CHICAGO -- Phoenix Mercury coach Sandy Brondello personally has little in common with uber-successful Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma other than both having had the privilege of coaching women's basketball great Diana Taurasi. The 2014 WNBA Coach of the Year, who just became the first former WNBA player to win a title as a WNBA head coach, doesn’t have an assistant coach tasked with keeping her away from the referees. And unlike Auriemma, Brondello's comments, delivered in a brisk and broad Aussie accent, tend to be somewhat understated.
CHICAGO -- One day before the WNBA Finals tip off in what could be a decisive Game Three in Chicago, it remains uncertain whether Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner will be medically cleared to play.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore highlights the 2014
All-WNBA First Team, the WNBA announced today. Moore was a unanimous First Team
selection by all 38 voters and finished as the leading vote-getter with 180
Moore, the 2014 WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Samsung, set WNBA records
with 12 games of 30-plus points and four consecutive games of 30 or more points.
In addition, she posted a career-high 48 points versus the Atlanta Dream on July
If there is such a thing as an anti-bucket list, one of the ten things you don’t want to happen to you before you die would be getting hit in the face by 6-6, 200-pound Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles. But Mercury center Brittany Griner had the misfortune of having that experience in the early minutes of Phoenix's record-setting 97-68 victory over Chicago in Game Two of the WNBA Finals at the US Airways Center in Phoenix on Tuesday.
Life contains many learning experiences and the Chicago Sky got a big one in their opening game against the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA Championship Series on Sunday afternoon at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix. Motivation is nice. Confidence is good. But when the whistle sounds to start the game, it’s skill and execution that really matters.
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- On Sunday night, minutes before Game One of the WNBA Finals was set to tip off, WNBA president Laurel Richie was wrapping up her "state-of-the-league" press conference in which she touted the increased attendance and TV viewership numbers the league was enjoying thanks to what she described as "an incredible postseason leading up to today." Noting the increased talent and competitiveness throughout the league, and that both conference finals had gone to three games for the first time since 2009, Richie predicted an enticing and competitive Finals series.
The Phoenix Mercury are the overwhelming favorite to win the WNBA Finals for many reasons: they boast the league's top offense, renovated their defense to better complement their offensive capabilities, and their depth within the starting five was unparalleled in 2014.
The WNBA’s slight rise in attendance, respectable increase in TV viewership and explosion on social media this year is an encouraging marker of the growth of the league, said President Laurel Richie. It’s also the result of unprecedented self-marketing efforts – something Richie said is just the beginning.
“We’re working hard to have a steady sense of momentum,” she said.
PHOENIX, ARIZ. - The Phoenix Mercury survived what could be their toughest challenge in the playoffs, using a fourth quarter rally to defeat the Minnesota Lynx 96-78 in game three of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night.
Diana Taurasi soared after a rough shooting performance on Sunday, making 12 of 17 shots for 31 points, which included a half-court shot at the end of the third quarter that ignited both the team and the crowd. Brittney Griner hit 9 of 12 attempts for 22 points for Phoneix.