Charles -- Tina Charles, that is -- was most definitely in charge on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. But this year's playoffs have been chock full of big moments for spark plugs off the bench, and Tuesday's must-win Game Three of the series between New York and Washington would prove no different as Sugar Rodgers came off the pines for 20 points to carry Liberty, once the perennial East champion, over the Mystics, 79-74, and on to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in five years.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Lynx hustled their way to the Western Conference Finals for a fifth consecutive year, defeating the Los Angeles Sparks 91-80 in the third and deciding game of their first-round playoff series Tuesday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
There were occasional cracks, but the Lynx displayed their most cohesive game in a long time, an intangible no one was sure would return with a roster that had endured multiple injuries and mid-season transactions.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A defensive duel in Game One of the Western Conference semifinals between the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx worked in Minnesota's favor, with the Lynx holding serve at home Friday for a 67-65 win. Now, an injury-plagued team thought to be prone to an upset has a chance to sweep Round One as the series moves to the Pyramid Long Beach Sunday afternoon. (The Sparks' usual home court at the Staples Center in Los Angeles was booked for the Emmy's.)
Allie Quigley demonstrated compellingly why she was named 2015 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year (the second season in a row she has earned the honor), coming off the bench for 20 points to lead the Chicago Sky to a 77-72 victory over the Indiana Fever in Game One of the Eastern Conference playoffs at UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Thursday.
The Minnesota Lynx secured the top seed in the Western Conference, but never has a front-runner looked so vulnerable. Injuries and inconsistency bogged the Lynx down in the second half of the season, and although their roster will be at full strength for the playoffs, there may not be enough time for the team to regain its chemistry.
Math did not favor the Minnesota Lynx in Sunday night's 75-71 loss to the New York Liberty at Target Center.
With Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen out due to injury and the remaining roster featuring several inexperienced players, only seven players took the floor for Minnesota (21-11). Despite losing Brittany Boyd for the rest of the season to a wrist fracture, New York (22-9) still featured 10 players in their rotation, and that depth won out in a defensive duel at the end of the game.
So, ESPNW recently started a contest to determine who the best female athlete is. The structure of the contest is in a standard four part bracket, with four groups. (Looks like an NCAA bracket) Through the process of fan voting, one athlete will be chosen.
Let me be the first to say, this is absolutely ridiculous.