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Dream hope that effort in loss is a sign of things to come

Dream hope that effort in loss is a sign of things to come

Renee Montgomery splits the defense to score. Brian Savage Photo.
Renee Montgomery splits the defense to score. Brian Savage Photo.

Coach Nicki Collen wasn’t liking what she was seeing from her Atlanta Dream this past Sunday.

The team was coming off of three straight blowout losses and a week of practices where they’d stepped back into fundamentals. They were hosting the league-best Connecticut Sun, with whom they usually match up well. But Collen saw the same thing on the floor that she’d seen for the previous 10 days: listless play.

“The first three and a half minutes looked like the last three games,” she said.

So Collen pulled all but starter Tiffany Hayes and put four reserve players on the court with her. Then slowly, Atlanta began to crawl back.

They were behind 12 points at halftime, and in the third quarter both starters and reserves worked together to chip away at Connecticut’s lead, trimming it to as little as three points midway through, and maintaining a four-point gap for almost two game minutes.

The fourth quarter was much the same, as the Dream clamped down with the defensive intensity got them within a couple buckets of the WNBA finals last year. They held the Sun to 28 percent shooting, as the two teams were tied at 57 for 2:37. Though the visitors escaped with a 65-59 win, Collen said she felt like Atlanta turned a corner in the match up.

“The four we brought out played with a different energy, and the starters responded to that – it pulled everybody up,” she said. “Then we played like a dream team.”

Collen is heartened, though she said work lies ahead.

“I feel like we are headed down the right path with that, but we could use a good first quarter,” she said.

The rough 1-4 start from a team that finished the 2018 regular season on a 15-2 run wasn’t what anyone expected, even considering All-Star forward Angel McCoughtry is still out as she rehabs from a torn ACL she suffered last August. Seven other players are back, with plenty of veteran experience and a strong camaraderie.

Tiffany Hayes tries to get around Jewell Loyd. Brian Savage Photo.
Tiffany Hayes tries to get around Jewell Loyd. Brian Savage Photo.

But injuries began calling two days before this year’s opener, when Hayes rolled her ankle. She has able to play sparingly, but has averaged 9.2 points per game, down from a team-best 17.2 in 2018. Forward Jessica Breland has been slowed by a groin injury, and guard Alex Bentley has been hampered by a pulled quadricep. Forward Monique Billings missed a game with a hip issue.

“Not that the injuries are an excuse for our performance, but it has all affected us getting into a rhythm,” veteran guard Renee Montgomery said.

Last season Atlanta allowed opponents 80 or more points only eight times; this year that number is already four games. Offensively, they are shooting a league-worst 36.6 percent, and are grabbing only 10.2 offensive rebounds per game. These two factors hobble the precision that the Dream’s defense relies upon in the half court. The under-performing offense isn’t just failing to score: it’s effectively neutralizing their biggest strength.

Nicki Collen conducts a timeout. Brian Savage Photo.
Nicki Collen conducts a timeout. Brian Savage Photo.

Another factor in their rocky beginning has been a mental downward spiral, according to Collen. After winning their first game, Atlanta hosted the defending champion Seattle Storm, who are down two starters, and they lost to the titleholders by 16 points. The next day they were in Washington D.C. taking on the team that beat them in last year’s playoff semifinals, in their newly-remodeled arena. The Mystics drubbed the Dream, 96-75.

Two losses within 24 hours took a toll.

“Frankly, we let those (match ups) get to us in the next game,” Collen said.

Five days later, the Las Vegas Aces routed Atlanta on their home court, 92-69. By the time they took on the Sun, Collen said she was “looking for signs of life” from her team.

“Once the bench players got everyone back in it, we competed at the level I expect us to compete at every single day,” she said. “We found a way to take it from a 12-point game to a four-point game, and then a tie game.”

The second-year coach was heartened.

“Sure, it was a disappointed locker room, but they had to be proud of how they competed,” she said. “It became not about effort, but execution, and that’s always better.”

Collen knows that the Dream need to clean up play on both sides of the floor.

“We need good synergy, and we need to guard some people,” she said. “It’s important that a team has synergy, both offensively and defensively.”

But the road won’t get easier.

Nia Coffey ascends to score. Brian Savage Photo.
Nia Coffey ascends to score. Brian Savage Photo.

