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Q&A with Indiana Fever rookie Maggie Lucas on adjusting from Penn State to the WNBA
by Swish Appeal
posted August 19, 2014 at 5:17pm

Swish Appeal had the chance to catch up with Indiana Fever rookie Maggie Lucas right at the end of her regular season on Sunday in New York. While she and her teammates look forward to the postseason, Lucas looked back on the adjustment from college to ...more

TV Alert: National broadcast for WNBA playoffs opening round
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted August 19, 2014 at 5:07pm

Here's the TV schedule for the WNBA playoffs. The Storm did not advance and will be in the draft lottery for the first time since the 2004 draft. Where Seattle will pick in April will be decided on Thursday during halftime of San Antonio's matchup agains...more

WNBA Rookie of the Year favorite Chiney Ogwumike's winning character shaped by relationship with sister Nneka
by Swish Appeal
posted August 19, 2014 at 1:36pm

Following her sister's lead from the very first time she picked up the ball has helped Chiney Ogwumike develop into a 2014 Rookie of the Year front-runner and potentially one of the best interior players in the league. And although her talent speaks for...more

2014 WNBA Playoff schedule is set
by They're Playing Basketball
posted August 18, 2014 at 12:35pm

Today's results:The Mercury downed the Storm, 78-65, to set a WNBA record for most wins in a season.The Stars beat the Sky, 84-72. This gave San Antonio the third seed, as they win the tie-breaker with Los Angeles.The Liberty upended the Fever, 73-61.The ...more

Mystics vs. Liberty final score: New York embarrasses D.C. on the road, 73-61
by Swish Appeal
posted August 18, 2014 at 12:30pm

Pathetic performance by the Mystics. Especially the first half. It's Fan Appreciation Night in Verizon Center, and the regular season finale. The Washington Mystics (16-18) were happy to be in the playoffs, and had a chance to clinch at least the #3 se...more

The WNBA takes part in the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge
by Swish Appeal
posted August 18, 2014 at 12:28pm

Becky Hammon and Tamika Catchings take part for another cause. It's extremely rare to see NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wear anything besides a suit and tie. (Hey, that's a song!) But he was in a USA Basketball T-shirt and shorts Saturday when he c...more

Ogwumikes claim July WNBA Cares Community Assist Award
by They're Playing Basketball
posted August 17, 2014 at 3:18pm

Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike have earned the WNBA Community Assist Award by State Farm for July for their work with UNICEF, to benefit Nigeria.Other news:Glory Johnson and Brittney Griner are engaged. The proposal was documented on instagram. ...more

Brittney Griner Engaged to WNBA All-Star Glory Johnson
by SLAM Online -W
posted August 16, 2014 at 6:50pm

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner and Tulsa Shock forward Glory Johnson are now engaged. Griner proposed to Johnson—a fellow dunker and WNBA All-Star—on Thursday night, and Johnson said ‘Yes.’ Griner and Johnson posted the b...more

Sun vs. Mystics final score: The Eastern Conference playoff teams are set
by Swish Appeal
posted August 16, 2014 at 6:45pm

We now know which teams are in the playoffs out East. Seeding is still in flux. The Washington Mystics beat the Connecticut Sun 71-67.  Both teams played each other close, but ultimately, the Styx came out and got revenge from last Sunday's loss. ...more

Stars vs. Lynx final score: The WNBA Western Conference playoff teams are set
by Swish Appeal
posted August 16, 2014 at 6:44pm

Becky Hammon will play in a Stars uniform in San Antonio at least one more time. The San Antonio Stars defeated the Minnesota Lynx, 92-76 in their regular season home finale. The win gets San Antonio back to the Playoffs after a one year absence. STA...more

The WNBA Eastern Conference picture is now much clearer
by Swish Appeal
posted August 15, 2014 at 6:50pm

With the Indiana Fever defeating the New York Liberty, 76-63, this helped punch a ticket for Indy to make a 10th straight playoff appearance, and also allowed the Chicago Sky to earn consecutive playoff berths for the first time in franchise history. T...more

2014 WNBA All-Rookie team candidates: Examining the case for Odyssey Sims as Rookie of the Year
by Swish Appeal
posted August 15, 2014 at 3:49pm

Pat Friday has been doing the Rookie Rankings for most of this season, but today we're going to take a more statistical look at the top rookies in the 2014 WNBA rookie class beginning with a question: what's the argument for Odyssey Sims to win the 2014...more

