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Wednesday Links: Kristi Toliver's Game-Winner, Two Games Tonight

The story of the day is Kristi Toliver's big game-winning shot after an otherwise nightmarish performance.

Links for that and today's games follow.

  • Donald Bernat of Sports Page Magazine writes Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver might have set a record, "...for sheer distance covered in going from goat to hero in one second flat" with her buzzer beating 3-point shot to defeat the Tulsa Shock 76-75 in addition to the WNBA record for turnovers in a game with 14. Toliver deserves immense credit for having the presence of mind to get the shot off with the clock running down, but gave all the credit to the Shock for the 14 turnovers. Read more >>>
  • Ben Standig of CSN Washington previews the Washington Mystics' battle with the Minnesota Lynx tonight, noting that they cannot afford to continue giving away possessions against the defending champions and expect to win. On the bright side, the Mystics have been fairly exceptional in the third quarter thus far. Read more >>>
  • Roman Augustoviz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve felt that Sunday's 84-71 win against the Seattle Storm was her team's best game of the season, despite shooting under 50% for the first time this season. Defense and rebounding were a focal point, which make for an interesting matchip with the Mystics who are getting by on the same. Read more >>>
  • Mark Giannotto of the Washington Post writes that Washington Mystics guard Matee Ajavon is dealing with a right meniscus sprain that causes soreness occasionally. Nevertheless, she's fighting through it and Mystics coach Trudi Lacey is relying on her presence as the player who can break down a defense and create scoring opportunities for herself. Read more >>>
  • Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune writes that limiting turnovers will be the key to determine whether the Chicago Sky make the playoffs for the first time in playoff history. But Mitchell also points out that defensive focus is something the Sky have to improve upon. Read more >>>

As always, feel free to add any other links of interest in the comments along with your insights and general observations.