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How a three minute trade altered the fates of two WNBA franchises

Tick, tock. Tick, tock. The Los Angeles Sparks were on the clock at the 2016 WNBA Draft and had three minutes to make a selection with the sixth overall pick. With the draft being held in their home arena, the Connecticut Sun were watching the Sparks more closely than any other team. Having already made two first-round selections, Connecticut wanted to make one more. And the team...
Via Excelle Sports
September 13, 2017

Sylvia Fowles named 2017 WNBA Most Valuable Player

The WNBA announced Thursday afternoon that Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles has won the 2017 Most Valuable Player award. The announcement came from Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota, two hours before Game 2 of the semifinal series between the Lynx and the Washington Mystics. Fowles received 35 out of 40 first-place votes. New York Liberty forward Tina Charles finished...
Via Excelle Sports
September 14, 2017

Lynx center Sylvia Fowles selected WNBA MVP

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles has been named the WNBA’s most valuable player. The league announced the award Thursday before the Lynx hosted Washington in Game 2 of their best-of-five semifinal series. Fowles received 35 of 40 first-place votes from a media panel. Fowles averaged 18.9 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks to lead the Lynx to a 27-7 record...
Via MyNorthwest.com
September 14, 2017

Lynx withstand Mystics to take commanding 2-0 series lead

The Lynx got all they could handle from the Washington Mystics in Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals, but ultimately prevailed 93-83. After blowing out the Mystics in Game 1, the Mystics came out much sharper and led 29-19 after the first quarter and 47-45 at the half. But the Lynx tightened their defense in the second half, holding Washington to just 33 points. [More from Excelle Sports...
Via Excelle Sports
September 15, 2017

Sparks cruise to Game 2 victory over Mercury

Long Beach — Playing at California State University, Long Beach, due to a Hall and Oates concert at the Staples center, the Los Angeles Sparks cruised to an 86-72 win over the Phoenix Mercury. The Sparks now lead the series 2-0, putting them one game away from the WNBA Finals and leaving Phoenix one game away from elimination. [More from Excelle Sports: Lynx withstand Mystics to...
Via Excelle Sports
September 15, 2017

Candace Parker helps Sparks beat Mercury 86-72 in Game 2

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker needed a lot of ice to get her ankle ready for Thursday night. And yet, it’s the Phoenix Mercury at risk of getting frozen out. Parker had 24 points and 13 rebounds — showing no effects of an injury — to help Los Angeles beat Phoenix 86-72 in Game 2 of a WNBA semifinal series. The defending champion Sparks have won...
Via MyNorthwest.com
September 15, 2017

Sparks backcourt duo becoming impossible to guard

We know about former MVP’s Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike. Alana Beard just won Defensive Player of the Year. But as the Los Angeles Sparks took a 2-0 series lead against the Phoenix Mercury Thursday night, something else became clear: the backcourt duo of Chelsea Gray and Odyssey Sims makes the Sparks offense nearly impossible to guard. Collectively, Sims and Gray can do it all...
Via Excelle Sports
September 15, 2017

Minnesota Lynx eliminate Washington Mystics, advance to WNBA Finals

The Minnesota Lynx eliminated the Washington Mystics Sunday and punched their ticket to the 2017 WNBA Finals. The Lynx won 81-70, finishing off a 3-0 sweep of the series. The six-seeded Mystics won two single elimination games to reach the WNBA semifinals, but were overwhelmed by the top-seeded Lynx. The Lynx got 21 points and five assists from Maya Moore. 2017 MVP Sylvia Fowles...
Via Excelle Sports
September 17, 2017

Sparks finish off Mercury, set up WNBA Finals rematch against Lynx

The Los Angeles Sparks eliminated the Phoenix Mercury with a 89-87 win and will move on to play the Minnesota Lynx in the 2017 WNBA Finals. The Sparks led the Phoenix Mercury 84-74 with under three minutes left, with a trip to the finals all but secured. But the Mercury went on a 13-3 run, including three triples from Diana Taurasi to tie the game at 87: But Candace Parker, who finished...
Via Excelle Sports
September 17, 2017

On their way up, the Mystics just saw what a genuine super team looks like

The Washington Mystics ripped up their roster in the offseason, and they did so with grand ambition. They brought in a former league MVP and crossover star in Elena Delle Donne. They brought in a point guard with championship pedigree in Kristi Toliver. They added long-distance shooters at almost every position. They were, The Post […]
Via DC Sports Blog
September 18, 2017

Washington Mystics swept by Minnesota Lynx ending WNBA Finals run

WASHINGTON -- The Minnesota Lynx are back in the WNBA Finals after completing a semifinal sweep of the Washington Mystics on Sunday. That doesn't mean it was
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
September 18, 2017

The WNBA Finals are finally here, ready yourself with top fan gear

For basketball fans, it’s the most wonderful time of the year: the WNBA Finals. All season long, the Minnesota Lynx and the Los Angeles Sparks have stood out from the pack. Now, what we’ve all been waiting for is finally here — the league’s best will battle it out once again in the best-of-five finals, starting Sunday, Sept. 24. Will the 2016 WNBA champions, the Los Angeles Sparks...
Via Excelle Sports
29 days ago

