The Athletic Women's Basketball Show

The Athletic Women's Basketball Show

By The Athletic

The Athletic Women's Basketball Show brings you the latest news from the WNBA, Women's College Basketball and more each week. Zena Keita hosts along with Sabreena Merchant, Ben Pickman, Chantel Jennings and guests from around the sport.

Episodes

How does the history of the WNBA All-Star Game prepare us for this year's version?

Zena Keita, Sabreena Merchant and Ben Pickman preview this week's WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix by looking back on the history of the event. What can we take from the 2021 matchup between Team USA and Team WNBA? How competitive will the game be? Who are the MVP favorites? How will the rookies, Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese, perform? Who will shine in the 3-point shootout and skills competition? -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Producer: Tim McMaster Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/07/241h 2m

Who's leading the Rookie of the Year race?

Zena, Sabreena and Ben discuss the 2024 All-Star rosters, breaking down everything from Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese playing together, the dynamics caused by the format, and the snubs from the showcase. Then, with the season halfway over, they analyze the Rookie of the Year race, by highlighting both this year’s contenders and the history of the award. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/07/241h 8m

What’s behind the Minnesota Lynx’s success? Plus USA Basketball early Olympic preview

Zena, Ben and Chantel breakdown the Minnesota Lynx’s Commissioner’s Cup victory and dive into the franchise’s stellar first half. Then, they discuss how Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve hopes to similarly get the most out of USA Basketball at the Paris Olympics. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/07/2453m 55s

A Deep Dive into the Commissioner’s Cup final + the Cameron Brink injury

Zena, Ben, and Sabreena check in on the top teams in league by previewing the Commissioner’s Cup final. They then take a look at the bottom of the standings and the state of the Los Angeles Sparks after Cameron Brink’s injury. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25/06/241h 2m

Are Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese a True Rivalry? Plus, Las Vegas Aces/Liberty Rematch and worries for the Dallas Wings

It's a rivalry-themed episode, as Zena, Ben, and Sabreena first get into a burgeoning WNBA rivalry between Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese, and the Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky by extension. They discuss what makes a compelling rivalry and if Clark/Reese fits the bill before switching over to the the matchup between the Aces and the Liberty. They close out with some thoughts on the Dallas Wings and overall team-building. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/06/241h 3m

Should USA Basketball Have Selected Caitlin Clark? Plus Liberty/Mercury Heating Up

Zena, Sabreena and Ben discuss the reasons behind the Liberty's early-season surge, if there are reasons to be worried about the Aces' recent struggles and how dangerous the Mercury are. Then, they get into the U.S. Olympic team roster and if Caitlin Clark should have made the team, why she didn't and what the future of USA Basketball looks like as a result. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/06/241h 5m

Kamilla Cardoso's Debut Plus--Are the Connecticut Sun really the best team in the W?

Zena, Ben, and Sabreena discuss the hot start for the Connecticut Sun and if they've reached their ceiling. They then breakdown the potential importance of the new winter Unrivaled league before reacting to Kamilla Cardoso's debut with the Chicago Sky and talking about the franchise's long-term outlook. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/06/2444m 46s

EMERGENCY POD: Caitlin Clark, McAfee and the state of WNBA Media with Marcus Thompson

Zena hosts an emergency pod with Athletic NBA Writer Marcus Thompson to break down the tense WNBA-based exchange on ESPN's First Take between Stephen A. Smith and Monica McNutt, Pat McAfee's use of an expletive to discuss Caitlin Clark, and the overall opportunities and missteps when it comes to WNBA media coverage. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Marcus on X/Twitter @ThompsonScribe Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
04/06/241h

The Athletic All-Access: Seimone Augustus

The four-time WNBA champ, three time Olympic gold medalist and recently named LSU assistant coach stops by the pod to discuss her return to Baton Rouge, her journey to coaching college basketball and her own memories of her Olympic experience. Then, Ben and Chantel discuss potential Olympic roster moves as we get closer to the roster release date, as well as some of the biggest storylines to watch with this 2024 team. -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/05/2455m 4s

Was Caitlin Clark's First Week a Success? And why are the Aces Under Investigation Again?

