For anyone who missed the memo, the Tulsa Shock are no longer a push-over team. They assumed first place in the Western Conference in a convincing 86-78 win over the Minnesota Lynx Sunday night at Target Center.
The outcome was surprising for some, considering that Minnesota (5-2) had beaten Tulsa (6-1) in the last six meetings, but Tulsa's perseverance and closing ability has greatly improved this season.
Anyone who successfully predicted that Tricia Liston would be the game's high scorer in Thursday night's contest between the Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx should consider being a psychic.
For Liston, her career-high 15 points foretold a 94-70 win for the Lynx at Target Center. The second-year small forward from Duke had made just one of eight three-pointers in the first two games of the season. On Thursday, Liston was off to another rough start, but after calming herself and squaring up properly, her long-distance stroke caught Seattle (1-2) unprepared.
By admitting that a roster — as it’s currently constructed — is too young to make a splash, many tune out under the assumption that non-competitive in the standings equals non-exciting on the floor.
With three rookies on its roster, and just one player (Sue Bird) over the age of 28, the Seattle Storm have fully committed to a youth movement. But for general manager and team president Alisha Valavanis, “rebuilding” is a word filled only with hope and optimism.
Phoenix, Ariz. – A new-look Phoenix team will take the court on Friday eager to defend last season’s WNBA title, and there are plenty of question marks to go along with the excitement. Gone is seven time All-Star Diana Taurasi, who is skipping the 2015 season at the request of her Russian Premier League team. In addition, star center Brittney Griner will miss the team’s first seven games after being arrested for a domestic dispute during the offseason.
*Eliminated in Western Conference Finals by Phoenix
The Minnesota Lynx have emerged as the preseason favorite to win the 2015 WNBA championship, if only because they have managed to avoid the melodrama enveloping other teams during a highly tumultuous off-season period. The Lynx acted quickly when they learned Janel McCarville would sit out for the season, making a trade with the Sun to bring Asjha Jones on board.