Posts Tagged ‘KeyArena’

(Is that the laziest, over-used, faux adjective of the 20-teens or what!?!?!), it’s just that when I look at the Dream’s 10-1 record, I’m not impressed. Yes, Angel IS On Fire, but as I mentioned earlier, it’s July 9th (ESPN2, 8pm and, Hello .com, the link to Ticketscalper doesn’t work) that I have circled on my schedule. ’cause until then, I still have Chicago (they who stomped the Sparks without a dinged up Syl) and Minnesota (they who also stomped the Sparks, but tomorrow ought to be interesting)  in a very entertaining Finals.

San Antonio reeeeeeally needs to get their team healthy. As do the Fever.

Seattle reeeeeally has to think about who they want to take with the first pick. Though I would agree with this: KeyArena: the WNBA’s best venue

Okay, so maybe Corey’s seat is not so toasty any more. Ah, the taste of victory. And the arrival on court of an Aussie. And the help of NBA friends saying “What the frack are you running?” CT Post’s Kevin Duffy writes: Griner’s time coming, but Saturday belonged to Taurasi

In 2006, Taurasi averaged 25.3 points per contest, the first of her five scoring titles. The following year, she made her playoff debut, guiding the Mercury to the WNBA title. In doing so, she became the seventh player in history to capture championships at the collegiate, professional and Olympic level.

At the time, Griner was in her second year of organized basketball. And she was already the subject of her first Sports Illustrated article.

“(Taurasi) has seen and done it all,” Griner said before Saturday night’s game at Mohegan Sun. “It just makes it easier when you come in and have a leader like that on the court.”

It does, especially when the leader shoots fadeaways off one foot, hits cutters with no-look passes and dominates a pro game with a casual offensive flair you’d expect to see in pick-up.

Hey, Van and Mike are now tied!

Speaking of the (almost) past: From Patricia Babcock McGraw: Thompson’s long ride about to end

Daily vitamins have helped.

So has a healthy diet and a relentless fitness regimen.

But the seemingly ageless Tina Thompson is still 38, no matter how many times she denies herself fast-food French fries. In WNBA time, or by any standards for a professional athlete, that’s pretty old.

What hasn’t gotten old is Thompson’s game, which is why the announcement of her retirement at the end of this season is sad for the WNBA, even though, at the same time, it is completely understandable and somewhat expected.

Speaking of the immediate future, I’m sure tired of the “Three to See,” aren’t you? I mean, what GOOD is it doing? Fan Interest In Rookies Leads The WNBA To Unprecedented Viewership Numbers.

Oh. Never mind!

Speaking of “Oh, never mind,” John at the Courant mines familiar territory: WNBA Roster Size A Problem For Connecticut Sun and Opponents.

Yes, I realize it’s a money issue. (Do the math: 12 teams. $100,000 per team. Approx $1 million from ESPN. It doesn’t add up) And I guess you can’t find players on the road to help you (I mean, ’cause why would you organize this across the league? ’cause it would make too much sense?). But I’ve said this before and I’ve said it again: are you looking for bodies or for actual talent? ’cause there’s a reason the starters +1/2 play all the minutes: the pool of talent isn’t that deep.

If young (or medium young) players want to play in the W and get cut.. do they deserve to be dragged across the country, not playing, maybe not working on their game.. just because you need a body to practice against? Or, because the players want 24 more people to get jobs (therefore not putting the pressure on THEM to perform and survive?)? Or should they, just like officials do, pay for their own professional development and earn a place on the roster?

This is cool!” Staten Island Ballers girls shoot to donate 10,000 basketballs

“We’re hearing the average player doesn’t have a basketball,” said Pete Lisi Jr., owner of Staten Island Paramount, the league’s biggest sponsor. “They can’t play on their own. They can’t practice on their own. One of the missions of the organization is to distribute basketballs to the youth of Staten Island.”

