Wednesday WNBA Links: An Exciting Finish In Tulsa & Familiar Struggles For The Storm

If you can't see a game, you sort of hope that it's not exciting so you didn't miss anything.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the case last night in Tulsa - with WNBA LiveAccess experiencing some technical difficulties, the Tulsa Shock and Phoenix Mercury went down to the wire. Surely, thewiz06 wasn't the only one who thought that he wanted his $5 back.

Thankfully, there is video of what transpired.

  • Tulsa's News On 6 posted video of the Tulsa Shock's apparently exciting 89-87 loss to the Phoenix Mercury last night. Scholanda Dorrell last second basket to send the game to overtime was waived off after the officials ruled that it came after the buzzer. That would've been a fun one to watch. Read more >>>
  • Mike Brown of the Tulsa World adds a little detail about the Shock's loss writing that, "One official ruled the basket good, but after consulting the game monitors, the three-person crew ruled it off and Tulsa had its second loss in 2012." Dorrell was obviously disappointed with the outcome but also felt the Shock could have done things to avoid the game being determined by video technology. Read more >>>
  • Troy Littledeer has shared some of his photos from the Shock's loss last night as well as their home opener against the San Antonio Silver Stars. View here >>>
  • Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times reports that the Seattle Storm are still searching for their identity after falling to 0-2 for the first time since 2003 with last night's 74-61 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks. Part of finding that identity will be addressing a familiar problem: the Storm committed 19 turnovers, which the Sparks turned into 24 points. Read more >>>
  • Evans added in her blog that, "The flashy backcourt of Bird and Wright was horrendous, committing more turnovers (nine) than points (seven) combined. Seattle has a lot of work to do and luckily has time." Read more >>>
  • Donald Barnat of Sports Page Magazine looks at the other end of those Storm turnovers by highlighting the Sparks' newfound defensive intensity. Although the addition of guard Alana Beard is an obvious reason for the Sparks' improved defense, new coach Carol Ross highlighted the development of Kristi Toliver defensively as a major factor in limiting Bird last night. Read more >>>
  • Scott B of Hoops Insider also addressed the Storm's turnover problems in his summary of the WNBA's opening weekend posted yesterday, summarizing what shifted the momentum of the first game by saying that the, "...ball pressure from the Sparks led to some Seattle TOs and easy run-outs." Read more >>>

  • Vin Cherwoo of the AP reports that New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter says shooting the ball 23 times as she did last night in an 80-62 loss to the Minnesota Lynx is not her game. Pondexter thinks that the Liberty have to pound the ball inside in their next game against the Atlanta Dream on Friday. Read more >>>

  • John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant lays out the case for Tina Charles as the best center in the WNBA. He includes that, "...Charles already has secured the two highest single-season rebounding totals in league history, with 398 in 2010 and 374 in 2011. No one had ever had more than 363 (Cheryl Ford) in any season." Just to add to that with some Basketball-Reference data: Ford had a higher total rebounding percentage (22.72%) in 2006, which Altavilla referred to, and 2005 (21.43%) than Charles has in either of her two years. Read more >>>

We'll also have plenty more about the Liberty-Lynx game last night, but feel free to add any additional links about the league - or women's basketball in general - or comment on anything that happened last night.

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