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.
The message from a group of fans came through to Phoenix Mercury star center Brittney Griner loud and clear Thursday night: We appreciate what you've done.
As part of the Los Angeles Sparks' gay and lesbian pride night - following suit with most other WNBA teams this season - they hosted a post-game "meet and greet" session with opposing player Griner. The 6-foot-8 All-Star made headlines last year when she came out as a lesbian.
As the fourth quarter of last weekend's WNBA All-Star game wound down, Atlanta Dream rookie Shoni Schimmel wound up.
Down the stretch, and into the overtime period, Schimmel put up 13 of her game-high 29 points. It seemed at times that she couldn't miss, as she threw up improbable shots that drained the net.
When all was said and done, Schimmel had lead the East to the win, broke the game scoring record and was crowned MVP of the day. As she hoisted the trophy to a loudly-cheering crowd, the court around her was flooded.
What a WNBA All-Star Game and weekend! It was the first overtime game in WNBA All-Star history, Griner slammed down yet another dunk, and rookie Shoni Schimmel put on one of the greatest shows in the history of this summer classic. Just what the doctor ordered to continue to build awareness of just how great this league is!
For the first half of the WNBA season, the Washington Mystics could be deciphered as baffling by observers who expected a more competitive team in 2014. One explanation for their 10-13 record is ongoing efforts to build chemistry, as the roster was significantly retooled from 2013, leaving only four returning players. Then there is the age issue, as seven players this year are in their first or second seasons.
Any questions about how new Los Angeles Sparks coach Penny Toler would run the team were answered with one word Monday: intensity.
It came up over and over, from both Toler and Sparks players, and looks to be the new theme of the season.
"The intensity was great," Toler said Monday, after her first practice as head coach. "The players know I'm an intense person. I told them, I'm expecting their best. They're going to have to match my effort, or we're not going to win. I'm going to give them all I've got, and I expect them to give me all they've got."
PHOENIX - Records fell like the shots did in Saturday’s 2014 WNBA All-Star Game, the first ever to go to overtime, with the East ultimately prevailing over the West, 125-124, in the highest scoring All Star event in league history.
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 17th group of inductees, the Class of 2015, today during the WNBA All-Star game at US Airways Center in Phoenix. The six members of the Class of 2015 are: Janeth Arcain (player), Kurt Budke (coach, posthumously), Gail Goestenkors (coach), Janet Harris (player), Lisa Leslie (player), and Brad Smith (coach).
With another great week of basketball, WNBA action continues to thrive. Perhaps the most exciting game of the past week was the Atlanta Dream’s thrilling overtime win against the Chicago Sky. Chicago has been struggling to get wins lately, and their Olympian Sylvia Fowles missed a game winner literally under the goal, uncontested. Sometimes the easiest shots are the hardest. It’s a guarantee that Big Syl didn’t sleep too well after that game. Here are two more exciting games amongst many for you to catch before you tune in to watch this weekend’s WNBA All-Star bonanza.