Let’s face it, rookies have it rough. Coming from their college environments where they were at the top of their game, and then finding themselves climbing up a whole new ladder. It's something that all rookies go through, no matter if they were a college star or a bench player. There are exceptions, Taurasi, Parker, Moore – but those exceptions are few.
Yesterday morning I woke up to my usual coffee and internet perusing when I saw the post on facebook. It seemed that head coach Corey Gaines was relieved of his duties by the Phoenix Mercury. Almost immediately I tweeted it out and reactions were everything from relief to excitement – and even somewhat mixed (some on the remorseful end). It was a bit of a bombshell announcement, although any kind of major firing of staff mid-season usually is.
Here we are again, it’s WNBA All-Star time. With a slightly last-minute re-vamped roster (top fan choices Delle Donne and Griner are out with injuries), the WNBA will roll out the All-Star game for the 11th time in its 17 year existence. This does not count the 2 other WNBA vs. USA basketball exhibition games in 2004 and 2010, but put those in there for good measure and we’re up to 13.
This year’s All-Star game will be in Connecticut – for the third time.
It's only the fourth week of the season, but the tone has been set: It's going to be a physical, competitive, roller-coaster ride that will keep teams fighting for a playoff spot until the very last game of the season.
Workin’ Overtime (especially in Tulsa)
There have already been six overtime games this season; by this time last year, there were only three. One may surmise that with the number of games resulting in overtime that the level of competition has really heated up in the league.
Well, the inaugural week is over. The "three-to-see" have been seen. There have been wins, and there have been losses. The Indiana Fever raised a banner and put on a ring. Tina Thompson announced her retirement at the close of the 2013 season. Quite the eventful week.
So, how did it pan out for everyone? I’ll put it into three categories:
To be expected; Came Out Swinging; Can’t Get a Break
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- By now you’ve heard about the rookie who dropped 22 points in her WNBA debut. Yeah, too bad her team lost the game, a 72-66 defeat was somewhat of a letdown for the rookie who was touted as someonone who will be one of the best in the WNBA.
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- In one of the most highly anticipated games of the 2013 season, the standout team at the US Airways Center was…the Chicago Sky. And without a doubt, the stand out player was Elena Delle Donne.
Delle Donne dropped 22 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and sent the Phoenix Mercury and No. 1 pick Brittney Griner packin'. Final score Phoenix Mercury 80 – Chicago Sky 102
Diana Taurasi put it best, “They came in here and gave us a pretty good kickin'...”
Check out 5-6 point guard Asha Thomas out of Bishop O'Dowd High School. She has a quick first step, sick handles and can stroke it from behind the arc. Even better she knows how to make her teammates look good by giving up the rock. Thomas, who is on our 2015 Full Court Fresh 50 watchlist, was part of the Dragons state championship team that defeated Windward for the Califorinia Open Division title. This summer you can catch Thomas on the AAU circuit for Ca Ballaz.