Excelle Talks Basketball: WNBA playoffs semifinals recap

The Excelle Sports basketball trio is back to recap, analyze, and breakdown the WNBA Semifinals, which saw the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks complete 3-0 sweeps to advance to the WNBA Finals. They go over how the Lynx and Sparks were able to eliminate the Washington Mystics and Phoenix Mercury, respectively. Along with closing the book on the semifinals, Pat, Eli, and Emma...
Via Excelle Sports
28 days ago

Wings’ Allisha Gray wins WNBA Rookie of Year award

NEW YORK (AP) — Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray is the WNBA Rookie of the Year. The league announced Tuesday that Gray received 30 votes from a national media panel while Atlanta Dream guard Brittney Sykes got 10. Gray averaged 13 points and 3.9 rebounds and led all rookies with 1.53 steals per game. The 6-foot Gray, who was the fourth pick in the draft, started all 34 games for...
Via MyNorthwest.com
29 days ago

Dallas Wings’ Allisha Gray is named WNBA Rookie of the Year

On Tuesday, the WNBA announced that Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray, 22, is officially the 2017 Rookie of the Year. The South Carolina alum started all 34 games with the Wings and led rookies in minutes played by averaging 27.2 minutes per game. This season, Gray helped her team improve its record from last year by five games as they finished the year with a 16-18 record. Gray’s...
Via Excelle Sports
28 days ago

Allisha Gray of Dallas Wings wins WNBA Rookie of the Year award

NEW YORK — Dallas Wings guard Allisha Gray is the WNBA Rookie of the Year. The league announced Tuesday that Gray received 30 votes from a national media panel while Atlanta Dream guard Brittney Sykes got 10. Gray averaged 13 points and 3.9 rebounds and led all rookies with 1.53 steals per game. The 6-foot Gray, who was the fourth pick in the draft, started all 34 games for the Wings...
Via The Denver Post
28 days ago

Connecticut Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller signs contract extension

Connecticut Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller has signed a contract extension through the 2021 season, the team announced on Tuesday. In his second season with the Sun, Miller helped lead Connecticut to a breakout 2017 season. After starting 1-5 and with little to no expectations of reaching the playoffs, Miller guided the Sun to a 21-13 record and its first playoff...
Via Excelle Sports
27 days ago

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

Last week, before a semifinal playoff game against the Washington Mystics, Sylvia Fowles sat on a small stage next to WNBA Commissioner Lisa Borders, calmly listening to Borders announce that the votes were in and Fowles was the 2017 WNBA MVP.While her teammates, coaches and media members applauded, Fowles, who was a front-runner for the prestigious award practically all season long...
Via Yardbarker
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Elena Delle Donne has WNBA’s top selling jersey for 2017

Four-time WNBA All-Star and Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne had the top selling jersey during the 2017 season, the league announced Thursday. The 2015 WNBA MVP, who completed her first season with the Mystics after spending the last four with the Chicago Sky, averaged 19.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. Delle Donne and the Mystics advanced...
Via Excelle Sports
26 days ago

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

The Finals we've all been waiting for is here. On Sunday, the Minnesota Lynx (1) and Los Angeles Sparks (2) will tip off a best-of-five series to see who will be crowned the 2017 WNBA champion.This is a rematch of last year's instant-classic in which the Sparks upset the Lynx in front of the Minnesota home crowd thanks to a Nneka Ogwumike offensive rebound and bucket in the final...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Excelle Sports’ WNBA experts break down the biggest questions of the long-awaited Finals rematch

The WNBA Finals matchup that everyone wanted is finally here. The Los Angeles Sparks and the Minnesota Lynx will compete in a best-of-five Finals series, starting with Game 1 this Sunday, Sept 24. We’ve assembled our Excelle Sports WNBA experts to bring you a panel-style preview that answers the biggest questions surrounding the finals rematch. Read what Emma, Eli and Pat think will...
Via Excelle Sports
26 days ago

Sylvia Fowles donating portion of MVP bonus to local charity

Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles announced that she is donating a portion of her $15,000 MVP bonus to a local charity called Cycles for Change, which gives girls access to bikes. The organization supports low-income youth and youth of color by providing them with the opportunity to live healthy lifestyles and ride bikes. Fowles’ donation will provide the girls with new bikes,...
Via Excelle Sports
25 days ago

WNBA announces referees for 2017 WNBA Finals

The WNBA announced the referees for the 2017 WNBA Finals late Friday. The series between the Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks starts this Sunday at Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota. [More from Excelle Sports: Excelle Sports’ WNBA experts break down the biggest questions of the long-awaited Finals rematch] The nine refs who will be assigned to the various games include...
Via Excelle Sports
25 days ago

Sparks, Lynx set for WNBA Finals rematch

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks are trying to become the first team to repeat as WNBA champions in 15 years. They’ll have to beat a Minnesota Lynx team that has been in the finals six of the last seven seasons. The Sparks beat the Lynx in five games last season to end Minnesota’s hopes at a repeat championship. The Lynx can now return the favor this year. Both franchises...
Via MyNorthwest.com
25 days ago

Sparks stay in locker room before Game 1 of the WNBA Finals

The Los Angeles Sparks stayed in the locker room during the national anthem before Game 1 of the WNBA Finals Sunday. The Minnesota Lynx took the court, but locked arms in solidarity. [More from Excelle Sports: WNBA players protest during national anthem in response to Charlottesville] This isn’t the first time WNBA players have demonstrated prior to a game. On Aug. 16th, members...
Via Excelle Sports
23 days ago
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