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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UConn eager for more challenges

Feb 12 2016 | 5:58 pm - It must be driving Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma crazy that his team has to play 18 of its 29 regular season games against American Athletic Conference teams.

North Chicago gets key win against Grant

Feb 10 2016 | 10:41 pm - North Chicago avenged its earlier loss to Grant’s boys basketball team by squeaking out a 68-66 win this time.

Lake Forest hangs on against Grant

Feb 10 2016 | 12:16 am - Grant’s girls basketball team put up a furious rally and nearly pulled off an amazing comeback but Lake Forest hung on for a 52-51 North Suburban Conference crossover victory.

Woodstock zones out Wauconda

Feb 08 2016 | 10:18 pm - With a 2-3 zone defense that covered a lot of ground with the length of tall players with long arms, Woodstock’s boys basketball team was able to stymie Wauconda’s offense en route to a 55-40 nonconference victory.

Energetic Grant gets it going

Feb 06 2016 | 11:09 pm - Grant’s boys basketball team got off to a strong start against visiting Lakes en route to a 70-49 North Suburban Conference Prairie Division victory on Saturday night.

Despite painful past, NIU’s Brewer a medical marvel

Feb 05 2016 | 7:25 pm - It’s amazing Northern Illinois guard Shavonne Brewer got as far as she did. Since age 9, she’s been dealing with horrific pain due to flat feet. She gutted it out and managed to become one of the best prep players in the Quad Cities...

Threes key as Stevenson handles Lake Forest

Feb 05 2016 | 11:04 pm - Behind a total of 12 3-pointers and a game-high 21 points out of Justin Smith, Stevenson’s boys basketball team cruised by host Lake Forest 65-46 in North Suburban Conference Lake Division action.

Libertyville’s Peterson hungry for calories, basketball — and politics

Feb 04 2016 | 5:34 pm - Libertyville sophomore guard Drew Peterson is turning heads with terrific play on the varsity boys basketball team.

After a final recruiting flurry, Carmel’s Foster lands at Iowa State

Feb 03 2016 | 8:32 pm - Carmel Catholic offensive lineman Sean Foster harnessed the power of social media in making his final decision about playing college football at Iowa State.

Grant measures up against North Chicago

Jan 30 2016 | 11:15 pm - On Saturday night, the stars aligned just perfectly for Grant’s boys basketball team, which out-lasted North Chicago in overtime for a 72-67 NSC Prairie Division win.

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