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Hoops Happening: Today in women’s basketball (and beyond) — Thursday May 24, 2018

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Jewell Loyd had a monster game for the Storm but reigning MVP Sylvia Fowles made history. Read on for recaps of all of yesterday’s games, a look ahead to today’s matchups, Breanna Stewart’s ‘Sh*t Tall People Hear,’ links and more!

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Miss yesterday’s games and how Jewell Loyd scored 29 points on the Phoenix Mercury, while Sylvia Fowles made history for the Minnesota Lynx? Read on for recaps of all three of yesterday’s games.

In need of some LOLZ? Breanna Stewart brings it with Sh*t Tall People Hear.

Bonus coverage: “Links Appeal.”

And ... introducing a new section to this column: “Everyday Sexism, Everyday Racism: Literally. Every. Day.”

Game recaps

Atlanta Dream grabbed Windy City win over the Chicago Sky, 81-63

Tiffany Hayes had a big game for the Dream, with 22 points, and Brittney Sykes, Elizabeth Williams and Angel McCoughtry also contributed double digits in scoring. For the Sky, Allie Quigley’s 13 points (and quiet games from Stefanie Dolson, Diamond DeShields and Gabby Williams) were not enough to keep the game close.

The question that remains for Chicago is: Which player not named Allie Quigley can be counted on for consistent scoring?

Dallas Wings make strong second-half rally but fall to the Minnesota Lynx, 68-76

As predicted, Lynx superstars would seek to show out against the Wings following Minnesota’s upset loss to the LA Sparks in its season opener — and Sylvia Fowles did just that with a game-high 23 points, 20 rebounds and 5 steals, in a history-making double-double.

Liz Cambage had a double-double for the Wings: 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Despite losing the game, the Wings should take pride in its comeback effort. Had Glory Johnson been on the court, Dallas may have won. But with Johnson expected to miss at least four weeks with a hamstring injury, someone else will need to step up on offense.

Seattle Storm evened season series in 87-71 win over Phoenix Mercury

Phoenix Mercury fans should officially be worried about this team’s ability to get wins against the strongly-contending teams in the west, like the Seattle Storm and LA Sparks. Despite the first win of the season series against Seattle, Phoenix lost two preseason games to the Storm as well, making it a 3-1 series record for the 2018 WNBA preseason and regular season combined.

Seattle has demonstrated an ability to win in different ways, on both ends of the court. Last night, Breanna Stewart had a low-scoring 9 points, which was no problem at all, thanks to her “dawg’s” hot paw hand, meaning 29 points from Jewell Loyd. But emoji eyeballs should be placed all over Stewart’s 11 rebounds — a strong contribution to Seattle’s 33 for the game (compared to 23 for the Mercury).

Diana Taurasi was the high-scorer for Phoenix with 23 points and Brittney Griner chipped in 18. DeWanna Bonner had a near-double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds. The questions for Phoenix are: 1) Which players not named Taurasi and Griner can be counted on as #3 scoring options. 2) How will Head Coach Sandy Brondello get more out of Briann January in terms of playmaking as well as scoring?

Today’s games

Sisters Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike go head-to-head as the LA Sparks face the Connecticut Sun at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. EST.

Also at 7 p.m. EST, the Washington Mystics face the 0-3 Indiana Fever at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN on ESPN 3.

Other happenings in women’s hoops

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Sh*t Tall People Hear with Professional Basketball Player Breanna Stewart | Red Bull

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