With only one game on the schedule last night and just a pair tonight, there's not a whole lot of big news out there so I took some time to start thinking about WNBA Draft prospects in addition to everything else.
We normally put together a list of players who we'll follow closely throughout the season and hopefully that'll be finalized by Monday. But more on that later. For now, links.
- Jayda Evans of the Seattle Times writes that the, "...Storm winning 78-65 to hand the Sun its sixth consecutive loss isn’t a feat. The game was more like a final tune-up for Seattle’s real challenge this season." The Storm now face the first place Minnesota Lynx three times straight and concludes the season against the Tulsa Shock, neither of which they've beaten this season. Read more >>>
- Raelee Tuckerman of the Bendigo Advertiser profiles Kelsey Griffin's improvement this season: in August, Griffin has averaged 9 points on 46.4% shooting and 4.8 rebounds while also shooting 40% from the 3-point line on as many attempts (15) as she took all of last season. In the interview, Griffin credits her success this season to her time playing in the Bendigo Spirit in Australia. Read more >>>
- Mike Brown of the Tulsa World writes that Candice Wiggins has emerged as one of the WNBA's top perimeter defenders this year, citing recent games in which opposing perimeter players have underperformed. Another key part of the Shock's defense, Liz Cambage, is questionable for tonight's game against the San Antonio Silver Stars, with the Shock looking for a franchise-record (in Tulsa) 10 wins. Read more >>>
- Ed Bemiss of National Sports Rankings updated his team offensive and defensive efficiency rankings the other day, with the Minnesota Lynx establishing a clear edge over the Los Angeles Sparks as the top offensive team and the Atlanta Dream and Chicago Sky at the top of the defensive rankings. The New York Liberty, who face the Indiana Fever tonight, are mired at the bottom of the offensive ratings for reasons Ray Floriani described earlier today. Read more >>>
- Christian Mordi of Slam Online posted his MVP rankings yesterday with the following top five: Candace Parker, Tamika Catchings, Sylvia Fowles, Angel McCoughtry, and Maya Moore. Read more >>>
- Slam Radio also had Glory Johnson on yesterday, "..to discuss her growth in her sophomore WNBA campaign; playing alongside Skylar Diggins and Liz Cambage; her master thesis on Pat Summit’s last year at Tennessee and more." Read more >>>
- We have started to think about some of the 2014 WNBA Draft prospects we're going to follow closely this college season and ESPN released its broadcast schedule the other day, which means WNBA fans can start noting games they might want to watch. The broadcast schedule features the usual suspects with most of the prospects we want to watch featured a number of times. SB Nation's Maryland site Testudo Times has also posted the Terps' women's basketball schedule (cross-posted on our front page), which will feature a prospect we'll definitely be watching in Alyssa Thomas. Three players not featured on that schedule who I'll personally make an effort to catch more of: Cal's Gennifer Brandon, Iowa State's Hallie Christofferson, and LSU Theresa Plaisance. Read more >>>
- Ted Leonsis of Monumental Sports made a case for Washington, D.C. to host a summer Olympics, citing facilities like the Verizon Center as reasons it would make a good location. Dave Zirin is not impressed. Read more >>>
- Alexander Abad-Santos of the Atlanta Wire summarizes the controversy surrounding Sophia Young noting explicitly that she's, "...essentially urging continued institutional bias against homosexuals." He also highlighted Lauren Jackson's response to Young: "Everyone deserves the right to love, to be accepted and to be treated equally. WORKING TOWARD A BETTER WORLD FOR ALL." Read more >>>
There might be more interesting links out there that you think folks should see so feel free to drop those in the comments or create a fanshot. If you have a longer commentary to make - especially about who you think are the top 2014 WNBA Draft prospects as the college season nears - feel free to write up a fanpost.