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Mercury vs. Lynx, Game 1 recap and stats: Phoenix's defense in third quarter run was key to win
by Swish Appeal
posted August 30, 2014 at 3:44pm

We examine some of the key stats that helped the Phoenix Mercury take Game 1 in their Western Conference Finals series against the Minnesota Lynx. The Phoenix Mercury is now just 40 minutes away from returning to the WNBA Finals for the first time sinc...more

2014 WNBA Playoffs preview: Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner will be center of attention against Minnesota Lynx
by Swish Appeal
posted August 30, 2014 at 3:28pm

This is the Western Conference Finals matchup we've all been waiting for and Brittney Griner could end up being a central figure in the outcome, win or lose. Back before the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury faced each other at full health the first t...more

2014 WNBA Playoffs predictions: Phoenix Mercury, Chicago Sky the favorites
by Swish Appeal
posted August 29, 2014 at 1:45pm

We bring together our predictions panel one more time for the Eastern and Western Conference Finals and, consistent with what most people expect, predict the WNBA Finals as well. With the Western Conference Finals beginning today, we make our final pre...more

The road (and days) to the WNBA conference finals
by They're Playing Basketball
posted August 28, 2014 at 1:53pm

Western Conference finals:The Lynx-Mercury series offers intriguing match ups.Game one Friday in Phoenix will be a "white out."Lynx:The hard road to a Lynx dynasty.Rookie Damiris Dantas could miss all of the West finals games due to family matters.Today's...more

Fever vs. Sky, Eastern Conference Finals preview: A motivated Indiana team faces an upstart Chicago franchise
by Swish Appeal
posted August 28, 2014 at 1:48pm

After going head-to-head with Angel McCoughtry in the first round, Chicago Sky star Elena Delle Donne will now have to contend with veteran former MVP and WNBA champion Tamika Catchings in the Eastern Conference Finals. Both the Chicago Sky and Indiana...more

Skylar Diggins wins 2014 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year award
by Swish Appeal
posted August 28, 2014 at 1:47pm

The second year guard had a quantum leap in her 2014 performance after an inconsistent 2013 season. The WNBA has announced that Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins has won the 2014 WNBA Most Improved Player Award. Diggins was second in the league in scori...more

Delle Donne breaks Atlanta's heart; Sky move on to East Finals
by Swish Appeal
posted August 27, 2014 at 12:52pm

Sky forward Elena Delle Donne scored 17 of her 34 points in the fourth quarter to bring the Sky back from 17 points down in the fourth quarter and hit the shot that put the Sky ahead for good, 81-80 in the deciding Game Three of the Eastern Conference S...more

Dream vs. Sky Game 3 final score: Elena Delle Donne completes Chicago's comeback with a game winner
by Swish Appeal
posted August 27, 2014 at 12:50pm

The Chicago Sky was down by as many as 20 points in this game. But a 30-13 fourth quarter run, plus an Elena Delle Donne game winning shot with 8 seconds left gave the Sky an 81-80 lead, which they held onto the rest of the way. SKY ADVANCE TO EASTERN C...more

WNBA star Swin Cash part of historic all-female sports show
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted August 27, 2014 at 12:17pm

USA Basketball released its official training-camp roster on Monday and a big name was curiously not included, three-time WNBA champion Swin Cash. But Cash said she retired from the national team after the London Olympics, winning her second gold medal. ...more

Why the L.A. Sparks lost to the Phoenix Mercury in the 2014 WNBA Playoffs
by Swish Appeal
posted August 27, 2014 at 12:16pm

We've discussed the problems with the L.A. Sparks over and over here, but with their 2014 season ending with a first round sweep and blowout loss at home it's painfully obvious that they need to make changes this offseason. Back before the 2012 draft, ...more

Chicago Sky's Allie Quigley discusses series with Atlanta Dream, winning WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year
by Swish Appeal
posted August 26, 2014 at 2:55pm

Swish Appeal spoke to Allie Quigley before the Chicago Sky's 92-83 loss to the Atlanta Dream in the first round of the 2014 WNBA Playoffs. Quigley discussed having a career year in her hometown, making the adjustment to playing point guard, and being na...more

Sky vs. Dream Game 2 final score: Atlanta forces a Game 3 after a 92-83 win
by Swish Appeal
posted August 25, 2014 at 5:24pm

Angel McCoughtry score 39 points on 13-of-20 shooting, and Tiffany Hayes added 15 more points to help the Atlanta Dream force a Game 3 in their playoff series against the Chicago Sky. The final score was 92-83. The Sky lose a hard fought battle to the @...more

