Monday, July 28, 2014

Mediocrity or parity?

ESPN ponders the exact question that I have seen on twitter for the last two weeks: is there parity or mediocrity in the WNBA? Because only three teams have winning records: Phoenix, Minnesota and Atlanta. Power rankings for the week:

1. Phoenix
2. Minnesota
3. Atlanta
4. Washington
5. San Antonio
6. Indiana
7. Los Angeles
8. New York
9. Seattle
10. Tulsa
11. Chicago
12. Connecticut

It's definitely not mediocrity. This is probably the best-skilled WNBA we've ever seen, as showcased in the All-Star game.

It's some serious parity, as all of that talent is spread out amongst the league's 12 teams.

Players of the week:

....are Ivory Latta for the East and Maya Moore for the West.

More WNBA news.....

Lynx:


Maya Moore has become the face of the league.

Storm:

....have signed Waltiea Rolle to a second seven-day contract.

Eye of the Storm: Tanisha Wright.

Mercury:

Mistie Bass blogs.

Mystics:

Ivory Latta discusses a recent cancer scare.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Second half of the season off to a new start

Well now.....

The Mystics are now second in the East after knocking off the Dream, 77-67.

The Lynx are all back finally, and it shows: they beat the Sun, 76-65. Maya Moore lead the way with 17 points.

The Shock downed the Sky, 79-69. Birthday girl Glory Johnson was Tulsa's leading scorer, with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

More WNBA news.....

Storm:


Awesome interview with outgoing COO Karen Bryant.

College news:

Arkansas State coach Brian Boyer's contract has been extended through 2017.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Three-game night

Tonight's results:

The Mystics survived a bad fourth quarter to overcome the Shock, 82-77.

The Sky beat the Stars, 88-78.

The Sky edged the Dream, 79-75.

More WNBA news.....

Mercury:

Shay Murphy is providing a spark off the bench.

Liberty:

Swin Cash and Cappie Pondexter are launching blogs.

Storm:

Outgoing COO Karen Bryant interview, part two.

Lynx:

Lindsay Whalen podcast.

College news:

Central Michgan's new assistant coach is former Michigan State star Kristin Haynie.

High school:

Is Miami High School's Beatrice Mompremier the next Sylvia Fowles?

Mercury star Brittney Griner celebrates Pride night with fans

Brittney Griner celebrated Sparks pride night with fans.

Shoni Schimmel's achievements are inspirational to many

I had a great talk with Shoni Schimmel's parents, Ceci and Rick, after last weekend's All-Star game. Awesome people.

Story.

Last night's games

The Mercury routed the Sparks, 93-73, for their 14th consecutive win. One more victory and they tie the Comets' record for second-longest winning streak.

The Liberty outlasted the Storm in overtime, 84-80, despite a triple-double from veteran Temeka Johnson. "Mighty Mouse" made franchise history.

More WNBA news.....

Lynx:


Minnesota finally has a healthy starting five.

College news:

Indiana coach Curt Miller has abruptly resigned.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

WBCA college honor rolls

Tops in Division I:

1. University of Missouri-Kansas City
2. Eastern Washington University
3. University of Northern Colorado
4. St. Francis College
5. Western Illinois University
6. Drake University
7. University of Northern Iowa
8. DePaul University
9. Illinois State University
10. Utah Valley University
11. Florida Gulf Coast University
12. Houston Baptist University
13. American University
14. University of Denver
15. Northern Kentucky University
16. Austin Peay State University
17. Lehigh University
18. Belmont University
19. South Dakota State University
20. Cornell University
21. Arizona State University
22. Colorado State University
23. Yale University
24. Brown University
25. Bowling Green State University

All divisions.

WNBA news.....

Sun:


Alyssa Thomas is adapting to life as a pro.

Storm:

Lineup changes.

Mystics:

Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson are continuing their smooth transition to the WNBA.

Lynx:

Today's practice report.

Liberty edge Sparks 66-64

My game story.

More pictures:


Sparks bench, with Candace Parker on the left and new coaching staff on the right.


Sparks confer during a pause in the game.


Liberty meet at a time out.


Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer doesn't like a call.


Gary Kloppenburg coaches from the sidelines.


Gary Kloppenburg coaches from the sidelines.


Liberty on the fast break.


Alana Beard tries to get around Alex Montgomery.


Tina Charles grabs one of her 15 rebounds.


Nneka Ogwumike looks to pass.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Becky Hammon to retire after this season

Becky Hammon told the Stars last night and the rest of the world today: she's retiring after this season. She leaves a legacy.

The 37-year-old Hammon is a six-time All-Star who ranks seventh in WNBA history in total points (5,756), second in three-point field goals made (817), fourth in assists (1,663), sixth in games played (440) and first in free-throw percentage (89.6 percent, minimum 300 attempts).

"Throughout the years" photo gallery.

Today's results so far:

The Mystics surged past the Sun, 89-75.

In a bit, the Liberty take on the Sparks, to begin the Penny Toler era in Los Angeles.

More WNBA news.....

Stars:


The Stars have signed Astou Ndour, as Heather Butler's seven-day contract expired.

Mystics:

The Mystics are trying to overcome turnover and age issues the second half of the season.

Mercury:

Coach Sandy Brondello's preparation has set the standard for the red hot Mercury.

Sun:

Chillin4Charity part two.