Friday Links: Previewing A Five-Game Friday Night In The WNBA

There are five games on the WNBA's schedule tonight, with a couple on the east coast that could be looked upon as significant for at least one team.

  • Ryan Black of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Atlanta Dream are not worried about their 2-4 start. Having bounced back from a 3-9 start last season to make the WNBA Finals, the Dream believe they simply need time to develop the chemistry with a number of new faces that other teams got more quickly. Read more >>>
  • Ben Standig of CSN Washington writes that the Washington Mystics' home game against the New York Liberty tonight might be a must-win affair. Standig notes that while stopping Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter isn't the only key to the game, keeping her under 20 points has been a recipe for success for opponents thus far this season. Read more >>>
  • Mike Brown of the Tulsa World reports that part of the reason for Jennifer Lacy's career-high 3-point shooting thus far this season (57.1%) is that she has put in a little extra time working on her shot and changed a few things. Read more >>>
  • Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune highlights the play of Epiphanny Prince, named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for her outstanding play last week, and reports that she thinks the reason for the Chicago Sky's franchise-best 4-1 start is better leadership and being closer than they were before. Read more >>>
  • From a Chicago Sky release, Shay Murphy will be unavailable to the team until June 24 as she fulfills a contractual obligation with the Montenegro women's national basketball team.
  • Doug Feinberg of the AP reports that Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi will be 100% in time for the Olympics, according to USA Basketball coach Geno Auriemma. Read more >>>
  • Charlie Springer of Card Game posted a brief photographic of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame including University of Louisville alum Angel McCoughtry. McCoughtry made it into the Hall of Fame faster than any other nominee in history. McCoughtry will also be recognized for her achievement at tonight's Atlanta Dream game. Read more >>>
  • Roman Augustoviz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve believes that the key to her team's 52.5% shooting to start the season is the result of, "...players understanding who they are and where there shots should come from." Rebekkah Brunson leads the team with a 63.5% field goal percentage. Read more >>>
  • Butler University Professor Terri Jett writes in the Indianapolis Star that the success of the WNBA represents the progress of Title IX over the last 40 years, noting that we can proud of the progress thus far while also acknowledging that we'll need at least another 40 years to achieve the full actualization of the landmark legislation. Read more >>>

Feel free to put any other links, insights, or predictions you have in the comments as well.

Also, happy Friday.


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