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The 2014 WNBA season by the numbers: Are the 2014 Phoenix Mercury the best ever?
by Swish Appeal
posted September 15, 2014 at 12:19pm

How does the 2014 Mercury compare to the other great teams in WNBA history? Was the 2014 season competitive or non-competitive? We blow some dust off our math books and take a look at the numbers. With Phoenix's dominant run through the 2014 WNBA sea...more

2014 United States Women's World Championship Roster: Who should make the team?
by Swish Appeal
posted September 14, 2014 at 3:31pm

With the 2014 WNBA Finals concluding on Friday night -- and congrats to my beloved Phoenix Mercury on their third WNBA Championship -- the focus moves towards the 2014 World Championships. For a long time, I've dreamed about holding a key position in t...more

Head Injuries: The Wrong Lesson
by The First Line
posted September 14, 2014 at 3:30pm

Back when I was so foolish as to write about other sports, one of the first stories that caught my attention, in part because I once found myself sitting across the aisle from her at an invitational,* was that of Jamie Carey. Some of you more dedicated w...more

2014 WNBA Finals: The value of Candice Dupree and Penny Taylor's contributions to the Phoenix Mercury's title
by Swish Appeal
posted September 14, 2014 at 3:22pm

Although Diana Taurasi's heroics at the end of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals solidified her place as Finals MVP after the Phoenix Mercury swept the Chicago Sky, the contributions of Candice Dupree and Penny Taylor can't be overlooked. Search the web for re...more

Writer says WNBA still looking for an identity
by They're Playing Basketball
posted September 13, 2014 at 2:03pm

Interesting collection of thoughts in this piece:Recently, Griner proposed to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson of the Tulsa Shock, and potentially could become the first same-sex married couple in professional sports. The league seems unsure how to approa...more

Sky vs. Mercury, Game 3 final score: Phoenix overcomes Chicago comeback, wins 2014 WNBA Finals
by Swish Appeal
posted September 13, 2014 at 2:01pm

The Chicago Sky made a valiant comeback to lead in the fourth quarter of this game. But it was not enough for them to win the game, and prevent a sweep at the hands of the Phoenix Mercury. The Phoenix Mercury won Game 3 of the WNBA Finals by defeating ...more

2014 All-WNBA First and Second Teams: MVP Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx headline selections
by Swish Appeal
posted September 12, 2014 at 9:31pm

The Minnesota Lynx led the 2014 All-WNBA selections with three players honored, headlined by 2014 WNBA MVP Maya Moore. The WNBA has announced its 2014 All-WNBA First and Second Teams today with every player except Candace Parker on display in today's U...more

USA Basketball links: Players get a taste of Midshipman life and tough decisions are ahead
by Swish Appeal
posted September 11, 2014 at 12:17pm

Yup, it's a second links post, but for the National Team. Here are some things that were going on as the USA Basketball women's national team gets ready for the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. On Thursday, the USA Basketball women's national team w...more

2014 WNBA Finals: Diana Taurasi closing in on Deanna Nolan's scoring record
by Swish Appeal
posted September 11, 2014 at 12:14pm

Kris Habbas of SB Nation's Bright Side of the Sun summarized Game 2 of the 2014 WNBA Finals and actually writes that the focus on the team's defense might be overshadowing how good they've been offensively, including Diana Taurasi adding to her already ou...more

Storm 2014 Exit Interviews: Noelle Quinn managed unpredictable playing time
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted September 10, 2014 at 8:34pm

Series Note: The Storm did not advance to the postseason for the first time since 2003. The team held its exit interviews Aug. 18. This series will feature conversations from the 12-player roster. PG Sue Bird's conversation was a feature used in the newsp...more

Nation’s top women's basketball prospect, Asia Durr, commits to Louisville Cardinals
by Swish Appeal
posted September 10, 2014 at 2:11pm

After narrowing her list down to five teams, the nation's top prospect announced that she will be headed to Louisville in 2015. Louisville received a huge commitment today with the verbal pledge of the nation's top prospect, Asia Durr. Durr, the dynam...more

Mercury vs. Sky, Game 2 final score: Phoenix gets record win against Chicago, 97-68
by Swish Appeal
posted September 10, 2014 at 2:09pm

The Phoenix Mercury's length on defense and balance on offense just overwhelmed the Chicago Sky in the second half as they cruised to a record-setting 29-point win in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the 2014 WNBA Finals. The Phoenix Mercury picked up righ...more

USA Basketball women's national team starts training camp: Who will make the team?
by Swish Appeal
posted September 10, 2014 at 2:07pm

