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Patricia Babcock McGraw

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Patricia Babcock McGraw grew up playing sports and wanted to stay connected to that world once her playing days were over. While playing basketball at Northwestern in the early 1990s, she majored in journalism at the Medill School of Journalism with the hope of one day writing about sports.

In 1997, she was hired as a sports writer and columnist by the Daily Herald.

Babcock McGraw covers high school sports as well as women's sports for the Daily Herald. Her weekly Women's Watch column, which focuses on college and professional women's sports, is unparalleled in the United States.

In 2002, Babcock McGraw won a Peter Lisagor Award for a series on the 30th anniversary of Title IX. For years, she has been a voter for The Associated Press women's college basketball Top 25 weekly poll, the John Wooden Award for the best player in women's college basketball and the Nancy Lieberman Award for the best point guard in women's college basketball.

Since 2007, she has extended her reach to television as a color analyst for women's college basketball games on the Big Ten Network and for Chicago Sky (WNBA) games on Comcast.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald, Babcock McGraw worked as a sports writer at Pioneer Press in the suburbs and at the Shreveport Times in Louisiana.

A native of Indiana, Babcock McGraw was named Indiana's Miss Basketball as a senior in high school at Culver Academy before earning all-Big Ten academic and athletic accolades at Northwestern.

Babcock McGraw lives in the north suburbs with her husband Mike, who covers the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, and their two children.

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DePaul’s Hrynko honed her toughness in Philly

Jan 26 2015 | 11:53 am - DePaul point guard Brittany Hrynko is a leading candidate for Big East player of the year. She plays with a flair and an edgy toughness that dates to her days of competing agianst boys in everything from basketball to baseball to football. Hrynko...

Libertyville looms large, handles Lake Zurich

Jan 24 2015 | 10:42 pm - With three 6-footers in its revamped starting lineup, Libertyville boasts one of the tallest girls basketball teams in the North Suburban Conference. On Saturday, the Wildcats took advantage of their height advantage against host Lake Zurich and...

Grant’s Bailey has to play it safe

Jan 22 2015 | 10:16 pm - Grant forward Pierre Bailey felt chest pains and a shortness of breath at a recent practice. Pierre's older brother Nate Williams supposedly had something similar to a heart attack when he was in seventh grade, and everyone was worried Pierre could...

Stevenson gets a humbling national-level reminder

Jan 22 2015 | 9:47 pm - Top-ranked Stevenson is still unbeaten. In Illinois, that is. The only two losses for the state’s best team have come at the hands of top-notch, out-of-state competition, teams that are ranked nationally. Just like the Patriots (16-2).

Lake Zurich handles Vernon Hills

Jan 19 2015 | 11:06 pm - On Monday in the championship game of the Lake Zurich Martin Luther King tournament, the Bears' Jack O’Neill and Mike Travlos made it their mission to make life as difficult as possible for Vernon Hills standout guard Robby Nardini. And they...

Palatine presses past Lake Zurich

Jan 17 2015 | 11:27 pm - It was written right on the scouting report. So it really wasn’t a surprise what the Palatine boys basketball team was of able to do to host Lake Zurich on Saturday night at the Martin Luther King tournament. “We knew they were never...

Crazy year for Big Ten women’s basketball

Jan 16 2015 | 5:33 pm - It's been an upside down kind of year in the Big Ten for women's basketball. And that's given opportunities to upstarts such as Northwestern, which is aiming to stay undefeated at home on Saturday against Michigan.

Another long-range display lifts Vernon Hills

Jan 16 2015 | 11:46 pm - All that was missing were the ball racks. Other than that, it was like a 3-point shooting contest was taking place at Grant on Friday night. Vernon Hills and the host Bulldogs weren’t shy about launching from long range. The two teams...

Lakes’ Solbrig happily says ‘Aloha’ to basketball

Jan 15 2015 | 7:59 pm - Lakes forward Dalton Solbrig might have the most enviable college opportunity in all of Lake County. He'll hang up his hightops at the end of the winter and turn in his winter coat for good as he'll be off to play volleyball for the University of...

Grayslake North takes aim against Washington foes

Jan 15 2015 | 10:47 pm - Although there’s no scientific data as proof, there does seem to be anecdotal evidence that high school basketball in each area of Illinois is styled a bit differently. Just ask the Grayslake North boys basketball team. The Knights are...

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