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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Grayslake North turns it around on Grant

Feb 22 2018 | 10:38 pm - Graylake North’s boys basketball team hung on for a 62-59 NLCC win against Grant on Thursday.

Warren tops Stevenson, embraces NSC co-champ status

Feb 21 2018 | 10:41 pm - Warren’s boys basketball team shares the North Suburban Conference title with Libertyville and Stevenson after topping the visiting Patriots 51-40 on Wednesday.

A reward for risk as Wauconda tops Grayslake Central

Feb 20 2018 | 10:36 pm - Wauconda’s boys basketball team certainly had its defense ramped up for Grayslake Central on Tuesday, and it helped to pave the way to a 51-43 Northern Lake County Conference win.

Stevenson turns back Libertyville

Feb 19 2018 | 10:45 pm - Stevenson’s boys basketball team clinched a share of the North Suburban Conference championship by edging Libertyville 50-46 on Monday.

Chicago Sky championship eludes LA-bound Pondexter

Feb 16 2018 | 4:53 pm - Women’s basketball news: Pondexter leaves Chicago without a WNBA championship; NIU guard recovers from mono to become leading candidate for MAC player of the year.

Warren’s double trouble for Prospect

Feb 16 2018 | 1:04 pm - The tag-team effort between Jordyn Hughes and Kaylen Dickson helped push Warren’s girls basketball team to a 63-41 victory over Prospect in the Class 4A regional championship game at Buffalo Grove.

Plenty of support as Lake Zurich rolls

Feb 14 2018 | 10:24 pm - Lake Zurich’s girls basketball team had plenty of fans witness a 48-24 victory over Grant in Class 4A regional semifinal play Wednesday at Grayslake North.

Feel-good finish for Kutsor, Lake Zurich

Feb 13 2018 | 10:40 pm - Ryan Kutsor reached the 1,000-point milesteon and Lake Zurich’s boys basketball team earned a 44-41 close-shave victory over visiting Stevenson on Tuesday.

Strong finish lifts Grayslake North past Deerfield

Feb 12 2018 | 10:30 pm - Grayslake North’s girls basketball team finished strong in the fourth quarter and wound up getting a 39-32 victory over visiting Deerfield in the first round of state tournament action.

Defensive identity comes clearer for Grayslake North

Feb 10 2018 | 9:49 pm - Grayslake North’s boys basketball team turned a 2-point halftime deficit into a 19-point lead by the end of the third quarter that eventually yielded a 64-43 Northern Lake County Conference victory over the host Bulldogs.

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