Your Day in Women’s Basketball, October 21: Former Texas Tech coach Stollings files lawsuit

Ex-Texas Tech coach Marlene Stollings sues for defamation, discrimination

Former Texas Tech head coach Marlene Stollings filed a lawsuit against the University’s Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt after USA Today’s Jori Epstein and Daniel Libit published an investigative story that revealed two years of allegations of abuse and a toxic culture at the hands of the coach.

Stollings is claiming fraud, fraudulent inducement, breach of contract, defamation, and sex discrimination. Stollings also claimed that her identification as LGBTQ is “yet another critical facet of her discrimination claims.” The release goes on to state “that Stollings identifies as LGBTQ, and is one of four members of the gay and lesbian community to be victimized by the Texas Tech Athletic Department in 2020…”

Nick Niendorf has us set with a Chicago Sky offseason primer. After Chicago’s first-round loss to the Connecticut Sun last year, head coach James Wade set the high bar for 2021: it’s championship-or-bust.

Chicago had a rollercoaster of a wubble, losing Diamond DeShields and Azurá Stevens’ in late August. At 100%, both players could’ve made the Sky a dark-horse contender. I guess we’ll never know.

Looking ahead to next year, Allie Quigley, Courtney Vandersloot, and DeShields will return as the hopeful three-headed monster that the team needs to reach the finals. Kahleah Copper, Azurá Stevens, and Gabby Williams should also add a punch for a team heads into next season with one of the deepest rosters in the league. The Sky’s biggest challenge is retaining Cheyenne Parker, who Wade envisions as the team’s long-term option at center.

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