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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Antioch seizes, and celebrates, the moment

Feb 26 2015 | 10:59 pm - It was sensory overload Thursday night in the gym at Antioch. There were so many compelling visuals, and so many wonderful sounds there in the aftermath of the Class 3A girls sectional championship basketball game that it was almost difficult to...

Antioch speaks up, grabs sectional final berth

Feb 24 2015 | 10:06 pm - Amy Reiser scored a game-high 21 points to lead the top-seeded Sequoits to a 54-35 victory over No. 5 Regina in a Class 3A girls basketball sectional semifinal action at Antioch on Tuesday. Antioch, which improves to 29-3 and has never before won a...

Stevenson’s perfect in NSC Lake

Feb 20 2015 | 11:57 pm - Lost in the shuffle of a No. 1 state ranking, an undefeated record in the state of Illinois, back-to-back state finals runs and a couple of Division I superstars on the roster is the fact that the Stevenson boys basketball team has some enviable...

For Pondexter, Sky has no limits

Feb 20 2015 | 6:16 pm - Chicago Sky coach Pokie Chatman used to employ a set of "rules" to stop guard Cappie Pondexter. Now she can sit back and relish that Pondexter will be someone else’s problem after the Sky acquired the 5-foot-9 all-star guard and Chicago...

Mundelein finding ways to enjoy the struggle

Feb 19 2015 | 9:55 pm - Staying upbeat during a 2-25 season isn’t easy. So Mundelein coach Corey Knigge has gone out of his way to make sure his players are having some fun off the court. “We’ve had two rough seasons in a row,” said Knigge,...

Cary-Grove bounces Prairie Ridge

Feb 18 2015 | 11:17 pm - It was uncomfortably quiet for a few minutes in the field house at Grant on Wednesday night. All Cary-Grove guard Katie Barker could do was sympathize, and empathize. There on the floor, with less than two minutes left in a Class 4A regional...

Bowen helps Grayslake North buck Central

Feb 17 2015 | 10:53 pm - In his last rivalry game, Lee Bowen gave host Grayslake North a huge spark en route to its 54-47 victory over Grayslake Central on Tuesday in boys basketball. Bowen, a reserve, scored 4 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and was a force defensively. He did...

Mundelein stays focused, prevails at Carmel

Feb 16 2015 | 10:42 pm - Home-team fans tend to quiet down to a whisper when their own players are shooting free throws. They think that they’re doing the shooter a favor, helping with his or her concentration. Then, when the road team shoots free throws, the home...

A solution, quickly, for Grayslake Central

Feb 14 2015 | 11:15 pm - Slow starts had been a problem for the Grayslake Central boys basketball team earlier this season. Problem solved. The Rams ran out to a 21-3 start at Waukegan on Saturday and kept pressing hard to the finish en route to a 64-45 nonconference...

For Bennetts, coaching is all in the family

Feb 13 2015 | 8:02 pm - The Dick Bennett coaching legacy lives on in his children Kathi and Tony, both of whom are having success this season. Kathi's women's team at Northern Illinois has won four of its last five games and is one of the hottest teams in the MAC. Tony's...

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