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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Grant’s group effort subdues Round Lake

Jan 20 2017 | 11:22 pm - John Kerr’s 19-point effort helped Grant’s boys basketball team to a 69-50 victory over Round Lake on Friday.

DePaul coach Bruno’s connections to a week of triumph, tragedy

Jan 20 2017 | 8:09 pm - DePaul women’s basketball coach Doug Bruno touched base with Connecticut, Northwestern coaches after a week of triumph and tragedy.

Libertyville’s Bach Brothers excel in filling it up

Jan 19 2017 | 6:26 pm - Brothers Harrison and Jordan Bach have much more than sports in common. Harrison, a Libertyville senior, currently excels on the basketball court and has teamed up with his older brother Jordan, recent a Wildcats multi-sport standout, in a...

Grayslake Central grinds past Grant in NLCC

Jan 18 2017 | 10:38 pm - Grayslake Central’s girls basketball team survived Grant’s best shot, coming back from a second-half deficit to pull away with a 53-44 Northern Lake County Conference victory.

Antioch’s ‘Big 3’ power to Lake Forest triumph

Jan 16 2017 | 10:08 pm - Erika Gallimore and Amy and Ashley Reiser led the way as Antioch’s girls basketball clinched the Lake Forest’s MLK tournament championship with a 65-35 decision over the host Scouts.

Images: Icons of Maple Park

Jan 10 2017 | 2:34 pm - Maple Park, once a vital stop on the Lincoln Highway, has managed to retain its charm through the decades since its heyday in the 1920s. People who live here put family first and think of themselves as residents in a small town with a big heart.

Mundelein hangs on for victory over Streamwood

Jan 14 2017 | 8:13 pm - Mundelein’s boys basketball team hung on to a late lead to get a 55-53 win over Streamwood in tournament play Saturday at Lake Zurich.

NIU women’s basketball team rallies behind teammate with cancer

Jan 14 2017 | 7:19 am - Northern Illinois freshman guard Paulina Castro has gone from a fight for her career to a fight for her life. She recently discoverd that she has cancer and her teammates are showing support with purple hair bows and dye to shaved heads.

Growth continues past parental hurdle for Carmel's Roeser

Jan 12 2017 | 9:46 pm - Carmel Catholic’s Johnny Roeser credits his basketball-playing dad with some of the skill development that’s helped make him an impact player as a sophomore.

This Lakes victory well worth shouting about

Jan 11 2017 | 10:41 pm - Lakes’ boys basketball team put an end to a nine-game losing streak by topping Grayslake Central 54-39 on Wednesday.

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