Is Caitlin Clark’s star power strong enough to spike WNBA fandom?

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The Athletic has live coverage of the 2024 WNBA draft.Just eight days after playing for an NCAA national championship, Caitlin Clark is poised to become the No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft and burst into the professional ranks with the star power to jolt the league at a pivotal moment in its trajectory. Throngs … Read more

What could Caitlin Clark’s WNBA transition from Iowa look like?

Reality is coming. In the words of Diana Taurasi, as spoken to Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter, Caitlin Clark is due for a reckoning when she gets to the WNBA. After four years of dominating the college game, Clark is starting the next chapter of her career at the bottom as one of the youngest … Read more

With the WNBA Draft nearing, what’s next for Caitlin Clark?

Caitlin Clark’s college career ended Sunday with a loss to South Carolina in the national championship. But the Iowa star’s popularity won’t be going away. “I know what’s next is soon,” she said. Eight days, to be exact. That’s when Clark will be in New York for the WNBA Draft, where she’s expected to be … Read more

Dawn Staley created South Carolina’s perfect championship season out of last year’s loss

CLEVELAND — As Dawn Staley stood before her team during a meeting a night before the national championship game, she took a swig of water and began to cough. “You about to cry, Coach?” a player called from the back of the room. “No,” she said and then paused. “But I might on Sunday if … Read more

South Carolina and Iowa prove if ‘given an opportunity, women’s sports just thrives’

CLEVELAND — Everyone wanted to talk about the game, which was expected after the South Carolina women’s basketball team held off Iowa for an 87-75 victory and second national championship in three years. But Dawn Staley also wanted to talk about the other game. Actually, that’s not strong enough. She was going to discuss it. … Read more

Louisiana Gov. says athletes should ‘risk their athletic scholarship’ if absent for national anthem after LSU-Iowa

The 2023 championship rematch between Iowa and LSU in this year’s Elite Eight was a scintillating production that stockpiled praise from celebrities, athletes and fans alike, while shattering the record for the most-watched women’s college basketball game ever. But Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry was unimpressed before a basketball even bounced Monday after LSU was not … Read more

In Final Four, Caitlin Clark and Iowa can break streak of Hawkeyes heartbreak

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Second-seeded Iowa led top-seed UNLV by 20 points in the 1987 men’s basketball Elite Eight. The 1970 Iowa men’s basketball team still holds the Big Ten record for points per game (102.3) and led Jacksonville by one point with seconds remaining in their Sweet 16 matchup. Ronnie Lester was the best … Read more

Caitlin and Angel. JuJu and Paige. A superstar day for women’s basketball

ALBANY, N.Y. — It truly feels like Christmas morning. There’s no other accurate way to describe the level of anticipation here ahead of Iowa-LSU’s Elite Eight matchup, a rematch of last year’s record-setting national championship game featuring the sport’s two biggest stars in Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese. But that’s not all that’s happening. JuJu … Read more

NC State upsets Texas to advance to second Final Four in program history

After the NC State Wolfpack upset Stanford in the Sweet 16, coach Wes Moore arrived at the postgame news conference drenched with slick-back hair and said, “Just call me Elvis.” At the end of his off-day media availability Saturday, Moore reiterated, “Hopefully Elvis will make another appearance tomorrow.” The good news for NC State? Elvis … Read more

South Carolina advances to Final Four with win vs. Oregon State, continues unbeaten season

ALBANY, N.Y. — Guard Raven Johnson stood at halfcourt dribbling out the game clock, seemingly the only Gamecock who hadn’t yet begun to celebrate South Carolina’s 70-58 win over Oregon State. Bree Hall and Tessa Johnson embraced and hopped in unison. The coaches hugged and huddled on the bench. Finally, the buzzer rang and South … Read more