The first week of the 2024 WNBA season has come, and gone. Zena, Ben and Sabreena breakdown their takeaways from the first week of play from around the league, including assessing how Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever look after three games. They also discuss the Golden State Valkyries block party, the current travel policy and explain the latest investigation into the Aces. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/05/2449m 9s

Opening Night Reactions And A Look At The Overall Growth In The WNBA

Zena, Ben, and Sabreena discuss what the WNBA's record-breaking opening night means for the league as a whole before diving into what we learned about each team and celebrating the milestones of DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas. They then pivot to Ben's feature on 2023 MVP Breanna Stewart and talk about the prioritization of mental health in this historic WNBA season. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/05/2455m 7s

WNBA Kickoff - Charter Planes, Power Rankings, and Preseason Award Predictions

Zena, Ben, and Sabreena comb through the big news heading WNBA tip-off, including travel upgrades and a potential expansion team in Toronto. They then preview the opening night matchups and break down some 2024 award races. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/05/241h 2m

Preseason Takeaways, Training Camp Cuts, and Who is Golden State’s New GM?

Zena, Ben, and Sabreena break down the latest news heading into the start of the regular season, including what we learned from preseason games, the WNBA’s broadcast challenges, roster crunches, and a home-run hire in the Bay Area. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/05/2453m 27s

What will Candace Parker's legacy be? And is there a new transfer portal winner?

In what has been a busy week in women's basketball, Zena Keita, Ben Pickman and Sabreena Merchant discuss the potential new winner of the college basketball offseason. Then, they reflect on Candace Parker's retirement from the WNBA and her impact on the sport, before finishing up with their impressions from the start of WNBA training camps and which roster battles are especially intriguing. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/04/2458m 56s

Transfer portal winner and losers: Iowa, Stanford, Maryland and more

With just a few days to go until the transfer portal closes, Zena, Ben and Chantel discuss the college teams that have had the best (and the worst) times with the portal this offseason. And with WNBA training camps around the corner, Ben gives an update on what each franchise is going through right now as they prep to have players in market for camps starting Sunday. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/04/2448m 25s

WNBA Draft Reaction: What Were the Biggest Surprises, Steals and Memorable Moments?

Zena, Ben, and Sabreena break down the most anticipated WNBA Draft in history. Ben shares stories from on the ground in Brooklyn. They also dive into the frontcourt duos that were created in the first round as well as what the defending champion Las Vegas Aces were able to accomplish before crowning their steals and surprises and revisiting some pre-draft predictions. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/04/2450m 7s

WNBA Draft Preview: Will Caitlin Clark Immediately Star for the Fever?

Zena, Ben, and Sabreena go deep on the WNBA Draft. They outline the projected outcomes of the lottery picks, highlight players who could go higher than expected, and make bold predictions for Monday. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/04/2447m 52s

Coaching carousel: Can Tennessee succeed under Kim Caldwell?

Zena Keita, Ben Pickman and Chantel Jennings discuss the new Tennessee coach, Kentucky’s hiring of Kenny Brooks, Tara VanDerveer’s sudden retirement and the names filling up the transfer portal in women’s college basketball. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/04/241h 2m

South Carolina’s the national champion. Will Dawn Staley win it again in 2025?

Sabreena Merchant, Ben Pickman and Chantel Jennings reconvened the morning after the national title game to discuss how the Gamecocks — with an entirely new starting lineup — found a way to win their program's third championship. Then, Sabreena and Chantel look ahead to next season as they break down the Way Too Early Top-25. -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/04/2447m 42s

Iowa-South Carolina national title game: Who wins it all?

From Cleveland, Ben Pickman, Sabreena Merchant and Chantel Jennings preview the national championship match up between the nation's two top teams — South Carolina and Iowa. They examine the keys for each team, discuss the legacy implications for the potential winners and finally, make their picks. -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/04/2436m 8s

Final Four Predictions: Will Iowa make it back to the national championship?

