Thursday WNBA Links: Pokey Chatman Calls Out Sylvia Fowles, Chicago Sky; Shekinna Stricklen Shines In Loss

There were three games yesterday as "camp week" - if you will - nears its end.

And after another disappointing performance, one coach had harsh words for her team again.

  • Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune reports that coach Pokey Chatman had harsh words for the Chicago Sky after they lost their seventh game in the last eight. Well, she really just reiterated the same words from this weekend: "We're not a very good basketball team right now." Sky center Sylvia Fowles' 6-point performance was a focal point of that game and Mitchell alludes to two reasons for that: Fowles not taking advantage of touches and the Sky turning the ball over 22 times (which led to 31 points for the San Antonio Silver Stars). Read more >>>
  • Jim Fuller of the New Haven Register has video of the Connecticut Sun's post-game Olympic sendoff ceremony for Tina Charles and Asjha Jones after their 85-73 win over the Washington Mystics yesterday. Although he says the win was not as routine as the final score might indicate, it did have an unfortunately familiar feel for the Mystics: they were beat at their strength (offensive rebounding) again and gave up 23 points off of their 16 turnover. Read more >>>
  • John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant notes another impressive performance for Connecticut Sun guard Kara Lawson in her "resurgent" season. In addition to her 19 points and team-high 3 steals, Lawson's 4 assists and no turnovers made her the team's most efficient distributor as well. Read more >>>
  • TJ Cotterill of The News Tribune reports that point guard Sue Bird felt the Seattle Storm weren't on the same page offensively or defensively in their 70-59 home loss to the Atlanta Dream yesterday. Yet there was a bright spot: rookie Shekinna Stricklen led the team in points (16) and rebounds (9) and accounted for 45.21% of the team's overall statistical production. Read more >>>
  • Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World reports that the Tulsa Shock will be looking to cut down on the defensive breakdowns tonight in Minnesota after allowing the Lynx to shoot a WNBA single-game record 69.5% on Tuesday at the BOK Center. Cooper reports that rookie forward Glory Johnson thought there was "a lot of confusion defensively." Read more >>>
  • Roman Augustoviz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that point guard Lindsay Whalen attributes the Minnesota Lynx' three consecutive losses recently to porous defense. Read more >>>

Feel free to drop any other links in the comments as well as your own insights and/or predictions for today's games.

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