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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Fines or not, WNBA got it right with this controversy

Jul 23 2016 | 9:10 pm - Like it or not and whether it rescinded its decision, the WNBA has the right to levy fines against players for wearing T-shirts that support causes such as “Black Lives Matter,” if that breaks rules of the league. This is life in the...

Chicago Sky can’t handle Connecicut Sun

Jul 22 2016 | 11:08 pm - The Chicago Sky lost a tough one to the Connecicut Sun by a score of 94-89 Friday night. The Sky enters into the month-long Olympics break with an 11-13 record.

Women’s Watch: Storm honors one of WNBA’s all-time greats

Jul 15 2016 | 9:03 pm - What Hakeem Olajuwon, Dirk Nowitzki and Toni Kukoc are to the NBA, Lauren Jackson is to the WNBA.

Chicago Sky has some fun in win over Wings

Jul 15 2016 | 11:24 pm - It has been awhile since there has been laughter in the Chicago Sky huddle.
Then again, it has been awhile since the Sky has had a double-digit lead late in a game.

Boyette leads Sky over Mercury

Jul 10 2016 | 9:38 pm - In the first start of her WNBA career Sunday at Allstate Arena, Boyette, starting partially to match up with Griner, came up big. She scored 12 points, pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds and led the Sky to a 100-95 win over Griner and the Phoenix...

Chicago Sky wastes Quigley’s 29-point night

Jul 09 2016 | 12:47 am - Twice in a row, the Chicago Sky has gotten an epic individual performance out of one of its players.
And twice in a row, the Sky has lost.

Point-guard controversy? Not with the Chicago Sky

Jul 08 2016 | 9:41 pm - So what’s better than one really good point guard?
Two, of course.

Sky battles back for hard-fought win

Jul 01 2016 | 10:51 pm - The way Courtney Vandersloot hit her final shot, bobbling the ball on the way up and falling back on her release, fit in perfectly with the theme of the evening.

Tamika Catchings helps defeat Sky and pays tribute to Pat Summitt

Jun 29 2016 | 5:04 pm - With a heavy heart, former Stevenson High School star Tamika Catchings paid tribute to legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt by returning home and leading the Indiana Fever to win over Chicago Sky.

Pat Summitt: Women’s basketball loses a true pioneer

Jun 28 2016 | 7:39 pm - Leave it to Doug Bruno to come up with the perfect way to describe Pat Summitt.
Bruno, the longtime women’s basketball coach at DePaul, has always had a way with words and a knack for storytelling and using metaphors.

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