Good health can be a very, very good thing. Anyone who doubts that can ask Chicago Sky coach Pokey Chatman, who spent almost as much time with the medical staff as she did with her players during the regular season. Her preferred starting five missed 60 out of a possible 170 starts with various injuries and off court issues. But timing is everything and all five were in the starting lineup with the Sky tipped off the playoffs with an 80-77 victory over the top-seeded Atlanta Dream in the first game of the 2014 playoffs.
For an organization that didn’t expect to be there, the Seattle Storm made out like bandits at Thursday’s WNBA draft lottery, walking away with the number one pick for 2015.
The Storm, which had failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 2003, won their third first pick in franchise history. The Tulsa Shock won the second pick, and the Connecticut Sun garnered the third and fourth picks. Going into the lottery, Seattle and Tulsa each had a 36 percent chance of winning the top spot, while Connecticut’s odds were 28 percent.
Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore won her first career regular season MVP award Thursday, taking 35 of 38 first-place votes in a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. The honor was also a first for the franchise.
"You're not going to see her change the way she approaches business. Her namesake really fits her. She wants more. She knows that when you win championships, these types of accolades come with it," Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve said.
The Minnesota Lynx were ineffective at mitigating nerves over their ability to sustain leads in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Stars, but their ability to close with a victory did not falter.
Minnesota survived an 18-2 run from San Antonio in the fourth quarter to emerge with an 88-84 win at Target Center, and they can wrap up the series with a win on Saturday at San Antonio.
The Minnesota Lynx ended their 2014 campaign with a 25-9 record, becoming the first WNBA team to post 25 wins or better for four consecutive years. Reaching that threshold this year was a remarkable achievement, with Minnesota enduring several injuries that could have compromised their overall chemistry.
"For us to do it this season, with the amount of adversity that we've faced, I told them I'm very impressed and blessed to share it with them," said Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve.
Eastern and Western Conference WNBA playoff teams face completely opposite match up scenarios going into round one games tomorrow and Friday. Even so, the theme for all four series is “unpredictability,” as a mercurial season means anything could happen.
Fullcourt invited players from around the WNBA to blog periodically throughout the 2014 season. Today, Lynx rookie Asia Taylor checks in.
Thirty-two games have gone by in the WNBA season; it doesn't feel like that at all. I know everybody always says, "it goes so fast," but it really does. I feel like training camp and the first game was just yesterday. I've just been trying to see the growth between game one and now and its crazy!
Diana Taurasi once said her team needed to get over the hump with Minnesota, and that the Lynx were indeed, “Humpy.”
Last Saturday, the Phoenix Mercury admirably defended their home court against the Lynx in one of the biggest games of the season (although neither team would tell you that.) A game that started out with poor shooting and shaky defense, turned into a vicious competition were the Mercury outscored the Lynx 38-28 in the paint, and fought back to grab the victory by a mere two points.
On the morning of July 22, Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore engaged in the customary team ritual of ending a shoot-around with a half-court shot contest. Moore hit her warm-up, launching her first make from the right-hand side, and was the only player to successfully bank her true attempt from center court.
MORROW, Ga. -- Not every event on the girls' basketball summer club circuit crowns a champion. Summer Slam, held in late July at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, is one in that category. With over 100 teams, mostly from the South and East with a few from the West and Midwest, the purpose of the event is simply to serve as an exposure vehicle for college coaches.