Looking forward to next “$20 if you can name all the teams in the Conference” college basketball season? Notre Dame is: Balanced powers await Irish women

Notre Dame women’s basketball coach Muffet McGraw has enjoyed the view of the Atlantic Coast Conference the past two seasons.
That view has been from the top of a ladder as McGraw was cutting down nets to celebrate the Irish advancing to the Final Four.
Seung Lee tries to stir up a little outrage, and then seems to agree with the number: Power Rankings: No. 5 women’s basketball

The fact that the Cal women’s basketball team, fresh off its first Final Four appearance, is only No. 5 in the power ranking is, personally, hogwash.

Upon further introspection, however, I do think the Bears landing No. 5 is fairer than it seems at face value for two reasons. First, it is just a testament to how successful 2013 was to Cal athletics as a whole. Second, the graduation of the seniors leaves the team thinner and more unknown, making it hard to gauge its potential.

Some coaching spots filled:

Katarski Named Seton Hill Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Packard Chosen to Lead TU Women’s Basketball Program (Those of us who follow coach Packard know she suffered a horrible loss recently. Hopefully this will be a healthy outlet for her and her family.)

Jessica Mannetti named Sacred Heart Women’s Basketball Head Coach

Another secured: Stewart shows faith in Heard with proposed raise

A little WATN? (Even though they added an “s” to her name, Yo can’t hide from us!) Lafayette hired ex-WNBA star Griffiths

Laura Keeley at the News Observer thinks Collegiate women’s basketball is at a crossroads

There was another notable conclusion from Ackerman’s work: there is a tremendous appetite for change.

And that thought was echoed locally.

“What’s happening, it’s really a welcome thing,” said Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie. “I don’t want it to stall in any way.”

The NCAA began to act on the Ackerman report this week. The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee announced it will immediately allow regional host institutions to play on their home courts, which was among the suggestions contained in the report.

BTW: For Women’s Coaches, Time No Longer Freezes in Summer

Suzie McConnell-Serio, the new women’s basketball coach at Pittsburgh, was excited to get a jump on the season.

Because of a new N.C.A.A. rule, she does not have to wait until the fall to get a chance to work with her team. Coaches are now allowed to work out with their players for eight hours a week — including two on the court — if the athletes are enrolled in summer school or have met certain academic benchmarks.

The rule took effect for men last summer. In the past, teams could work out with coaches in the summer only if the team was taking a foreign trip.

In International news, ‘ware the Turks! Turkey’s ‘basket fairies’ clinch bronze medal at Eurobasket

Turkish women’s basketball confirmed expectations, as the national team won the bronze medal at the FIBA European Championships held in France, dominating Serbia 92-71 in yesterday’s game.

Go Guam! Guam finishes strong to win gold medal

Happy Trails To You? WNBA star open to visit Manila

WNBA guard Kara Lawson said the other day she’s agreeable to visit Manila someday and encourage girls to play basketball in showing by example how it can lead to a career.

From USA Basketball: ‘ware, World, the US Hoop(eristsa)s are coming! (USA vs Mali  – July 8, 2013 @ 12:30 pm ET) A little Shoni. A little Hooper. And some more: Hooper overcomes anxiety, set to play on World Games team

“She kind of just blended in with everybody else at the beginning,” Coale said. “That happens a lot of the time due to nerves. Kids just aren’t comfortable with the situation. But Jordan did assert herself more and more, and she had a really good last day. She was very aggressive and has been ever since.

“We knew she could really shoot it and she was versatile. At Oklahoma, we refer to her kind of player as a ‘long, tall shooter.’ She’s just been fantastic for us.”

Next up in Colorado? The U19ers.

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taken down two teams.

Navy recovered. Army, not so much.

Mi & Me talk Conference Tournaments

What up, Seattle! KeyArena crowds already outpacing LA tournament attendance

Speaking of the Pac-12: Historic rally as UW women beat Oregon in Pac-12 tournament

A normal player looks at a 22-point deficit and doubt creeps in, wondering if the game can be won. But Washington point guard Jazmine Davis isn’t a normal player.