Atlanta is integrating third-year forward Nia Coffey into the rotation, as well as rookie forward Marie Gulich. Collen moved guard Brittney Sykes to the bench against Connecticut because her shooting percentage is down. And soon Bentley will leave for three weeks for Eurobasket competition, where she plays for Belarus.

“We have to find a way to get over the hump,” Collen said. “I believe in them.”

So does Montgomery.

She pointed to last summer, when the Dream began 8-9 before going on an eight-game winning streak and losing only two more games before the playoffs.

“Before we went on that run, we had no idea we were about to do it,” Montgomery said. “We are 1-4 right now, but there’s no reason to panic. We’ve been playing in one gear, and we have to shift to a high gear.”

Brittney Sykes lays it up and in. Brian Savage Photo.
Brittney Sykes lays it up and in. Brian Savage Photo.

Atlanta players formed close bonds last season, and had a good balance between working hard and having fun with each other. Montgomery said that foundation will help the returning core and the new players “figure each other out” this year.

“I always think we’re going to come together – I’m always optimistic,” Montgomery said. “We turned a corner last year, and we have to keep doing that.

The Dream travels to Dallas Saturday to take on the Wings.

Travis Lund contributed to this report

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Eye-opening results

Eye-opening results

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Wings lose to Fever 76-72, fall to 0-5

Wings lose to Fever 76-72, fall to 0-5

Allisha Gray tries to escape the defense of Kelsey Mitchell and Candice Dupree. Jim Cowsert/NBAE via Getty Images.
Allisha Gray tries to escape the defense of Kelsey Mitchell and Candice Dupree. Jim Cowsert/NBAE via Getty Images.

Arlington, Texas – The losing woes continue for the Dallas Wings, as they dropped a close one to the Indiana Fever Thursday, 76-72. The Wings are now 0-5.

Candice Dupree led the visitors with 20 points, including 16 in the second half, to secure the win. Fever coach Pokey Chatman said having Dupree on the court helped the team withstand runs from Wings.

“She has a calming effect when the ball touches her,” Chatman said. “Things slow down and her confidence and poise, even when things aren’t going well. At the end of the day, it was nice to win the game….we had to really gut it out.”

Indiana dominated the boards throughout the game, holding a 27-14 advantage at the half, and ending the game with 16 offensive boards. Four players put up double-digit points and two, double-digit rebounds. Kelsey Mitchell added 18 points, Natalie Achonwa, scored 11 points and grabbed 10 boards, and Eric Wheeler chipped in 10 points. Dupree said the Fever had to be concerned with Dallas even more so because they were winless.

“They’ll do anything to try to get a win, and this team is really athletic, scrappy. No quit in them,” Dupree said. “And I think they made some big runs and we were able to withstand that and pull out the win.”

The Wings were led by Kayla Thornton, who put up a career-high 19 points and grabbed seven boards. Theresa Plaisance and Imani McGee-Stafford each added 12 points, and Allisha Gray scored 10. Coach Brian Agler said the loss really hurt Thornton, but the overall team effort is what he likes to see.

“She put her heart into this game,” Agler said of Thornton. “When I talk about some of intangibles, the traits of a championship team that is where you start. I like how that last group played, and that is a starting point for us.”

That group included Thornton, Gray, McGee-Stafford, Plaisance and Brooke McCarty-Williams – the last three of which came off the bench. Plaisance said Dallas is still trying to come together as a team.

“It’s just about being consistent and our effort being consistent, our offense being consistent. Once we find it, I think that we’ll start having longer runs and get those runs a lot faster,” she said. “Our effort is there, and I think we have a competitive group that’s willing to do what it takes so we’re going to come out the next game with even more fire because we’re ready to win.”

Dallas moves on to the second game of their three-game home stand against the Atlanta Dream, who have not won again since facing the Wings in their home opener.

Injuries are hitting the Wings now, who are already without All-Star point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith. Tayler Hill will be out indefinitely after knee surgery, and rookie sensation Arike Ogunbowale, who sprained her ankle in a game over the weekend, is day-to-day. Forward Glory Johnson leaves for the Eurobasket tournament Sunday.

Today Dallas re-signed rookie forward Megan Gustafson, who was cut the day before the season began. She will suit up Saturday against Atlanta.

Consistency is what is missing in Dallas to begin the year. Thornton said she has faith that the team will push through and get on the right track.

