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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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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.

WNBA’s Catchings enjoying her farewell tour

Jun 24 2016 | 7:03 pm - Indiana Fever’s Tamika Catchings is retiring at the end of this season after a 16 seasons in the WNBA. Catchings has created a “Legacy Tour,” conducting different special events in each WNBA city to thank the fans.

Chicago Sky have some fun ending losing streak

Jun 21 2016 | 11:05 pm - It was a fun postgame news conference Tuesday night.
One of the most fun of the season thus far.

Babcock McGraw: Parker, Catchings among 20 best players in WNBA’s 20-year history

Jun 18 2016 | 7:04 pm - In honor of the WNBA’s 20th season, Patricia Babcock McGraw shares her picks for the 20 best players in league history. The list includes former Naperville Central star Candace Parker and Stevenson grad Tamika Catchings.

Lake County male athlete of the year: Libertyville’s Ben Kimpler

Jun 11 2016 | 7:40 pm - Libertyville’s Ben Kimpler didn’t have much down time in a high school sports experience that included perfect 12-for-12 participation in the seasons available to him. That kind of dedication, along with top performance, earns him...

Baseball: Lake County all-area team

Jun 09 2016 | 11:46 am - Introducing the Daily Herald’s all-area baseball team for Lake County, featuring players from the North Suburban Conference plus Grayslake North, Grayslake Central and Carmel Catholic.

Baseball: Mundelein’s Murphy captains Lake County all-area team

Jun 09 2016 | 9:07 pm - Mundelein junior standout Brendan Murphy, who helped lead the Mustangs into this weekend’s Class 4A baseball state semifinals, captains the Daily Herald’s all-area team for Lake County.

Baseball: Scouting Mundelein in Class 4A baseball

Jun 09 2016 | 8:57 pm - Mundelein’s baseball team missed out on the North Suburban Conference championship, but that seems to have fueled the squad’s postseason drove. The Mustangs face St. Charles North today in the second of two Class 4A state semfinals...

Baseball: Mundelein marches past Huntley, into 4A semis

Jun 06 2016 | 10:37 pm - Brendan Murphy drove in the first 2 runs as Mundelein’s baseball team topped Huntley 8-0 in Class 4A supersectional play in Schaumburg on Monday night to earn a spot in Friday’s state finals in Joliet.

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