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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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Baseball: Sanchez’s swing powers Mundelein

Apr 24 2018 | 10:35 pm - Steven Sanchez, who was on the mound on Monday in a loss to Warren, made amends by rolling up 3 hits and 3 RBI in a 10-1 Mundelein win over the host Blue Devils in the second game of the 3-game North Suburban Conference series, which resumes on...

Women’s watch: Whalen’s double-duty as coach, player intriguing but is it feasible?

Apr 20 2018 | 6:02 pm - The hire of Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen to be the new head coach at Minnesota, her alma mater, is one of the most intriguing moves in college basketball so far this off-season. Whalen is still competing in the WNBA.

Baseball: Libertyville backstops catch an insider’s break

Apr 19 2018 | 6:22 pm - Luke Plunkett and Garrison Bennett have been fortunate to get instruction from Gary Bennett — Garrison’s dad, who happens to have a 13-year big-league catching career on his resume and has been volunteering special instruction at the...

Baseball: Grayslake Central digs in, tops Grayslake N.

Apr 17 2018 | 9:53 pm - Grayslake Central used its freshly shoveled baseball field to its advantage and put a 4-3 win over Grayslake North on ice, so to speak, by scoring 2 clutch runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday.

Strong draft class has Chicago Sky’s future looking bright

Apr 13 2018 | 8:05 pm - With another strong draft class, the Chicago Sky could have its best back-to-back draft classes in franchise history.

Boys volleyball: Lakes thinks small, gets big result

Apr 12 2018 | 10:38 pm - On Wednesday, the Lakes volleyball team played some small ball to get a come-from-behind 23-25, 25-22, 25-13 Northern Lake County Conference win over host Grant.

Baseball: Round Lake’s Cueves takes a winning cue from Cubs’ Rizzo

Apr 14 2018 | 11:26 pm - Round Lake baseball player Angel Cueves has drawn strength from the cancer survival story of Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

DePaul’s hard (losing) fight to recruit Notre Dame star Arike Ogunbowale

Apr 06 2018 | 7:19 pm - DePaul tried hard to recruit Arike Ogunbowale. Instead, the 5-foot-8 junior guard went to Notre Dame and twice produced buzzer-beaters in the Final Four.

Boys volleyball: With enthusiastic leadership, Grayslake North prevails

Apr 05 2018 | 10:20 pm - Grayslake North’s boys volleyball team kept its energy high in rolling to a 25-19, 25-21 sweep of Grant in an early season match for both teams Thursday.

Baseball notes: The main theme is fun on Grayslake Central’s spring trip

Apr 05 2018 | 9:03 pm - Grayslake Central’s baseball team had nothing but fun on the 11th straight trip to Florida under coach Troy Whalen.

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