Teammate Kristi Kingma continued to tell her team they were OK despite last-placed Oregon shooting three-pointers to build an early lead in their Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament opener on Thursday.

And yes, June Daugherty lost an appendix, but Mr. Daugherty won the game.

There was an Aussie invasion. Is there now a British one? Tami Fagbenle has arrived for Harvard women

As the first McDonald’s All-American in the history of Harvard women’s basketball, Temi Fagbenle appeared ready for her star turn with the Crimson when she arrived on campus in 2011.

Born in Baltimore, Md., but raised as a British citizen when her Nigerian family moved to London when she was 2 years old, Fagbenle revealed herself to be charismatic, smart, worldly, and an enormous athletic talent as the highest-rated basketball recruit in Harvard women’s history.

A little optimism from the Dallas Morning News: Carlton: Why Longhorns fans can expect a quick rebound from women’s basketball program

Ditto from the Daily Tar Heel: UNC women’s basketball looks for deep ACC run

Last season, the North Carolina women’s basketball season was knocked out of the ACC Tournament in the quarterfinals by Georgia Tech and subsequently was not invited to the NCAA Tournament.

At 26-5, the No. 15 Tar Heels have a little less riding on this weekend’s tournament in Greensboro, but they’ll look to improve their shooting as they gear up for a likely NCAA berth.

In appreciation: Princeton says “Thank You, Seniors”

In admiration, from the WaPo’s Gene Wang: Maryland women’s basketball weathered injuries to grab No. 2 seed

Shortly before the 10th-ranked Maryland women’s basketball team was to begin practice earlier this week, junior forward Alyssa Thomas had been bothered with a touch of stomach discomfort. Coach Brenda Frese didn’t think twice before telling the Terrapins’ most indispensable player to stay home and rest.

With eight players at her disposal, including a former walk-on and another who had been a member of the volleyball team, Frese nonetheless conducted practice without a hint of distress in advance of Friday’s ACC tournament quarterfinal against Wake Forest. It’s what she and her assistants have been doing almost all season, and by this time, Frese has become an authority on managing a severely reduced roster.

From the Daily Camera: CU Buffs’ depth has become a strength

Way back in October, when practices first started, the Colorado women’s basketball team talked about its depth and the role it could play in the team’s success.

Since then, CU head coach Linda Lappe and her staff have done a great job in cultivating that depth in preparation for the postseason. Because of that, the No. 18 Buffaloes (24-5) could be a real factor in the Pac-12 Tournament this week at Seattle’s KeyArena.

Basketball at all levels is important: Cumberland County College women’s basketball team completes magical season with loss in region final

Before the season started, Cumberland County College women’s basketball coach James Boney looked at his team, which had gone 2-25 the previous year, and told them with a straight face that they were going to win the Region XIX championship.

Remarkably, his prediction nearly came true.

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From Jayda: Storm celebrates 2010 WNBA championship with Seattle

Storm PG Sue Bird told people this will probably be the year remembered for coach Brian Agler doing the Stanky Legg. Prodded by nearly 5,000 fans gathered at KeyArena on Friday night, he went to halfcourt and did the jig with players Camille Little, Svetlana Abrosimova, Ashley Robinson and Le’coe Willingham, who’s pictured right with G Tanisha Wright spraying champagne in the locker room postgame on Thursday.

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Boy, if home court counts for four points, the Storm are VERY happy they have home court. Notes Aaron Lommers at the Heraldnet:

The Atlanta Dream aren’t making it easy on the Seattle Storm.

The KeyArena crowd isn’t making in easy on the Dream.

And LJ’s glad the ‘rents are here. Writes Mechelle:

You might think Lauren Jackson, bruised and scratched up even more than usual after another battle with Atlanta in the WNBA Finals, would just collapse into an exhausted sleep. But she had other plans.

