The Mystics playing without Langhorne, lose at home to Seattle

July 4, 2011 7:54am
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The Washington Mystics were without Crystal Langhorne for Saturday’s loss to the Storm. Carla Peay of the Washington Times writes how rookie Victoria Dunlap shined in her absence, but it was still not enough as the Mystics fell 73-63. Coach Lacey was happy about the defense, but noted they did not do enough offensively.

Sancho returns for the Dream, as Mazzante is waived

July 3, 2011 1:05pm
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The Atlanta Dream announced today that Sancho Lyttle will rejoin the team, after playing for Spain in EuroBasket Women 2011, a qualifying tournament for the 2012 Olympics.

Mazzante appeared in six games for the Dream, averaging 5.7 minutes per game. She was signed by the Dream on June 6, 2011.

Is it too early to speculate on what could have been for Candace Parker?

July 1, 2011 2:10pm
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This is a very interesting article from Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant about how Parker’s injuries might prevent fans from seeing how great of a career Candace Parker might potentially have. Everyone wants to project who is going to be the next great thing, and throughout her college career Parker showed us every reason why she has the chance to go down as the greatest women’s player. With her latest knee injury though, her body is denying herself a chance at a truly historic legacy.

Erin Phillips: the forgotten Fever player

June 29, 2011 7:06am
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Prior to the start of the 2011 WNBA season, excitement was building in Feverland due to the acquisition of Australian national team guard Erin Phillips from Seattle for a third-round pick. She was heralded as a possible alternative to Briann January at the starting PG position due to her scoring ability, defensive prowess, and playmaking ability. Head coach Lin Dunn even compared her to former fan favorite Tully Bevilaqua, Phillips’ countrywoman.

Since then, however, the 26-year-old has seen her role on the team diminish, as marginal players like Shavonte Zellous and Shannon Bobbitt have seen their minutes increase. Phillips’ numbers are nothing to write home about (about 4ppg on 34% shooting), but those logging minutes ahead of her from the bench aren’t exactly setting the world on fire (Bobbitt, for example, is shooting 19% from the field). Phillips has expressed displeasure in the past with the Connecticut Sun WRT playing time. One has to wonder how long it will take before she does the same in Indiana–if she does the same in Indiana.

With Briann January likely out for some time due to a knee injury suffered during the 91-86 win over the Phoenix Mercury on June 28, the time is now for Phillips to prove she belongs back in the rotation. It took an injury to superstar Katie Douglas for Bobbitt to go from bench ornament to rotation-worthy, so perhaps the same can happen for Phillips.

Atlanta’s malaise

June 26, 2011 4:28pm
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The Atlanta Dream entered the 2011 WNBA season with championship aspirations. However, they are currently in last place in the Eastern Conference as of June 26 (latest loss coming at the hands of the red-hot San Antonio Silver Stars). The Dream have had its biggest issues in the backcourt, with starters Lindsey Harding (6.25 efficiency rating; 35% shooting from field) and Iziane Castro Marques (5.50 efficiency rating; 33% from field) both playing poorly. The continued absence of Sancho Lyttle (in Poland competing with the Spanish national team) has forced back-ups Sandora Irvin and Alison Bales into starting roles, where both have done rather poorly. On top of that, league superstar Angel McCoughtry has gotten off to a slow start this season due to injury and an undefined role. Head coach Marynell Meadors has to feel as though she woke up in the Twilight Zole because this is certainly not what she expected when she assembled this roster.

Chicago Sky guard Canty to miss at least three weeks

June 23, 2011 1:40pm
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Dominique Canty is undergoing surgery on her left knee according to Christopher Hine of the Chicago Tribune. Canty started the first game of season at PG for the Sky, but has since come off the bench.

“She is a valuable leader on the court, and our younger, more inexperienced players will need to mature quickly for us to compete against the best of the Eastern Conference”, said coach Chatman.

Expect Rookie Courtney Vandersloot to play more minutes with her back-up sidelined for at least three weeks.

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