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Hoops Happening: A roundup of another wild weekend in the WNBA!

Plus, a mini injury report from around the league, the latest in #WatchMeWork 3.0, (ICYMI) a Dreamy camp diary from Layshia Clarendon, lots of links, scorching the status quo and more. This is today in women’s basketball for Monday June 18, 2018!

DeWanna Bonner (foreground) makes a run for it with Brittney Griner in pursuit.
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It was another wild weekend in the WNBA! The Indiana Fever clenched their first win of the season and the Phoenix Mercury won their eighth straight game for a 10-3 record and a move to the #2 spot in the standings. The LA Sparks are at #1 with an 8-2 record, while the Seattle Storm have now surged to an 8-3 record and #3 in the standings — past the Connecticut Sun who have dropped to #4. The New York Liberty and Chicago Sky have fallen to 9th and 10th, respectively.

Recaps of the weekend’s contests

Next up on the court

WNBA game action resumes on Tuesday June 19 with a stacked schedule of five games.

Stay tuned for previews!

Injury report

The injury bug is biting, with two players key to the Atlanta Dream’s success going down recently: Brittney Sykes (right foot) and Tiffany Hayes (left ankle). Prognoses and timelines for their return have not been provided yet.

Here are some of the other notable players who are currently out due to injuries:

  • Karima Christmas-Kelly (Dallas Wings) — knee, out for season
  • Chiney Ogwumike (Connecticut Sun) — knee, missed one game
  • Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut Sun) — shoulder, missed a few games
  • Stefanie Mavunga (Indiana Fever) — ankle, did not return Saturday

Watch Me Work 3.0

The WNBA promotional video series continues! Twelve-year WNBA veteran Candice Dupree discusses her head-down approach to on-the-court work, demanding a lot of herself and her teammates to get her Indiana Fever squad to the next level and setting an example for young girls.

Mystics star Elena Delle Donne discusses the on-court adrenaline rush she lives for and never wants to go away, the sacrifices required to chase championship dreams and the importance of her relationship with her family.

England-born Elizabeth Williams of the Atlanta Dream explains why she doesn’t have a British accent, how basketball was integral to her education and the intellectual aspects of basketball that intrigue her most.

Reigning WNBA MVP Sylvia Fowles of the Minnesota Lynx was featured earlier this season along with Stefanie Dolson of the Chicago Sky.

Camp diary from Layshia Clarendon

It’s all rainbows and candy wholesome organic goodies.

Link lush

  • Diana Taurasi’s WNBA Pride Night EQUALITY shoes were pretty dreamy. There’s an old-school boxer vibe to these kicks.
  • Figure skater Adam Rippon, a self-appointed “glamazon, ready for the runway” and the most recent winner of Dancing with the Stars: Athletes, was the Mercury’s special guest at the team’s Pride Night celebration. Here he is, on locker room duty with the shoeless ladies.
  • The Indiana Fever have waived Jazmon Gwathmey and signed Asia Taylor. Taylor will join the team on Monday, as they seek to get a win on the road.
  • The Jr. NBA World Championship happened! Here’s what Bandits Elite star Kenzie Willis had to say about the competition.
  • Skylar Diggins-Smith recruited her dad to help coach the Soldiers and the phenomenal guard gave a big shout-out to those men who support and foster the development of girls and women.
  • The LA Sparks with Michael Cooper are hosting a co-ed basketball clinic for kids. It starts this weekend and registration information can be found HERE.
  • Tamika Catchings was the guest speaker at the LA Sparks’ basketball camp. If these kids don’t yet know how lucky they were to be in the presence of such high-character greatness, maybe they can read about Catchings on the internet when they get a little older.

Scorching the status quo

Imani McGee-Stafford has been scorching the status quo since the first time she spoke publicly about her experiences with childhood sexual abuse and mental illness. Here, she raises important points about how the #MeToo movement has changed the “portrait of the victim” and why sexual abuse and assault are never the victim’s fault.

Click HERE for more on McGee-Stafford’s story and her advocacy for suicide prevention.

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