With the season winding down, most of the games over Labor Day weekend yielded predictable results.
Yet whether you’re already looking forward to the playoffs or the 2014 WNBA Draft lottery (!!!), there were a few relevant links for you out there.
- Steve Eubanks of FSN Tennessee was in Atlanta only to watch Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks face an “inspired, impassioned, and infinitely more aggressive Dream squad”…and even those strong words might be an understatement. The Sparks allowed a Dream team that shot 2-for-11 from 3-point range to shoot 52.3% from the field overall on the strength of season-high scoring performances from both Erika de Souza (27) and Le’coe Willingham (16) as well as a career game from Jasmine Thomas who scored a career-high tying 19 points to go with a career-high 8 rebounds. Read more >>>
- Mike Brown of the Tulsa World recapped on the Tulsa Shock’s 10th win on Sunday, which is a first for the franchise since moving to Oklahoma from Detroit four years ago. The Shock accomplished the feat without Liz Cambage and Angel Goodrich, both of whom are nursing injuries. While Pondexter passed the 5000 career points mark, her New York Liberty squad – that could often be described as closer to Eubanks’ description of the Sparks than the Dream – took a 93-88 loss in Tulsa that makes their chances of making the playoffs that much slimmer. Read more >>>
Kent Youngblood of the Star Tribune suggests that Maya Moore should be a candidate for MVP after scoring 30 points in a 97-74 Minnesota Lynx win over the Seattle Storm on Saturday to cap an outstanding performance in August. “In 12 games Moore shot 101-for-178 (56.7 percent) overall, 30-for-60 on three-pointers and averaged 21.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.” Seattle Storm coach believes the Lynx are the best team in the West right now and had some glowing words about Moore. Read more >>>
- Craig Dunn of the Logan Daily profiled Katie Smith and her decision to retire from professional basketball whenever the Liberty’s season ends. In addition to finishing up her graduate degree at Ohio State, she’s hoping to be an assistant coach with Bill Laimbeer next season. Read more >>>
- Gonzaga has announced that Shock veteran Nicole Powell will be joining their women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach this offseason. Both Powell and head coach Kelly Graves noted the Stanford alum’s ability to connect with today’s players as an asset. Read more >>>
- Wiggins’ latest journal for espnW about the disappointment that comes with being officially eliminated from the playoffs gave me a bit of a chuckle with this line: “It’s pretty fitting that our team will be relaxing from competition this Labor Day (I believe the official term in professional sports is “gone fishing”).” Photoshop ideas, anyone? Read more >>>
- The WNBA has announced that vets Tamika Catchings and Tina Thompson have won Player of the Week awards while Elena Delle Donne has earned Rookie of the Month honors for August.
- Jim Fuller of the New Haven Register caught up with UConn Huskies center and 2014 WNBA Draft prospect Stefanie Dolson about her recovery from foot and ankle injuries this offseason. Dolson has been playing for two months now despite missing the World University Games. Read more >>>
- Meredith Bennett-Smith of the Huffington Post documented the latest in the ongoing controversy surrounding Sophia Young’s anti-marriage equality tweets, including a statement from WNBA president Laurel Richie: “Sophia has the right to express her point of view, however, I do not share her view,” Richie wrote. “The WNBA supports diversity and we are committed to the equal and fair treatment of all people.” Read more >>>
- Young’s controversial tweets continue to make waves as national and international media catch on to what she said. And the subtweets regarding the issue aren’t subsiding.
— Janel McCarville (@JanelMcCarville) September 2, 2013
As usual, there are other links out there to explore and discuss, so feel free to leave those in the comments or create a fanshot. If you have a longer commentary to make, write a fanpost to share with the community.