Saturday morning WNBA links: Angel for MVP?

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McCoughtry continued her statistical dominance of the league, but, while she may be the best individual player, the Sparks are making their case as the best team instead of the Lynx.

  • Michelle Smith of espnW writes about Shavonte Zellous' breakout season. Zellous' scoring average has declined a bit since the beginning of the season, but she remains in the conversation for MIP.
  • Ticha Penicheiro writes on espnW about her travels to Angola in early August to help inspire underpriveleged kids to achieve their dreams in basketball and life.
  • Will Sammon of Newsday recaps the Mystics' 66-57 victory over the Liberty Friday night. The Mystics obviously didn't score a lot of points, but they pulled out the win and gained a full game on every team in the Eastern Conference save for Chicago and Atlanta, who are going to be difficult to catch anyway. In the Mystics' two previous games versus the Liberty combined they were outscored 60-37 in the fourth quarter. Friday night they won the final frame, 21-13.
  • Check out Mike Thibault on Coaches' Corner on Monumental Network. Thibault talks about being impatient but somewhat satisfied with the progress of the Mystics' turnaround. He also reflects on how well the rookies are making him look for how he handled the draft despite not getting one of the "3 to See."
  • Casey Phillips interviewed Ivory Latta about the Mystics playing volleyball at practice to keep things lighthearted. When they just have fun and play with no fear "great things happen" for them, as Latta says.
  • George Henry of The Associated Press recaps the Dream's 88-57 blow out of the Sun. Atlanta avenged a loss to Connecticut just two days earlier and snapped a four-game losing streak. Angel McCoughtry led the way with 30 points and kept her spot atop the WNBA scoring leaderboard. As of games played through August 14, McCoughtry led the WNBA in total points/rebounds/assists/steals/blocks per game pretty comfortably with 36.1. Tina Charles was second with 33.2. It might be hard to give the MVP award to McCoughtry if Candace Parker does indeed lead the Sparks to the best record in the league. But just a thought. McCoughtry also leads the top 10 MVP candidates in turnovers per game with 4.16 and has the fourth-worst field goal percentage at 41.3 percent (as of August 15).
  • Kelly Parsons of The Star Tribune recaps the Shock's 83-77 win over the Lynx. Tulsa won this game even though Glory Johnson did not play and Liz Cambage again showed how good she and the Shock can be.
  • The Tulsa Shock lead the league in merchandise sales. And it's not surprising that the top five best selling jerseys are the five most hyped draft picks in recent memory: Brittney Griner, Skylar Diggins, Elena Delle Donne, Maya Moore and Candace Parker. However, it is perhaps a bit surprising that Parker is fifth out of that group.
  • Curtis Zupke of The Associated Press recaps the Sparks' 94-72 home win over the Fever. Kristi Toliver was the game's high scorer as she helped extend Los Angeles' winning streak to six games. The Sparks also tied Minnesota as the best team in the league with the win.
  • Jim Alexander of The Press-Enterprise writes about Layshia Clarendon's bright future in the WNBA. Clarendon is from Southern California, so Friday's game at L.A. was a homecoming for the Fever rookie.
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