Lindsay Whalen, Lynx right at home in Xcel Center in Game 1 win and two from the Star Tribune: Maya Moore, well-rested Lynx crush Phoenix in WNBA semifinal opener and Confidence oozes from focused Lynx in playoff opener
Lynx players looked like a loose bunch 7 ½ hours before their playoff opener Wednesday. They concluded their morning workout with a shooting contest from half court, laughing and oohing after each miss.
Naturally, Maya Moore won the competition by being the first player to make from that distance. Does she ever lose at anything?
“We’re just confident,” Moore said of the relaxed mood. “We know who we are. When you don’t know who you are, you might be a little anxious.”
The defending WNBA champions set a league playoffs record for points.
There were a few different Candace Parkers at the Pyramid in Long Beach on Wednesday night.
There was scowling Candace Parker after two first-quarter fouls. There was screaming Candace Parker after a hard-fought layup. There was smiling Candace Parker after she poured in 19 first-half points.
And then there was smirking Candace Parker, who ducked into the lane, finished a flashy layup and glanced at a leaping Magic Johnson before running back on defense.
Guess the big question is, when the Lynx face the Merc in Arizona, will JMac and Cruuuuuuz be on the court?
The newly crowned MVP of the WNBA carefully reaches out and hands her guest a prized possession.
“Here it is,’’ the Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike says with a big smile.
It is not the MVP trophy, which Ogwumike will receive Wednesday night at the Pyramid in Long Beach before the Sparks host the Chicago Sky in the first game of the WNBA semifinals.
It is not a championship ring, which Ogwumike hopes to win next month as the Sparks have a legitimate chance to win their first league title in 14 years.
It’s a Chipotle “Chiptopia” rewards card.
Ogwumike was sandwiched in between two of the most highly anticipated rookies in league history, players that were pre-destined to be franchise-changers.
And then there was Nneka. The Stanford All-American was athletic, smart and all-hustle. She was headed to Los Angeles where the resident superstar on the roster was Candace Parker. She would be a supporting player, a second option.
Until she wasn’t.
And the winner is… Breaking down the results of the WNBA Draft Lottery
International: I Should Be Able to Play Basketball in a Hijab by Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir
A defining moment of the Rio Olympics occurred within moments of the American delegation entering Maracana Stadium. The procession was led by swimming legend Michael Phelps as flag-bearer who, after a few strides, gestured for teammates to join him. On that front line stood my friend Ibtihaj Muhammad, a Black Muslim American athlete, who in that beautiful moment symbolized diversity, acceptance and inclusion.
All I could do was gratefully live vicariously through Ibtihaj, because at that moment, I realized it may be the closest I get to reaching the Olympics myself.
Congrats, Molly: USF women’s basketball finds new head coach
Women are making enormous progress in all levels of American sport, in all different sorts of positions. It might seem surprising, but one area in which that advancement has stalled is in coaching women’s teams.
White’s rise in the coaching world has been rapid — and unusual because it coincided with her ascent as a broadcaster. After leading Purdue to the NCAA championship and winning national player of the year honors in 1999, she played five seasons in the WNBA and then went to work as a college coach at Ball State, Kansas State and Toledo. She transitioned to broadcast work in 2007 and began working the summers as a WNBA assistant.
BOOM and Ka-CHING! Beth Burns wins wrongful termination lawsuit vs. SDSU
Former San Diego State women’s basketball coach Beth Burns won her wrongful termination lawsuit against the university Wednesday, receiving a $3.35 million judgment from a San Diego Superior Court jury for whistleblower retaliation after complaining about potential Title IX violations.
The trial lasted four weeks. The five-woman, seven-man jury deliberated two days before voting 9-3 in Burns’ favor – the minimum required in a California civil court – on the key question in the verdict instructions from Judge John Meyer.
“For me, I had no choice,” Burns, SDSU’s winningest women’s basketball coach, said of her three-year legal battle. “No one wants to do this. But I didn’t think I had a choice because they were saying that I hit somebody, that I was a bad person, and I just couldn’t live with at least not trying to clear my name.