ATLANTA – The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced the 2013-14 Wade Trophy preseason "Watch List" today, and in the mix are four players from the defending national champion Connecticut Huskies, inlcuding Breanna Stewart, the most outstanding player of the 2013 Women's Final Four.
Returning to the list are two-time WBCA Coaches’ All-Americans Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Odyssey Sims of Baylor and Alyssa Thomas of Maryland. Four teams – California, Duke, Notre Dame and Tennessee – are represented by two players each on the 25-member preseason list.
Both the Atlanta Fall Showcase, held in the Lithonia, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta), and the Fall Finale, held in Atlanta proper, were events where college coaches had a chance to see some quality prospects of classes as far out as 2019 from Georgia and surrounding states. Both events were held with pre-set pairings designed for college coaches' viewing rather than winning an event.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- It was supposed to be championship game, not a scrimmage between the varsity and JVs -- but if not for a rabid crowd of more than13,000 packing the seats at Target Center, Minnesota's 84-59 demolition of the Atlanta Dream could easily have been taken for a preseason practice between the stars and the benchwarmers.
Then again, many expected this kind of result, given the Lynx balance of talent, and the flawless demonstration of the team's skills and teamwork cast Atlanta as helpless bystanders in a high-level basketball clinic.
Minneapolis, MN (SportNetwork.com) - Maya Moore had 23 points, seven rebounds and two steals to help the Minnesota Lynx handle the Atlanta Dream, 84-59, in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.
Monica Wright added 20 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Lynx, who lost to Indiana in the finals last year. Seimone Augustus tallied 19 points.
"Nothing different," Wright said of her mindset going into the game. "It's the Finals, so you want to leave it all out there. But obviously we got it done tonight and my teammates have all the confidence in the world in me and it was just fallin' tonight."
Angel McCoughtry ended with 17 points for the Dream, who are trying to avoid losing in the finals for the third time in the past four seasons. Aneika Henry recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Atlanta lost in the WNBA Finals in 2010 and 2011 to Seattle and Minnesota, respectively.
The Lynx started to take control of the game at the end of the first quarter. Holding a 19-16 lead with under two minutes remaining, Minnesota scored the final five points of the period. Wright's jumper followed by Moore's 3-pointer made it 24-16.
Moore opened the scoring in the second stanza with another 3-pointer. The Lynx pulled away later in the frame with a 15-0 run, which Augustus capped with a layup for a 44-23 edge with 1:50 left.
Alex Bentley stopped the surge with a jumper, getting the Dream within 44-25 at the break.
Holding a 60-43 lead late in the third quarter, the Lynx bridged the third and fourth frames with a 12-0 run to put the game away. Wright tallied five points during the surge, including a jumper with 9:17 to play to make it 72-43.
"We've been through this before, first game against Washington, it was the same thing," McCoughtry said. "We bounced back, we regrouped, we'll figure it out. That's the type of team we are. It's going to be a dogfight. We're here to fight to the end."
Twenty-four hours after Full Court broke the story about Jannah Tucker being the victim of domestic violence at the hand of her former boyfriend Joshua Gerard, the teen is now speaking out about the incident(s). Tucker, who had previously committed to play for the University of Tennessee, but did not report to campus, released the following statement through Blue Star Media, the parent organization of her AAU program, the Philadelphia Belles.
Before the playoffs began, Minnesota Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve admitted to Full Court that she's a bit superstitious. After heading into last year's championships as the odds-on favorite to bring home the hardware, her Lynx fell short, falling to the underdog Indiana Fever in four games. So this year, said Reeves, she resolved not to do anything, including interviews and previews, that she did in the lead-up to last year's Finals.
The fall evaluation is a tough proposition with school on Friday and many student-athletes playing soccer and volleyball. Some high school coaches have policies against it and many 2014s don’t participate because they are committed. This made for a great opportunity for 2016s to really show their skills, and that class really stood out on Friday evening as the Insider Exposure Fall Jam kicked off a big weekend in Atlanta.
ATLANTA -- Sierra Calhoun and Aliyah Mazyck were selected MVPs respectively of the Full Court Fresh 50 Invitational National and Regional games held on Sept. 29 at Westlake High School in the Atlanta area. However, many other players turned in noteworthy performances as well. Let's take a look at some of them starting with our game MVPs.