Yesterday’s Sun vs. Sparks game showcased two teams struggling to make the playoffs from opposite ends of the spectrum. It also highlighted one of the premiere individual rivalries that fans will enjoy for years to come, in the battle of the Ogwumike sisters.
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.
The WNBA is coming off of a weekend of hot action that was full of breath taking last second heroics. The Connecticut Sun's Renee Montgomery and the San Antonio Stars' Kayla McBride were the starring attractions with an honorable mention to the Indiana Fever's Briann January. The league continues to display how ultra competitive that it is. No WNBA team is safe from catching an 'L' regardless of who's on the schedule. Playoff positioning is looming and therefore the games intensity will only increase every week.
Last season was a very difficult year for the Connecticut Sun and their fan base. The Sun have been used to being a perennial contender for that ever elusive WNBA crown year in and year out. But last season was far from that as, between the departure of head coach Mike Thibault and a disproportionate bite by the injury bug, they finished the season as the league’s worst team.
At the college level, the path to success is very clear: Recruit, recruit, recruit and then recruit some more. Given the number of teams, there’s almost always a talent disparity in every game, and so coaching and injuries tend to be less of a factor in success during a season.
At the WNBA level, though, with just 12 teams, all with pretty good players, coaching and injuries are much more important – and that’s just what we’re seeing in the first weeks of the season.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Indiana Fever visited the White House Friday where President Barak Obama officially congratulated them on their 2012 WNBA championship. It was not, however, the first trip to the White House for Fever coach Lin Dunn, who had last been there as a Girl Scout when she was in fifth grade.
“I won’t say which administration that was,” the president teased, for which Dunn thanked him.
The Indiana Fever's championship run last season was a textbook example that basketball is a mental game.
With second-leading scorer Katie Douglas and Jeannette Pohlen injured in the playoffs, there was no way the Fever should have won the title. But other players stepped up, and the entire team refused to settle for anything less than the trophy -- a first for the franchise.
It would be easy to carry that blazing momentum into 2013, but coach Lin Dunn isn't having any of it.
INDIANAPOLIS -- It's been a long time coming, this shiny silver trophy. They've gathered in the lobby of Bankers Life Fieldhouse to celebrate as rain has driven the festivities indoors, cancelling the planned parade. But the weather has done nothing to dampen the spirits of the fans who have taken time out in the middle of their workday or of the team whose ultimate success, so long in arriving, they have assembled here to salute.
The Indiana Fever are closer than they have ever been to winning a WNBA championship. After coming out of Game Two Wednesday looking totally exhausted and overpowered by the physicality of the Lynx, they took the floor before their home crowd Friday looking like a team on another level as they put the highest scoring team in the league in a defensive stranglehold, beating the Minnesota Lynx by 17 points.