Sunday, August 31, 2014

Lynx rally to win, even the series

What an exciting finish today in Western Conference finals game two, as Minnesota rallied to beat Phoenix, 82-77.

Maya Moore had 32 points, Seimone Augustus put up 23, and Lindsay Whalen had 17.

It was a dramatic ending for the Mercury.

Mo'Ne Davis:

....got to meet some of her idols today at Western Conference Finals game two.

Photos.

Video.

On a side note, one writer says Davis has money-making potential.

Eastern Conference finals:

The Sky's fate rests with their shooting stars.

Women in coaching:

The coaching journey for women has become easier in the WNBA.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

WCF game one: Mercury 85, Lynx 71

Not the battle most fans expected: Mercury 85, Lynx 71.

Box score:

All five Phoenix starters in double figures, while MVP Maya Moore we held to nine points, and the Minnesota bench was non-existent.

Game two in Minneapolis Sunday.

Western Conference finals game one pre-funk

General playoff news:

Key storylines, including that for the first time in league history, there are four female coaches heading the finals teams.

West news:

An old WNBA rivalry is rekindled in Minnesota vs. Phoenix.

The Mercury is in a tough finals match up with the Lynx.

Minnesota meets their match in Phoenix.

Spotlight on Mercury All-Star Diana Taurasi.

The Lynx talk playoff intensity.

East news:

Now, the Sky have to break the Fever.

Tamika Catchings is pitted against Elena Delle Donne.

A statistical look at Tamika Catchings.

Coach Lin Dunn's only focus is the Fever.

Can Elena Delle Donne will the Sky to the Finals?

Non-playoff news:

Candace Parker is going to star in an independent film called "Leader of the Pack."

Donna Brazile will receive the 2014 WNBA Inspiration Award.

Storm exit interviews: Waltiea Rolle made use of her short stay.

College news:

Samantha Drake will forgo her senior season at Kentucky. She suffered a torn ACL and meniscus last year.

Former Purdue center Camille Redmon has landed at Boise State.

Sam Pierce is a new assistant coach at Akron.

Wichita State freshman Anna Khmelevskaya has returned to Russia.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The road (and days) to the conference finals

Western Conference finals:

The Lynx-Mercury series offers intriguing match ups.

Game one Friday in Phoenix will be a "white out."

Lynx:

The hard road to a Lynx dynasty.

Rookie Damiris Dantas could miss all of the West finals games due to family matters.

Today's practice report.

Mercury:

The Mercury will rely on Brittney Griner's mojo in the series with Minnesota.

Eastern Conference finals:

Fever:


Are charging into the Conference finals.

Practice report and videos.

It's harder to find Eastern Conference finals stories because the Indianapolis Star has one story today, on how Marissa Coleman likes Peyton Manning. (What relevance is this to the playoffs???) And the Chicago Sun Times has jack squat. As usual.

Non-playoff news:

Mystics:


Exit interview with Kara Lawson.

Sparks:

Candace Parker is in this week's issue of People Magazine.

Skylar Diggins is Most Improved Player

Skylar Diggins wins most improved player award.

Well-deserved.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sky come from behind to beat Atlanta by one point

Um, wow:

ATLANTA (AP) -- Despite trailing by 17 early in the fourth quarter, the Chicago Sky weren't ready to give up on their season. Instead, they kept their focus and pulled off the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in WNBA playoff history.

Elena Delle Donne scored 17 of her 34 points in the final period, including the winning jumper with 8.4 seconds left, as the Sky rallied from 20 points down to beat the Atlanta Dream 81-80 on Tuesday night and advance to the Eastern Conference finals......

Shoni Schimmel's jumper gave Atlanta an 80-77 lead with 29 seconds left, but Delle Donne made two jumpers in the last 24 seconds - with the final basket giving Chicago its first lead since 6-5.

''It was just a resilient effort by my team. Obviously, Atlanta owned us for much of the game,'' Sky coach Pokey Chatman said. ''They were having our way us in terms of points in the paint. Everything was not in our favor, but we stayed the course, and when it got late it became time for players to make plays. My big time player (Delle Donne) stepped up.''


About a minute after the game was over, the WNBA announced the Eastern Conference finals schedule:

Indiana vs. Chicago

Game 1 – Sat August 30 Chicago at Indiana 7:00PM 7:00PM NBA TV

Game 2 – Mon September 1 Indiana at Chicago 3:00PM 4:00PM NBA TV

Game 3 * Wed September 3 Chicago at Indiana 7:00PM 7:00PM NBA TV