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Jayda Evans Mailbag: Why didn't Storm guard Noelle Quinn play?
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 25, 2014 at 4:14pm

One sign a season is spiraling downward is sudden changes in lineups and rotation patterns. Storm coach Brian Agler did that Tuesday in a matchup against Phoenix at KeyArena. He swapped F Alysha Clark for F Shekinna Stricklen in the starting lineup, the l...more

Bright Side of the Sun podcast: WNBA All-Star game, Bay Area expansion, and the league's best player
by Swish Appeal
posted July 25, 2014 at 8:50am

Kris Habbas and I talked both men's and women's hoops in an extended podcast a few days after the WNBA All-Star Game. Kris Habbas of Bright Side of the Sun invited me on the BS of the Sun podcast the other day to talk about a wide range of WNBA topics....more

Liberty edge Sparks 66-64
by They're Playing Basketball
posted July 25, 2014 at 8:39am

My game story.More pictures:Sparks bench, with Candace Parker on the left and new coaching staff on the right.Sparks confer during a pause in the game.Liberty meet at a time out.Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer doesn't like a call.Gary Kloppenburg coaches from...more

San Antonio Stars announce that Becky Hammon will retire after 2014 WNBA season
by Swish Appeal
posted July 24, 2014 at 8:20pm

Becky Hammon is planning to end one of the greatest careers in WNBA history. The San Antonio Stars announced today that veteran guard Becky Hammon will retire after 16 season in the WNBA. WNBA President Laurel J. Richie's quote about Hammon from the p...more

The Daily Swish: Three WNBA players score career-highs on Tuesday night
by Swish Appeal
posted July 23, 2014 at 8:56pm

Here are some links on what's happened around the league Tuesday. Happy Wednesday everyone! Final Scores from Tuesday Maya Moore scored a career-high 48 points for the Minnesota Lynx in a 112-108 double overtime win over the Atlanta Dream. See her v...more

WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year candidates: Searching for a diamond in the rough
by Swish Appeal
posted July 23, 2014 at 8:14pm

With so many inefficient reserves in the WNBA this season, finding one worthy of the Sixth Woman of the Year award takes some work. This has probably been among the weirdest seasons for the WNBA's Sixth Woman of the Year award because, due to injury or...more

Trades to improve the WNBA's struggling teams at the trade deadline
by Swish Appeal
posted July 22, 2014 at 2:43pm

In a year where the talent has continued its uptick, the All-Star break arrived with nine of the 12 WNBA squads under the .500 mark. The trade deadline is Wednesday so here's a look into trades that I think can improve each of those squads. The trades ...more

WNBA president Laurel Richie's transcript from All-Star weekend
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 22, 2014 at 2:42pm

From the WNBA:     TRANSCRIPT FROM WNBA PRESIDENT LAUREL J. RICHIE   WNBA PRESIDENT LAUREL J. RICHIE:   Good afternoon everyone from what is turning out to be a very, very warm Phoenix day, and that's somehow fitting for the 20...more

Making sense of the problems that led to the L.A. Sparks firing Carol Ross
by Swish Appeal
posted July 21, 2014 at 9:46pm

During a disastrous third quarter for the L.A. Sparks in their 79-75 loss to the Washington Mystics last Thursday evening, play-by-play announcer Jim Watson wondered, "What in the world is going on at Staples?" With the Sparks announcing the firing of h...more

The WNBA's more surprising and disappointing teams at the All-Star break
by Swish Appeal
posted July 21, 2014 at 9:34pm

The 2014 WNBA All-Star break is not actually the mid-point of the season, but it is a convenient break in the action to reflect on what occurred in the first half of the season. To get you ready for games starting tomorrow, we take a look at the statist...more

WNBA president Laurel Richie's transcript from All-Star weekend
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 21, 2014 at 9:30pm

From the WNBA:     TRANSCRIPT FROM WNBA PRESIDENT LAUREL J. RICHIE   WNBA PRESIDENT LAUREL J. RICHIE:   Good afternoon everyone from what is turning out to be a very, very warm Phoenix day, and that's somehow fitting for the 20...more

Los Angeles Sparks fire head coach Carol Ross, GM Penny Toler to assume interim duties
by Swish Appeal
posted July 21, 2014 at 1:17pm

In a move that doesn't come as much of a shock here at the Swish, the Los Angeles Sparks have relieved Carol Ross of her head coaching duties. According to ESPN.com's Mechelle Voepel, the Los Angeles Sparks have decided to relieve head coach Carol Ross...more

2014 WNBA All-Star Game: What were your favorite moments?
by Swish Appeal
posted July 21, 2014 at 1:14pm

Talk about your thoughts here. The 2014 WNBA All-Star Game provided fans an exciting 45 minutes of basketball, with the East eventually coming out on top, 125-124 in overtime. At least for me personally, one of the best moments in this game was s...more