“With all that we have going on, my faith is just really high and we all have to keep believing in ourselves. I have to step up and take charge,” she said. “This group can do many things but we have to find it within our hearts to do it. I have to dig within myself to lead it.”

Dallas will host the Dream Sunday and the Phoenix Mercury Thursday. The Fever will host the Chicago Sky Sunday and then will travel to Atlanta to face the Dream June 19.

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The intensity continues

The intensity continues

Today’s result:

The Fever got past the Wings, 76-72, in a very physical match up. Dallas is 0-5.

Tomorrow’s game schedule:

The Mystics will host the Storm for a finals rematch that will look much different.

Sun at Lynx preview

Sparks at Mercury preview

Liberty at Aces preview

WNBA team news:

Superb defense has lifted the Sun to the top of the league standings.

The Dream hope their effort in their recent loss is a sign of things to come.

For offensive leaders Washington, points are coming three at a time.

The Wings have signed Megan Gustafson, finally coming to their senses.

After receiving an emergency salary cap hardship extension, the Sky have signed forward Victoria Macaulay.

WNBA player news:

Jasmine Thomas is the glue that holds Connecticut together.

Diana Taurasi celebrated her birthday this week with a return to non-contact practice.

Natasha Cloud has called for a media blackout to raise awareness around shootings in southeast Washington D.C.

Chiney Ogwumike: becoming more.

They want Han Xu to be the next Yao Ming, but what does she want?

Arike Ogunbowale is enjoying the beginning of her WNBA career.

Why Tamika Catchings is competing on “American Ninja Warrior.”

WNBA coach news:

Cheryl Reeve insists that the Lynx’s offense is improving, despite their recent losses.

The Sparks are feeling the flow of coach Derek Fisher’s new offense.

College coach news:

Muffet McGraw is a powerful voice for women’s equality.

Oakland has promoted Crystal Davis to assistant coach.

Ryan Larsen is a new assistant coach at Wyoming.

FGCU’s new assistant coach is Shannon Murphy.

Nakeia Guiden has returned to Central Arkansas as an assistant coach.

High school news:

Well-traveled Lauren Betts is headed to Chile with the USA’s U16 team

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MVP candidate Jonquel Jones talks growth, experience and life lessons

MVP candidate Jonquel Jones talks growth, experience and life lessons

Jonquel Jones lays the ball up and in. Chris Poss photo.
Jonquel Jones lays the ball up and in. Chris Poss photo.

Not many players can hit two threes, a fade-away 13-footer over All-Star Elena Della Donne, and an acrobatic up-and-under leaving her defender flat-footed, all in a single quarter.

But the Connecticut Sun are beginning to expect this kind of versatility from Jonquel Jones. In just her fourth year, Jones has already established herself as an MVP candidate, and a player who could lead the Sun to the WNBA finals.

Jones emerged, almost out of nowhere, as an impact player in 2017, earning an All-Star nod and showing remarkable guard skills for a player who stands 6-6. What she did not show that year, or in a slightly down 2018, was much of a game in the paint.

That has changed this season.

Entering the year in the best shape of her career, and with another winter of international experience at the highest level, Jones has shown knee-buckling post moves on offense, and much-improved interior defense. Perhaps most importantly, she has become the “rim-protector” that Sun coach Curt Miller has been hoping to find for a long time.

Jones has blocked 21 shots in eight games, leading the WNBA in that category, and is on track to break 100 for the year. Only Brittney Griner and Margo Dydek have blocked 100 or more shots in a season.

The Bahamas native leads the league in rebounds (12.1) and blocks per game (2.6). She is fourth in scoring (17.8 ppg) and she shoots 50 percent from the field.

Not only does she lead her team in points, blocks and steals, but also in free throw percentage (86.5, up from 67.1 in 2018) and field goal percentage.

Her all-around game puts her in a rare group of tall players who can do it all: Washington’s Della Donne, Phoenix’s DeWanna Bonner, LA’s Nneka Ogwumike and Seattle’s Breanna Stewart.

Jones answered questions after her team’s win over the Mystics this week.

Coming out of George Washington, you were a tall kid, who people thought could be good. But you weren’t on everybody’s national radar. And your first year in the league was just a first year. And then in 2017, you exploded onto the scene. What happened in that first summer?

