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LaChina Robinson and producer Terrika Foster-Brasby cover the hottest topics in women's basketball and more.

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    • Oct 29, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 179 EPISODES

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    Ending the 25th Season With... LaChina's Mom!!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 62:35

    LaChina Robinson and Terrika Foster-Brasby recap the WNBA Finals and put a bow on the 25th season with special guest and fan favorite- "LaChina's Mom."  The threesome also looks ahead to the upcoming offseason, talks about some key free agents and play a little Q & A, where LaChina's Mom answered some questions submitted by Twitter fans!! 

    2021 WNBA Finals Are Underway

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 52:27

    LaChina Robinson and Terrika Foster-Brasby welcome Monica McNutt to the show to weigh in on the WNBA Finals, where Chicago has jumped out to a 1-0 lead over Phoenix. They recap Game 1, look ahead to Game 2 and throw out some hot takes for the series. Plus, Dream Co-Owner Renee Montgomery makes a special appearance to share her quick thoughts on Atlanta's hiring of new head coach Tanisha Wright.

    ATR Fastbreak: First Round Postseason Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 24:21

    LaChina Robinson welcomes in ESPN WBB analyst and National Champion Carolyn Peck to weigh in on the first round of the WNBA playoffs. They discuss if Dallas' youth will be a factor against the more experienced Chicago Sky and if the New York Liberty can stop the momentum of the Phoenix Mercury in single game elimination. Plus, who has the advantage in each matchup? Tune in to hear who our expert chose!

    Around the Rim: LaChina Robinson

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 63:06

    Sarah talks to ESPN's LaChina Robinson about growing up as one of 16 siblings, not liking basketball early on, working on the administration side of college sports before falling in love with announcing basketball, calling her first game for ESPN at Madison Square Garden, her women's basketball podcast Around the Rim, and covering the Olympics in Tokyo.

    Who's Your GOAT?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 40:08

    On the latest episode, LaChina Robinson and Terrika Foster-Brasby weigh in briefly on the WNBA "Vote for the GOAT" topic before sharing a snippet of a WNBA Twitter Spaces conversation featuring Robinson, alongside ESPN reporter Holly Rowe and hosted by broadcaster Ros Gold-Onwude. In the snippet, the trio discuss the criteria to be nominated and share the top 5 players leading their GOAT list.

    ATR Fastbreak: Heating Up In The Valley

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 39:06

    On this Fastbreak episode, LaChina Robinson and producer Terrika Foster-Brasby discuss the pedigree of the Connecticut Sun and LaChina's Top 5 player shout outs of the week, before being joined by women's basketball analyst and PxP announcer Cindy Brunson. Robinson and Brunson take a deep dive into the red-hot Phoenix Mercury including Skylar Diggins-Smith stellar play, how their defense has improved, Brianna Turner's contributions and if they can make a deep run in the postseason. 

    Catching Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 50:14

    LaChina Robinson returns and shares with Terrika Foster-Brasby highlights of her time in Tokyo covering the Olympics. Plus, the two welcomes in espnW WBB writer Mechelle Voepel to discuss the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame induction, recap the Commissioner's Cup and share thoughts on the latest WNBA standings heading into the final stretch of the season. Also, WNBALead editor Drew Ivery joins the show to shed light on the Dallas Wings.

    WNBA Season: Round 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 33:28

    As we resume the last stretch of the WNBA season, Terrika Foster-Brasby helps us get ready for the second half. Terrika shares her thoughts on what to watch for from the Storm, Aces, and Sparks and welcomes in various analysts and writers from around the WNBA to share their expectations for the rest of the league: Dorothy Gentry (Wings), Alexa Philippou (Sun), Cindy Brunson (Mercury), Tony East (Fever), Erica Ayala (Sky), Christy Winters-Scott (Mystics), Myles Ehrlich (Liberty), Brandon Terrell (Dream) and Tamryn Spruill (Lynx).

    Going For Gold

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 49:11

    On the latest Around the Rim Podcast, Terrika Foster-Brasby welcomes in WBB Writer Michelle Smith McDonald and Minnesota head coach (4x WNBA Champion and 2x Olympic gold medalist) Lindsay Whalen to the show. The trio share their thoughts on Simone Biles' decision to withdraw and the pressure placed on Olympic athletes, recap Team USA's win over Nigeria and look ahead to their road to gold, congratulate the 3x3 team for winning the inaugural event and much more.

