The Washington Mystics beat the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night 86-79 and became the first team to seal a spot in the 2019 playoffs. But the Mystics didn't coast to their fifth straight victory, facing a heavy challenge against the Lynx in Minneapolis. There were nine lead changes and 11 ties, and though Minnesota led at halftime, its advantage was just two points. The Lynx finally achieved some separation by the third quarter and led by six points heading into the final frame. But Natasha Cloud, Elena Delle Donne and Emma Meesseman scored significant portions of their final totals in the fourth quarter, sparking a 30-17 Mystics run to take the game. Ariel Atkins led all scorers with 18 points,
On a day when Joe Tsai acquired his own NBA team and arena, his WNBA club suffered its seventh straight loss ... and in heartbreaking form. The Liberty, which Tsai bought in January from James Dolan, had a two-point lead over the Dallas Wings with 1:43 to go but the Texas team rallied and came away with a 83-77 win Friday night at the College Park Center on the University of Texas at Arlington campus. The Liberty has now lost 10 of its last 11 after a promising start. Isabelle Harrison's basket with 40.4 seconds left gave Dallas a 76-75 lead. Arike Ogunbowale, who added 21 points for the Wings (9-17), followed with three consecutive free throws and Gray added a pair to make it 81-75 with 17.4
PHOENIX — DeWanna Bonner had 27 points and 13 rebounds to help the short-handed Phoenix Mercury snap a three-game skid with a 77-68 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Friday night. Camille Little's jump shot in the final minute of the third quarter sparked an 18-4 Mercury run that ended at 67-62 with 6:24 left in the game. The Dream closed the deficit to 70-66 before Phoenix pulled away for good with seven straight points. The Mercury's Brittney Griner served the second of her three-game suspension. Diana Taurasi (hamstring), Essence Carson (calf), Sancho Lyttle (knee) and Alanna Smith (ankle) were out with injuries for Phoenix (12-13). The Dream (5-21) led most of the way and took control late
Sun rally late to stun Storm Shekinna Stricklen scored 24 points and made a pair of free throws with 4.3 seconds left to help the Connecticut Sun rally from a late seven-point deficit and beat the Seattle Storm 79-78 on Friday night. Connecticut (18-8) was down 76-69 with 1:47 left before closing the game on a 10-2 run capped by Stricklen's two free throws. Alyssa Thomas added 17 points, 11 rebounds and five steals, including one to seal the game after Stricklen's free throws. Seattle (14-13) had its largest lead at 61-48 late in the third quarter, but Stricklen scored nine points during Connecticut's 10-2 run to close the period. Natasha Howard scored 27 points on 11-of-15 shooting and grabbed
Allie Quigley scored 26 points to help the Chicago Sky beat Los Angeles 91-81 to pull into a tie for fourth place with the Sparks on Friday night. Courtney Vandersloot added 17 points and nine assists, Astou Ndour and Diamond DeShields had 11 points each, and Stefanie Dolson scored 10 for the Sky (15-10). Vandersloot scored six points while Chicago closed the game on an 11-2 run after Candace Parker's basket pulled the Sparks (15-10) within 80-79 with 2:56 left. The Sky led by 17 in the first half, but the Sparks erased the deficit when Chiney Ogwumike's basket gave Los Angeles a 64-63 lead with 1:25 to go in the third quarter. Chicago retook the lead 21 seconds later and never trailed again.
Nahhh. The New York Liberty, Joe Tsai's other team, tried to snap their four-game losing streak on Tuesday night, but the Minnesota Lynx kept the bad times going with a 16 point win. NY has two more games to go on this road trip before coming home. The opponent tonight will be the Dallas Wings. Tsai bought the Liberty from James Dolan early this year. Friday of course, he agreed to pay a grand total of $3.5 billion for the Nets and Barclays Center earlier Friday Where to follow the game CBS Sports Network is the place to be, and for those of us who have DirecTV, we'll be able to watch the game. Tip off after 8 PM. Injuries Asia Durr is doubtful with a groin injury while Amanda Zahui B is questionable.