The USA Basketball women's national team is beginning its training camp Monday in Annapolis, Maryland. And here's your chance to talk about who will eventually make the 12-man roster for the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. On Monday, the USA Basket...more

What was the best WNBA game you watched in person as a fan?
by Swish Appeal
posted September 10, 2014 at 2:02pm

We asked what your favorite game to watch in person was. Here are just some of your answers. It is one thing to watch a WNBA game on television or some form of online streaming. It's another experience to actually watch the game in person. For many bas...more

Mercury crush Sky, lead Finals series 2-0
by They're Playing Basketball
posted September 10, 2014 at 2:01pm

The Mercury crushed the Sky, 97-68, in game two of the WNBA Finals.Elena Delle Donne's back pain was in control, allowing her to make an offensive contribution for Chicago. But it wasn't enough.Photos.USA Women's National Team:The team visited a Naval aca...more

WNBA president Laurel J. Richie Finals press conference transcript
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted September 8, 2014 at 8:30pm

From the WNBA:     WNBA PRESIDENT LAUREL J. RICHIE     MODERATOR: Welcome everyone to the WNBA Finals 2014 presented by Boost Mobile. We'll begin with WNBA President Laurel J. Richie, who will make opening remarks and we'll proceed...more

The Daily Swish: Elena Delle Donne 'uncertain' about Game 2 of WNBA Finals, NCAA coaching news
by Swish Appeal
posted September 8, 2014 at 12:32pm

A quick roundup of 10 links from the weekend to get you caught up on what's going on all around the women's basketball, from the pros to prospective collegians. The question that pretty much everyone is asking after the Phoenix Mercury pummeled the Chi...more

All-Star Courtney Vandersloot makes WNBA Finals debut
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted September 8, 2014 at 12:14pm

Former Zags PG Courtney Vandersloot will lead Chicago in a best-of-five WNBA Finals series against Phoenix. Game 1 tips Sunday at 12:30pm PT on ABC. Vandersloot, who also starred at Kentwood HS, is in her fourth WNBA season. She worked her way back from ...more

The USA Basketball women's national team gears up for the 2014 FIBA World Championships
by Swish Appeal
posted September 8, 2014 at 12:12pm

Keep in the loop on the 2014 USA Basketball women's national team as they get ready to defend their FIBA World Championship title in Turkey. USA Basketball has named 27 players to its training camp roster for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for w...more

Becky Hammon, Lin Dunn headline the WNBA's Inspiring Women Luncheon honorees
by Swish Appeal
posted September 7, 2014 at 3:05pm

Watch Becky Hammon's speech, and see some pictures from the league's annual luncheon honoring women for their accomplishments in sports and elsewhere. ...more

Tamika Catchings, Candace Parker opt out of FIBA Worlds
by They're Playing Basketball
posted September 7, 2014 at 3:00pm

Via Tamika Catchings, herself:GM! I have fought long and hard on the decision to participate in the World Championships this year. Due to the injuries and recommendations of "letting my body heal" to fully recover, I am stepping back from this year's comp...more

2014 WNBA Finals Preview: Breaking Down the Phoenix Mercury player-by-player
by Swish Appeal
posted September 6, 2014 at 5:26pm

As we prepare for the 2014 WNBA Finals, we'll take a few looks here at Swish Appeal as both squads sharpen themselves for the final stanza of the current WNBA season. Here's a player-by-player breakdown of the Western Conference Champion Phoenix Mercury...more

What's the best WNBA game you ever attended in person?
by Swish Appeal
posted September 6, 2014 at 2:29am

The next SB Nation NBA theme day is coming up, and we want your responses. The SB Nation NBA network will have its next theme day series on Tuesday, September 9. It will be on this topic: What's the best game you have attended in person? Yes, it's ...more

How the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever to make their first-ever WNBA Finals appearance
by Swish Appeal
posted September 5, 2014 at 10:21am

The Chicago Sky have shown a remarkable level of resilience this season, continually managing to find ways to win with their backs seemingly against the wall. Although the Atlanta Dream and Indiana Fever were in perfect position to eliminate them, the S...more

NCAA cites UConn for recruiting violation because Geno Auriemma called Mo'ne Davis
by Swish Appeal
posted September 5, 2014 at 10:20am

I don't know where to start. The NCAA has determined that the University of Connecticut committed a secondary rules violation because of a phone call between women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma and Mo'ne Davis, a pitcher for a Philadelphia-base...more

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