    ATR Fastbreak: Midseason Review

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 33:29

    On the latest Around the Rim, women's basketball analyst and PxP announcer Cindy Brunson drives the show, as the panelists (Winsidr's Rachel Galligan and The IX Newsletter Founder and Editor In Chief Howard Megdal) share their quick thoughts on the WNBA season heading into the Olympic break.

    Representation Matters

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 2, 2021 98:32

    This week, Around the Rim covers a hodgepodge of topics and conversations. First, LaChina Robinson and Terrika Foster-Brasby welcome in espnW writer Katie Barnes to discuss Barnes' ESPN Coverstory piece on Lynx's Layshia Clarendon. Then, we revisit a conversation with WNBA's Sydney Colson surrounding "twitter beef" and the under-representation of some WNBA athletes in media. Plus, this week's "5 Questions with A Legend" segment features WNBA Champion Ticha Penichero.

    An Olympic Dream Deferred

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 49:34

    LaChina Robinson and espnW women's basketball writer Mechelle Voepel weigh in on the upcoming WNBA All-Star game taking place in Las Vegas before going in-depth on their thoughts of Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike's omission from the Women's National Basketball Team for the Tokyo Olympics. Two share the historical perspective of recent selections and discuss the various factors that could have led to the decision and more.

    Working Hard to Make Greatness

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 56:01

    LaChina welcomes ESPN basketball analyst Christy Winter-Scott to talk about the bottom half of the WNBA standings where a LOT of movement is happening. After that, LaChina introduces to the fans the new Head Coach of the Seattle Storm Noelle Quinn. The two talk about Noelle's career path and how she's adjusting to all her new responsibilities as a head coach. Then, Minnesota Lynx Assistant Coach Katie Storm joins the show for 5 Questions With A Legend.  

    ATR Fast Break: Mental Health Matters

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 34:20

    LaChina Robinson and producer Terrika Foster-Brasby welcome in sports psychiatrist and founder of Mental Healthletics Dr. Dawn Brown, MD., who shares her opinion as a mental health expert on the effects of media internations on athletes in wake of the recent events surrounding tennis star Naomi Osaka. The three weigh in on the challenges some athletes face. how media members can do adjust to be more considerate of these challenges, the impact of race on mental health and more.

    Insult To Injury

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 64:47


    LaChina Robinson and Terrika Foster-Brasby discuss the injuries around the league and a few players already making the MVP conversation. Also, WNBA's Sydney Colson joins the duo to weigh in on the hot topic of offensive language in light of the news surrounding Aces Liz Cambage and Sky head coach James Wade. Plus, 2x WNBA Champion and Connecticut Sun star Dewanna Bonner joins the show and we introduce a new segment, "5 Questions With a Legend" featuring Delisha Milton-Jones this week.


    The 25th Season Is Underway

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 71:52

    LaChina Robinson welcomes in ESPN WBB analyst Andraya Carter to recap the opening week of the WNBA and weigh in on each team's first impression and much more. Plus, women's basketball writer Erica L. Ayala joins the show to give a deep dive into the New York Liberty and their hot start. Also, Terrika Foster-Brasby sits down with One Brand Agency founder Alexis Robinson for a new segment, "How It Started, How Its Going" to discuss the start of the WNBA League Pass gifting.

    ATR Special: A Chat With Seimone Augustus

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 37:20

    After announcing her retirement from the WNBA, Sparks Assistant coach and future Hall of Famer Seimone Augustus sits down with LaChina Robinson to discuss her decision to retire, how the '96 Olympic team fueled her love for basketball, the formation and evolution of the Minnesota Lynx dynasty team and much much more.

    ATR Fast Break: Final Four Look Ahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 41:06

    The Final Four set and the ATR previews the upcoming matchups with WBB writer Michelle Smith McDonald, Hartford Courant's Alexa Phillipou and guest host Pac-12 Network's and PxP announcer Cindy Brunson. The crew weighs in on each semifinal contest, discuss the excitement surrounding the Pac-12, share the keys each team can use to move into the national championship and of course, make predictions!

