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Daily Swish: Team USA survives, Liz Cambage's injury, and the Mighty Macs are returning to the Garden
by Swish Appeal
posted September 20, 2014 at 4:47pm

Here are some links for your Saturday. Here are some links to start your Saturday off right, so I'll just cut to the chase: Team USA's win over Australia John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant has a recap on Friday's Team USA victory over Australia -...more

Team Australia center Liz Cambage may have torn her Achilles tendon
by Swish Appeal
posted September 20, 2014 at 2:17pm

If confirmed, this would be a big blow to the Australian Opals basketball team. Team Australia center Liz Cambage suffered a leg injury during Friday's 72-66 loss to the USA Basketball women's national team, which was a tune-up for the FIBA World Champ...more

WNBA playoffs most-viewed postseason since 2007, according to ESPN
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted September 19, 2014 at 6:28pm

Not only did Phoenix reset the record books during its championship season, it drew a few more television viewers along the way. Here are some highlights of the Mercury's Game 3 win in the WNBA Finals. Below is a release from ESPN about the increased view...more

Candice Dupree will join USA Basketball in Paris, FGCU's rise, Sheila Johnson on Title IX
by Swish Appeal
posted September 18, 2014 at 2:39pm

10 links from yesterday, ranging from some Team USA news to the upcoming NCAA season to discussions about Title IX's impact. Yesterday was a slow day overall, but there was some news about USA Basketball: after years of being snubbed, Phoenix Mercury f...more

Skylar Diggins, Bria Hartley, and the developmental trajectory of rookies
by Swish Appeal
posted September 18, 2014 at 2:18pm

Washington Mystics rookie Bria Hartley was cut from the USA Basketball Women's National Team over the weekend, but coach Geno Auriemma said that she was one of a group of players who has "a future in the game" despite poor timing this time around. But...more

Storm 2014 Exit Interviews: Alysha Clark provided a spark in the starting lineup
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted September 17, 2014 at 1:53pm

Series Note: The Storm did not advance to the postseason for the first time since 2003. The team held its exit interviews in August. This series will feature conversations from the 12-player roster. PG Sue Bird's conversation was a feature used in the new...more

What's next for the Chicago Sky after losing the 2014 WNBA Finals?
by Swish Appeal
posted September 16, 2014 at 4:09pm

After losing the 2014 WNBA Finals to the Phoenix Mercury, what's next for the Chicago Sky? And what sort of offseason improvements should they be looking to make, aside from getting healthy? Philip Hersh of the Chicago Tribune suggested in an article a...more

USA Basketball beat Canada in exhibition, 76-51
by They're Playing Basketball
posted September 16, 2014 at 4:07pm

The U.S. Women's National Team overcame a slow start to down Canada, 76-51, in an exhibition tonight. Nneka Ogwumike paved the way with 10 points.Canada turned in a strong performance.The four players who were cut prior to tonight's game were Briann Janua...more

Tuesday morning links: Sylvia Fowles out for World Championships, Team USA beats Team Canada, Kia Nurse impresses
by Swish Appeal
posted September 16, 2014 at 3:56pm

Links from yesterday, including some updates on who might be on the final USA Basketball Women's National Team roster. With Team USA facing and beating Team Canada yesterday, there were plenty of articles about players on both sides with content releva...more

USA roster trimmed to 13
by They're Playing Basketball
posted September 16, 2014 at 3:51pm

Tickets to the France International Tournament Sept. 19-21 have been punched:Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx), Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tina Charles (New York Liberty), Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics), Jantel Lavender ...more

The 2014 WNBA season by the numbers: Are the 2014 Phoenix Mercury the best ever?
by Swish Appeal
posted September 15, 2014 at 12:19pm

How does the 2014 Mercury compare to the other great teams in WNBA history? Was the 2014 season competitive or non-competitive? We blow some dust off our math books and take a look at the numbers. With Phoenix's dominant run through the 2014 WNBA sea...more

2014 United States Women's World Championship Roster: Who should make the team?
by Swish Appeal
posted September 14, 2014 at 3:31pm

With the 2014 WNBA Finals concluding on Friday night -- and congrats to my beloved Phoenix Mercury on their third WNBA Championship -- the focus moves towards the 2014 World Championships. For a long time, I've dreamed about holding a key position in t...more

Head Injuries: The Wrong Lesson
by The First Line
posted September 14, 2014 at 3:30pm

Back when I was so foolish as to write about other sports, one of the first stories that caught my attention, in part because I once found myself sitting across the aisle from her at an invitational,* was that of Jamie Carey. Some of you more dedicated w...more

