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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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Vernon Hills nips Cary-Grove

Dec 23 2014 | 11:27 pm - So far, the Vernon Hills girls basketball team has lost only a handful of games.
But the 11-3 Cougars have seen a common denominator in their losses. They’ve lost leads late.

Rolling Meadows goes to extremes, tops Mundelein

Dec 23 2014 | 11:27 pm - There’s not much middle ground with the Rolling Meadows girls basketball team. Shooting-wise, it’s either one extreme, or the other. “Program-wide, we tell our kids that we want to shoot threes and layups, that’s it.

Under big pressure, UConn women keep winning

Dec 22 2014 | 10:34 pm - Women's Watch on the machine that is UConn women's basketball. What does it take to put up with pressures and expectations that are unmatched in all of women's basketball, in college or even the pros?

Boys basketball: Holiday scouting, Lake County

Dec 18 2014 | 7:37 pm - Here’s a closer look at the tournaments that the high school boys teams in Lake County will be involved in over the next couple of weeks.

Carmel takes a run at a different style of play

Dec 18 2014 | 7:47 pm - Carmel junior C.J. Barr is scoring 17 points a game, and the Corsairs are trying to play with a faster pace under new coach Zack Ryan.

Fox, Antioch stay the course against Grayslake North

Dec 15 2014 | 11:00 pm - On the way to his team’s victorious postgame locker room, Antioch boys basketball coach Jim White passed by junior forward Weston Fox and patted him on the back. “That was way more than four minutes tonight,” White smiled at...

DePaul's 'Uncle Doug' Bruno rues losing Loyd to Irish

Dec 12 2014 | 11:04 pm - It's been a tough week for DePaul women's basketball coach Doug Bruno, who saw his team miss multiple opportunities on Wednesday to take down No. 5 Notre Dame. To top it off, it was recruit from Niles West that he just missed out on, Jewell Loyd,...

Grant toughens up against Wauconda

Dec 12 2014 | 11:20 pm - Toughness is a lot like height. It’s hard to teach it. But Grant girls basketball coach Matt Lukemeyer is doing all that he can think of to get his players a little tougher, a little more physical. “We’ve been talking about...

Lake Zurich’s big three take aim at big goals

Dec 11 2014 | 7:58 pm - Behind 3-year starters Mike Travlos, Will McClaughry and Jack O'Neill, the Lake Zurich boys basketball team is off to its best start in more than a decade and is looking for more.

Smooth transition for Kougias, Grayslake C.

Dec 11 2014 | 10:41 pm - Sometimes a new coach makes sweeping changes when taking over a program. Kosta Kougias can think of only one major change at Grayslake Central since he took over the boys basketball team for former coach Brian Moe, now the school’s athletic...

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