Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky was named the 2013 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, the WNBA announced Friday at a press conference preceding the Sky's first-round Eastern Conference semifinal playoff game against the reigning champion, but fourth-seeded, Indiana Fever.
The Washington Mystics woke up the Dream last night with a dominating win that not many expected. The Mystics showed what it looks like when a team comes out mentally focused and everyone, and I do mean everyone, plays aggressively and together. In fact, the Mystics were so dominant that this win was essentially in hand by the middle of the third quarter.
The Los Angeles Sparks versus the Phoenix Mercury.
So many superstars, so much anticipation.
Even the world’s highest paid athlete, Floyd "Money" Mayweather, was in the house. With Sparks’ great Candace Parker winning the MVP award and leading L.A. to a great season, most people thought the Sparks would beat the underperforming 2013 Phoenix Mercury – but as you may have heard, "That’s why they play the game."
LOS ANGELES – For the second time in her six-year career, Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks has been named the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player, league president Laurel Richie announced Thursday in a press conference preceding the Sparks’ first-round playoff game against the Phoenix Mercury. Parker received 234 points, including 10 first-place votes, from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters. In honor of being named the WNBA Most Valuable Player, Parker will receive $15,000 and a specially-designed trophy.
You can’t blame Minnesota fans for looking ahead to the conference finals, and it would be a stunner if the Lynx lost this series, but the Seattle Storm and Brian Agler will not go down easily, despite a huge talent disparity.
Seattle has been healthy all season, so the players know their roles and are in command of the very physical system, so even if the Storm lose in two, the Minnesota wins won’t come easily.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Russ Pennell was named interim head coach of the Mercury on Aug. 8 when Phoenix brass fired Corey Gaines. With no experience on the women’s basketball side, Pennell was pretty much a complete unknown – so Full Court decided to step in and clear up a bit of the mystery.
Full Court: What were you doing prior to this summer?
ATLANTA, GA -- Decision time is near for college coaches and uncommitted high school seniors, and the last chance for the Class of 2014 to showcase its talents will be Sept. 27-29 -- and look for a host of big-time coaches and elite players to be at Westlake High School in Atlanta for the final NCAA viewing period.
On paper, this series should be easy to call. Look at the Dream roster: It has more world class players and thus should be expected to win. However, the games are not played on paper and the subplots in this series could make it much more competitive and interesting than a casual fan might anticipate.
In spite of what pundits predict, the WNBA narrative often does not behave according to the script laid out for it.
This summer, the Full Court staff attended over a dozen major events, and now after putting our heads together, we've made some carefully considered adjustments to the 2014 Full Court Fresh 50 player rankings.