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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

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...
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September 15, 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

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

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

Sparks grind out win against Mercury in Game 1

Los Angeles — In a game that featured 46 combined personal fouls and six official reviews, the Los Angeles Sparks pulled through 79-66 to take a 1-0 series lead against the Phoenix Mercury. “These teams know each other extremely well,” said Sparks coach Brian Agler. “When that happens, and both teams are scouted well, it’s almost like the game is bogged down. I imagine most games...
Via Excelle Sports
September 13, 2017

Temi Fagbenle Advances in WNBA Playoffs with Minnesota Lynx

Former Harvard women’s basketball star Temi Fagbenle ’15 has advanced to the WNBA Semifinals as part of the Minnesota Lynx.
Via Harvard Crimson - Official Site
September 13, 2017

Sparks rally to beat Phoenix 79-66 in WNBA playoff opener

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks were rusty to start the playoffs. Coming in off an eight-day layoff, they fell behind early before rallying to beat the Phoenix Mercury 79-66 to open defense of their WNBA championship on Tuesday night. Nneka Ogwumike scored 19 points to lead five starters in double figures in Game 1 of the best-of-5 series. Candace Parker added 15 points...
Via MyNorthwest.com
September 13, 2017

The Sparks and the Lynx are even more dangerous than they were in 2016

There have been plenty of surprises this WNBA season, but the two teams at the top of the standing have not been among them.The top-seeded Minnesota Lynx and the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks both earned a double bye straight into the semifinals thanks to their great regular-season performances. When the Washington Mystics travel to Minneapolis and the Phoenix Mercury head...
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September 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Three surprising facts you may not know about the Lynx-Mystics WNBA semifinal matchup

On Sunday, the Washington Mystics punched its ticket to the WNBA semifinals after ending the New York Liberty’s 10-game win streak. Next up, the Mystics will take on a bigger beast in the No. 1 seed Minnesota Lynx in a best-of-five semifinals series, starting with game one on Tuesday night. But, while you may have a good idea of how this Lynx-Mystics matchup will go down, here are...
Via Excelle Sports
September 12, 2017

12 takeaways playoff preview: Los Angeles Sparks gear up for surging Phoenix Mercury

The WNBA playoffs are a cruel world for the New York Liberty and Connecticut Sun. After earning the three and four seeds respectively, all they got was one single elimination game. Phoenix Mercury stars Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi walked into Connecticut high off their first-round win against the Seattle Storm and came back from a 17-point deficit to top the Sun: Then, Elena...
Via Excelle Sports
September 11, 2017

Don't bet against Diana: Takeaways from the first two rounds of the WNBA playoffs

The first two rounds of the 2017 WNBA Playoffs — which both consisted of two one-game, winner-takes-all series — are in the books. The well-rested Minnesota Lynx and Los Angeles Sparks, who got double-byes as the top two seeds, finally know which teams they'll face in the best-of-five semifinals.The top-seeded Lynx host the Washington Mystics (6), while the defending champion Sparks...
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September 11, 2017  |  Discuss

Three reasons why the Washington Mystics upset the New York Liberty in the WNBA playoffs

On Sunday night, the second round of the WNBA playoffs was headlined by a pair of higher-seeded teams being upset on their home floor. After the Connecticut Sun were defeated by the Phoenix Mercury, the Washington Mystics knocked off the New York Liberty 82-68 to advance to the semifinal round. While the Mercury will play the No. 2 seed Los Angeles Sparks, the Mystics will face the...
Via Excelle Sports
September 11, 2017

Phoenix Mercury beat Connecticut Sun to earn berth in semifinals

The number five seed Phoenix Mercury won Sunday’s single elimination playoff game against the four seed Connecticut Sun 88-83 to earn a berth in the WNBA semifinals. The Mercury got 26 points and nine rebounds from Brittney Griner and 23 points from Diana Taurasi. The Sun were led by Alyssa Thomas who had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jonquel Jones added 19 points and 15 rebounds. ...
Via Excelle Sports
September 11, 2017

Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones wins WNBA Most Improved Player award

The WNBA announced Sunday that Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones has won the 2017 Most Improved Player award. Jones had a breakout season, averaging 15.4 points per game and 11.9 rebounds per game after averaging 6.8 points and 3.7 rebounds in her rookie season a year ago. She received 32 out of 40 votes. Los Angeles Sparks guard Chelsea Gray finished second with three votes....
Via Excelle Sports
September 10, 2017