From Cleveland, Sabreena Merchant, Ben Pickman, Grace Raynor and Chantel Jennings gather for another floor episode of the podcast. They discuss Iowa’s chances of returning to the title game, NC State’s shot at an upset and deliver their most important unimportant nuggets of knowledge they’ve gleaned from Cleveland. -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm -Follow Grace on X: @gmraynor Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/04/2439m 10s

Final Four breakdowns: Iowa, UConn, South Carolina, NC State

Zena Keita and Sabreena Merchant break down the Elite Eight games from Portland, explaining how UConn managed to get to Cleveland with four first-year players in their seven-player rotation and how NC State controlled games with its guard group. Then, Ben Pickman and Chantel Jennings look at how South Carolina's depth was on display in Albany and how Caitlin Clark continues to push this Iowa program further. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/04/241h 5m

Setting the Sweet Sixteen Table

Zena and Sabreena preview what they're looking forward to in Portland while Chantel and Ben set the scene for what to expect in Albany. Tune in for breakdowns, predictions, and behind-the-scenes stories from the regionals! -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/03/241h 6m

Sweet 16 Preview and Predictions

The tournament field is now merely sixteen, after four days of tightly-contested games. Sabreena and Ben touch on the madness that was, and wasn't, before diving into the news around Virginia Tech, breaking down the stellar freshman performances, and providing their first reactions on what might happen in the next round. Then, Zena shares her thoughts on the developing situation around Utah's decision to change hotels. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/03/2454m 1s

A March Madness Pre-Tournament Mailbag

The NCAA Tournament is about to begin and Sabreena, Chantel and Ben put the final touches on previewing the field. They discuss the impact of Elizabeth Kitley's injury, answer reader questions and shine a light on some of the stories they've been reporting that will shape the broader tournament conversation. -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/03/2439m 17s

Selection Sunday Reactions

After Selection Sunday, Zena, Ben, Mark and Sabreens discuss notable snubs, toughest regions and teams that have a potential to make a Cinderella story. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Mark on X: @MG_Schindler -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18/03/2456m 38s

March Showcases Progress and Parity in Women's Hoops

Zena, Ben and Chantel check in ahead of Sunday's selection show to discuss the parity we've seen in the women's game, and how that was especially evident during conference tournaments. Then, they ponder: With talent dispersed across the country, could this be a season when a mid-major team can really make a run? And how should people start thinking about their brackets when the seedings might not be as indicative as they were before? -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/03/2448m 20s

End of an era for the Pac-12

Zena and Sabreena go deep on the final Pac-12 tournament and what it means for the NCAA Tournament prospects for USC, UCLA, and Stanford. Then, Mark joins Zena to talk about how the conference tournament results shook up the bracket. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm -Follow Mark on X: @MG_Schindler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/03/241h 8m

THE ATHLETIC ALL ACCESS - USC's Coach Lindsey Gottlieb

USC coach Lindsay Gottlieb joins the show to discuss her unique start in college coaching, recruiting JuJu Watkins while building the Trojan program and how her experience in the NBA has informed her during her time in Los Angeles. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/03/2453m 32s

Breaking Down Bracketology

After another confusing top 16 seed reveal, Zena brings on Mark and Sabreena to discuss the mechanics of bracketology. They get into the thought process behind seeding and determining the field of 68 and as well as what hangs in the balance before Selection Sunday. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm -Follow Mark on X: @MG_Schindler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/03/2437m 32s

The Athletic All-Access: Ohio State's Cotie McMahon

Zena, Sabreena and Chantel sit down with Ohio State sophomore and Big Ten champ Cotie McMahon to discuss what she has learned since early enrolling at Ohio State, how her experience with Team USA has changed her as a player and Cotie's love for all things The Grinch. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/03/2432m 5s

It’s That Time—Who’s the Conference POY?

Zena and Sabreena break down the player of the year races across the power five conferences (plus the Big East). While some leagues have a clear-cut favorite, the abundance of great candidates in other conferences forces the two hosts to dive into some nitty, gritty details to make their choices. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/02/2443m 48s

The Athletic All-Access: Notre Dame's Niele Ivey and Hannah Hidalgo

Notre Dame head coach Niele Ivey and freshman Hannah Hidalgo join Sabreena and Chantel to discuss the biggest storylines from South Bend this season. Ivey and Hidalgo dig into how Hidalgo has gotten to five steals a game, what that season opener in Paris against South Carolina taught them and their thoughts on this impressive freshman class nationwide. -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/02/2428m 31s

Bracket breakdowns and an exciting finish in college hoops

Mark Schindler is back to join Zena to take a look back on the week in women's basketball. With the NCAA tournament on the horizon, Mark explains how brackets, being in the bubble and quadrants work in the tournament. Then, Chantel talks with broadcaster Ann Schatz, who was on the call for the Oregon State-UCLA game, which featured one of the most exciting finishes we’ve ever seen in college hoops. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Mark on X: @MG_Schindler Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/02/2452m 17s

