Well, the Seattle Storm are now 1-7 after a loss to a strong Chicago Sky team while the Los Angeles Sparks handed the Connecticut Sun a loss to help the Sky move into first place in the Eastern Conference.
- Santosh Venkataraman contributing to the Seattle Times reports that Seattle Storm center Ann Wauters was trying her best to box out Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles last night to no avail. Fowles has a game-high 7 offensive rebounds to lead a dominant offensive rebounding for the Sky, which beat the Storm 25-4 on that end alone. Read more >>>
- Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Sky enjoyed winning comfortably for a change instead of pulling the game out in the last minute, but still suffered a scare when Fowles left the game briefly with an apparent ankle injury. Although Sky center Ruth Riley said Fowles isn't allowed to get injured this season, the performance of guard Epiphanny Prince - even when not scoring 30 - makes you wonder if she could single-handedly carry the team. Read more >>>
- Marc Allard of the Norwich Bulletin reports that last night was the first time that the Connecticut Sun have ever faced Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker at full strength and she left quite an impression. Parker was two assists short of a triple-double in an impressive road win for the Sparks, recording 33 points and 15 rebounds. Read more >>>
- John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant writes that Parker had a MVP performance last night, including a block on Sun center Tina Charles that Sun coach Mike Thibault called the play of the game. But the most significant problem statistically was that the Sun simply went cold in the fourth quarter: they shot 4-for-22 (18.2%) in the final period after entering the last ten minutes tied at 66. Read more >>>
- Roman Augustoviz of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Sparks are now 1-1/2 game behind the undefeated Minnesota Lynx, who will have an opportunity to set the league record for most consecutive wins to start a season (10) tomorrow in Phoenix. Read more >>>
- Mark Giannotto of the Washington Post reported that the Washington Mystics waived veteran point guard Dominique Canty yesterday after starting her in 5 of the team's first 6 games. Despite the starts, Giannotto notes that Mystics coach and GM Trudi Lacey had favored guards Matee Ajavon and Jasmine Thomas to run point in the fourth quarter. Read more >>>
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