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Wednesday Links: Thompson sets record and the WNBA reacts to the NBA Finals

Tina Thompson is now the oldest player in WNBA history to record a 30-point game.

Tina Thompson (left) and the Storm got the better of Crystal Langhorne (right) and the Mystics on Tuesday night.
Tina Thompson (left) and the Storm got the better of Crystal Langhorne (right) and the Mystics on Tuesday night.

First, to catch up on the Mysitcs' early success and three-game win streak (which was snapped last night by Seattle) here is a Mechelle Voepel article from last Friday on espnW that focuses mainly on Michelle Snow and Tayler Hill and is about the chemistry the Mystics have between rookies and veteran players. Also a sign that the Mystics are getting some ink thanks to their hot start.

Also, yesterday Mark Giannotto wrote an article in The Washington Post revealing that Mystic rookie Emma Meesseman "was born with 50 percent hearing." Since the Mystics just played the Fever, the article includes quotes from Tamika Catchings about how she has dealt with hearing loss as well and been a role model to young kids who go through the same thing.

A blog post written by Catchings about the Fever's trip to the White House also came out yesterday on espnW. Cool to hear what the trip was like from her perspective and what President Obama was like behind the scenes.

But of course, we have to get to last night's game which saw the Storm top the Mystics, 96-86, in overtime. Ivory Latta cooled off and had just nine points, while Washington's bench contributed 32 (17 from Matee Ajavon and 12 from Michelle Snow). Meanwhile Seattle's Tina Thompson stole the show with a game-high 30 points. According to Elias, she became the oldest player (at 38 years and 128 days) in WNBA history to score 30 or more points in a game.

Taj McWilliams previously held that record after scoring 31 at 37 and 247 days. In addition, Cynthia Cooper dropped at least 30 four times while at the the age of 36, including a 42 point outing.

Here's an article on the Storm's win by Steve Hunter of The Associated Press, and another write up of the game on the Storm's website.

Thompson has announced that she will retire at the end of this season. She is the only remaining player who played in the WNBA's inaugural season of 1997.

Lastly, the Storm and Mystics weren't the only professional basketball teams who needed extra time last night. And since the Spurs v. Heat game had everyone talking, here is a storify of WNBA players reacting to last night's incredible NBA Finals game on Twitter: