February 9, 2022 

Daily Briefing — Feb. 9, 2022: Finding the missing Lynx

A Sheppard for the Hokies

Happy hump day! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, daily Watch List, and Yesterday’s Recap! Day 92 of college basketball is here, following contract terms being reported for Lynx backcourt signees and Jordin Canada.

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W Roundup

Free agency

  • Rachel Banham: Her contract with Minnesota is for the minimum.
  • Jordin Canada: Her contract with Los Angeles is a one-year deal for $98,000, per Rachel Galligan. Clearly the Sparks were okay handing Canada a significant raise for one year, but were not going to give her a second year, given that she didn’t sign until after her qualifying offer from Seattle was rescinded. Our Alex Simon pointed out that the maximum Phoenix could’ve feasibly offered was $97,000.
  • Layshia Clarendon: Her contract with Minnesota is a one-year deal for $90,000, per Cohen. The Lynx now have 13 players under contract, plus the eighth overall pick in the draft. And they don’t have the cap space to roster more than 11 players.

Visit our offseason trackers page to see all the other free agent moves, how they affect team’s caps, and more — in neat, colorful fashion!

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Watch List, Wednesday, Feb. 9



Good games

#2 Stanford @ Oregon State, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Network

Villanova @ #8 UConn, 7 p.m., SNY (New York’s regional NBC Sports network)

RV* Kansas State @ #10 Baylor, 8 p.m., ESPN+

Also watchable

#24 Oregon @ Washington State, 3 p.m., Pac-12 Network

#25 Iowa @ Minnesota, 7:30 p.m., BTN+

Sickos games

Dartmouth @ Brown, 7 p.m., ESPN+

Tuesday, Feb. 8 recap

RV Virginia Tech: 73-42 win over Clemson. Shot 52.8% from the field and 37.0% from three while holding the Tigers to 27.6% and 15.4%, respectively. Combo guard Aisha Sheppard led with 23 points on 8-for-12 from the field and 5-for-8 from three, five rounds, and five assists against three turnovers; combo forward Azana Baines scored a career-high 20 points in 26 minutes on 10-for-11 FG with seven rebounds and two turnovers; point guard Georgia Amoore had 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting (3-7 3pt.), three rebounds, four assists, and two steals; center Elizabeth Kitley committed four fouls in 30 minutes, finishing just 0-for-2 from the field.

Winthrop: 73-43 loss to USC Upstate. Did not score for nearly 11 continuous minutes across the first and second quarters.


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Written by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/they) covers the WNBA at large and college basketball for The Next, with a focus on player development and the game behind the game.

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