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Monday WNBA links: Injury updates for Essence Carson & Epiphanny Prince, Phoenix & Tulsa get first wins

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10 links to recap a weekend of action in the WNBA.

After an 0-3 start to the 2013 WNBA season, Phoenix Mercury coach Corey Gaines said he's ready to get back to what has always worked.
After an 0-3 start to the 2013 WNBA season, Phoenix Mercury coach Corey Gaines said he's ready to get back to what has always worked.
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My goal with these links: limit myself to 10.

That seemed like it would be tough after a weekend with 10 games and two developments on the injury front, but I tried to get it done anyway. Obviously, that means a number of links about events from the weekend were left out - probably more than usual - but this selection contains some of the more significant takeaways from this weekend's action from the perspective of local writers.

And the Roy Hibbert challenge.

  • John DeMarzo of the New York Post reported the full details of Essence Carson's injury yesterday. As described already by Ray Floriani this morning, Katie Smith stepped into her spot and performed admirably. Read more >>>
  • Marq Burnett of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recapped the Atlanta Dream's win over the New York Liberty on Friday, which was the game that Carson suffered her injury. Once again, turnovers were the story for the Liberty, who turned it over 19 times for 14 points. Read more >>>
  • Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune reported that Chicago Sky guard Epiphanny Prince has been diagnosed with a grade-two ankle sprain that will likely sideline her for two weeks. Despite returning to Europe for an examination there, Sky coach Pokey Chatman has said that Prince will return to Chicago for rehab. Without Prince on Sunday against the San Antonio Silver Stars, Elena Delle Donne led the Sky to victory with a career-high 23 points. Read more >>>
  • Terrence Thomas of the San Antonio Express-News opened his recap of the San Antonio Silver Stars' 81-69 win over the Chicago Sky on Friday night by discussing the home team's hustle and appropriately closed by talking defense. Center Jayne Appel's effort on defense helped hold Sylvia Fowles to seven field goal attempts and just nine points on a 38.6% shooting night for the Sky. Read more >>>
  • Benjamin Standig writing for the AP offered coach Cheryl Reeve's response to the Minnesota Lynx's loss to the Washington Mystics on Saturday in which Maya Moore fouled out: "I guess it can't help to have our Olympian on the bench, but our Olympians didn't play like Olympians today so I'm not sure it would have made much difference." Read more >>>
  • Monumental Network broadcast Kia Vaughn taking the Roy Hibbert challenge during Saturday's game. But am I wrong for suggesting that Ivory Latta was the real star of that show? Watch the video >>>
  • Gene Wang of the Washington Post wrote about Sugar Rodgers' transition to the WNBA on the day prior to the Minnesota Lynx facing Washington Mystics in D.C. Wang reports that Rodgers was "somewhat confounded" when her name wasn't called in the first round of the 2013 WNBA Draft. Read more >>>
  • John Altavilla of The Hartford Courant reported that the Connecticut Sun are in "an early, but somewhat serious, dilemma." After losing to the Washington Mystics on Friday, Donovan said, "We've never said we're going to the end with this roster. We've been evaluating since the beginning and will continue to do so." Read more >>>
  • Stephen Nesbitt of the Indianapolis Star reported that after the Phoenix Mercury's 82-67 win over the Indiana Fever on Saturday coach Corey Gaines said the experiment of changing their style to accommodate Brittney Griner is over. Nesbitt wrote, "Gaines said Phoenix is back to its "loosey-goosey, organized chaos" style." Read more >>>
  • Aaron Lommers of The Herald reported that coach Brian Agler didn't think the Seattle Storm were as sharp as they could have been defensively in their home loss to the Tulsa Shock on Friday night. And while the Storm's poor 3-point shooting was the story of the game, they also gave up five offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter that really hurt their chances. Read more >>>

Feel free to leave your thoughts on this weekend's action in the comments along with any other links that you think might be interesting or insightful for the community. Of course, if you have extended thoughts about any topic related to women's basketball, feel free to write a fan post to share with the community.