The Athletic's All Access: Virginia Tech's Elizabeth Kitley and Georgia Amoore

The Queens of Cassell join Chantel, Sabreena, and Zena to discuss their role in turning Virginia Tech into a must-watch team. Liz and Georgia share the origins of their chemistry on and off the court, how they're gearing up for another Final Four run, what's playing in the locker room before games, and so much more. After the Virginia Tech interview, stay tuned for The Athletic's new Bracketology contributor Mark Schindler and what to expect in the lead up to March Madness. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/02/2451m 52s

A Super Week from NCAA to Team USA

Zena, Chantel and Sabreena are back together to break down several headlines from the past week, touching on Oregon State's recent rise, Nebraska upsetting Caitlin Clark and Iowa on Super Bowl Sunday, Team USA's trip to Belgium and SC's dominant play against UConn. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/02/2457m 40s

The Athletic All Access: Iowa AHC Jan Jensen

While in Iowa City, Chantel sits down with Iowa associate head coach Jan Jensen to discuss Caitlin Clark as she nears the Division I scoring record, Iowa's legacy of 6-on-6 girls basketball and the moments from that last's title game run that felt the most magical (and, yes, even the matching blazer with head coach Lisa Bluder). Then Zena takes you through the recent WNBA Free Agency moves that caught her eye and has a special announcement! -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/02/2457m 53s

NCAAW's Scoring Dominance on Full Display

Zena and Ben cover several hot topics in women's basketball, including the history-making offense of Caitlin Clark and JuJu Watkins, speculation on Clark's transition potential to the WNBA, WNBA Free Agency updates, views at USA Camp and what Ben learned about "America's Team," the TCU Horned Frogs. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/02/2450m 9s

The Athletic's All-Access: Las Vegas Aces head coach Becky Hammon

Becky Hammon joins Ben and Sabreena to relive the 2023 Las Vegas Aces title run. Hammon shares how the team dealt with the super team expectations, the grind of repeating, some special moments that buoyed them throughout the year, and goes into great detail on the shorthanded closeout effort in Game 4. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/02/2454m 48s

What A Weekend in Women's Hoops

Zena and Chantel recap the biggest game of the regular season (South Carolina-LSU) and examine what UConn's loss to Notre Dame might mean in the college hoops landscape. Plus, a look behind the curtains at The Athletic's All-America teams. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/01/2449m 36s

The Athletic's All Access: Greg Bibb, President, CEO and Partner of the Dallas Wings

Greg Bibb, the team president, CEO, and a partner of the Dallas Wings, joins the show to talk about the life of a front-office executive during free agency. He gives his perspective on the draft/scouting, and some of his favorite offseason stories as well as how this time of year has evolved for teams since he first joined the league in 2007.   -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/01/2438m 30s

After all the Upsets, Tara Makes History

It was a week full of upsets in college basketball. The Athletic's Zena Keita and Ben Pickman break down the results that caught their eyes over the past week. Then, they discuss the scene and significance from Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer's record-setting day and give some quick thoughts on TCU's surreal injury situation. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23/01/2440m 57s

The Athletic's All Access: Tara VanDerveer and Kiki Iriafen on the Journey to the All-Time Wins Record, Plus DeWanna Bonner on Her Jersey Retirement

As Stanford Hall of Fame coach Tara VanDerveer closes in on the all-time college basketball wins record, The Athletic’s Chantel Jennings, Ben Pickman and Zena Keita chat with VanDerveer and star forward Kiki Iriafen about their respective journeys, the role of mentorship, and how technology impacts women’s college basketball today. Then, Zena talks with Connecticut Sun star DeWanna Bonner about her jersey retirement at Auburn University this weekend, how her upcoming free agency is going with Alyssa Thomas in the house and who she's taking notes from in college basketball. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/01/2455m 21s

Conference Play is Heating Up!