“I’ll be up all night. I’ll go home and watch the game. I’ll have a glass of wine,” Jackson said. “My parents are here, and they’ll cook me food. They’ve been making every meal for me.

“I’m their little baby. I feel stupid saying that, because I’m almost 30 years old, but they do take very good care of me.”

Hey, somebody should.

From Mike Allende at the Olympian: Out-of-sync Seattle relies on late free throws to move one win from WNBA title

If this is the last time the Seattle Storm plays in front of its home fans at KeyArena this season – and it might be – it wasn’t the prettiest way to go out, but it might have been the gutsiest.

Jayda writes that, with the 87-84 win,  the Storm is one win from WNBA title

Hope the last person to leave KeyArena on Tuesday turned off the lights.

The Storm doesn’t plan on coming back — at least not to play.

Nate writes that the Storm Just Make Plays To Win Game Two

Nobody will tell you that the Seattle Storm’s 87-84 win over the Atlanta Dream in KeyArena tonight was an example of how beautiful basketball can be.

“Sometimes, especially in final games of any sort, championship games, it’s never going to be — you can’t expect it to be — pretty,” said Storm point guard Sue Bird, who finished with eight points and four assists. “You’re not going to go out there and win by 20 and everything’s going to be honky-dory; it’s just not going to happen. You gotta grind it out.”

At Fanhouse, Michelle Smith writes the Scrappy Storm on Verge of WNBA Title

The Atlanta Dream got on a red-eye flight early Wednesday to go back home and prepare to defend their home court in the next two games of the WNBA Finals.

That defense better be good, because there’s no room for error.

Looks like the Hawks are stepping up to support the Dream.

Jerry Brewer says the Storm stands at doorstep of greatness

I was at a rockin’ KeyArena last night, and it wasn’t the prettiest game, but the Storm showed its most impressive trait — toughness. You can talk about the team’s dominant record, its three All-Stars (Lauren Jackson, Sue Bird and Swin Cash), its depth, its defense and its seemingly unbeatable aura. But, really, the essence is this team is simply that it’s physically and mentally tougher than every other team in the league this season. In a game in which everything was contested, in which a foul could’ve been called every second, the Storm improved to 21-0 at home this season. They’re up 2-0 in this series despite having won by a combined five points. But all that matters is the W.

Steve Kelly says the Seattle Storm shows city still loves good basketball, King5 says the Storm bring out young fans, and at the Seattle Weekly, you can Meet Two of Seattle Storm’s Biggest (And Tonight Happiest) Fans

It’s always  fun to review Jayda’s game thread. And don’t forget to check out the SPM Photo Gallery.

Force 10 is smart:  Storm officials are encouraging fans to gather at designated locations to view Game 3. Jayda knows Where to watch Game 3 of WNBA Finals with Storm fans

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From the AJC’s Pierce: Atlanta Dream: WNBA finals notebook

From Q: WNBA Finals matchup analysis: Dream and Storm share strengths, but the Storm have an edge

It might seem like a long time ago when the surprising 6-0 Atlanta Dream came to KeyArena in June for a showdown against the 5-1 Seattle Storm on national television at what seemed at the time to be a potential WNBA Finals preview.

The third-year franchise led by a second-year star looked like the Eastern Conference counterpart to the Storm’s emergent dominance in the West — a friend in Los Angeles who saw the Dream discomfit the Sparks told me, “They were tossing bombs down court like ol school LA Raiders — deep balls for layups.”

However, the Dream took a 90-72 beating at the hands of a Storm team still not quite at their best and seemed to come to a grinding halt, a fate suffered by more than one team in KeyArena this season.

From Duke: Duke Alum Bales Prepares for WNBA Finals Appearance

From Clay at SlamOnline: Two Ends Meet – How Seattle and Atlanta got this far.

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