    ATR Fast Break: What To Watch For

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 31:01

    It's NCAA Tournament time! LaChina Robinson welcomes in a few friends of the podcasts and women basketball analysts and PxP announcers to share insight into what we should watch for from teams across the field. Voices include: Christy Thomaskutty, Christy Winters-Scott, Monica McNutt, Brooke Weisbrod, Brenda VanLengen, Andraya Carter, Charlotte Carroll, Carolyn Peck, Michelle Smith McDonald, Tiffany Greene and Mariluz Cook,

    Bracketology Breakdown With Charlie Creme

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 53:05

    LaChina Robinson welcomes in espnW Bracketologist Charlie Creme to give us insight on the NET rankings, the criteria the NCAA selection committee considers, the uniqueness of this season in selecting the field and more. Plus, he shares the secret to his seeding system and his thoughts on the Final Four in Texas.

    ATR Presents: I'm Speaking (Bozoma Saint John & Natasha Cloud)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2021 40:19

    espnW's Around the Rim presents: I'm Speaking, a new series hosted by women's basketball analyst LaChina Robinson where she chats with various Black women in the fields of sports, business, entertainment and etc. to get their stories and experiences in dealing with race, social justice, society and other life challenges that Black women face . On the first episode, LaChina is joined by WNBA Champion Natasha Cloud and Netflix Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John.

    Big 12 Breakdown With Brenda VanLengen

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 37:37

    LaChina Robinson welcomes ESPN Big 12 WBB analyst and PxP announcer Brenda VanLengen to the show, who shares insight into all the happenings of the Big 12. The two discuss Baylor's position as a top team in the country, Natasha Mack's season at Oklahoma State, how teams shouldn't sleep on West Virginia, the explosiveness of Ashley Jones and Madi Williams and much more. Plus, we share a quick bracketology update and a few tidbits to help you get to know Texas' Charli Collier.

    A Daily Dose; UCLA's Charisma Osborne

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 47:31

    This week, Around the Rim shares LaChina Robinson's ESPN Daily podcast interview with Pablo Torre, in which they discuss Paige Bueckers' freshman year, the landscape of women's basketball heading into the tournament and WNBA Free Agency. Plus, a special "Fast Break" with UCLA's Charisma Osborne, who gives us the scoop on the Bruins' season, her journey in basketball, her relationship with teammate Michaela Onyenwere and so much more!

    ATR Fast Break: Monica McNutt & Andraya Carter

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 28:39

    On this special Fast Break episode, producer and Co-Host Terrika Foster-Brasby welcomes in ACC WBB analyst Monica McNutt and SEC WBB analyst Andraya Carter to break down the No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 2 UCONN OT thriller. The three weigh in Paige Bueckers' 31-point outing despite going 1-6 from behind the arc, both teams' defensive performances, some interesting comments from Coach Dawn Staley, if UConn will be the new No. 1 and how each team can move forward with the tournament nearing closer.

    Changes All Around

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 52:22

    LaChina Robinson welcomes ACC analyst Debbie Antonelli to the show to weigh in on where Louisville goes after their loss to NC State, where the Wolfpack stands in the landscape of women's hoops, who should be the new No. 1 team in the country, player of year candidates and much more. Plus, ATR delves into WNBA Free Agency with Winsidr's Ben Dull who gives us some insight into Candace Parker's move to Chicago, the outlook of Mystics, Sue Bird's future in Seattle, the Aces with Chelsea Gray and so much more!

    NGWSD 2021 : Girls of Color And Title IX

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 75:42

    As we celebrate National Girls and Women in Sports Day 2021, take a listen to this very important podcast hosted by the Women's Sports Foundation in honor of the 48th anniversary of Title IX. LaChina Robinson moderates 'Girls of Color and Title IX: An Unfulfilled Promise," a conversation that explores the disparate effects of the law, which has been powerful for opening doors for girls and women in sport, but has often left girls of color behind. It features panelists Candace Parker, Dawn Staley, Neena Chaudhry and Sarah Axelson with a special guest appearance from WSF Founder Billie Jean King.

    ATR Special: Aggies Celebrate 10 Years

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2021 20:43

    In this special, bonus episode of Around the Rim, LaChina Robinson welcomes in Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair and Chicago Sky guard Sydney Colson ahead of the Aggies' 10-year anniversary of their 2011 National Championship. Coach Blair and Sydney share special moments from the locker room and take us through the grind of getting to the Final Four, and eventually the national championship against a highly favored Skylar Diggins led Notre Dame team.

