Big night for two West Coast WNBA franchises:
The Sparks beat the Sun in overtime, 98-92, to go 20-1 and tie the 1998 Houston Comets’ record for best season start. Los Angeles has won nine in a row, and are 9-0 on the road to start the season – a league best.
Four Sparks and five Sun players were in double figures including the Ogwumikes. Nneka posted 22 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles, and Chiney had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Connecticut.
The Storm crushed the Mystics, 80-51, behind Jewell Loyd’s 26 points.
Right now, Lauren Jackson’s jersey retirement ceremony is underway, and for the second night in a row, I’m choked up. She’s got video love from all her former Storm coaches: Lin Dunn, Anne Donovan and Brian Agler. Ticha Penicheiro and Tina Thompson also sent some. Longtime general manager Karen Bryant said some amazing things. Jackson’s been watching the game in a Sue Bird jersey.
And I’m sitting here thinking of a lot of memories, as I lived in Seattle when the Storm drafted Jackson.
Can’t wait to see the video of this ceremony.
Seimone Augustus returned to the Lynx lineup, and they routed the Liberty, 88-70. Augustus put up 20 points. The win was gritty for Minnesota.
The Sky stopped the Wings, 84-77, behind Elena Delle Donne’s 24 points.
More on Lauren Jackson:
The three-time MVP reflects on her career and her return to Seattle for tonight’s jersey retirement.
Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson: “the important thing is, we’re talking about it.”
More on Pat Summitt’s Celebration of Life Service: