For the first half of the WNBA season, the Washington Mystics could be deciphered as baffling by observers who expected a more competitive team in 2014. One explanation for their 10-13 record is ongoing efforts to build chemistry, as the roster was significantly retooled from 2013, leaving only four returning players. Then there is the age issue, as seven players this year are in their first or second seasons.
Any questions about how new Los Angeles Sparks coach Penny Toler would run the team were answered with one word Monday: intensity.
It came up over and over, from both Toler and Sparks players, and looks to be the new theme of the season.
"The intensity was great," Toler said Monday, after her first practice as head coach. "The players know I'm an intense person. I told them, I'm expecting their best. They're going to have to match my effort, or we're not going to win. I'm going to give them all I've got, and I expect them to give me all they've got."
PHOENIX - Records fell like the shots did in Saturday’s 2014 WNBA All-Star Game, the first ever to go to overtime, with the East ultimately prevailing over the West, 125-124, in the highest scoring All Star event in league history.
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 17th group of inductees, the Class of 2015, today during the WNBA All-Star game at US Airways Center in Phoenix. The six members of the Class of 2015 are: Janeth Arcain (player), Kurt Budke (coach, posthumously), Gail Goestenkors (coach), Janet Harris (player), Lisa Leslie (player), and Brad Smith (coach).
With another great week of basketball, WNBA action continues to thrive. Perhaps the most exciting game of the past week was the Atlanta Dream’s thrilling overtime win against the Chicago Sky. Chicago has been struggling to get wins lately, and their Olympian Sylvia Fowles missed a game winner literally under the goal, uncontested. Sometimes the easiest shots are the hardest. It’s a guarantee that Big Syl didn’t sleep too well after that game. Here are two more exciting games amongst many for you to catch before you tune in to watch this weekend’s WNBA All-Star bonanza.
The WNBA has had no shortage of "sister acts" over its 18-year history, including several sets of twins. This Saturday, however, will mark the first time that a pair of sisters have ever been selected to participate in the same WNBA All-Star Game.
Damiris Dantas can't see her life without basketball.
If the sport did not intervene with the Minnesota Lynx rookie, she may have pursued volleyball or handball, two very popular sports in her native Brazil.
To be sure, Dantas tried her hand at multiple sports at an early age, but she charted a permanent course in 2006, when she received a call to participate at a basketball camp in Brazil hosted by Janeth Arcain. Arcain was part of the fabled Houston Comets dynasty that won the first four WNBA championships.
Plenty to see at Suwanee TOC as Tennessee Pride puts out the Fire
The Suwanee Tournament of Champions presented by Allstar Girls Report, held July 5-8 at the Suwanee Sports Academy in Suwanee, Georgia, gave college coaches plenty to see with future Division One talent running from middle school ranks through rising the senior class. While there was a heavier concentration of colleges (about 240 in all) represented from the South and East, there were numerous schools from the West and Midwest represented here to see the 128-team event.