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From Odeen at AZCentral: Candice Dupree finding stride in Phoenix Mercury’s system

Hope has turned into expectation. For what once was staggered now is seamless.

Forward Candice Dupree no longer is the new Mercury player. And now, she’s more than just a player; she’s an integral part of a Mercury team that is playing like a defending WNBA champion for the first time this season.

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Is “avidity” a word?

Survey: Social-media use builds fan avidity

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Allegations of Anti-Lesbian Bias in IUPUI Women’s Basketball Program

If these allegations of abuse are substantiated, it is not only the coaches who should be held accountable. It is also the school athletic administrators and any other athletic staff who ignored or supported the alleged abusive behavior and anti-lesbian interrogations and relationship rules. How many times do we have to hear this story or variations of it for coaches and administrators to begin to take seriously their responsibilities to abide by school policies and state non-discrimination laws?

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Happy Basket Cases

(mebbe ’cause Mechelle did the anti-jinx in her chat?)

Unbelievable! For long stretches tonight, the Mystics played, to put it nicely, some pretty crappy basketball. They committed 25 turnovers (and gave up 23 points off those TOs); they dribbled the ball out of bounds; they failed to inbound the ball in the required 5 seconds. They committed (or at least were called for) 22 personal fouls. Washington trailed Indiana for practically the entire game. But you know what? In the end it didn’t matter!

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LA v NY

I was finishing up with my UAE students, so my ticket went unused. Fortunately, Kathy Goodman came east: I can’t complain

The Sparks came in to play the New York Liberty at the end of a four-game, 10-day trip that had us zigzagging across time zones four times. Although the trip started rough in Indiana, we rallied from there, winning in Connecticut and Minnesota, moving us into fourth place in the Western Conference standings (and a playoff berth). We all were looking for a final win in New York to cap our trip, but it wasn’t to be. We fell to the Liberty on Friday night, 88-79, but I can’t complain.

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Catch as MVP

From Kevin Messenger: A Letter to the Fans and Media Voters of the WNBA – “Why Tamika Catchings Is the MVP of the WNBA – Why Not?”

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ODU’s Buchan savoring “best moment in my career”

If you’ve followed Ladyswish in the last couple weeks — and surely you have — you already know about Old Dominion’s Mairi Buchan leading the Great Britain National Team to its first Division B title. The Brits edged Slovakia 47-46 at the U20 European Championships in Kavadarci, Macedonia.

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