January 25, 2024 

Locked On Women’s Basketball: Nneka Ogwumike and WNBA offseason moves

Plus, TCU and other happenings in women's college basketball

In a new episode of Locked On Women’s Basketball, host Gigi Speer welcomes The Next contributing writer Aya Abdeen to talk about the latest news in the WNBA offseason and women’s college basketball. That includes former WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike informing the Los Angeles Sparks that she plans to leave in free agency and TCU getting a win after injuries forced it to cancel games and host midseason tryouts.

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Gigi asks Aya whether she sees an exodus out of Los Angeles with Ogwumike leaving and point guard Jordin Canada being cored but reportedly also on her way out via trade. Here’s Aya’s response:

“That could be something. Honestly, after Los Angeles [was] so close to making the playoffs last year … it might be interesting to think … [about whether that’s] what Los Angeles could be doing, or could the No. 2 overall pick fix these types of things? …

“And then now with Nneka leaving and potentially Jordin Canada — she was cored by the team last Saturday — that’s going to be interesting to see how the roster could change. Especially [because] they have Azura Stevens, a member of the 2021 championship team with the Chicago Sky. So could they build around the [No.] 2 overall pick? Or could they pair it up with Azura Stevens?”

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Meanwhile, at the college level, TCU opened the season 14-0, then lost four straight, and then had to cancel two games because of a lack of healthy players. After holding tryouts to fortify the roster, the Horned Frogs beat UCF 66-60 on Tuesday. Aya talks about the questions she had while watching TCU go through this stretch of injuries:

“One of the questions that I was curious to know about when TCU was dealing with a lot of injuries is which players could they bring in and how the team chemistry could work out. … [And one of the new players, sophomore Sarah Sylvester,] play[s] volleyball in college. So it’s going to be interesting to see how this volleyball-basketball connection works out.”

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