No one’s having more fun this college season than Iowa State and their five fabulous freshmen. Except maybe USC and the Trojans’ ever-growing crowds in L.A. all clamoring to see JuJu Watkins. Or perhaps Florida State and the Seminoles’ sharpshooting backcourt. In today’s episode, Zena and Sabreena go through what they’re enjoying watching the most as well as some exciting conference races across the country. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
16/01/2455m 41s

The Athletic's All Access: Brooke Wyckoff and Ta'Niya Latson

Florida State coach Brooke Wyckoff and guard Ta'Niya Latson join the podcast to discuss the depth of the ACC, how both have grown as leaders in their respective roles and how they'd spend a rare off-day in Tallahassee. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/01/2440m 38s

Legal Battles Against the NCAA Could Impact College Basketball’s Future

A handful of prominent lawsuits the NCAA is facing could impact the future landscape of college athletics. The Athletic’s college football and basketball writer Justin Williams and Ben Pickman join Zena Keita to discuss the implications of a recent subdivision proposal and other legal challenges on college basketball and the sporting landscape. Zena also launches a new segment! -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Ben on X: @Williams_Justin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
09/01/2445m 50s

NCAAW’s Media Deal - Money, Madness or Both?

The NCAA reached an eight-year agreement with ESPN worth $115 million annually to televise 40 college sports championships, including women's basketball. Chantel Jennings joins Zena Keita to discuss the deal, what is and isn't in the agreement and what the NCAA should do next. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/01/2441m 48s

The End Of Year Women's Hoops Mailbag

The whole team gets together to discuss some reader-submitted questions as they close out 2023. Will Caitlin Clark be on the Olympic team (should she be)? Is player of the year too weighted on offensive production? What should Atlanta do at PG? -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/12/2347m 17s

Longhorns' Madison Booker and Rori Harmon Join the Show!

Rori Harmon and Madison Booker, two stars of the undefeated no. 5 Texas Longhorns, join Chantel and Sabreena to share some behind-the-scenes stories about Texas practices, how much Coach Vic Schaefer really talks about defense, and what they're looking to improve heading into Big 12 play. Rori and Madison also answer some rapid-fire questions about the holidays, game day, and Schaefer's practice plans. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/12/2333m 11s

Checking In: Transfer Tiers and the Undefeated Club

We're going deep in the Pac-12 this week, as Zena and Sabreena discuss the remaining undefeated teams on the West Coast, specifically what to make of Washington and Oregon State as we head into conference play. Then, it's a reassessment of the best transfers this season, starting with UCLA's Lauren Betts while also showing some love to veteran transfers at South Carolina, Ohio State, and Baylor. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/12/2338m 42s

Talkin’ Money with Napheesa Collier

Zena has a real conversation about money and financial literacy in the world of women’s basketball with 3x WNBA All-Star, Olympic Gold Medalist, and NCAA Champion Napheesa Collier. Napheesa shares how the WNBA’s official banking partner, US Bank, helped get her on track to achieve some of her biggest financial goals, as well as her thoughts on NIL and the outlook of her alma mater’s (UConn) season. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/12/2320m 23s

WNBA Draft lottery reaction and major conference previews

The Indiana Fever won the Caitlin Clark draft lottery and the Los Angeles Sparks, with pick No. 2, feel pretty good, too. Plus, we take a look at the top six conferences to determine how many Final Four contenders are in each. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/12/2347m 33s

"Here comes the Caitlin Clark WNBA Draft Lottery, with Fever GM Lin Dunn"

Indiana Fever general manager Lin Dunn joins the podcast to talk about the Fever's outlook heading into the WNBA Draft lottery. Dunn shares some stories from draft lotteries past, when she had the opportunity to select Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird in back-to-back seasons, as well as some insight on this year's Fever. Stick around for Dunn's prediction on how the draft and college eligibility could change in a meaningful way. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/12/2336m 58s

Put Some Respect on These Names!

Sabreena and Zena chat about this week's Power Rankings and give some love to teams and players that haven't shared enough of the spotlight despite their undefeated seasons and impactful performances, respectively. -Follow Zena on X/Twitter: @itszenakeita -Follow Sabreena on X/Twitter: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
05/12/2338m 34s

Cori Close, the Uncommon Coach

Zena sits down with UCLA Bruins Head Coach Cori Close to talk about what makes UCLA a special place to be, the importance of leading with transparency and authenticity in today’s age of sports and the various people who poured into her journey to make her a unique, or uncommon, coach and player.  -Follow Zena on Twitter: @itszenakeita Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30/11/2337m 55s

Hindsight is 20/20: Three teams that have exceeded expectations already

South Carolina has a high-powered offense that rivals its elite defense, NC State has found a clear identity around elite guard play and Stanford has a dynamic duo in the paint — A few weeks into the season, these three teams have all surpassed expectations in a big way. -Follow Zena on Twitter/X: @itszenakeita -Follow Chantel on Twitter/X: @ChantelJennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28/11/2353m 6s

