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Women's Sports: The Reality of the Present and the Key to the Future

This is a critical time in the WNBA's existence. The league has made some progress, and as fans, we have a chance to help it to grow. I have written more on the subject here.

5 Reasons New York Fans Should Watch the WNBA Instead of Monday Night Football Tonight | Complex

My favorite reason: "Shannon Bobbitt Has the Best Ankles Broken per Minute Rate in Basketball History." I will contact James and we will get to putting together the league-wide BAB/min rankings ASAP.

Liberty vs. Storm game forced onto ESPN Classic

Nate writes a note on SB Nation Seattle regarding the fact that his Storm got overtaken by the Little League World Series.

New York Liberty Hold Chicago Sky To One Point Fourth Quarter In 59-49 Win

Implied by the fact that the New York Liberty held the Chicago Sky to one point in the fourth quarter today is that they held them without a field goal. In doing so, the Liberty became the first team in WNBA history to hold their opponent to 1 point in a quarter since the four quarters format was adopted in 2006, according to a Liberty release. Also noteworthy about that defensive effort: the Liberty held Sky center Sylvia Fowles without a field goal for the entire second half.

New York Liberty Sign Ta'Shia Phillips, Waive Felicia Chester

In the course of four months, Ta'Shia Phillips has become an expert in WNBA transactions through experience: she has been drafted, traded, made an 11-player roster, taken a roster spot while injured, waived, and signed as a third team has acquired her rights today. The New York Liberty announced that they have waived Felicia Chester - who has had a similarly busy introduction to the WNBA - to accommodate the addition of Phillips. It's hard to say exactly what she'll bring to the Liberty because she played so sparingly with the Mystics, but as expected based upon college performance she was a strong rebounder with an impressive offensive rebounding percentage over 20%. Phillips will be available to play tonight against the Washington Mystics, who traded for and waived her.

New York hangs on for a 94-82 win over Tulsa

Just how Tulsa learned the tough way you can't win playing just three quarters on Tuesday against Seattle, New York nearly got taught the same lesson by the Shock on Thursday afternoon. After leading by as many as 18 points in the 3rd quarter, Tulsa cut the lead to one point with 4:52 to play. But the Libs woke up to finish the game, going on a 7-2 run and then playing the foul game to spread the game out even more. Leaders were 24 points and 12 rebounds from Kia Vaughn on 12-of-14 shooting. Cappie finished with 23 points and 10 assists, and three others hit double-digit scoring. For the Shock, the rookies were the story. Lizzie Cambage with 22 points on 8-of-9 shooting and a 6-of-6 effort from the line. Kayla Pedersen chipped in 18 on 5-of-8 and also a perfect 6-of-6 from the line.

Whisenant named Head Coach/GM for the Liberty

The New York Liberty announced today that John Whisenant has been named Head Coach and General Manager of the Liberty. From their statement: "John is a proven winner with tremendous experience and an impressive resume, including a WNBA Championship and Coach of the Year award in 2005," said Scott O'Neil. "Liberty fans will appreciate how hard the team will play on both ends of the court, and enjoy the continuation of the journey to build a team that will bring a title to New York."

Could John Whisenant Be A Front-runner For The Liberty?

A couple of sources have given us reason to believe that John Whisenant is a front-runner - if not the choice - for the New York Liberty job(s). Whisenant would seem to fit most of what The Guru's sources told him about who would fit the bill for the open coaching and general manager positions: The clues from the Guru's source indicated the potential candidate is someone who had been a head coach in the WNBA, is out of the league now, but would get both jobs and has experience in the dual positions. If they choose to go the dual position route, there aren't a whole lot of other people available...

Carol Blazejowski Leaves The New York Liberty

Perhaps it's best to go out on top? New York Liberty president and general manager Carol Blazejowski seemed optimistic about the Liberty's chances to build on a successful 2010 season in the article linked above. Yet after helping to rebuild the New York Liberty franchise for the 2010 season, they announced today that Blazejowski will leave the team. With coach Anne Donovan already leaving to coach Seton Hall University, this leaves the Liberty in a position of uncertainty, but also with a clean slate to move forward with the Cappie Pondexter era. Update: Mel Greenberg gives an extended analysis of the situation.

Photo Gallery: SPM's ECF Game 2 Photos

Nice photo gallery from Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Atlanta Dream and New York Liberty by Tara Polen of Sports Page Magazine.

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