Women's Basketball

Iowa plays Penn State during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Kinnick Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. Penn State won 17-12. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)
October 16, 2019 - 12:48 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA said Wednesday that the overall graduation rate for college athletes hit a record high of 89%. That's up 1 percentage point from last year's previous one-year high and almost 10 percentage points above the goal established by the late Myles Brand when the measure was...
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Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud, left, forward Elena Delle Donne and guard Kristi Toliver celebrate during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 11, 2019 - 10:47 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics capped an eventful WNBA season with the team's first championship. A year that began with the league missing some of its top players because of injuries and rest ended with a compelling five-game championship series. Delle Donne battled...
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Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud, left, forward Elena Delle Donne and guard Kristi Toliver celebrate during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
October 10, 2019 - 11:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne felt cursed. Every time she made it to the game's biggest stage, she was hindered by injuries. This time around it was three herniated disks in her back. The league's MVP wouldn't let that keep her from her first WNBA championship. Emma Meesseman scored 22 points...
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Washington Mystics' Elena Delle Donne, right, celebrates a play with Ariel Atkins, left, and Natasha Cloud, center, during the second half in Game 4 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 09, 2019 - 1:54 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The WNBA will crown a first-time champion Thursday night when the Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics play the decisive Game 5 of the Finals. It's a series that has had its share of drama. There is an injured superstar playing in pain, a head coach facing the program he...
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Connecticut Sun's Courtney Williams gets a lift from her father Don Williams after the Sun defeated the Washington Mystics in Game 4 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 08, 2019 - 9:59 pm
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas had 17 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds to help the Connecticut Sun stave off elimination and force a decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals with a 90-86 win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night. The title will be decided Thursday night in Washington...
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Washington Mystics' Elena Delle Donne stands on the court during the second half in Game 3 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
October 07, 2019 - 3:38 pm
Elena Delle Donne spent the last five days fighting a back injury and doing everything she could to play in the pivotal Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. She is not about to miss Game 4. The league MVP and the Washington Mystics are one win away from the first title in franchise history after an 84-71...
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Sparks executive vice president and general manager Penny Toler poses during a WNBA basketball news conference in Los Angeles. Toler was fired by the Sparks on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
October 04, 2019 - 8:03 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks fired general manager Penny Toler on Friday, a move that followed a postgame tirade when the team lost Game 2 in the second round of the WNBA playoffs. The team said Eric Holoman, the team's managing partner and governor, will replace Toler as GM and...
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Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne reacts after getting fouled while scoring in the second half of Game 1 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Washington. Delle Donne contributed a team-high 22 points to Washington's 95-86 win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 03, 2019 - 9:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne has a herniated disk in her back. The league’s MVP left Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night after playing only a few minutes in the first quarter because of back spasms. She didn’t return, and an MRI revealed the herniated disk...
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Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne reacts after getting fouled while scoring in the second half of Game 1 of basketball's WNBA Finals against the Connecticut Sun, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Washington. Delle Donne contributed a team-high 22 points to Washington's 95-86 win. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
October 01, 2019 - 9:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne left Game 2 of the WNBA Finals after playing only a few minutes in the first quarter because of back spasms. She never returned. Without the league's MVP, Washington lost to Connecticut 95-86 on Tuesday night, evening the best-of-five series at 1-1. Mystics coach...
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Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones, left, goes to the basket against Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, right, in the first half of Game 2 of basketball's WNBA Finals, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
October 01, 2019 - 9:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jonquel Jones scored 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun took advantage of Elena Delle Donne's early injury exit to beat the Washington Mystics 99-87 in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night and even the series. Alyssa Thomas added 21 points and 12...
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