WNBA playoffs preview: Three things to know about each second round match-up

The 2017 WNBA playoffs have officially hit the ground running. Last Wednesday, the first round kicked off with the No. 5 seed Phoenix Mercury beating the No. 8 seed Seattle Storm and the No. 6 seed Washington Mystics beating the No. 7 seed Dallas Wings. Both the No. 4 seed Connecticut Sun and the No. 3 seed New York Liberty have had plenty of rest this week as both have enjoyed first...
Via Excelle Sports
September 08, 2017

Analysis: How the Mystics and Mercury won their first round playoff games

The first round of the 2017 WNBA playoffs is in the books. The Washington Mystics defeated the Dallas Wings 86-76 and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Seattle Storm 79-69 on Wednesday night. The No. 5 Mercury will face the No. 4 Connecticut Sun and the No. 6 Mystics will play the No. 3 New York Liberty in the second round on Sunday. Here are some of the major reasons why the Mystics...
Via Excelle Sports
September 07, 2017

Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen to return at full strength for playoffs

Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen practiced Wednesday and is expected to be ready for the playoffs. The Lynx are the overall one seed and will play their first postseason game Tuesday, Sept. 12th. The Lynx were 20-2 before Whalen broke her left hand and went just 7-5 without her. Although Whalen had been working out and doing basketball activities, this was her first official practice...
Via Excelle Sports
September 07, 2017

Four to follow in the first round of the WNBA Playoffs

For those who regularly follow the WNBA, the mere mention of the word "playoffs" are all we need to get our attention. Yet, it’s usually around playoff time for every league where more eyeballs converge in hopes of seeing its best teams throw everything including the kitchen sink at each other for a chance to become its champion.Just as a season ago, much of the hype around the league...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
September 06, 2017  |  Discuss

WNBA assist leader Bird vs top scorer Taurasi in playoffs

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s definitely star power with veterans Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird and young phenoms Skylar Diggins and Breanna Stewart playing in the two single-elimination games to start the WNBA playoffs. The WNBA playoffs open Wednesday when Washington hosts Dallas and Seattle visits Phoenix. There’s added wattage with Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne participating in...
Via MyNorthwest.com
September 06, 2017

Atlanta Dream’s Brittney Sykes earns second consecutive Rookie of the Month honor

The WNBA revealed on Tuesday that Brittney Sykes of the Atlanta Dream is the Rookie of the Month for August. The 5-foot-9 guard has won the award for the second month in a row. Of all the rookies, Sykes scored the most points, averaging 17.3 points per game. That stat ranks her as the third best shooter in the Eastern Conference and 10th best in the WNBA. She also led first-year...
Via Excelle Sports
September 05, 2017

Minnesota Lynx sign All-Star center Sylvia Fowles to multi-year contract extension

The Minnesota Lynx have signed All-Star center Sylvia Fowles to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced on Friday. Fowles was set to become a free agent this upcoming offseason, but the terms of the new deal were not made available. Considered to be the favorite for league MVP, Fowles is arguably having her best season thus far of her 10-year career. She’s averaging a...
Via Excelle Sports
September 01, 2017

Dallas Wings beat Chicago Sky to clinch first playoff berth

The Dallas Wings soared high on Wednesday night after defeating the Chicago Sky 99-96 to secure its first playoff berth since moving to Dallas in 2016. All-Star guard Skylar Diggins-Smith finished with 28 points and eight assists, while forward Glory Johnson had 25 points. As Dallas (16-17) outrebounded Chicago (12-20) 40-28, Johnson grabbed nine rebounds in the game. “I’ve said...
Via Excelle Sports
August 31, 2017

Jewell Lloyd on fire, but Storm drop final home game 75-71 to Phoenix

Jewell Lloyd on fire, but Storm drop final home game 75-71 to Phoenix This one hurt for playoff positioning, as the Seattle Storm lose 75-71 vs the Phoenix Mercury. The WNBA’s leading scorer Brittney Griner went 12-20 and scored 29 points to knock the Storm back to reality, clinging on to the 8th and final playoff spot for the playoffs. A crowd of 13,882 would see Guard Jewell Lloyd...
Via Seattle Side Up!
August 28, 2017
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