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Oh, snap - and a few WNBA milestones
by They're Playing Basketball
posted August 1, 2014 at 2:22pm

Tonight's results:Were you like me and watched three (but mostly the Big Showdown) games at once, and then stuck around to watch the Storm honor coach Lin Dunn and then play the Fever?I thought so.The Mercury's 16-game winning streak came to a screeching ...more

Happy Birthday: Hoopism blog is 6!!
by They're Playing Basketball
posted August 1, 2014 at 1:17pm

Today marks the sixth anniversary of Hoopism. I started it on this date in 2008 with the intention of shining light on women's basketball, from the high school level to the pros. As of today, I've had almost one million page views.The fun I've had bloggin...more

Lynx vs. Mercury final score: Minnesota ends Phoenix's league-high winning streak, 75-67
by Swish Appeal
posted August 1, 2014 at 1:15pm

The Phoenix Mercury entered tonight's game on a league-high 16-game winning streak. The Minnesota Lynx ended that streak and left the court with an eight-game streak of their own. While the Phoenix Mercury were storming through the WNBA, the Minnesota ...more

Liberty vs. Sky Preview: New York begins three-game road trip on a roll
by Swish Appeal
posted July 31, 2014 at 6:06pm

The New York Liberty enter tonight's game against the Chicago Sky (8 p.m. EST) having won four of their last five games and playing their best ball of the season. But what might have mattered more than getting that fourth win on Tuesday night was the wa...more

Lynx vs. Mercury preview: Made-for-television WNBA basketball
by Swish Appeal
posted July 31, 2014 at 5:54pm

The Phoenix Mercury will face the Minnesota Lynx in Minneapolis on NBA TV tonight (8 p.m. EST) in a game that could be the best of an otherwise lackluster 2014 WNBA season thus far. And as if their records weren't already an indication, they're both sco...more

Lin Dunn plans to continue work in basketball after retirement from coaching
by They're Playing Basketball
posted July 30, 2014 at 3:50pm

Had a chance to sit down with coaching great Lin Dunn last night, who talked about the future, the past and the present.Wrote a song about it - like to read it? Here it goes.Following that, the Sparks edged the Fever, 77-73. Four players from each side we...more

Mystics force overtime, but Liberty claim win
by Swish Appeal
posted July 30, 2014 at 3:27pm

Just the Facts, Ma'am: It took buzzer-beaters, overtime, and getting back a lead as high as 15 points, but the New York Liberty pulled off an 80-76 win against the Washington Mystics. Tina Charles had 23 points and 12 rebounds, 19 and 7 of those in the...more

WNBA: Mediocrity or parity?
by They're Playing Basketball
posted July 29, 2014 at 3:13pm

ESPN ponders the exact question that I have seen on twitter for the last two weeks: is there parity or mediocrity in the WNBA? Because only three teams have winning records: Phoenix, Minnesota and Atlanta. Power rankings for the week:1. Phoenix2. Minnesot...more

Tanisha Wright bobblehead part of Storm ticket deals
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 29, 2014 at 2:55pm

The coolest part of the Storm's new season-ticket sales launch isn't mentioned in the release. The first 2,000 to renew get a Tanisha Wright bobblehead doll, the "Decade of Defense" edition. Smart of the Storm to tie her bobblehead to this ticket prom...more

Mystics vs. Dream final score: Latta, bench players fuel Washington to a four-game winning streak
by Swish Appeal
posted July 28, 2014 at 7:09pm

I think the Mystics want to claim ownership of the #dcRising hashtag now. The Washington Mystics (13-13) defeated the Atlanta Dream (15-9), 77-67 at home Sunday in their annual breast cancer game. This gives the Mystics a four game win streak, while th...more

Dream fall short in comeback against Sky, suffer third straight loss
by Swish Appeal
posted July 27, 2014 at 9:28am

Despite being on the short end of a 26-10 first quarter, the Dream come back against the Chicago Sky in the fourth quarter on a 14-0 run. Unfortunately, two chances to tie the game fall short and the Dream lose at home 79-75.     In the th...more

Storm will sign Waltiea Rolle to second seven-day contract
by Jayda Evans: Womens Hoops Blog
posted July 27, 2014 at 9:27am

Storm coach Brian Agler, who's also the team's general manager, said he intends to sign rookie C Waltiea Rolle to a second seven-day contract. Rolle signed her first deal with the Storm on July 21. Under the new collective-bargaining agreement, three is t...more

Mercury wins 15th straight; Sparks finally notch one
by They're Playing Basketball
posted July 27, 2014 at 9:22am

Today's results:The Sparks downed the Storm, 77-69. It was the first win for Los Angeles general manager and coach Penny Toler, and the fifth consecutive loss for Seattle.The Fever rallied to beat the Stars, 75-68.The Mercury routed the Liberty, 78-63. It...more

Mystics vs. Shock final score: Washington defeats Tulsa, 82-77, moves to second in the East
by Swish Appeal
posted July 26, 2014 at 3:39pm

That's right folks. The Washington Mystics will have homecourt advantage in the playoffs if the season ended today. If I told you that the Washington Mystics would shoot 1-of-13 from the field, and get outrebounded, 18-7 for a single quarter (nine of t...more

The Daily Swish: Mystics move to 2nd place in a tight Eastern Conference
by Swish Appeal
posted July 26, 2014 at 3:33pm

Here are some links for your Saturday morning. Web links that is. Happy Saturday. Here's what's up from Friday, as well as some links that I found around the web. Final scores from Friday The Washington Mystics defeated the Tulsa Shock, 82-77 in a ga...more

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

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