CHICAGO, ILL. - It took two a comeback and two overtimes, but the Chicago Sky outlasted the Indiana Fever in Eastern Conference finals game two Sunday, 86-84. The win evened the series and forces a game three on Wednesday.
As tough as the game was for the Sky, no one was tougher than center Sylvia Fowles, who led Chicago with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Courtney Vandersloot had 18 points, and Allie Quigley came off the bench for 16.
Washington, D.C. - It took an overtime, but the Indiana Fever beat the Washington Mystics Saturday, 81-76, to sweep the playoffs semifinals series and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.
All-Star forward Tamika Catchings lead Indiana with 26 points and 11 rebounds, and in the process became the WNBA's all-time postseason scoring leader, surpassing Lisa Leslie. Fellow former Lady Vol Kara Lawson was the high-scorer for Washington, with 20 points.
Eastern and Western Conference WNBA playoff teams face completely opposite match up scenarios going into round one games tomorrow and Friday. Even so, the theme for all four series is “unpredictability,” as a mercurial season means anything could happen.
This past spring, Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn announced she'd be retiring at the conclusion of this year's WNBA season. She has been coaching for 44 years, at both the collegiate and professional levels. I sat down with Coach Dunn last night to talk with her about her future plans, and her perspective on the sport after so many years.
Editor's Note: This is the fifth in a series of profiles on the six players, coaches and contributors who will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on June 14 as part of the Induction Class of 2014. The 1976 U.S. Olympic Team will also be honored as "Trailblazers of the Game."
Trace your finger down Lin Dunn’s resume, and the legacy that earned her a place in the 2014 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame is quickly revealed.
Editor's Note: Lin Dunn, head coach of the reigning WNBA champion Indiana Fever, Fever forward and 2011 WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings, and the Atlanta Dream's Angel McCoughtry, the league's leading scorer this season, took time out from practice Wednesday for a media teleconference to share their thoughts on their upcoming Eastern Conference Finals series, which tips off today in Atlanta's Phillips Arena at 7 p.m. EDT, airing on ESPN2. ESPN analysts Carolyn Peck and LaChina Robinson also weighed in. Here are some highlights from what they had to say.
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.
NEW ORLEANS -- Lindsey Moore (Nebraska), Layshia Clarendon (California) and Kelly Faris (Connecticut) all helped their WNBA prospects with their NCAA Tournament runs. At least that was the opinion of Indiana head coach Lin Dunn as she and three of her peers – Tulsa’s head coach and general manager Gary Kloppenburg, New York’s head coach and GM Bill Laimbeer and Washington’s head coach and GM Mike Thibault – as they spoke to the media Thursday in the runup to Monday’s 2013 WNBA Draft.
• Everybody wants to hug Tamika Catchings because she finally won a WNBA title, but how about Lin Dunn? She endured two horrible seasons in Seattle – and drafted Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson as a result – and then got fired. She’s worked her way around the league and up the ladder, but unlike Catchings, hasn’t been inundated in awards and fan appreciation.
So yes, congrats Tamika – but a big shout out to Lin Dunn as well.
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.