Sunday, August 28, 2016

Sky, Mercury 2-0 after Olympic break return

Interesting opening weekend after the Olympic break.

Today's results:

The Dream dropped Connecticut, 87-73.

Dallas struggled to play a full game, as Chicago defeated them, 92-85.

The Lynx pulled away to beat the Storm, 92-80. Lindsay Whalen lead Minnesota with 24 points.

The Stars played a strong game and held on to beat the Mystics, 85-74.

The Mercury edged the Sparks, 70-66. That's two wins in a row for Phoenix, two consecutive losses for LA.

Thoughts:

- I anticipated Dallas would have a better start after the break.

- The Sky look fresh and energized - especially Elena Delle Donne.

- Lindsay Whalen is underrated.

- The young Storm have a very bright future.

- The Stars were leading the Mystics by 23 points midway through the game. Wow.

- What's up with the Sparks?

- Why isn't Brittney Griner dominating?

- I like Swin Cash as a broadcaster.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Another day in the WNBA

Today's result:

The Mystics used a strong second half to rout the Fever, 92-69.

WNBA team news:

Will the Fever figure it out in time?

The Sky are looking good after the break.

The Bay Area needs its own team.

WNBA player news:

Leading the Storm to the playoffs is the next Olympic-sized task for Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart.

Nneka Ogwumike is historically efficient, which is why the Sparks could win the title.

The Stars have signed Vicki Baugh for the rest of the season.

Tiffany Bias has signed with Dallas for the rest of the season.

Tomorrow's schedule:

How will Dallas contain Chicago's Elena Delle Donne?

The Mercury are set to take on the Sparks.

Sun at Dream preview.

Storm at Lynx preview.

Stars at Mystics preview.

College coach news:

Tennessee football is honoring Pat Summitt with a helmet sticker.

Former San Diego State coach Beth Burns' wrongful termination lawsuit against the University has gone to trial.

About last night (again)

Here's womenshoopsworld's story on last night's Storm victory over the Sparks.

And:

Lynx's "Olympic rhythm" hits a stumbling block.

The Sparks drop post-Rio opener amidst playoff race.

And in view of their anemic performances before Olympic break, it seems the Mercury's Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi are done "saving themselves for Rio," as I'd heard they were from a very reputable source, and are playing Phoenix ball again.

Taking the WNBA for granted isn't something I'd do.

More:

Several WNBA players reached milestones last night.

Mystics:

So much movement: Bria Hartley is pregnant and will miss the rest of the season, Leilani Mitchell has been signed, and Tianna Hawkins has been waived.

More on Mitchell.

College news:

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey donates to her Louisiana hometown in the wake of flooding.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A bit of this, a bit of that

WNBA news:

Will the WNBA strike gold after Rio?

After the Olympics, the WNBA seeks to seize the spotlight.

Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm lead the WNBA's most popular jersey and merchandise lists. (Stewart says it's a big deal to her).

WNBA team news:

How I spent my Olympic break, WNBA style.

WNBA player news:

How burn out helped Elena Delle Donne's career.

Mercury center Brittney Griner has her eye on the defensive player of the year award.

The Lynx have re-signed guard Anna Cruz.

Penny Taylor is heading into her Mercury swan song.

Keisha Hampton took the winding road to the WNBA.

LaToya Sanders has rejoined the Mystics, and Jamie Weisner has been waived.

Ranking the Mystics' roster based on underperformance.

WNBA coach news:

As Wings coach Fred Williams approaches 100 wins, his legacy is that of superstars influenced.

College team news:

Are happy days here again at Kentucky?

(Check out picture three, in which assistant coach Lin Dunn is learning to dab)

:)

Vermont has canceled their December trip to North Carolina in light of that state's anti-LGBT laws.

College player news:

Senior Jessica Thomas is fueling the fire for Miami.

College coach news:

Georgia coach Joni Taylor reflects on her first year as a head coach.

Morning tipoff

WNBA news:

Which teams will join the Sparks and the Lynx in the playoffs?

The league resumes with five games tomorrow: Lynx at Sun, Liberty at Stars, Dream at Sky, Wings at Mercury and Sparks at Storm.

League president Lisa Borders wants teams to have community conversations.

For some teams, the music says it all.

WNBA team news:

Phillips Arena renovations forced the Dream's move.

WNBA coach news:

Q&A with Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer.

College coach news:

Pat Summitt's will specifies that son Tyler Summitt receive all her personal property.