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Mystics Add Depth With Draft Picks Shakira Austin and Christyn Williams

Mystics Add Depth With Draft Picks Shakira Austin and Christyn Williams

“No question we got what we wanted,” head coach and general manager Mike Thibault says.

Last week, when the Washington Mystics traded their first overall selection to the Atlanta Dream for the third and 14th picks in the 2022 WNBA Draft and the right to swap first-round picks in the 2023 draft, the Mystics’ front office reasoned that the team would be receiving a better value in this year’s draft.…

Maryland Men’s Basketball Introduces New Coach Kevin Willard

Maryland Men’s Basketball Introduces New Coach Kevin Willard

“From the very beginning of our search for a new men’s head basketball coach, Kevin Willard was at the top of our list.”

It’s that time on the college basketball calendar when power conference schools that have fallen on hard times like to make big, splashy hires by bringing in coaches that have just led mid-major programs to an upset or something greater on national television during March Madness. This is a highly likely scenario for Seton Hall,…

Maryland Women’s Basketball Heads Back to the Sweet 16

Maryland Women’s Basketball Heads Back to the Sweet 16

“This is the first time, I think this season, that we’re all 100 percent healthy. So just to have that back is amazing, and I think we’re thriving right in the right moments.”

Cinderella stories rely on timing. In March, midnight strikes eventually for every team but one. The Maryland women’s basketball team knows this all too well. The Terps have danced all the way to a title before, but they’ve also heard the clocktower toll early. After the pandemic cost Maryland an opportunity in 2020 and they…

Sidwell Basketball Star Kiki Rice Named Gatorade Player of the Year

Sidwell Basketball Star Kiki Rice Named Gatorade Player of the Year

Rice, the point guard for the undefeated No. 1 girls’ high school basketball team in the nation, is having a season to remember.

Kiki Rice doesn’t typically cry, but Thursday afternoon brought plenty of emotions out of the Sidwell Friends senior. “I don’t cry a ton, but I guess I was as close to that as I could get,” she says. “I was shocked.” Rice, a UCLA signee and point guard for the undefeated No. 1 girls’ high…

The Wizards’ Splashy Trade Deadline Deal Hasn’t Worked Out So Far

The Wizards’ Splashy Trade Deadline Deal Hasn’t Worked Out So Far

Since trading for Kristaps Porziņģis, the Wizards are 5-10 and have lost five straight games as their dreams of making the playoffs dwindle.

When the Wizards pulled off a surprise trade for Kristaps Porziņģis just before the Feb. 10 NBA trade deadline, the consensus around the league was that, at the very least, Washington would be receiving the best player in that deal. Porziņģis had been out for an extended period of time with a knee bruise, but…

Ty Grace and the Howard Women’s Basketball Team Are Ready for the Big Dance

Ty Grace and the Howard Women’s Basketball Team Are Ready for the Big Dance

“Enjoy the moment, embrace the moment, and have fun with it.”

After her team lost in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament final last year, Howard women’s basketball head coach Ty Grace told her players to remember the feeling of watching the confetti fall for another team. She didn’t want them to wallow in the loss, but Grace emphasized that winning championships should be the expectation at…

No. 4 Seed Maryland Women’s Basketball Looks to ‘Complete the Mission’ in the NCAA Tournament

No. 4 Seed Maryland Women’s Basketball Looks to ‘Complete the Mission’ in the NCAA Tournament

“I think we’re ready for anything. There’s nothing we haven’t seen.”

The word “adversity” came up repeatedly in conversations with Maryland women’s basketball players after Sunday’s NCAA Selection Show. During the 2021-22 season, the team dealt with injuries and illnesses that thinned its roster and hindered its progress. In late November, the Terrapins, then ranked No. 2 in the country, only had seven healthy players dress…

Howard Men’s Basketball Has a New PA Announcer: Goodman League’s Miles Rawls

Howard Men’s Basketball Has a New PA Announcer: Goodman League’s Miles Rawls

“He’s a huge part of the success that hopefully we’ll have as we continue to take steps and build our culture here. We want Miles here.”

Nearly 2,000 fans inside Howard University’s Burr Gymnasium begin to settle into their seats on a late February afternoon when Miles Rawls decides it’s time to raise the arena’s energy level. The Howard men’s basketball team is warming up on the court for its Senior Day matchup against North Carolina Central University. Only two regular…

Wizards Hope Recent Trades Will Help Unify the Team

Wizards Hope Recent Trades Will Help Unify the Team

“I think we’ve got a pretty good understanding of roles right now on the team. Everybody’s gelling, fitting in. Everybody’s just doing what they’re supposed to do.”

The Wizards’ once promising season has so far produced more misery than success. The team that started 10-3 imploded, and Washington’s best player and center piece, Bradley Beal, is out for the season following a wrist injury and subsequent corrective surgery. But Wizards players and front office staff believe their recent trades at the NBA…

The Georgetown Men’s Basketball Team Has Reached New Lows in Patrick Ewing’s Fifth Year

The Georgetown Men’s Basketball Team Has Reached New Lows in Patrick Ewing’s Fifth Year

Ewing, a Basketball Hall of Famer who led the Hoyas to the 1984 NCAA title, was hired to revitalize the program and recreate the national success he had as a player. Instead, the team is sinking to historic lows.

Dave Pickett doesn’t remember a time when he wasn’t a Georgetown men’s basketball fan. Growing up in the 1980s in Columbia, Maryland, Pickett’s father immersed him in the ways of head coach John Thompson, Georgetown’s success, and the program’s intimidating “Hoya Paranoia” reputation. Pickett was too young to fully appreciate Georgetown’s 1984 NCAA championship, but…

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