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Liberty to have a float in New York pride parade

NEW YORK (AP) — Shavonte Zellous is thrilled that the New York Liberty will have a float in Sunday’s pride parade, the first for a sports franchise in the city. “I’m excited. I haven’t been in a pride parade before, so I think I’m more excited than most,” said Zellous, a guard who wore rainbow-colored shoes Friday night for the Liberty’s pride game. “Especially...
Via MyNorthwest.com
June 23, 2017

Indiana to retire Tamika Catchings' jersey on Saturday

Via AP on Fox
June 23, 2017  |  Discuss

After missing six games for EuroBasket, Kia Vaughn will return to New York Liberty Friday

After missing six games with the New York Liberty due to EuroBasket, Liberty center Kia Vaughn has been activated and will return for Friday’s game. Vaughn competed for the Czech Republic in the 2017 EuroBasket Women Tournament, a qualifier for the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. While there, she averaged 16 points per game and six rebounds per game in three games. With...
Via Excelle Sports
June 21, 2017

Washington Mystics head coach to miss game on Friday due to death in family

The Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault and assistant coach Eric Thibault will not be at their game against the Minnesota Lynx on Friday, the Summitt reported on Tuesday. Mike Thibault’s father—and Eric’s grandfather—Frank Thibault died on June 16 and both coaches will attend the funeral this week. The Mystics have yet to announce whether or not the Thibaults will...
Via Excelle Sports
June 20, 2017

Tamika Catchings on jersey retirement: ‘The number one thing I’ll miss is my friends’

This Saturday, the Indiana Fever will retire the jersey of one of the greatest basketball players to wear its colors: ten-time WNBA All-Star Tamika Catchings. Catchings wore the number 24 during her 14 season career with the Fever. When she retired in 2016, the four-time Olympic gold medalist was first all-time in career playoff scoring, career playoff rebounds, regular season...
Via Excelle Sports
June 20, 2017

Phoenix Mercury to celebrate ‘Taurasi Night’ to honor the WNBA all-time leading scorer

Three-time WNBA champion Diana Taurasi officially became the best scorer in league history on Sunday and the Phoenix Mercury are going to celebrate big. On Monday, the franchise announced that it will be celebrating “Taurasi Day” in honor of its star guard. In last weekend’s game against the Los Angeles Sparks, Taurasi surpassed WNBA legend Tina Thompson’s all-time career...
Via Excelle Sports
June 20, 2017

The 'Diana Taurasi, greatest of all-time' quiz

Diana Taurasi made significant history over the weekend, as she became the all-time leading scorer in WNBA history. It was just the latest accomplishment for the Phoenix Mercury guard in a career that is chock full of them. If she is not the best women's player of all-time, she is certainly on the short list. She is a marquee name both at home and overseas. In fact, she is so good...
June 20, 2017  |  Discuss

Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones and Los Angeles’ Candace Parker named WNBA Players of the Week

Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks today were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played June 12-18. Jones earned Player of the Week honors for the first time in her two WNBA seasons. In leading the Sun to a 2-0 week, Jones paced the Eastern Conference in rebounding (10.0 rpg...
Via Excelle Sports
June 19, 2017

Diana Taurasi setting the WNBA all-time scoring record is another leap for the league

She scored her first points for the Phoenix Mercury on May 20, 2004, by cutting around defenders in the perimeter for an open three-pointer. Adrian Williams-Strong was sitting in the post against Sacramento Monarchs center Yolanda Griffith when she saw the dynamic rookie guard out of UConn in her purview. A quick flick of the wrist was the start of a career that would shatter records...
Via Yardbarker
June 19, 2017  |  Discuss

Tough return for UW’s Kelsey Plum, Storm destroy Stars 75-57

Tough return for UW’s Kelsey Plum, Storm destroy Stars 75-57 UW Husky legend Kelsey Plum returned to quite a  bit of fanfare, but the #1 over all draft pick would see her San Antonio Stars drop this game in a blow out 75-57 to the Seattle Storm. The evening was Washington Husky themed but it would be a UCONN Husky Breanna Stewart who would dominate the day, ruining Plum...
Via Seattle Side Up!
June 19, 2017

Diana Taurasi becomes WNBA’s all-time leading scorer

Diana Taurasi is a surefire Hall of Famer, and she achieved yet another huge milestone on Sunday, in a big way.Taurasi passed Tina Thompson (7,488 points) on the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer list, and did so in fitting fashion.Here she is doing what she’s always excelled in — driving to the hoop and finishing at the rim. One of the all-time greats.
Via The Sports Daily
June 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Diana Taurasi becomes WNBA’s all-time leading scorer

The former UConn star surpassed Tina Thompson’s previous record of 7,488 points. Just a few weeks after becoming the WNBA’s all-time leader in made 3-pointers, Diana Taurasi has broken another historic record. With a right-handed layup with just under a minute left in the first half of the Phoenix Mercury’s matchup against the Los Angeles Sparks, Taurasi became the WNBA...
Via The UConn Blog
June 18, 2017

