PARIS -- The U.S. Senior Women's National Basketball Team doesn't lose often. They're the easy bet to win, and typically in blowout fashion. In fact, this is a team so strong and with such a winning tradition, that the media all too often treats their victories as something less than newsworthy.
PARIS -- Hours after losing today's international tournament exhibition game to the French Women's National Team, 76-72, at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris, USA Basketball whittled its roster for the upcoming 2014 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Women to 13 finalists. With just one preparatory game ahead in Prague on Tuesday, Sept. 23, the U.S. has until Sept. 25 to cut its final roster to 12 players.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- USA Basketball manages to be the most dominant basketball program on the world scene despite having little time to evaluate talent, and less practice time to mold that talent into a functional unit on the court. Senior Women's National Team head coach Geno Auriemma’s goal over the last few weeks of training camp in Delaware and Connecticut was twofold: experiment with on-court player combinations, and figure out how to cut the team’s final roster to 12 before the FIBA Women's World Basketball Championship begins September 27 in Turkey.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore highlights the 2014
All-WNBA First Team, the WNBA announced today. Moore was a unanimous First Team
selection by all 38 voters and finished as the leading vote-getter with 180
Moore, the 2014 WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Samsung, set WNBA records
with 12 games of 30-plus points and four consecutive games of 30 or more points.
In addition, she posted a career-high 48 points versus the Atlanta Dream on July
PHOENIX, ARIZ. - The Phoenix Mercury survived what could be their toughest challenge in the playoffs, using a fourth quarter rally to defeat the Minnesota Lynx 96-78 in game three of the Western Conference Finals Tuesday night.
Diana Taurasi soared after a rough shooting performance on Sunday, making 12 of 17 shots for 31 points, which included a half-court shot at the end of the third quarter that ignited both the team and the crowd. Brittney Griner hit 9 of 12 attempts for 22 points for Phoneix.
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - The Minnesota Lynx extended their season for 48 hours with their second come-from-behind win in the post-season, beating the Phoenix Mercury 82-77 in game two of the Western Conference Finals on Sunday.
Maya Moore lead the Lynx with 32 points, while Seimone Augustus had 23 and Lindsay Whalen added 17. It was a true team effort by the hosts.
"We had a rough start scoring, but the rest of the quarters we won, and that's what matters," Moore said.
Playoff games are supposed to contain memorable performances and the first game of the Western Conference Finals certainly did that, although not in the usual way. Phoenix 85-71 victory over defending champion Minnesota will be remembered for a performance that is very rarely seen, especially in big games. Minnesota’s all-everything, WNBA Most Valuable Player, Maya Moore had a bad game. For one of the very few times in memory, Moore did not step up and take over in a key game. She was smothered by the Phoenix defense and in foul trouble, but the most unusual im