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Amber D. Dodd

Amber Dodd is a graduate from Mississippi State University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication with an additional minor in Latin. Dodd began her career as a sports journalist for the student newspaper paper at MSU, The Reflector. Dodd's notable experiences are providing full coverage on Mississippi State's historic run in the 2017 March Madness tournament where she began as the beat writer. A Maryland native, Dodd returns home and covers the WNBA in Washington, DC. She is also a freelance writer. Her favorite color is pink.

With a young roster and newcomers, Maryland focuses on building consistency and taking advantage of depth

With a young roster and newcomers, Maryland focuses on building consistency and taking advantage of depth

During Maryland’s virtual media day on Thursday, head coach Brenda Frese’s Zoom background was a picture from the last time they’d taken the floor. Confetti fell for Maryland after breezing past the Ohio State Buckeyes 82-65 in the Big Ten…

With opt-outs and pending medical evaluations, what does success look like for Washington Mystics?

With opt-outs and pending medical evaluations, what does success look like for Washington Mystics?

On July 6, WNBA players traveled to Bradenton, Florida, to start their delayed 2020 season under new quarantine protocols in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. For the Washington Mystics, forward Myisha Hines-Allen, guard Ariel Atkins and 2019 Finals MVP…

Los Angeles Sparks introduce Reshanda Gray and Te’a Cooper ahead of 2020 season

Los Angeles Sparks introduce Reshanda Gray and Te’a Cooper ahead of 2020 season

In a virtual press conference Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Sparks introduced forward Reshanda Gray and rookie point guard Te’ a Cooper to the team’s 2020 roster. The WNBA starts its 2020 season later this month at IMG Academy in…

With her cousin’s memory heavy on her heart, Sparks’ Tierra Ruffin-Pratt discusses recent police brutality in the U.S.

With her cousin’s memory heavy on her heart, Sparks’ Tierra Ruffin-Pratt discusses recent police brutality in the U.S.

There were thirty journalists crammed into small, square Zoom screens, some were comfortable in their home offices, small apartments, or bedrooms, while others participated without video. Inside the fifth box on the fourth row, Los Angeles Sparks guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt…

Opinion: Be sad Mississippi State fans, Texas is getting a good one in Vic Schaefer

Opinion: Be sad Mississippi State fans, Texas is getting a good one in Vic Schaefer

Dreading my new normal of working from home on Monday, I nonchalantly scrolled through Twitter to enjoy debates, opinions and sports debacles, the regular occurrences on Twitter Sunday afternoon. Something caught my eye. Former Mississippi State guard Blair Schaefer is…

Maryland continues to roll, tops Purdue 88-45 on Senior Night

Maryland continues to roll, tops Purdue 88-45 on Senior Night

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland Terrapins (24-4,15-2 Big Ten) defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 88-45 in front of 5,105 voracious fans during Senior Night at the Xfinity Center. “They’ve really worked hard since day one,” Maryland head coach Brenda Frese…

Maryland makes quick work of Iowa, 93-59, takes sole possession of first place in Big Ten

Maryland makes quick work of Iowa, 93-59, takes sole possession of first place in Big Ten

COLLEGE PARK, Md.— Before today’s matchup against the Iowa Hawkeyes, Maryland head coach Brenda Frese said that her Terrapins are now a player-led program, in contrast to when Iowa defeated Maryland 66-61 back on Jan. 9. “We’re a totally different…

Maryland rolls over Rutgers 79-50 for ninth straight victory

Maryland rolls over Rutgers 79-50 for ninth straight victory

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland Terrapins defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 79-50 in front of their largest crowd (9,239) this season at the Xfinity Center. Maryland (20-4, 11-2) took off for on 6-0 run to begin the game, implementing…

Maryland blows past Michigan State 94-53 for seventh straight win

Maryland blows past Michigan State 94-53 for seventh straight win

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland Terrapins (18-4, 9-2 Big Ten) cruised to a 94-53 win over the Michigan State Spartans at the Xfinity Center during the home team’s annual Play4Kay game Monday night. Make that seven wins in a…

Maryland unites for 87-69 win over Nebraska

Maryland unites for 87-69 win over Nebraska

Terps top the Huskers A fun night in CP ??#UnitedPursuit pic.twitter.com/5EmrEXh1np — Maryland Women’s Basketball (@TerpsWBB) January 17, 2020 COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland head coach Brenda Frese has a history of laying big responsibilities on young players. She has…

Blair Watson’s defense shines in Maryland’s 72-62 win over Ohio State

Blair Watson’s defense shines in Maryland’s 72-62 win over Ohio State

College Park, MD – The Maryland Terrapins returned to the winning column after defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 72-62 in the first game of 2020 in the Xfinity Center. On New Year’s Eve, Maryland (11-3, 2-1 Big Ten) dropped the…

Maryland opens conference slate with 70-55 win over Michigan behind Kaila Charles

Maryland opens conference slate with 70-55 win over Michigan behind Kaila Charles

College Park, Md. – Before Maryland kicked off their Big Ten conference slate against Michigan, head coach Brenda Frese gathered her senior class of Blair Watson, Shakira Austin, Sara Vujacic, Stephanie Jones, and Kaila Charles. “Set the tone,” Frese said.…

