TGIF everyone. Here are the links for your Friday:
Thursday Final Scores
The Minnesota Lynx defeated the Chicago Sky, 74-64, with Maya Moore making a late shot to give Minnesota a 65-64 lead with 1:18 left. Then Lindsay Whalen made another shot to give the Lynx a 67-64 lead with seconds left. Here's a recap from the Star-Tribune.
The Phoenix Mercury defeated the San Antonio Stars, 78-73 in overtime. Candice Dupree scored 20 points and added 18 rebounds, while Brittney Griner had five blocks, to get 117 for the season. That's a WNBA all-time high for blocks in a season, where she surpassed the record the late Margo Dydek had in 1998. Stars guard Becky Hammon played her first game since being named an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs, but she was scoreless. Here's a recap from WNBA.com.
The Seattle Storm blew out the Atlanta Dream 88-68. The crowd was pro-Shoni Schimmel, at least in part because the Atlanta Dream guard is from Oregon, where she lived on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. But the Storm will take the win, where Camille Little scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. In addition, Temeka Johnson scored 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Here's a recap from Seattle Times reporter Jayda Evans.
Racked's Chavie Lieber wrote a piece on why WNBA stars have trouble building their brands to the public. A number of women's basketball sources were quoted such as ESPN's Kate Fagan and Debbie Antonelli. In addition, so was Nate, who gave his take as to why the league isn't watched much, and that overseas play could be hurting WNBA players' branding opportunities. Click here to read.
Note of disclosure: Swish Appeal and Racked are both part of Vox Media. We made a post in December 2013 on the other non-SB Nation brands within our parent company. Since then, Vox.com, the company's flagship in-depth news features site has been launched.
Dave Zirin of TheNation.com asks why it has taken a long time for a men's sports team to hire a female coach. This ties heavily with the San Antonio Spurs hiring Becky Hammon as an assistant coach. Click here to read.
Former WNBA legend Teresa Weatherspoon was asked by TMZ about Becky Hammon's arrival to the NBA, and also about how male cheerleaders could enhance the league. Click here to watch the video.
ESPN's Mechelle Voepel has a nice column here on Washington Mystics guard Ivory Latta, who talks about how coaching at North Carolina has improved her game on the court. Click here to read.
Washington Mystics guard Bria Hartley gives an interview to Monumental Network's Dan Nolan. Nolan replaces Casey Phillips, who left for the St. Louis Rams NFL team in June. Click here to watch the interview with Hartley.
A number of you liked Phillips' video segments on Monumental Network when she was in D.C. So, I'll show a video of Phillips in her current job. Here's an interview she did with Rams Pro Bowl punter Johnny Hekker during their training camp. Click here to watch.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony is tonight. The major women's basketball inductees include the Immaculata University women's basketball teams that won the AIAW championships from 1972-1974. In addition, former NBA commissioner David Stern and Nolan Richardson, a former Tulsa Shock head coach will also be inducted. The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV. Click here to read more.
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