Sparks vs. Mercury, Game 2 final score: Phoenix blows out L.A., heads to second straight Conference Finals
by Swish Appeal
posted August 25, 2014 at 5:24pm

As we expected, the Phoenix Mercury swept the Los Angeles Sparks in two games. And in the second game, the Merc handed the Sparks' behinds to them: FINAL: Mercury 93, Sparks 68. Phoenix advances to the WCF against the Lynx! Game 1 is at home on Augu...more

Two tickets punched to the WNBA conference finals
by They're Playing Basketball
posted August 24, 2014 at 9:59pm

The Fever beat the Mystics in overtime, 81-76, to win the series and advance to the Eastern Conference finals.Tamika Catchings again lead Indiana, with 26 points and 11 rebounds. But this time her point contributions put her past Lisa Leslie as the WNBA's...more

The 2014 WNBA season and double-digit scoring players on teams
by Swish Appeal
posted August 24, 2014 at 9:58pm

We look at the teams in the WNBA with players scoring in double digits. Which team was the most prolific in double-digit scorers? Which team had the most double-digit scorers in a game? This week I received a letter from Alexandre DeCarvalho of Brazi...more

2014 WNBA Playoffs: Indiana Fever advance over Washington Mystics
by Swish Appeal
posted August 24, 2014 at 5:36pm

Turnovers have been a problem for the Washington Mystics all season. Against an Indiana Fever team that likes to force turnovers, the Mystics found themselves in a bind. Normally, you'd expect a team to have a very good chance at winning when they out-...more

Mercury vs. Sparks, Game 1 final score: Phoenix makes plays down the stretch to beat L.A., 75-72
by Swish Appeal
posted August 23, 2014 at 12:26pm

The L.A. Sparks squandered a fourth quarter lead to the Phoenix Mercury in predictable fashion to open their first round series in the 2014 WNBA Playoffs. Predicting that the Phoenix Mercury would sweep the L.A. Sparks in the first round of the 2014 WN...more

Mercury coach Sandy Brondello named the 2014 WNBA Coach of the Year
by Swish Appeal
posted August 23, 2014 at 12:22pm

Brondello led the Mercury to a 29-win season, the most in WNBA history. On Friday, the WNBA announced that Phoenix Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello was named the 2014 WNBA Coach of the year. Brondello just finished her first year in Phoenix, where sh...more

Dream vs. Sky series preview: Chicago aiming for first-ever playoff win against Atlanta
by Swish Appeal
posted August 22, 2014 at 3:59pm

With the Chicago Sky hardly being healthy this season, they're as unpredictable as the Atlanta Dream have normally been. The #1 Atlanta Dream begin their first round series against the #4 Chicago Sky in the 2014 WNBA Playoffs at 7:30 p.m. EST today on ...more

2014 WNBA Draft lottery results: Seattle Storm win the #1 pick
by Swish Appeal
posted August 22, 2014 at 3:58pm

The WNBA held its draft lottery tonight and the Seattle Storm have claimed the first pick of the draft. The Seattle Storm have won the 2015 WNBA Draft tonight, as announced on ESPN2 during halftime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals series ...more

Which WNBA referees call the most fouls per game?
by Swish Appeal
posted August 22, 2014 at 3:38pm

Now that the regular season is over, we can use box score data to figure out which WNBA referees are prone to blowing the whistle. Now that the 2014 season is over, it might be interesting to see which referees are the most whistle happy as we go into ...more

A little bird told me about the MVP
by They're Playing Basketball
posted August 21, 2014 at 12:32pm

A source says Maya Moore will win the MVP Award tomorrow.I can't even try to act surprised. ...more

2014 WNBA Playoffs preview: Atlanta Dream in an unfamiliar position at the top
by Swish Appeal
posted August 21, 2014 at 12:27pm

Despite familiar struggles, the Atlanta Dream enter the 2014 WNBA Playoffs in an unfamiliar position as the top seed in the Eastern Conference. As strange as it is given the number of times they've made it to the WNBA Finals, 2014 marks the first time ...more

WNBA Playoffs 2014: The young Washington Mystics look to make some noise
by Swish Appeal
posted August 20, 2014 at 1:10pm

The Washington Mystics have made their second straight WNBA playoff appearance. Let's see what they need in order to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2002. General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault has led the Washin...more

Q&A with Indiana Fever rookie Maggie Lucas on adjusting from Penn State to the WNBA
by Swish Appeal
posted August 19, 2014 at 5:17pm

Swish Appeal had the chance to catch up with Indiana Fever rookie Maggie Lucas right at the end of her regular season on Sunday in New York. While she and her teammates look forward to the postseason, Lucas looked back on the adjustment from college to ...more

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