Starting lineup changes help Maryland cruise past Delaware, 99-55

Starting lineup changes help Maryland cruise past Delaware, 99-55

College Park, Md. – Maryland head coach Brenda Frese is focused on building a strong identity through the Terrapin’s non-conference slate. The team came together for a 99-55 win over the Delaware Blue Hens Sunday afternoon in the Xfinity Center.…

South Carolina’s young core prevails as Gamecocks defeat Maryland 63-54

South Carolina’s young core prevails as Gamecocks defeat Maryland 63-54

College Park, Md. – In the first top ten matchup in women’s basketball, the No. 4 Maryland Terrapins and No. 8 South Carolina Gamecocks used the early opportunity to measure themselves on a basketball barometer. They mirror each other’s dominance,…

Brenda Frese enters 18th season at Maryland, expectations high for the Terps

Brenda Frese enters 18th season at Maryland, expectations high for the Terps

College Park, Md. — Brenda Frese isn’t slowing down. She’s leading the Maryland Terrapins for the 18th season and expectations are reasonably high for the 2019-2020 campaign. Last year, success was in her hands, but after the team earned the 2019…

Washington Mystics claim their first WNBA title, defeating the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5

Washington Mystics claim their first WNBA title, defeating the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5

WASHINGTON D.C. – Operation #RunItBack is complete. For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Mystics are WNBA Champions, taking down the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in a Game 5, winner-take-all match to claim the 2019 Finals. The league’s 2019…

Washington Mystics win their first-ever WNBA championship, top the Connecticut Sun 89-78

Washington Mystics win their first-ever WNBA championship, top the Connecticut Sun 89-78

The Washington Mystics are the 2019 WNBA Champions! CHAMPS ?#RanItBack #TogetherDC pic.twitter.com/p49ScR5jTO — Washington Mystics (@WashMystics) October 11, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Mystics (27-8) won their first-ever WNBA title with an 89-78 victory over Connecticut Sun (23-12) Thursday night…

Ahead of Game 3 Washington has a big question mark and Connecticut feels good

Ahead of Game 3 Washington has a big question mark and Connecticut feels good

Maryland’s Brenda Frese watches proudly as Terrapins thrive in the WNBA WASHINGTON D.C. – The WNBA hosted a teleconference call for media Thursday morning to discuss topics heading into game three of the 2019 Finals. The call included Connecticut’s coach…

Jonquel Jones sets records as Connecticut splits Finals series 1-1 with 99-87 win over Washington

Jonquel Jones sets records as Connecticut splits Finals series 1-1 with 99-87 win over Washington

Jonquel Jones led the Connecticut Sun in evening up the 2019 WNBA Finals with a 32-point, 18-rebound performance Notes || Shot Charts WASHINGTON D.C. – In game two of the WNBA Finals, the missing piece of Connecticut Sun’s puzzle finally…

Maryland’s Brenda Frese watches proudly as Terrapins thrive in the WNBA

Maryland’s Brenda Frese watches proudly as Terrapins thrive in the WNBA

WASHINGTON D.C. – With a warm personality and an infectious smile, Maryland’s Brenda Frese keeps the Terrapins among the crème of the crop of women’s college basketball. She arrived in College Park in 2002 and developed a culture of excellence…

Ariel Atkins shines as Washington takes game 1 of WNBA Finals topping Sun 95-86

Ariel Atkins shines as Washington takes game 1 of WNBA Finals topping Sun 95-86

Mystics forward Ariel Atkins scored 21 points, the most points she has scored in a game this postseason Notes || Shot Charts || Box score || WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert’s pre-game press conference WASHINGTON D.C. – Second-year Mystics forward Ariel…

Emma Meesseman leads Washington in 103-91 win over Aces, Mystics take 2-0 lead in semifinal series

Emma Meesseman leads Washington in 103-91 win over Aces, Mystics take 2-0 lead in semifinal series

Emma Meesseman has a career night as Washington tops Las Vegas for 2-0 series lead Notes || Shot Charts WASHINGTON D.C. – With a sea of scarlet pom poms, red blinking wristbands and a sell out 4,200 crowd in Entertainment…

Your 2019 WNBA MVP: Elena Delle Donne

Your 2019 WNBA MVP: Elena Delle Donne

WASHINGTON D.C. – It is no surprise that Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne is the 2019 WNBA Most Valuable Player. This is the second MVP honor for Delle Donne. She picked up the first in 2015 with the Chicago…

The good, bad and ugly about Washington surviving Las Vegas, 97-95, kicking off semifinal series

The good, bad and ugly about Washington surviving Las Vegas, 97-95, kicking off semifinal series

Meesseman has playoff career high as Mystics survive Aces in semifinals game one Notes || Shot Charts || Draft Lottery Results WASHINGTON D.C. – Sixteen lead changes and ten ties had the 3,968 fans in Entertainment and Sports Arena on…

Run it Back: Washington Mystics excited for first semifinal battle against Las Vegas

Run it Back: Washington Mystics excited for first semifinal battle against Las Vegas

Washington D.C. – The Washington Mystics’ “Run it Back” campaign to avenge their 2018 Finals loss shifts into the postseason Tuesday night. Entertainment and Sports Arena welcomes the Las Vegas Aces to face off with the Mystics at 8:30 p.m…