NCAAW Making Rankings A Tough Task

After another chaotic week of upsets, Zena and Sabreena break down the latest power rankings and what goes into ordering teams at this point in the season. They also tap into Zena's post-player roots and highlight some of the standout performances from frontcourt players across the country, including Kiki Iriafen and Alissa Pili. -Follow Zena on Twitter: @itszenakeita -Follow Sabreena on Twitter: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/11/2345m 23s

Charmin Smith, A Woman of Many Talents

Zena chats with Cal Berkeley's Head Women's Basketball Coach, Charmin Smith on her fascinating journey from playing at Stanford to playing in the WNBA to now being a head coach in one of the country's toughest conferences--all while staying true to the competitive and activist spirit within her. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/11/2332m 58s

First week surprises, plus bold season-long predictions

A rare in-person conversation between Chantel, Ben and Sabreena breaking down the three biggest shockers from the first week of action. Then, a three-pack of bold predictions about the National Player of the Year race, Final Four sleepers and if some of the country’s top players will turn pro after the season. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
14/11/2351m 30s

The Freshman Are NOT Freshmen

From Paris (where South Carolina's Milaysia Fulwiley and Notre Dame's Hannah Hidalgo showed out) to Cali (where USC's JuJu Watkins impressed) — some of week 1's best performances in NCAA women's hoops came from the first-year players. Plus: Why LSU's loss might be a good thing, reflecting on the 584-day wait for Paige Bueckers' game and a lookahead to this weekend's most intriguing game. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/11/2341m 20s

Nicole Auerbach Talks Conference Realignment & WBB

In a true crossover of The Athletic's extensive coverage, Senior College Sports Writer Nicole Auerbach joins to discuss the historical context of NCAA conference realignment, the current state of conferences today, and the impacts of realignment on women's college hoops. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Nicole on X: @NicoleAuerbach Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
07/11/2343m 2s

Intriguing college women's basketball players to watch

College basketball season is upon us and we take a look at some of the most intriguing women's players to watch. Zena is joined by The Athletic's women's basketball writer Lyndsey D'Arcangelo who shares her process of selecting these intriguing players and how their impact is good for women's basketball.  -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Lyndsey on X: @darcangel21 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
02/11/2332m 22s

Transfer portal shifts, R.I.P Pac-12 and defending Caitlin Clark

How will teams defend Caitlin Clark? Can UConn push forward after a season of injuries? R.I.P. to the Pac-12. And a first for a NCAA regular season game to be played in Paris. Zena is joined by The Athletic national WNBA/women's college basketball writer Chantel Jennings to discuss all of this and how the transfer portal is changing the landscape of women's basketball.  -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Chantel on X: @chanteljennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
31/10/2351m 23s

It Will Be An Eventful Offseason

As we dive into the WNBA off-season, Zena is joined by The Athletic's women's basketball writer Lyndsey D'Arcangelo to discuss free agency players returning from injury and how the future of the league has never been brighter.  -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Lyndsey on X: @darcangel21 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27/10/2336m 36s

Recapping the Aces’s Super Squad Season

A day after Las Vegas’ championship parade, Zena and Sabreena celebrate the 2023 Aces season. They start with the preseason coronation of the “super team” and comb through all the highs and lows (some manufactured, some self-inflicted) that resulted in a repeat title. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24/10/2340m 25s

Big Energy, Big Game!

It was close game, a great game and an exciting game but wasn't the best played game. .Despite being down two starters the Las Vegas Aces responded well in Game 4 to become back to back WNBA champions. Zena and Ben discuss this along with the adversities the Aces had to deal with during the season and the amazing run by the New York Liberty.  -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
20/10/2345m 59s

The Liberty take game 3 of The Finals as Aces lose Chelsea Gray to injury

Zena, Ben and Sabreena have the latest on the WNBA Finals. The Liberty avoided a sweep with a Game 3 win and are right back in the series. Meanwhile, the Aces are potentially without star guard Chelsea Gray after she left Game 3 with an injury. How will they fill the void of losing the 2022 Finals MVP. In Off The Script, The Athletic's Scott Dochterman joins the show to talk about the Iowa women's basketball team's record setting game at Iowa's football stadium, Kinnick Stadium. -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
17/10/2356m 13s