Connecticut Sun hand Minnesota Lynx first loss of season

The Connecticut Sun handed the Minnesota Lynx their first loss of the season on Saturday night with a 98-93 win. Jasmine Thomas and Alyssa Thomas each scored 20 points to lead the Sun. It was a season high for Alyssa Thomas, as she reached 1,000 points for her career. She also had a career-high eight assists. Meanwhile, Minnesota’s Maya Moore scored 22 points as Minnesota shot...
Via Excelle Sports
June 18, 2017

Diana Taurasi nears WNBA scoring record as Mercury top Sky 86-78

Diana Taurasi continued to inch closer to the WNBA scoring record Friday night as the she helped the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 86-78. Taurasi scored 15 points against the Sky, and is just 14 points shy of passing the 7,488 points Tina Thompson had from 1997-2013. She will attempt to break the record Sunday at Los Angeles. On Friday, Taurasi scored nine points in the first...
Via Excelle Sports
June 17, 2017

Griner has 27, Mercury top Sky 86-78; Taurasi nears record

PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 27 points and Diana Taurasi had 15 to move closer to the WNBA scoring record after the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 86-78 on Friday night. Heading into Sunday’s game in Los Angeles, Taurasi is 14 shy of passing the 7,488 points set by Tina Thompson from 1997-2013. Phoenix’s star was just 2 of 10 from the field and had nine points...
Via MyNorthwest.com
June 17, 2017

WNBA’s Seattle Storm to host rally in support of Planned Parenthood

The Seattle Storm will host a “Stand With Planned Parenthood” night on July 18 with its ownership group Force 10 Hoops. There will be a rally outside Seattle’s KeyArena before the game against the Chicago Sky. The Storm will donate $5 from every ticket sold. “We believe it is important to add our voice in favor of comprehensive health care for girls and women by supporting...
Via Excelle Sports
June 16, 2017

Seattle Storm plan rally to support Planned Parenthood

Via AP on Fox
June 15, 2017  |  Discuss

New York Liberty’s Brittany Boyd on season-ending injury: ‘I’m struggling to find peace’

New York Liberty point guard Brittany Boyd is still trying to process the season-ending injury she sustained to her left Achilles tendon last month, Newsday reported on Tuesday. “Right now, I’m still taking it all in,” Boyd said. “Knowing how hard I worked this offseason to prepare myself for this season, I think that’s really kind of where I’m struggling to find peace...
Via Excelle Sports
June 14, 2017

Overtime loss to dream is a rude awakening as Storm drop to .500

Overtime loss to Dream is a rude awakening as Storm drop to .500 This was one of those games that “got away.” A meltdown in overtime saw the Seattle Storm lose to the Atlanta Dream 91-86.  A hot run in the 4th quarter by the storm saw them within a whisker of winning, until OT hit and couldn’t hold it together. Jewel Loyd found her shot again and drained 27 on the game. Unfortunately...
Via Seattle Side Up!
June 14, 2017

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi open to Team USA Olympic return

After winning the gold medal at the Rio Olympics last summer, the Olympic future of USA Basketball stars Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi was left up in the air. But over the weekend, the duo, which has won four consecutive Olympic gold medals, said they are open to still playing for USA Basketball at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond. “If we’re both playing at a high level and feeling...
Via Excelle Sports
June 12, 2017

Tina Charles and Sylvia Fowles named WNBA Players of the Week

Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles and New York Liberty center Tina Charles were named the WNBA’s Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week, respectively. This is the third time in four weeks that Fowles has earned Player of the Week honors. She helped Minnesota improve to 9-0 with two wins last week after averaging 25.5 points per game—good for second in the West...
Via Excelle Sports
June 12, 2017

Storm lose 83-80 vs Fever, but Sue Bird moves to #9 on the all-time WNBA scoring list

Storm lose 83-80 vs Fever, but Sue Bird moves to #9 on the all-time WNBA scoring list Friday night, the Seattle Storm would drop a game to the Indiana Fever; however, the story of the night was Sue Bird passing DeLisha Milton-Jones on the all-time WNBA scoring leader list. With a season high 11 points on Friday, Bird would accomplish the feat on her march to hall of fame status...
Via Seattle Side Up!
June 10, 2017

Twitter boasts 1.1 million unique viewers watched WNBA live-stream, but what counts as a view?

Earlier this month, Twitter and the WNBA announced a partnership that would live-stream 20 regular season games per season on the social media platform. The agreement is for three years and will also put the WNBA on Twitter’s Amplify program, which distributes 40 weekly highlights packages.The WNBA made its Twitter live-stream debut on Sunday with the game between the Dallas Wings...
Via Awful Announcing
May 16, 2017  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every first overall WNBA draft pick

Since its inception in 1997, the WNBA has seen 22 draft picks go first overall, counting the inaugural season's Elite draft, which selected already graduated players who had already been playing professionally on other American teams or overseas. How many of these 22 players can you name?Clue: Year-TeamNote: An asterisk indicates the 1997 Elite Draft.
May 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Kelsey Plum is sick and tired of basketball sexism

Kelsey Plum was picked No. 1 overall by the San Antonio Stars in the WNBA Draft last month. She’s the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer on the women’s side and fell just short of Pete Maravich’s scoring record on the men’s side. And she’s also won a gold medal with USA Basketball. While many people appreciate what Plum accomplished in college, many others have been held...
Via The Comeback
May 12, 2017  |  Discuss
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