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The Late Sub with Claire Watkins brings you the latest news and freshest takes in women’s sports. This is the weekly rundown you’ve been missing, covering the USWNT, NWSL, WNBA, college hoops, and whatever else is popping off in women’s sports each week. Special guest appearances with the biggest names in women’s sports make The Late Sub a must-listen for every fan. 

You can find every episode of the Late Sub on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube or wherever you get your audio. Follow Claire on X/Twitter @ScoutRipley and subscribe to the Just Women’s Sports newsletter for more.

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    • 4.9 • 1.2K Ratings

The Late Sub with Claire Watkins brings you the latest news and freshest takes in women’s sports. This is the weekly rundown you’ve been missing, covering the USWNT, NWSL, WNBA, college hoops, and whatever else is popping off in women’s sports each week. Special guest appearances with the biggest names in women’s sports make The Late Sub a must-listen for every fan. 

You can find every episode of the Late Sub on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube or wherever you get your audio. Follow Claire on X/Twitter @ScoutRipley and subscribe to the Just Women’s Sports newsletter for more.

    “This year is completely different” with Lo’eau LaBonta

    “This year is completely different” with Lo’eau LaBonta

    In this week’s episode, Claire sits down with Kansas City midfielder Lo’eau LaBonta to understand what’s driving the Current’s unbeaten streak, celebration culture, goals under Vlatko Andonovski and more. Then Claire takes the mic alone to look at the state of the WNBA, which teams are surging and which could use a reset after another week of highs and lows.

    • 37 min
    Sophia Smith is innocent: an NWSL recap, and the surprises and snubs of the USA women’s basketball Olympic roster

    Sophia Smith is innocent: an NWSL recap, and the surprises and snubs of the USA women’s basketball Olympic roster

    This week, Claire talks through a wacky NWSL weekend, where attendance records, baseball celebrations, and strange red cards reigned. She discusses which styles of play are being rewarded this year, as the top teams continue to distance themselves from the pack. Then, she breaks down the reported USA women’s basketball Olympic roster, talking surprises, snubs, whether the teams approach to the player pool is healthy and what it will take for the team to win yet another gold medal.

    • 35 min
    Emma Hayes’s USWNT looks ready to roll, and the Indiana Fever finally end their early-season gauntlet

    Emma Hayes’s USWNT looks ready to roll, and the Indiana Fever finally end their early-season gauntlet

    This week, Claire talks through the USWNT’s first friendly under new manager Emma Hayes, with a dominant 4-0 win over South Korea. She talks through big performances from Mallory Swanson and Tierna Davidson, a midfield that looks refreshed, and her own personal picks for the Olympic roster. Then, she digs into the big stories out of the WNBA this weekend, as the Indiana Fever finally end their early gauntlet of games, the Sun go 8-0, and the conversation off the court about fouls heats up.

    • 36 min
    Angel Reese is earning Chicago wins, and Orlando stakes their claim for best team in the NWSL

    Angel Reese is earning Chicago wins, and Orlando stakes their claim for best team in the NWSL

    This week, Claire breaks down a wild week in the WNBA, with MVP level performances, a few hard fouls, and a wide-spread impressive start from the 2024 rookie class. Then, she breaks down how the NWSL is beginning to see a natural top five teams emerge, and the floor beginning to drop out from bottom of the table performers. Are a few playoff contenders in trouble? Only time will tell.

    • 46 min
    Which NWSL coaches are in the hot seat, and how this WNBA season’s rookie class continues to stand out

    Which NWSL coaches are in the hot seat, and how this WNBA season’s rookie class continues to stand out

    Claire talks this week’s NWSL snapshot through the context of the league’s coaches, discussing her early coach of the year shortlist, with both surprises and steady performances. She also breaks down which coaching seats might be getting a little hot, and they might not be the names you’d expect. Then, she turns to the first full week of WNBA action, giving out superlatives for the strongest performers thus far. She takes a look at how the 2024 rookie class is doing, and makes a pitch for how Caitlin Clark’s Indiana Fever could start to turn things around.

    • 46 min
    A’ja Wilson looks MVP caliber already, and Gotham has started pulling it together

    A’ja Wilson looks MVP caliber already, and Gotham has started pulling it together

    Claire watched every game of WNBA opening tip-off on Tuesday and she has some things to say! Connecticut dampened Caitlin Clark’s big debut (but there are reasons to think she’ll be okay), Las Vegas looked ready for a three-peat and a few rebuilding teams surprised. Then, she digs into another busy NWSL slate of games, where the separation between the top and bottom of the table means more interesting matchups in the middle, where the Gotham superteam is slowly beginning to show off on the field.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

ms. boyski ,

Bball too!

I’ve always loved Claire’s soccer analysis but find I love her basketball analysis even more! Thank you for helping me appreciate what makes Dawn Staley so special.

run2tunes ,

Monologue

Need to add another expert to this or bring in guests. I keep waiting for discussion, but it's just a long monologue.

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Women’s Sports Analysis

Love to hear analysis of the women's game - thank you!! Would love to hear the PWHL included in the future.

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