Las Vegas Aces Take A Commanding Series Lead

Zena and Ben talk over the domination by the Aces over the Liberty in the WNBA finals. A look at the lagging defense by the Liberty. What is it going to take for Breanna Stewart to get going? And the Aces quest to repeat.   -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
13/10/2345m 14s

Game 1 Was Quite The Affair

Zena, Ben and Sabreena talk about the star studded event of Game 1 of the WNBA finals. How the environment impacted the game. A look at the Aces and the Liberty. Is Betnijah Laney an x-factor for Liberty? And what adjustments will we see in Game 2? -Follow Zena on X: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/2352m 27s

WNBA Finals Preview

Washington Mystics star guard Natasha Cloud joins Ben and Sabreena to preview the WNBA Finals. Cloud shares her thoughts on how both he Liberty and Aces are playing really great basketball right now. And how it's really hard to slow these two teams.  -Follow Zena on X/Twitter: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X/Twitter: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X/Twitter: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06/10/2354m 19s

Closing Thoughts And A Look Ahead

Sabreena and Ben give their closing thoughts on the semifinals. A look ahead to offseason of the Sun and Wings. Along with Sabreena and Ben's anonymous WNBA GM poll. -Follow Sabreena on X/Twitter: @sabreenajm -Follow Ben on X/Twitter: @benpickman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
03/10/2341m 21s

The Drama Continues

Zena, Ben, Sabreena break down the tight game two's in the semifinals. What is keeping the Wings in games despite the Aces stellar offense? How the Aces are disrupting Satou Sabally play. A look at the WNBA awards and the transparency of the voters. And could there be an expansion team in the Bay Area? -Follow Zena on X/Twitter: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X/Twitter: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X/Twitter: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
29/09/231h 4m

Impressive Showings And Uncharacteristic Play In The Playoffs

Zena and Sabreena continue discussion on the WNBA playoffs. Impressive showing from Rebecca Allen. And thoughts on the announcement of DPOY. -Follow Zena on X/Twitter: @itszenakeita -Follow Sabreena on X/Twitter: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26/09/2355m 57s

The Impact Of Business In The WNBA

One athlete, one event can change the landscape of business in the WNBA. Zena and Ben discuss the impact of the business side. And a recap and preview of the WNBA playoffs. -Follow Zena on X/Twitter: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X/Twitter: @benpickman Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22/09/2350m 55s

WNBA Playoffs Recap, Previews And Predictions

Zena, Ben and Sabreena recap and preview the WNBA playoffs. Did the league get it right with the playoff format? And what we may expect in the Tuesday night matchups.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19/09/2349m 6s

Collegiate Ties In The WNBA

It was uneventful start to the WNBA postseason. Zena and Sabreena discuss that and how collegiate ties bring culture to the WNBA. -Follow Zena on X/Twitter: @itszenakeita -Follow Sabreena on X/Twitter: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
15/09/2345m 45s

Interesting Playoff Matchups In The WNBA

Zena Keita, Ben Pickman and Sabreena Merchant discuss the playoff landscape and what to expect out of the matchups.  -Follow Zena on X/Twitter: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X/Twitter: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X/Twitter: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/09/2324m 23s

Travel Troubles in the WNBA

Zena Keita, Ben Pickman and Sabreena Merchant explore the complex issue of travel for WNBA teams--laying out the existing policy, the impact on players, and the possibilities for a resolution. -Follow Zena on X/Twitter: @itszenakeita -Follow Ben on X/Twitter: @benpickman -Follow Sabreena on X/Twitter: @sabreenajm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
08/09/2349m 21s

WNBA Awards And Series Matchups

In the debut episode of The Athletic Women's Basketball Show, Zena Keita, Ben Pickman and Sabreena Merchant discuss and breakdown their WNBA MVP, MIP and team of the year. Along with a look at this season's Las Vegas Aces vs. New York Liberty series matchup.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01/09/2352m 54s

Coming soon! The Athletic Women's Basketball Show

The Athletic Women's Basketball Show covers all things women's hoops, from the WNBA to the NCAA to the international game. Join host Zena Keta, along with The Athletic's women's basketball reporters Sabreena Merchant, Ben Pickman and Chantel Jennings twice a week for in depth coverage about what's going on in game, behind the scenes and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21/08/233m 6s
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