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Three of five ESPN experts predict Phoenix to win it all

May 20, 2013 2:52pm
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Kate Fagan, Rebecca Lobo and Michelle Smith all think that Brittany Griner and Diana Taurasi will lead the Phoenix Mercury to a WNBA Championship. The other experts, Andrew Lovell and Mechelle Voepel gave the nod to the Minnesota Lynx.

Griner was also the top pick for Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

For the full list, visit:

http://espn.go.com/wnba/story/_/id/9293258/wnba-preseason-predictions

WNBA Injury Report

June 21, 2012 11:15am
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With the injury bug hitting the WNBA hard this season, we are going to keep a comprehensive report of all the injuries for every single team. So check back here before the game to see who might be in or out.

Eastern Conference:

Atlanta:

  • Angel McCoughtry- Sprained left MCL, day to day
  • Lindsey Harding- Right ankle, day to day

Chicago:

  • Epiphanny Prince- out 6-8 weeks, fractured right foot
  • Ticha Penicheiro- lower left leg

New York:

  • Plenette Pierson- right knee, day to day

 

Western Conference:

Los Angeles:

  • Ebony Hoffman- sprained left ankle
  • Nicky Anosike- arthroscopic left knee surgery, out indefinitely

Minnesota:

  • Jessica Adair- arthroscopic surgery on right knee, out until mid-August

Phoenix:

  • Candice Dupree-knee contusion, day to day
  • Nakia Sanford- knee contusion, day to day
  • Diana Turasi- hip flexor, out indefinitey
  • Penny Taylor- Left ACL, out for season

San Antonio:

  • Tangela Smith- left knee, arthroscopic surgery, out indefinitely

Seattle:

  • Lauren Jackson- out, Olympics
  • Victoria Dunlap- suffered second concussion of season, out indefinitely

Tulsa:

  • Jennifer Lacy- meniscus tear, out 4-6 weeks
  • Scholanda Dorrell- meniscus tear, out 4-6 weeks
  • Chante Black- jaw surgery, week to week

Summary of recent personnel changes in the league

June 5, 2012 2:55pm
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As we enter our 3rd week of the WNBA season, we have seen a series of personnel changes as coaches and GMs have had some time to evaluate rosters and make some changes whether it be chemistry or injury related.

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

Atlanta Dream: Courtney Paris was waived last night, as the Dream signed journey women Jessica Moore. Paris’ fate was most likely sealed before the Chicago game as she did not play against the Sky, despite the game going to overtime, and Atlanta’s less than stellar bench.

Chicago Sky: Ticha Penicheiro is set to come back from injury after being out to start the season. As Nate Parham of Swish Appeal discussed today, Penicheiro has historically been a good distributor,  a quality needed for the turnover prone Sky. Pokey Chatman has explained that they did not want to rush Ticha back from injury and are taking it slow with the longtime veteran.

Connecticut Sun: No personnel changes

Indiana Fever: No personnel changes

New York Liberty: No personnel changes

Washington Mystics: No personnel changes

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

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Reviewing Week 2 in the WNBA

May 30, 2012 12:44pm
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Recapping the 9 games played since last Thursday as we extract a statistic or two from each game. Every team has now played at least two games. 3 teams remain undefeated in Minnesota, Indiana and Connecticut. Seattle, Tulsa and New York are still searching for their first victory.

Thursday May 24th:

Minnesota 92 – Los Angeles 84: 17 fast-break points for the Sparks, but only 1 FGA in the 4th quarter for Candace Parker (0 pts)

The Sparks led by 4 heading into the 4th quarter looking to hand the defending WNBA champions their first loss of the season.  LA’s ability to force turnovers and turn them into 17 fast-break points had given them a chance for a huge road win. In the 4th quarter, the Lynx turned their game up another level, as they kept turnovers to a minimum and the ball out of CP3′s hands outscoring the Sparks by 12.

Friday May 25th:

Connecticut 83 – San Antonio 79:  Game-high 23 points for Renee Montgomery, on 8-16 shooting.

Much was made about Montgomery’s move to the bench this season. She didn’t seem to take the news well, but maybe coach Mike Thibault is pulling the right strings. She came off the bench and generated some easy baskets for herself with her off the ball movement and use of screens. In addition to her efficient 8-16 shooting, Montgomery went 2-5 from 3pt, 5-6 from the free throw line.

Atlanta 100 – New York 74: 100 points on 88 Atlanta Dream possessions

Ask coach John Whisenant before the game if his team was going to win a game where Atlanta had 88 possessions and he would have told you his team didn’t have the legs for such a track meet. It was clear from the start that the Dream were going to have an easy time scoring as they played at a very high tempo. They finished with 46 points in the paint, in addition to 26 fast break points. Read more »

Sparks Guard Sharnee Zoll done for the year

May 23, 2012 3:31pm
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The Los Angeles Sparks have just announced that Guard Sharnee Zoll will be done for the remainder of the season with a tear in her ACL. 

“It’s unfortunate that Sharnee won’t be able to play this season,” Sparks Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler said. “Up until her injury, she was playing really well. We look forward to seeing what she can do next season.”

After a great season in Europe many speculated Zoll would compete for and possibly earn the starting point guard position. After not appearing for the Sparks in their season opener at Seattle, the status of Zoll became unknown. In her place has been Kristi Toliver who has lit up the Storm from the perimeter in 2 straight games, going 9-13 from behind the arc. While the Sparks have to be excited about a 2-0 start, this season ending injury is certainly a blow, as Zoll could have been a major contributor to the Sparks backcourt.

WNBA Opening Weekend Thoughts

May 22, 2012 12:05pm
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The 2012 season is officially underway as there were 7 games this weekend. This also means the Minnesota Lynx have started their road to repeat as WNBA Champions.

It all started Friday night in Key Arena, home to the Seattle Storm and one of the league’s best home courts. Here was a team, partly in transition, after they sent Cash and Willingham to Chicago for their 2nd pick in this year’s draft. A still veteran team though, that added all time leading scorer Tina Thompson and great Euroleague big Ann Wauters, Seattle was hoping to maintain their high expectations. Hosting the Los Angeles Sparks under new coach Carol Ross, LA was hoping to turn around their disappointing results in recent seasons. The Storm came out on fire, getting Wauters a ton of easy post touches. While TT drained her NBA range 3′s, the Sparks were settling for and missing a series of mid-range jumpers. As the game wore on it seemed the Sparks had enough to get back into the game, but were suddenly staring at a 21 point deficit late in the 3rd quarter. Lots of ball pressure from the Sparks led to some Seattle TOs and easy run-outs, a barrage of 3′s from Toliver and some key baskets from Parker sent LA on a massive run which tied up the game late in the 4th and continued through, to the final buzzer.

Saturday’s card had 4 games on tap. It started early as the New York Liberty hosted the Connecticut Sun at the MSG. The Liberty enjoyed an 8 point halftime lead, due in part to the time they spent at the free throw line. Despite still trailing by 7 entering the 4th quarter, the Sun scored 27 points in the final period, capitalizing on a fatigued Liberty team who couldn’t execute on offense or get the necessary stops on defense.  Read more »

Injury Report