First summer? Well, I went to Korea, I played for a really good coach. When I got there they were going on their fourth championship in a row. It was really tough. It was probably the hardest place I’ve ever played in terms of how our practices were, in terms of intensity. And that’s saying something coming out of college, because preseason in college is really intense, like summertime. I made a big jump, because my body, we just ran so much, that I was able to get into a different gear, and it showed me that I had a different gear that I could get to.There were a lot of times when I was in Korea that I wanted to go home. I would call my mother crying, like “I can’t do this no more, like I’m so tired.” And she was  like “Suck it up, suck it up! It’s going to make you better.” You know? And it did. So I credit that to the team at Woori Bank in Korea and the coaches there.

And did that just build confidence throughout the year when you started out so strong? What happened in that second year.

That second year, I think the big game for me was when we played in Chicago, and I just remember that a lot of things that I wanted to do just started to fall into place, you know? I think that was the point when I thought, “OK. I can really play in this league and do a lot of things that I really want to do. I belong, and I think it takes a while before you really feel like that as a younger player. And once you have that moment, it just gives you another level of confidence, and allows you to really just shine in your role. And that’s all I wanted to do coming into that season. I knew Chiney (Ogwumike) was out, and I just wanted to shine in my role, and just be the best that I could be for the team.

And then this year, what I’m seeing is a real post player. I mean your last bucket tonight was very different from anything you had ever done last year. And at the same time you’re suddenly a shot blocker, what (coach) Curt’s (Miller) been asking for. What was the breakthrough that made you so much better as a defender, so much better as a shot-blocker, this year?

Well, I guarded Brittney Griner all winter time! We were going at each other all the time in Russia. She was my teammate, so just guarding her. There was a lot of things that I wasn’t able to do: like block. I just had to get my hand up and, you know, just kind of hope she missed it. So when I’m seeing the other players, I’m like “Man, if I can get a close contest on Brittney, there’s no reason why I can’t block these shots. I think I just grew as a player in Russia as well. Emma Meesseman was on our team, BG like I said, Courtney Vandersloot, Kayla McBride. You know, the list goes on. There’s a lot of great European and Russian players as well. So just constant knowledge.

James Wade, the head coach in Chicago (who coaches in Russia during the winter), just constant knowledge and people constantly in your ear telling you ways to get better. And then of course it’s being competitive, because it’s basically All-Stars out there and you want to go out there and show that you belong and play hard. And because I had a Bosnian passport, and I had an issue with that, so I wasn’t able to play from the beginning of the season over there. So I was using every practice as like a game. So that just allowed me to really focus in and be locked in that way.

Jonquel Jones shoots over the Indiana Fever defense. Chris Poss photo.
Jonquel Jones shoots over the Indiana Fever defense. Chris Poss photo.

There’s shot blocking and then there’s general defense, and both seem to be a lot better this year. You have a lot more steals than every before – you may match your steal record in the first ten games – is that just better footwork, or is that the same deal, just playing against the best?

Partly playing against those people all winter. And then, now, I feel like I really understand the terminology, and I understand what teams are going to. This is my fourth year now, and there’s a lot of similarities in the league: there’s a lot of things that we do, and you can see, “Oh, they’re about to do that.” You kind of position yourself a little bit better. I think I better at understanding film. Because I think I was always good at getting on the court and being able to see things and feel it out a little bit. But now I can watch film and say, “OK, that’s what they’re trying to do, based on the stuff that we have.” These are the things that other teams do in this league. So because of that it just allows me to be in the right position, and it allows me to just really feel the game better.

So how did you end up with a Bosnian passport? Do you have any historical Bosnian connections?

No! Hey, you just gotta follow the money! Follow the money! [laughing].

That’s the deal with leaving the Bahamian team, too? More freedom to play in Europe?

Yeah. Financially, and playing in Europe. You have a very short time as a professional, and I want to be able to capitalize, as much as I love my country. I’m always going to be a Bahamian. I didn’t give up my passport. Financially, I just needed to put myself in a different tax bracket and do some things for my family and myself.

What do you think – and you may have answered this already – has been the primary thing you’ve learned since you entered the league?

Ooo. That’s a tough one. Biggest thing? That it’s a lot of great players, and the small things separate the wins from the losses. There’s a lot of close games in this league, so you’ve got to be able to do the small things.

And that’s sort of a theme for this team this year, right?

Yep.

What’s your primary role in this locker room?

