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.
Nothing was going to stop Maya Moore from leading another comeback victory for the Minnesota Lynx.
Moore, a 2015 candidate for Most Valuable Player, scored a season-high 36 points to highlight an 84-82 Lynx win over the Atlanta Dream Friday night at Philips Arena. Trailing by 16 midway through the third quarter, Minnesota (18-6) rallied for their sixth come-from-behind victory after trailing by double-digits.
"I'm just glad the ball was going in," Moore said. "We still have some growing to do, but we have what it takes to get there."
In case any of you were concerned, the Minnesota Lynx clinched a playoff berth for a fifth straight year. After an 83-76 win over the San Antonio Stars Tuesday night at Target Center, the Lynx have 11 games left to solidify their playoff seeding, and based on their win over the Stars, finding solid ground won't be difficult.
The Minnesota Lynx were thin at guard in Friday night's match with the Atlanta Dream at Target Center, but their tenacity was too thick to crack, as they cruised to an 86-70 win.
Minnesota guard Anna Cruz did not play due to an ankle sprain she suffered in Wednesday's game against Los Angeles. Renee Montgomery took her spot in the starting lineup and delivered her most dazzling display of distribution this season, getting six points and nine assists.
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.
We're nearing the end of July, but the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tune "Christmas All Over Again" might be commonplace around the Twin Cities for the next few days.
The winter holiday drew several mentions as the Minnesota Lynx officially introduced Sylvia Fowles through a press conference on Tuesday at the team's Mayo Clinic Square practice facility. Head coach Cheryl Reeve aimed to temper the festivities when she was asked if Fowles' arrival was akin to Christmas, but Fowles needed multiplication to symbolize her emotion.
Rumors of Sylvia Fowles seeking to play for the Minnesota Lynx were realized on Monday morning.
Minnesota, along with the Atlanta Dream and Chicago Sky, announced a three-team trade that is easily the biggest transaction of the season. Minnesota landed Fowles, sending Damiris Dantas, Reshanda Gray and their 2016 first-round draft pick to Atlanta. Erika de Souza, once a Dream cornerstone, was traded to the Sky. Chicago also sent their 2016 second-round pick to Minnesota.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- The West overcame a slow start on Saturday to sink the East, 117-112, reclaiming the WNBA All-Star title beyond a record-breaking 30-point performance and a personal 8-0 late-game run by Minnesota Lynx star and former University of Connecticut stand-out Maya Moore. Moore, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player, joined Lisa Leslie as one of the only two players to have captured regular-season, WNBA Finals and All-Star MVP honors; Leslie remains the only player in league history to have accomplished the feat in a single season (2001).
During the Los Angeles Sparks' game against defending champion Phoenix Mercury earlier this week, the Staples Center emcee started belting out a familar refrain fairly early in the action.
"JAN-tel LAV-ender!" he boomed, as the fifth-year forward put up another two points. She would lead the Sparks to victory with 19 points and 11 rebounds - her ninth double-double of the season, which ties her for first in the WNBA.