    Go B1G Or Go Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2021 60:51

    LaChina Robinson and Terrika Foster-Brasby put a bow on last week's storylines, look ahead to Big Monday and welcome in Big Ten analysts Lisa Byington and Christy Winters-Scott to the show to talk about the impressive performances around the conference, as well as defend the conference from LaChina's mistrust. After which, LaChina goes one-on-one with Michigan forward Naz Hillmon to discuss her 50-point performance against Ohio State and much more.

    SEC And Rivalries

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 55:33

    The SEC is heating up, so LaChina Robinson welcomes in ESPN women's basketball analyst Carolyn Peck and ESPN PxP announcer Courtney Lyle to weigh in on the happenings around the conference, including Georgia's emergence, Tennessee's outlook ahead of their UConn matchup and more. Plus, Hartford Courant's Alexa Philippou joins to share insight from the Huskies' perspective of the big matchup against the Lady Vols.

    Back In Action for 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2021 78:45

    LaChina Robinson and producer Terrika Foster-Brasby restart the new season of Around the Rim with espnW writer Mechelle Voepel, who discusses the implications COVID-19 has had on the season, preview the upcoming top 25 matchups and surprise teams and players so far this season. Plus, Atlanta Dream F Elizabeth Williams joins the show to shed light on the WNBA's impact on social justice and the recent Georgia senate race.

    WNBA Wrap Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2020 69:11

    LaChina Robinson welcomes in ESPN women's basketball analyst and Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo to close out the 2020 WNBA season. The two discuss their most memorable moments, the Storm's championship win, and what they are looking towards in the offseason. Plus, we share LaChina's sit-down with WNBA Commissioner Cathy Englebert from the espnW Summit.

    Only Four Remain

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2020 44:02

    LaChina Robinson and Terrika Foster-Brasby welcome in WNBA writer Chantel Jennings of The Athletic. Together, they breakdown the early stages of the WNBA semifinals, discuss adjustments each team needs to win and predict the two teams who'll be left standing in the end! Plus, the trio weighs in on the recent league award winners and more.

    Playoff Preperation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2020 63:20

    Terrika Foster-Brasby welcomes guest hosts Christy Winters-Scott and Lisa Byington to prepare for the WNBA postseason. WNBA Champion Jantel Lavender and 2x WNBA Champion Kristi Toliver join the show to weigh in with their playoff previews including dangerous teams, rookie of the year candidates, possible Finals matchups and more. Plus, Debbie Antonelli stops by to announce the winners of the "Antonelli Awards!"

    ATR Special: WNBA Roundtable

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2020 64:13

    Terrika Foster-Brasby welcomes guest host ESPN PXP Announcer Tiffany Greene to moderate a WNBA Roundtable featuring some of the best minds in women's basketball: WBB analysts Carolyn Peck, Debbie Antonelli, Christy Winters-Scott and espnW WBB writer Mechelle Voeple. They panel weighs in on the first half of the season, discuss their early favorites for league awards and look ahead to the second half of the season.

    It's Hot Out West

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 13, 2020 73:40

    Terrika Foster-Brasby welcomes PXP announcer Meghan McPeak as guest host for this week's episode of Around the Rim! Megan shares insight into being the first and only female PXP announce in the NBA, the Mystics' 5 game skid, the teams that impress her the most and more. Plus, Storm's Jordin Canada and Mercury assistant coach Chasity Melvin join from the WNBA bubble in Bradenton, FL.

    New Team, Who This?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2020 56:15

    LaChina Robinson and Terrika Foster-Brasby reflect on the WNBA's opening weekend and welcome in Sparks G Seimone Augustus and Aces F Angel McCoughtry. Both discuss their hot start to the season, beginning a new chapter of their careers on a new team and much more.

    Bursting Both Bubbles

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2020 66:50

    LaChina Robinson and Terrika Foster-Brasby take a glance inside the Florida bubbles with Boston Celtics VP of Player Development and Organization Growth Allison Feaster in Orlando and Las Vegas Aces forward Dearica Hamby in Bradenton. Both guest explain the process, the practice structure, game preparation and so much more!