Dream vs. Mercury final score: Showtime Schimmel shows off as Atlanta clinches Eastern Conference title
by Swish Appeal
posted August 14, 2014 at 10:22pm

The Dream's Shoni Schimmel scored 20 out of her 24 points in the second quarter as an Atlanta without Angel McCoughtry beat a Phoenix without Diana Taurasi or Penny Taylor in a 96-82 home win to clinch the Eastern Conference regular season title.  ...more

New York Liberty need to give Tina Charles more consistent support
by Swish Appeal
posted August 14, 2014 at 10:03pm

New York Liberty center Tina Charles put up impressive numbers against the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday, but she didn't get enough help from her teammates for her team to make up the gap between the two teams.   NEW YORK CITY- First things first: t...more

Mystics center Stefanie Dolson has first WNBA career start, air fives herself
by Swish Appeal
posted August 14, 2014 at 10:02pm

Yup, she's excited! The Washington Mystics are playing the Chicago Sky on Wednesday in a crucial match. Because Kia Vaughn is suspended this game, this allowed rookie center Stefanie Dolson to start. While Vaughn will be missed, Dolson's ready for...more

Where will the Phoenix Mercury be 12 months from now?
by Swish Appeal
posted August 13, 2014 at 1:44pm

Today the SB Nation-NBA network is doing a joint theme day around the question of where each team will be in a year from now. We join in with a focus on the Phoenix Mercury? The Phoenix Mercury clinched the top seed in the Western Conference by beating...more

2014 WNBA point guard rankings: Diana Taurasi's historic balance of passing and scoring efficiency
by Swish Appeal
posted August 13, 2014 at 1:40pm

With the season winding down, we take a look at the top point guards in the WNBA during the 2014 season and one player who is putting together a historic season (again). As great as it is to see the mainstream sports media giving Becky Hammon the prais...more

Stefanie Dolson will have a huge opportunity in light of Kia Vaughn's suspension
by Swish Appeal
posted August 12, 2014 at 3:20pm

It hurts that Vaughn's suspension will be on Wednesday during an important match against the Chicago Sky. But it's also an opportunity for another player who is a better fit for the team's long term plans. The WNBA has suspended Washington Mystics...more

The Daily Swish: The Mystics had a great Friday
by Swish Appeal
posted August 10, 2014 at 3:41pm

Anything that could have been tangentially related to the Washington Mystics went right for them on Friday. Let's get to some links. Friday was a game where the Washington Mystics had a great day from the Hall of Fame and to their own performance. Hell...more

Phoenix Mercury signs Diana Taurasi to multi-year contract extension
by Swish Appeal
posted August 9, 2014 at 9:03am

The franchise point guard is staying in Arizona for years to come, possibly until the day she retires. Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi has signed a multi-year contract extension to stay with the team. Per a team press release: Diana Taurasi ...more

Fever vs. Mystics final score: Ivory Latta and Kia Vaughn lead Washington to 74-61 victory
by Swish Appeal
posted August 9, 2014 at 8:59am

The Mystics believed that they were playing the Stephen A. Smiths. Ivory Latta did Ivory Latta things, and Kia Vaughn closed the deal to help the Washington Mystics win 74-61 over the Indiana Fever. The game wasn't as close as the final score indicated...more

VIDEO: Seattle Storm beats Atlanta, spoils Shoni Schimmel's homecoming
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted August 8, 2014 at 4:23pm

Seattle (11-20) played one of its best games of the season on Thursday at KeyArena to stay alive in the postseason hunt. My game story about the 88-68 win against Atlanta is mostly about rookie Shoni Schimmel's return to the Northwest. Here's highlights a...more

Why WNBA stars struggle to build a brand
by They're Playing Basketball
posted August 8, 2014 at 4:15pm

This piece is right on:Not to mention, the WNBA's image is not one that's easily embraced, noted WNBA stylist Rachel Johnson. The sport is seen as aggressive and masculine, which makes the players themselves less desirable when it comes to attracting imag...more

WNBA Most Improved Player award race: Putting Skylar Diggins' dramatic second-year improvement in perspective
by Swish Appeal
posted August 8, 2014 at 4:14pm

Skylar Diggins is hands down the most improved player in the WNBA this season, but exactly how much has she improved and how impressive is that? After noticing a few NBA fans using Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins as an example of a player who overcame...more

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