Me? I think I’m one of the leaders on the team. I think Jazz [Jasmine Thomas] and AT [Alyssa Thomas] are like our primary people, but I think I’m right there after them. Just making sure everybody’s doing what they’re supposed to do. I think also one of my big roles is being sure the rookies just understand what’s expected of them and make sure that I talk to them and help them understand the terminology. Because I feel like maybe somebody could have did a better job of helping me to understand and just kind of lead me along. And so because of that I don’t want them to ever feel the way I felt as a rookie. It’s like feeling so deer-in-the-headlights, you know? I just want to help them along.

Who are you closest to on the team?

Whoa. That’s tough. I’m so close to so many people. That’s tough.

If you could tell a younger you something, what would you tell that person? It doesn’t have to be basketball, it could be anything?

Trust the process. It’s not always going to be what you think it should be. But just allow yourself to develop and grow. I think I’ve done a good job of that, but I think I could have been better. Man, that’s tough.  . . . And everybody that you think is for you, isn’t for you. That’s a big one.

You want to give me an example of that?

Naw!

Late in tonight’s game, that back-to-the-basket stuff. Is that something you’ve been working on, and how?

I feel that I can always score from the three-point line. And I think one of the things that will take my game to the next level is for me to score inside. Coach Awvee (Storey, assistant) has really been giving me help with that. We try to work on that almost every day after practice, and whenever we have time. Just feeling comfortable and just trusting some of the moves that I’m making. And it helps to have that reputation [shooting three’s] that you have that extra confidence in making that [inside] shot.

Are you at that point where sometime during a possession you can say “Give me the…..ball?”

Yeah. Most definitely. It’s interesting that you said that, because Amber (Cox), our GM gave me a book, and one of the chapters, it was a book by (soccer star) Abby Wambach, and chapter six was about that, how she played against one of these older players from the U.S. Olympic Team, and that’s one of the main things she said she learned in that chapter. And that’s something I’ve been getting better at. I probably won’t say it like that! I’ll say maybe “run this.”

Jonquel Jones and her teammates huddle at a pause in play. Chris Poss photo.
Jonquel Jones and her teammates huddle at a pause in play. Chris Poss photo.

Tell me about your interests outside of the game. What do you do in your free time?

I’m a gamer. I’m a huge gamer, just playing video games. Talk to family, because I’m not able to see them so much. That’s for sure. I like to spend time with my teammates, go to movies, have good food, stuff like that.

If you had an entirely free day and no monetary limitations? Totally free day, what would you do?

Financial isn’t a big thing. I think, more doing stuff that won’t void my contract. Like I’d go skydiving or something.  

Tell me something about you that most fans don’t know.

I’m a pretty decent singer. Pretty decent.

Are you going to do one of those for the arena video?

Naw. We gotta keep it in this room. Keep it private sometime, you know?

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Games and story lines

Games and story lines

Today’s results:

The Storm scored the last points of the game to beat the Mystics, 74-71.

The Sun clamped down on the Lynx, 85-81, for their fifth straight win.

The Sparks used a big third quarter to run by the Mercury, 85-68.

The Aces dominated the Liberty, 100-65.

Tomorrow’s game schedule:

Sky at Fever

Dream at Wings

Liberty at Sparks

WNBA news:

The league has reached a tipping point.

WNBA team news:

With Glory Johnson’s impending departure for Eurobasket, the Wings are making no excuses for last night’s loss.

WNBA player news:

Chelsea Gray has become the Sparks’ go-to player this year.

Q&A with Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike.

Tierra Ruffin-Pratt’s journey out west.

Betnijah Laney is getting her chance with Indiana.

Megan Gustafson is eager for a second chance with the WNBA.

The WNBA isn’t so easy for Napheesa Collier.

How former Liberty standout Sue Wicks lived out loud.

WNBA coach news:

Bill Laimbeer has lightened the mood for the Aces with shooting contests.

College player news:

Two players are leaving Siena.

College coach news:

Miami has extended coach Katie Meier’s contract through the 2024-2025 season.

A tale of Meier and her two dads.

Arizona has extended coach Adia Barnes’ contract through the 2023-2024 season.

Two assistant coaches have left West Virginia.

Charlotte has hired Nikki West as an assistant coach.

What the Lindsay Gottlieb hire means for women’s coaches, the NBA and Cal.

Remembering the legacy of Pat Summitt on her birthday.

