taurasi had 15 to move closer to the WNBA scoring record after the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 86-78 on Friday night.
Heading into Sunday's game in Los Angeles, Taurasi is 14 shy of passing the 7,488 points set by Tina Thompson from 1997-2013. Phoenix's star was just 2 of 10 from the field and had nine points, all in the first half, until making six free throws in the final minute.
Fever clinch 5th seed in Catchings’ last regular-season game
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tamika Catchings scored 16 points in her final regular-season WNBA game and the Indiana Fever locked up the No. 5 playoff seed with 83-60 victory over the Dallas Wings on Sunday.
Catchings received a standing ovation when she left the game with 1:33 left in the fourth quarter. She played all of her 15 seasons with Indiana, finishing her WNBA career second in points, first in rebounds and first in steals.
My first year as a sports writer in Houston was a memorable one.
Andy Dalton was the starting quarterback for the Katy Tigers, Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson still headlined the Comets' roster, the Astros played in their first World Series, the Texans were a dismal 2-14, and the Rockets were led by Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming.
It's been 11 years, and the sports scene in this city, while ebbing and flowing, has continued to grow.