Dearica Hamby was selected sixth in the 2015 WNBA draft by the San Antonio Stars, making her the first-ever player from Wake Forest University to be drafted. Currently she leads all rookies in scoring, with a ten-point per-game average, as well as 6.3 rebounds per game. At Thursday's game against the Sparks, Hamby lead the Stars with 19 points - a career high - and eight rebounds.
I caught up with her after the game.
SF: To what do you attribute your great performance in this game?
There were sightings of a bowtie gang in the confines of Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., during the WNBA Draft in April.
The leader was 21-year-old Amanda Zahui Bazoukou, but you can use Zahui B. for short. She "ordered" her tablemates to don the article of clothing, including Curtis Loyd, the man who orchestrated Zahui's introduction to a United States audience.
"I was on YouTube for three days trying to learn how to tie a bowtie," Loyd said.
The star player for the Minnesota Lynx displayed her most efficient game of the season Friday night against the Seattle Storm, hitting 10 of 14 shots for 23 points as the Lynx clobbered the Storm 82-57 at Target Center.
Moore, who also had a game-high 11 rebounds, described her performance as the result of dialing up her aggression.
"One of the reasons I was more efficient is because I was at the rim," she said.
A year ago at this time, the Connecticut Sun were 8-8 and looking promising. Then age and inexperience caught up with them.
Despite the sometimes-heroics of #1 draft pick Chiney Ogwumike, the Sun would go on to win only five more games on the year - many of them close losses that slipped through their fingers. They finished last in the Eastern Conference, and only slightly ahead of the league-last Tulsa Shock in the West.
Entering Saturday night's game between the Phoenix Mercury and Minnesota Lynx at Target Center, Brittney Griner was the focal point, returning from a seven-game suspension for her domestic violence incident with then-fiancé Glory Johnson in April.
Minnesota's defense stole the headline for the game, applying a stingy sort for a 71-56 win. The Lynx (7-2) forced 20 turnovers that led to 24 points, thanks to fluent reading of passing lanes and a few swipes at Mercury (3-5) players who were stumped by a rejuvenated squad.
SEATTLE — Three days before the start of the 2015 WNBA season, Markeisha Gatling found herself team-less.
The 10th overall pick by Chicago the year before, the 6-foot-5 center was waived by the Sky on June 3 as the team went with the pairing of Clarissa Dos Santos and Sasha Goodlett to replace Sylvia Fowles in the middle.
While the NC State alumna latched on with Seattle three days later, it wasn’t until Thursday night that she saw action in a Storm uniform.