    About The Action: Change Agents For Social Justice

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2020 70:00

    LaChina Robinson and Terrika Foster-Brasby share updates on Kara Lawson's hire at Duke, the WNBA game schedule and Elena Delle Donne's medical opt out denial. Plus, they continue to conversation on social justice reform with Mercury's Brianna Turner and Delaware WBB's head coach Natasha Adair and junior guard Paris McBride.

    Trouble In The Wubble?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2020 41:18

    On this ATR Fast Break episode, LaChina Robinson and Terrika Foster-Brasby discuss the recent questions surrounding the WNBA accommodations at IMG academy, Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler's opposition to social action, Duke's head coaching vacancy and much more!

    One On One With Val Ackerman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2020 45:07

    LaChina Robinson is joined by Big East Commissioner and former WNBA President Val Ackerman, who weighs in on an assortment of topics around the league from the start of the season, the absence of the Olympics, NCAA's handling of coronavirus and much more.

    Girls Of Color Title IX: An Unfullied Promise

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2020 77:29

    Hosted by the Women's Sports Foundation in honor of the 48th anniversary of Title IX, LaChina moderates 'Girls of Color and Title IX: An Unfulfilled Promise.' The conversation explores the disparate effects of the law, which has been powerful for opening doors for girls and women in sport, but has often left girls of color behind. It features panelists Candace Parker, Dawn Staley, Neena Chaudhry and Sarah Axelson with a special guest appearance from WSF Founder Billie Jean King.

    LaChina's On The Hot Seat

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2020 45:30

    The WNBA season is slated to return and Terrika puts LaChina on the hot seat to help break it all down. The two discuss the recent announcement of a 22-game return, what impact it may have on social justice reform, what are some unanswered questions and more.

    This Has To Be Said

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2020 30:27

    LaChina Robinson and producer Terrika Foster-Brasby weigh in on the current racial climate across the nation and welcome in Mystics' guard Natasha Cloud, who discusses her latest piece for The Players Tribune, why she's been so vocal in the fight against police brutality and much more.

    Goodbye R.P.I.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2020 27:02

    NCAA Women's Basketball Vice President Lynn Holzman and Senior Associate Commissioner Debbie Richardson join LaChina Robinson to detail in depth the breaking news on the new use of the NET to determine the NCAA tournament field.

    Coaches' Roundtable: Leveling Up

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2020 43:46

    In this coaches' roundtable hosted by women's basketball analyst and National Champion Carolyn Peck, Hall of Famers Coach Dawn Staley of South Carolina and Coach C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers discuss the responsibility that comes along with being female African American head coaches, building a championship roster, how COVID-19 has affected recruiting and so much more.

    ATR Fast Break #6: Lauren Cox & Te'a Cooper

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2020 21:08

    WNBA Prospects and Baylor standouts Lauren Cox and Te'a Cooper share their thoughts on the abrupt end to the season, how they are preparing for the WNBA Draft, the possibility of playing oversees and much more.

    ATR Fast Break #5: Nicki Collen

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2020 29:23

    Dream coach Nicki Collen joins LaChina Robinson to discuss preparing for the WNBA Draft, the new look of Atlanta after WNBA free agency, how analytics played a role in the structuring if the team and much more.

    ATR Fast Break #4: Ruthy Hebard

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2020 18:11

    WNBA Prospect and Oregon standout Ruthy Hebard sheds insight on her upbringing in Alaska, her first WNBA experience, playing alongside Satou Sabally & Sabrina Ionescu, her first WNBA experience, what any team that selects her can expect and much more.

    ATR Fast Break #3: Bella Alarie

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2020 22:21

    WNBA Prospect and Princeton G/F Bella Alarie joins LaChina Robinson to discuss her career at Princeton, her development through USA Basketball, her WNBA future and more.

    ATR Fast Break #2: Tyasha Harris

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2020 14:37

    WNBA prospect and former S. Carolina guard Tyasha Harris joins LaChina Robinson to discuss the abrupt end to the NCAA season, being under the tutelage of Dawn Staley, how she remains humble, her future in the WNBA and much more.

    Staying Positive

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2020 53:45

    LaChina Robinson goes one-on-one with Sparks guard Sydney Wiese, the first confirmed WNBA player to contract the coronavirus, who details her experience and shares why she's speaking out. Plus, sports psychologist Dr. Kensa Gunter joins the show to help provide insight into the mental aspect of some athletes during a crisis.

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