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The year of inconsistency

The year of inconsistency

Got consistency? Good, because no WNBA team does.

Today’s result:

The Liberty notched their second win in a row with a 75-69 victory over the Lynx.

Tomorrow’s game schedule:

Fever at Wings

WNBA news:

The league’s TV ratings are up this year.

All-Star voting begins Friday.

The WNBA and Headspace have co-branded a category within the app together.

WNBA team news:

As the Wings look for their first win, they understand that growing pains are part of the process.

WNBA player news:

Elena Delle Donne: you gotta be you.

Chelsea Gray is putting it all together.

Jonquel Jones stars for the Sun.

Sami Whitcomb isn’t ready to slow down.

Napheesa Collier is adjusting well to the WNBA.

Jessica Shepard’s injury means more work for Collier.

College coach news:

The NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers have hired Cal coach Lindsay Gottlieb as an assistant coach.

Crystal Kelly returns to Tennessee Tech as an assistant coach.

Georgia State’s new assistant coach is Sherill Baker.

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Statement wins

Statement wins

Today’s results:

The Connecticut Sun made a statement with an 83-75 win over the Mystics.

Natasha Howard’s career-high 26 points propelled the Storm past the Fever, 84-82.

Diamond DeShields and Courtney Vandersloot led the Sky over the Mercury, 82-75.

Tomorrow’s game:

Lynx at Liberty

WNBA team news:

Connecticut is enjoying the full strength advantage.

The Lynx are adjusting to life without Jessica Shepard.

The league’s power rankings.

The AP’s power poll is much different.

WNBA coach news:

Jennifer Gillom’s return to the Mercury as a player development coach.

WNBA player news:

Opportunity abounds for Mercedes Russell with the short-handed Storm.

Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot continues to climb the all-time assists list.

Chicago rookie Katie Lou Samuelson is out indefinitely with a hand injury.

Sparks guard Chelsea Gray and new coach Derek Fisher are familiar with taking and making clutch shots.

WNBA coach news:

Bill Laimbeer is looking for more consistency from his Aces.

College news:

The Oregon Sports Authority is pushing for a Final Four there next decade.

College player news:

Suddenly a veteran, Maddie Wise is preparing for a larger role at Iowa State.

Megan Gustafson chronicles her pro basketball journey.

She and her TBT team have a tough road to 2 million.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby thinks all transfers should sit one year.

College coach news:

Life is slowing down for Kellie Harper at Tennessee after a quick start.

She attempted Pat Summitt’s legendary stare.

Coquese Washington is invigorated at the chance to help revive the Sooner program.

Chelsea Lyles has been elevated to associate head coach at FGCU.

Monica Wright is eager to learn from Tina Thompson as her assistant coach at Virginia.

Youngstown State’s new assistant coach is Autumn Rademacher.

Ashley Robinson has rejoined Penn as an assistant coach.

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The season remains unpredictable

The season remains unpredictable

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Sparks edge Lynx as big game day on tap

Sparks edge Lynx as big game day on tap

Today’s result:

The Sparks slipped past the Lynx, 89-85.

Lynx rookie Jessica Shepard sustained a knee injury during the game.

Tomorrow’s game schedule:

Sun at Dream

Aces at Liberty

Wings at Mystics

Mercury at Fever

Storm at Sky

WNBA player news:

Tattoo tales from Sky players.

Podcast with Chicago’s Stefanie Dolson.

High-scoring forward Alysha Clark has turned into a defensive stopper for the Storm.

Yvonne Turner is happy for her Eurobasket opportunity, but the Mercury come first.

Tamera Young’s girlfriend Mimi Faust, with her daughter, supported her during the Aces recent game in Atlanta.

A’ja Wilson is trying to grow into more of a leader in her second year in the WNBA.

Phoenix rookie Sophie Cunningham explains her short shorts.

Spotlight on Minnesota rookie Napheesa Collier.

Lindsay Whalen saw her jersey retired today.

Temeka Johnson will coach high school basketball.

WNBA coach news:

Pillow talk means basketball talk for new Sky coach James Wade and his wife.

WNBA commissioner news:

Q&A with incoming commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

WBHOF:

Seven were inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame today.

How conversation with Pat Summitt sparked Joan Cronan’s return to Tennessee.

College player news:

Sarah Bates will transfer from Kansas State.

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