Nancy Darsch, who guided the Ohio State women's basketball team to the 1993 title game and went on to coach in the WNBA, has died. She was 68.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx hired Rebekkah Brunson as an assistant coach, as the WNBA's all-time leading rebounder announced her retirement on Tuesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx hired Katie Smith, the franchise's third-leading all-time scorer and Hall of Fame player, as the lead assistant Tuesday on coach Cheryl Reeve's...
NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Lynx assistant coach Walt Hopkins will be hired as the next head coach of the New York Liberty, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Liberty are not renewing the contract of head coach Katie Smith the team announced Wednesday.
Smith's current contract ends this month. She was elevated to the...
The New York Liberty will have the No. 1 pick in next year's WNBA draft for the first time in franchise history.
One of the original WNBA teams, the Liberty won the draft lottery Tuesday...
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A chair back with astronaut John Glenn's face on it. A framed "Goosebumps" book cover written by Columbus native R.L. Stine. A replica of the Congressional gold medal...
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Katie Smith saw the silver lining in the Liberty's loss to Indiana. New York clinched the best chance to win the WNBA draft lottery by losing to the Fever 86-81 on Friday...
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — With the starters in foul trouble and struggling to score, Katie Smith turned to the reserves and they delivered.
New York's bench scored 43 points, led by rookie...
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Liberty will get a huge lift with the return of Amanda Zahui B., Bria Hartley and the addition of Marine Johannes to the roster.
Kara Lawson is the latest woman headed to the NBA to coach.
Lawson was hired by the Boston Celtics as an assistant coach according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke...
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California found a familiar face in Charmin Smith to replace Lindsay Gottlieb as women's basketball coach.
Smith returns to a campus where she most recently served as...
NEW YORK (AP) — It's been five weeks since the New York Liberty were sold to an investment group led by Brooklyn Nets minority owner Joseph Tsai, and the front office has been working hard to get...
SEATTLE (AP) — Natasha Howard scored 13 points to lead six players in double figures and the Seattle Storm beat the Connecticut Sun 84-70 on Sunday.
The Storm (12-5) pulled away with a 21-2 run to lead 72-49 on Jordin Canada's driving layup with 7:03 left in the fourth quarter. The Sun (9-7) got no closer than the final score from there.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Tina Charles scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and New York beat the Dallas Wings 94-89 on Tuesday night for Liberty coach Katie Smith's first victory.
New York was outscored 11-0 to start the game and trailed until Shavonte Zellous scored in the paint to tie it at 76 with 3:58 remaining in the game. Charles gave New York its first lead on their next possession and she finished with 18 points in the quarter.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Katie Smith has been running around the women's Final Four all weekend, serving as the unofficial hostess of the sport's biggest event.
There were awards to hand out, courts to dedicate and parties to attend. So the best women's basketball player from Ohio in history decided to skip going to San Antonio, where the men's Final Four is being held, to be announced as part of the 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame class.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Charles isn't going anywhere.
The New York Liberty locked in their star center Monday, giving her the team's franchise tag.
"We've designated Tina as our core player, she is one of the most dominant players in the WNBA and has been an outstanding leader for our team on and off the court," Liberty coach Katie Smith said.
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.
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.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Liberty are for sale.
One of the WNBA's original franchises, the Liberty have been owned by James Dolan and Madison Square Garden since the league was founded in 1996 and started play the next year.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Laimbeer found himself at a crossroad.
His contract with the New York Liberty was up and he wasn't sure if he wanted to stay or move on. He had spent the last few years grooming Katie Smith to be the team's next head coach and felt the time was right for her to take over the team, which lost in the second round of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
The 60-year-old Laimbeer could stay with New York as the team's general manager or find employment elsewhere.
NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Smith couldn't think of a better place to get her first chance to become a head coach than New York.
Smith will take over the Liberty, the team announced Monday. She's been an assistant with New York since retiring from the WNBA in 2013 and was promoted to associated head coach in 2016. She takes over for Bill Laimbeer, who served as the Liberty's coach from 2013-17.
NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Smith will be the next coach of the New York Liberty, according to a person with knowledge of the hiring.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday night because no deal has been announced.
Smith has been an assistant with the Liberty since she retired as a WNBA player in 2013. She was promoted to associate head coach in 2016.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 27 points and 12 rebounds for her 20th double-double, and the Minnesota Lynx topped 100 points for the third straight home game with a 110-87 victory over the Chicago Sky on Friday night.
The Lynx set a WNBA record with 35 assists — without injured point guard Lindsay Whalen. They topped the 34 assists that both Los Angeles and Seattle had against Chicago earlier this season.
ATLANTA (AP) — Allie Quigley scored 22 points and Stefanie Dolson added 19 to help the Chicago Sky beat the Atlanta Dream 82-78 on Friday night.
Cappie Pondexter added 17 points for Chicago (3-9) and she passed Katie Smith for fourth place on the WNBA's career scoring list with 6,466 points. She also moved into sixth in league history with 1,399 made free throws.
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.
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.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Diana Taurasi tied a career high with eight 3-pointers and broke a tie for the WNBA's career record, leading the Phoenix Mercury to a 99-91 victory over the Chicago Sky on Thursday night.
Taurasi entered the game tied with Katie Smith with 906 3-pointers, and broke the mark early in the first quarter.
PHOENIX (AP) — Leilani Mitchell scored 19 points, Diana Taurasi added 18 and tied the WNBA record for career 3-pointers, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Dallas Wings 107-65 on Saturday night.
Taurasi's three-point play halfway through the first period gave Phoenix the lead for good, and the Mercury broke open the game with 30- and 31-point quarters in the second half.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stefanie Dolson scored a career-high 23 points, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt had a season-best 19 points and the Washington Mystics kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 75-62 victory over the New York Liberty on Tuesday night.
The Mystics need to win their final two games and have eighth-place Phoenix lose its final three to make the playoffs.
NEW YORK (AP) — Katie Smith is getting a chance to be a head coach for a game.
The Liberty's associate head coach will lead New York on Tuesday night against the Washington Mystics.
"Being an associate head coach has given me a taste of what it's like to do it, but you have no comprehension of all the things that go through your head when you're in charge," she said. "It's a learning experience."
New York head coach Bill Laimbeer is happy to step aside and give Smith a chance.