I wasn’t originally planning to do links today with the regular season over and the league gears up for the playoffs, but there have been quite a few articles floating around for both playoff and non-playoff teams.
We’ll have more previews of the playoffs in our 2013 WNBA playoffs section (and we’ll add your fanposts/shots there as well if you post ’em), but for now a brief look around the web to look at what others are saying.
- Tim Leighton of the Pioneer Press summarized Maya Moore’s credentials as the Western Conference player of the month for September, her second consecutive monthly honor. Of note about Moore’s MVP-caliber season: she’s the first player in league history to have led the WNBA in both 3-point percentage and threes made. Read more >>>
- Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune reported that two Chicago Sky players were honored for their performances in the month of September: Sylvia Fowles was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month and Elena Delle Donne became the first rookie since 2010 to sweep the monthly rookie award. Read more >>>
- Gabe Salgado of RedEye Chicago wrote up an overview of the Chicago Sky as they enter the playoffs, noting that Chicago hasn’t had a pro title since the Michael Jordan era(s). Read more >>>
- Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times had an interview with Minnesota Lynx rookie Lindsey Moore in advance of their series with her hometown team, the Seattle Storm. In addition to mentioning that the Lynx call Whalen “DJ Whay” (which we must start calling her at Swish Appeal more often – THIS, I command) she discusses being a Storm season ticketholder growing up and her adjustment to the league. Speaking of her adjustment to the league, a statistical aside: Moore had a plus/minus rating of +12.3 after the All-Star break, good for third-best on a talented Lynx team. Sure she only played 76 minutes, but she did play more meaningful minutes in the second half and it’s a massive improvement over her -36.7 rating prior to the All-Star break. Read more >>>
- Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times reports that while injured Seattle Storm star Sue Bird isn’t even interested in returning to attempt contributing to her team in the 2013 WNBA playoffs this year, she is looking forward to playing 3-5 more years in the league. Coincidentally, today is Bring A Player Back Day around the SB Nation – NBA network and, yes, I’d love to see how good this storm team could be with Bird back at 100%. Read more >>>
- Mike DiMauro of The Day looks ahead to the Connecticut Sun’s offseason, looking specifically at who will and won’t be around next season. While he believes that Sun center Tina Charles will remain there, he’s not sure about mainstay Asjha Jones and thinks Kara Lawson is on her way out. Read more >>>
- Terrence Thomas of the San Antonio Express-News looks at three things the San Antonio Silver Stars that could determine how competitive the team is in 2014: health, building on this year’s bright spots, and using their lottery pick and free agent decisions wisely. But even if they play the offseason perfectly, it’s still going to be a struggle to move up in the stacked Western Conference. Read more >>>
- The WNBA has announced some growth indicators for the 2013 WNBA season with television ratings and web traffic seeing significant increases. Attendance saw only a modest boost of 1%. Read more >>>
- Barry Petchesky of Deadspin noted that an Astros game that set an all-time low for viewership in the Houston area was also less watched than the Chicago Sky – Minnesota Lynx game on NBA TV. Apparently, Houston still has a few folks longing for women’s basketball. Read more >>>
- Jennifer McClellan of azcentral writes about Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner’s love of bacon and a contest of sorts between three chefs to see who could impress the lean 6-foot-8 rookie most with a bacon dish. The winning chef said of his sandwich, “”We focus on creativity less than fancy technique,” he said. “Sometimes it works.” Read more >>>