Hours before the Aug. 6. trade deadline, the Dallas Wings (8-17) traded Theresa Plaisance to the Connecticut Sun (17-8). It was an opportunity for Plaisance to join a team that has established itself as a championship contender this season. Yet just over a week later, Plaisance couldn't help but get emotional when reminiscing about her fans in Dallas. “They made me feel like I was a WNBA All-Star. They made me feel like I was the best player in the whole league," Plaisance said while fighting back tears in a phone interview with The Dallas Morning News. "They really made me feel like I was at home, every single time. It was a real honor to play for them. They were a really supportive fanbase,
These discursive patterns focusing on archetypes of Black victimhood and White saviors are exhausting. Most importantly, it is not beneficial to the larger ongoing liberation struggle for gender, race, or labor equality in the United States. It detours us from critiquing the way capitalism exploits all-Black athletic bodies — especially women's bodies. Yes, we should focus on the visible lines of disparity demarcation, such as gender and race, yet it is our fear of discussing how class, wealth, and privilege are amassed, distributed, and reproduced in this country that cripples our ability to move toward equitable wage policy strategically. Capitalism creates dramatic class and earning divisions,
What a week it has been in the 'W'! Between fights, buzzer beaters, and rookies breaking out (this Rookie of the Year race is becoming too close to call), there is a lot you might have missed in the WNBA this week. This week's Report Card breaks down some of the most important moments, and some key grades, from around the league. Connecticut Sun - Grade B- This Connecticut team is confusing. Seeing as we're grading teams, the Sun are like the pupil that does brilliantly in English but cannot be bothered when it comes to Maths! This season, the team has won 11 games at home and only lost one, however, their form on the road is another story. With just six wins and seven losses away from the Mohegan
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Napheesa Collier wanted to make her mark as a rookie for the Minnesota Lynx. With nine games left in the regular season, she's done just that, putting herself on the short list of candidates for the WNBA Rookie of the Year award. "It was a goal of mine coming in," Collier said of winning the award. "Something I wanted to strive for coming into the league. It's something I think about in that sense, but not during the game. I'm just trying to do whatever I can to help this team win." Collier has made an impact on the court, averaging 11.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists. The sixth pick in the draft has done that while adjusting from the position she's played in the
While the short-handed Phoenix Mercury are mired in their roughest stretch of the season, that situation is still not as bad as what the Atlanta Dream are going through. The Mercury can avoid a season-high fourth straight loss by extending the visiting Dream's season-high losing streak to 11 games Friday night. Trying to remain in playoff position, Phoenix (11-13) lost for the fifth time in six games Wednesday night, 78-71 to Connecticut at home.
LAS VEGAS — Dearica Hamby had 23 points and 16 rebounds, Liz Cambage added 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and the Las Vegas Aces held off the Atlanta Dream 94-90 on Tuesday night. Kelsey Plum sank a pull-up jumper from the free-throw line with 15.8 seconds left to give Las Vegas a 92-88 lead. Tiffany Hayes was off on a long 3-pointer at the other end and Kayla McBride sealed it at the line. McBride scored 21 points, with five 3-pointers, for Las Vegas (17-9). Jackie Young chipped in with 17 points and Plum was the lone Aces starter not in double figures with nine. Atlanta (5-20) has lost 10 straight games, its longest streak since a 4-30 season in 2010. Jessica Breland scored 18 points
Ca.Parker 2-9 0-0 5, Gray 8-17 7-7 25, N.Ogwumike 6-10 4-6 16, Ruffin-Pratt 6-8 4-4 16, Wiese 1-7 0-0 2, Beard 4-5 1-1 10, C.Ogwumike 2-6 1-2 5, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Vadeeva 1-8 0-0 2. Totals 30-71 17-20 81. DeShields 2-6 6-6 11, Dolson 4-11 0-0 10, Ndour 5-9 0-0 11, Quigley 9-16 4-4 26, Vandersloot 7-12 1-1 17, Ch.Parker 2-5 2-2 6, Copper 1-3 0-0 3, G.Williams 1-3 0-1 2, Samuelson 1-2 2-3 5. Totals 32-67 15-17 91. 3-Point Goals_Los Angeles 4-17 (Gray 2-5, Beard 1-1, Ca.Parker 1-4, Vadeeva 0-1, N.Ogwumike 0-1, Ruffin-Pratt 0-2, Wiese 0-3), Chicago 12-28 (Quigley 4-9, Vandersloot 2-3, Dolson 2-6, Samuelson 1-2, DeShields 1-2, Copper 1-3, Ndour 1-3). Fouled Out_N.Ogwumike. Rebounds_Los Angeles 27 (N.Ogwumike
Liberty-Wings Preview The Associated Press Coming off her best game of the season, Arike Ogunbowale looks to further bolster her WNBA Rookie of the Year credentials Friday night when the Dallas Wings host the New York Liberty. The fifth overall pick, Ogunbowale is locked in a tight contest with Minnesota center Napheesa Collier for rookie of the year honors, with their distinctive play within the teams' respective constructs creating debate. Ogunbowale, who leads all rookies with 16.1 points per game - also good for seventh overall in the league - has been asked to shoulder the scoring load for Dallas (8-17) with the season-long absence of Skylar Diggins-Smith after she gave birth to her first
The Chicago Sky will be without a key part of their starting lineup Friday night when they face the Los Angeles Sparks in a game crucial to both teams' hopes of finishing in the top four. The Sky (14-10), who are facing the Sparks (15-9) for the second time in five days after suffering an 84-81 loss in Los Angeles on Sunday, saw Jantel Lavender suffer a fractured left foot in their 87-84 victory at Las Vegas last Friday. Lavender averaged 10 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds while starting all but one of Chicago's first 23 games.