LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - The New York Liberty won the "test of wills" with the Los Angeles Sparks Wednesday, holding them off for the 66-64 win.
Tina Charles had 31 points and 15 rebounds for the Liberty, while Cappie Pondexter added 16 points. Nneka Ogwumike was the high scorer for the Sparks, with 23 points. Jantel Lavender had 16 and Kristi Toliver, 13. Los Angeles All-Star forward Candace Parker sat out with a left knee strain, and is day to day.
Phoenix Mercury all-star center Brittney Griner and and Tulsa Shock all-star forward Glory Johnson were arrested yesterday afternoon at their home in Goodyear, Ariz., for assault and disorderly conduct, according to police. The two, who were engaged to be married, began arguing verbally, and the altercation became physical, reports say.
Griner, one of three highly-touted players to be drafted by the WNBA in 2013, was the league's all-defensive player of the year last season. Johnson has played for the Shock since being drafted in 2012.
How do you make a talent-rich team even more lucrative? The Minnesota Lynx offered a possible solution in the 2015 WNBA Draft, using a middling first-round draft pick as a means of attracting an established athlete.
No one was exactly sure what the Lynx would do on draft day. They held the 11th overall pick in a shallow field, mock boards had no consensus on who would join them, and there was even talk about deferring their pick for a long-term option.
At the start of April, fanfare surrounding the 2015 WNBA Draft was equivalent to the excitement of filing taxes. Two weeks later, the possibilities are now very tantalizing. The early declarations of Notre Dame star Jewell Loyd and Minnesota standout Amanda Zahui B. give Seattle and Tulsa a very favorable stance, giving them instant impact players to help their cause.
The landscape of the 2015 WNBA Draft changed dramatically when Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame and Amanda Zahui B. of Minnesota both announced they would forgo their remaining NCAA eligibility, in turn making them eligible draftees. Their early departures gave what was considered a relatively weak draft class a much-needed infusion of star power. Both players are cornerstone pieces that franchises can build on or around and should pencil into the top two slots on the draft board.
On April 16, Elizabeth Williams - a soon-to-be Duke University graduate and sure-fire Blue Devils basketball all-time great - will be named as one of the top picks in the 2015 WNBA draft. She might even go No. 1 overall.
TAMPA, Fla.--Four-time Olympic gold-medalist and three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie will be enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2015, the Hall announced today at a press event held in Indianapolis, Indiana, site of the men's NCAA Final Four. The highly decorated 6-5 center, perhaps best known as the first woman to throw down a dunk in a WNBA game and who is also scheduled to be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame on June 13, 2015, was the lone woman among the 11-member induction class.
ISTANBUL -- To the disappointment of a crowd of 7,000 highly partisan fans at Fenerbahçe Arena in Istanbul, Australia roared out to a 17-0 lead over the host country Turkey and never looked back, finishing with a 74-44 win to take the bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA World Basketball Championship for Women on Sunday.
“I’m very proud of the way this team played together and fought,” said Australian guard Penny Taylor (Phoenix Mercury). “They put their bodies on the line and gave it everything they got.”