So, here we are, sitting, wondering if there’s anything in Phoenix and Chicago’s tank. I sure hope so….
Minnesota and Los Angeles , the top two teams in the WNBA during the regular season, have looked every bit the best in the league during the WNBA semifinals. Both have 2-0 leads. Now it’s up to Phoenix and Chicago, with some help with their home crowds, to try to extend their respective series.
That’s going to be tough, because the Lynx and Sparks really have not left the door open for that to happen. The Mercury and Sky are going to have to force it open by taking the series leaders out of their comfort zones.
The Phoenix Mercury showed progress against the Minnesota Lynx in Game 2 of their WNBA semifinal series, losing by 10 points instead of 18 and outscoring the Lynx by a point over the final three quarters.
Even so, the Mercury are back in elimination game jeopardy going into Game 3 in the best-of-5 on Sunday and will remain so for the remainder of the series.
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Though she makes the game of basketball look easy, Maya Moore has a natural aversion to anything effortless. The Lynx forward prefers to see what she and her team can do under the most difficult of circumstances, which is why she was so excited to fly to Phoenix on Saturday.
The Lynx can sweep the Mercury out of the WNBA semifinals with a victory in Sunday’s Game 3 at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Despite a pair of double-digit triumphs at Xcel Energy Center, they understand how tough it is to deliver the knockout blow — especially against an opponent as gritty and gifted as Phoenix.
After sitting out all of last season because of the NCAA transfer rule, Kansas women’s basketball guards Jessica Washington and McKenzie Calvert were more than happy to step back on the court at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday.
For Washington, a transfer from North Carolina, it was her first time to play in front of the home crowd.
Ohio State: Cooper embracing role as lone senior
Although the freshmen haven’t registered an official game yet, McGuff said they are already benefitting from Cooper’s guidance.
“If they are out of place or not quite understanding what they are supposed to do, she can articulate to them what they are supposed to be doing and how they are supposed to be doing it in a way that they get,” McGuff said.
Down in the Bayou:
For some people, the number 13 is unlucky and to be avoided at all costs.
But for LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Fargas, 13 is a number she loves mentioning, as much as she can.
After a year in which injuries followed the summertime dismissal of All-Southeastern Conference guard Danielle Ballard left the Lady Tigers at times with only six scholarship athletes, Fargas has a relative population explosion on her hands heading into the 2016-17 campaign.
It is the dawn of a new era of the University of Colorado women’s basketball team. And under the direction of new coach JR Payne, some shortcuts the Buffaloes may have gotten away with in the past no longer will be tolerable.
In that spirit, Payne instilled a preseason conditioning drill in which her players had to complete a one-mile run within a prescribed time. For guards, that mark was seven minutes. It was seven and a half for post players.
To her surprise, a few Buffaloes staggered in past the deadline. Under the new regime, falling short of such goals is not acceptable.
While somewhat inevitable considering the previous season’s record, the Illinois State women’s basketball team won six more games in 2015-16.
Yet an 8-20 record that followed a 2-28 debacle is hardly reason for fourth-year Redbird coach Barb Smith to feel contented.