Wednesday night's game between the Los Angeles Sparks and Minnesota Lynx at Target Center featured something old and something new.
The old was another duel between Sylvia Fowles and Candace Parker, the top two picks from the 2008 WNBA Draft. The new was a change in scenery for Fowles, taking part in her first game for the Lynx. Parker also appeared for the first time in 2015 after a leave of absence for the first half of the season.
Entering Saturday night's game between the Phoenix Mercury and Minnesota Lynx at Target Center, Brittney Griner was the focal point, returning from a seven-game suspension for her domestic violence incident with then-fiancé Glory Johnson in April.
Minnesota's defense stole the headline for the game, applying a stingy sort for a 71-56 win. The Lynx (7-2) forced 20 turnovers that led to 24 points, thanks to fluent reading of passing lanes and a few swipes at Mercury (3-5) players who were stumped by a rejuvenated squad.
With last year's WNBA Championship Phoenix Mercury team dismantled, the Minnesota Lynx seemed the obvious choice to replace them in the dominating spot.
In an offseason that saw numerous trades and a year so far that features many key player absences due to overseas committments, the Lynx are one of the few squads where all but one on the roster is present. They are arguably the deepest team in the league, and their core starters have played together for years, collecting two league titles in the last four seasons.
Anyone who successfully predicted that Tricia Liston would be the game's high scorer in Thursday night's contest between the Seattle Storm and Minnesota Lynx should consider being a psychic.
For Liston, her career-high 15 points foretold a 94-70 win for the Lynx at Target Center. The second-year small forward from Duke had made just one of eight three-pointers in the first two games of the season. On Thursday, Liston was off to another rough start, but after calming herself and squaring up properly, her long-distance stroke caught Seattle (1-2) unprepared.
*Eliminated in Western Conference Finals by Phoenix
The Minnesota Lynx have emerged as the preseason favorite to win the 2015 WNBA championship, if only because they have managed to avoid the melodrama enveloping other teams during a highly tumultuous off-season period. The Lynx acted quickly when they learned Janel McCarville would sit out for the season, making a trade with the Sun to bring Asjha Jones on board.
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 combi