2014 WNBA Finals: The value of Candice Dupree and Penny Taylor's contributions to the Phoenix Mercury's title
by Swish Appeal
posted September 14, 2014 at 3:22pm

Although Diana Taurasi's heroics at the end of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals solidified her place as Finals MVP after the Phoenix Mercury swept the Chicago Sky, the contributions of Candice Dupree and Penny Taylor can't be overlooked. Search the web for re...more

Writer says WNBA still looking for an identity
by They're Playing Basketball
posted September 13, 2014 at 2:03pm

Interesting collection of thoughts in this piece:Recently, Griner proposed to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson of the Tulsa Shock, and potentially could become the first same-sex married couple in professional sports. The league seems unsure how to approa...more

Sky vs. Mercury, Game 3 final score: Phoenix overcomes Chicago comeback, wins 2014 WNBA Finals
by Swish Appeal
posted September 13, 2014 at 2:01pm

The Chicago Sky made a valiant comeback to lead in the fourth quarter of this game. But it was not enough for them to win the game, and prevent a sweep at the hands of the Phoenix Mercury. The Phoenix Mercury won Game 3 of the WNBA Finals by defeating ...more

2014 All-WNBA First and Second Teams: MVP Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx headline selections
by Swish Appeal
posted September 12, 2014 at 9:31pm

The Minnesota Lynx led the 2014 All-WNBA selections with three players honored, headlined by 2014 WNBA MVP Maya Moore. The WNBA has announced its 2014 All-WNBA First and Second Teams today with every player except Candace Parker on display in today's U...more

USA Basketball links: Players get a taste of Midshipman life and tough decisions are ahead
by Swish Appeal
posted September 11, 2014 at 12:17pm

Yup, it's a second links post, but for the National Team. Here are some things that were going on as the USA Basketball women's national team gets ready for the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. On Thursday, the USA Basketball women's national team w...more

2014 WNBA Finals: Diana Taurasi closing in on Deanna Nolan's scoring record
by Swish Appeal
posted September 11, 2014 at 12:14pm

Kris Habbas of SB Nation's Bright Side of the Sun summarized Game 2 of the 2014 WNBA Finals and actually writes that the focus on the team's defense might be overshadowing how good they've been offensively, including Diana Taurasi adding to her already ou...more

Storm 2014 Exit Interviews: Noelle Quinn managed unpredictable playing time
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted September 10, 2014 at 8:34pm

Series Note: The Storm did not advance to the postseason for the first time since 2003. The team held its exit interviews Aug. 18. This series will feature conversations from the 12-player roster. PG Sue Bird's conversation was a feature used in the newsp...more

Nation’s top women's basketball prospect, Asia Durr, commits to Louisville Cardinals
by Swish Appeal
posted September 10, 2014 at 2:11pm

After narrowing her list down to five teams, the nation's top prospect announced that she will be headed to Louisville in 2015. Louisville received a huge commitment today with the verbal pledge of the nation's top prospect, Asia Durr. Durr, the dynam...more

Mercury vs. Sky, Game 2 final score: Phoenix gets record win against Chicago, 97-68
by Swish Appeal
posted September 10, 2014 at 2:09pm

The Phoenix Mercury's length on defense and balance on offense just overwhelmed the Chicago Sky in the second half as they cruised to a record-setting 29-point win in Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the 2014 WNBA Finals. The Phoenix Mercury picked up righ...more

USA Basketball women's national team starts training camp: Who will make the team?
by Swish Appeal
posted September 10, 2014 at 2:07pm

The USA Basketball women's national team is beginning its training camp Monday in Annapolis, Maryland. And here's your chance to talk about who will eventually make the 12-man roster for the FIBA World Championships in Turkey. On Monday, the USA Basket...more

What was the best WNBA game you watched in person as a fan?
by Swish Appeal
posted September 10, 2014 at 2:02pm

We asked what your favorite game to watch in person was. Here are just some of your answers. It is one thing to watch a WNBA game on television or some form of online streaming. It's another experience to actually watch the game in person. For many bas...more

Mercury crush Sky, lead Finals series 2-0
by They're Playing Basketball
posted September 10, 2014 at 2:01pm

The Mercury crushed the Sky, 97-68, in game two of the WNBA Finals.Elena Delle Donne's back pain was in control, allowing her to make an offensive contribution for Chicago. But it wasn't enough.Photos.USA Women's National Team:The team visited a Naval aca...more

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