The Penny Taylor Effect
by Swish Appeal
posted July 20, 2014 at 9:28am

As we shift into All-Star weekend, the Phoenix Mercury have exploded onto the scene to let their competitors for the 2014 WNBA season that they ARE going to be factor on the outcome of this season. Outside of the leader on the sideline, not much of the ...more

2014 WNBA All-Star Game final score: Shoni Schimmel scores 29 points to lead the East to a 125-124 overtime win
by Swish Appeal
posted July 20, 2014 at 9:26am

The Atlanta Dream rookie had a number of great plays, and delivered in the clutch to lead the Eastern Conference All-Stars to a 125-124 over the Western Conference. Wow! What a game! Atlanta Dream guard Shoni Schimmel was voted as a starter to the 201...more

WNBA All-Star Sister Weekend
by C and R's Stanford Women's Basketball Blog
posted July 19, 2014 at 9:05am

Back in April when Chiney Ogwumike was drafted number one by the Connecticut Sun, she and her sister, Nneka Ogwumike made history. They were the first pair of siblings in the WNBA to be drafted number one. Heck, let’s take that a step further to sho...more

Sparks vs. Mystics final score: L.A.'s comeback falls short in 79-75 loss to Washington at Staples Center
by Swish Appeal
posted July 18, 2014 at 10:39pm

The Washington Mystics squandered a 15-point second half lead, but held on to beat the L.A. Sparks 79-75 at Staples Center. I watched tonight's game between the L.A. Sparks and Washington Mystics specifically because I figured that Mike Thibault and hi...more

Heading into the All-Star game with a bang
by They're Playing Basketball
posted July 18, 2014 at 10:38pm

Today's results:The Shock edged the Stars, 95-90.The Fever routed the Sky, 82-64.The Mercury crushed the Sun, 101-85.The Mystics squeaked past the Sparks, 79-75.All-Star game:Diana Taurasi is the star of the All-Star show, one publication says.Brittney Gr...more

Liberty vs. Dream final score: New York has a hard fought 77-75 win
by Swish Appeal
posted July 17, 2014 at 10:27pm

Just the Facts, Ma'am: A double-double from Tina Charles and a banked-in jumper from Cappie Pondexter sealed the deal in a physical win for the Liberty, 77-75, over Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta. Tina Charles led the Liberty with 18 points and 15 ...more

2014 WNBA All-Star Game: Sue Bird and Ivory Latta named as injury replacements
by Swish Appeal
posted July 17, 2014 at 10:19pm

Welp. The WNBA announced on Wednesday that League President Laurel Richie named Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird and Washington Mystics guard Ivory Latta as injury replacements to the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game in Phoenix. Bird replaces Minnesota Lynx gu...more

Storm guard Sue Bird headed to eighth WNBA All-Star game
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 17, 2014 at 1:07pm

Thanks to a nod Wednesday from WNBA president Laurel Richie, Storm PG Sue Bird will travel to the desert to participate in the league’s All-Star game. Bird, a 13-year veteran, was Richie’s injury replacement selection for Minnesota G Seimone A...more

2014 WNBA All-Star reserves: Chiney, Nneka Ogwumike become first siblings selected for same game
by Swish Appeal
posted July 16, 2014 at 10:06pm

The WNBA announced its 2014 WNBA All-Star reserves with Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike becoming the first siblings to get selections in the same year. Although most of the players the Swish Appeal staff selected made it, there were a few surprises. The WNBA...more

2014 WNBA MVP rankings: Why Maya Moore should be the front-runner for MVP
by Swish Appeal
posted July 16, 2014 at 10:04pm

Albert and Pat have already shared insights on the 2014 WNBA All-Star selections, which you can find in our all-star section. Today, I'm just going to add some statistical observations by way of looking at the MVP race. Bizarre All-Star selections as a...more

Mercury vs. Mystics final score: Phoenix's win streak gets to 11, beats Washington 90-78
by Swish Appeal
posted July 16, 2014 at 9:30pm

I get to play the "they don't have enough talent" broken record again! The Phoenix Mercury got an 11th straight win, and an 8th straight win at home, by defeating the Washington Mystics, 90-78. The key to this game is that Phoenix had a dominant first...more

2014 WNBA All-Star rosters: Who were the biggest snubs?
by Swish Appeal
posted July 16, 2014 at 8:36pm

Blatant 2014 WNBA All-Star snubs were inevitable given some quirky fan voting, but that doesn't make the biggest omissions any less frustrating for those that were left out. While the debate about snubs is a ritual that occurs after any player selectio...more

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