Thursday, September 22, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
The playoffs in the WNBA got into full swing over the weekend, having begun last Thursday night.
The four teams from each conference had been ordained by their seasonal records with the matchups from the Eastern Conference being the Atlanta Dream against the Connecticut Sun and the Indiana Fever versus the New York Liberty. The Western Conference had representatives in the form of the Minnesota Lynx squaring off against the San Antonio Silver Stars and the Seattle Storm and the Phoenix Mercury.
The eight teams comprising the playoff package this season were all above .500 with one particular team with a very impressive resume. Actually, it is one of the teams which will be featured in this column; the other is somewhat of a personal nature.
At the conclusion of the WNBA regular season, the Minnesota Lynx of the Western Conference finished with a 27-7 record, which equated to a very high winning percentage. As the saying goes, and that ain’t all either. The Lynx also has the Rookie of the Year in Maya Moore, the standout from UConn and the Coach of the Year, Sheryl Reve.
The Lynx had swept the Silver Stars during the regular season run, being victorious in all five contests. The team was projected to sweep San Antonio out of the playoffs based on that stat alone. However, some of those games with the lady Texans had been close. For instance, their opening round game was a 66-65 contest. And on Sunday evening, the Stars all came out and tied the best of three at one apiece. The Lynx had the home court advantage and are expected to finish at home on Tuesday evening. The Lynx has never won a playoff series in its history.
There was only one first round sweep and that came on Sunday afternoon in the game between the Dream and Connecticut. The series between the Liberty and Indiana in the East and Seattle and Phoenix in the West were to be decided on Monday night.
The personal side of these playoffs has to do with kinship. One of the stars of the Atlanta Dream is a distant cousin. Armintie Price is a Blue Mountain native who went to high school in Myrtle and had a spectacular collegiate career at Ole Miss. She also had a very interesting personal story which could have probably been the prototype for “The Blind Side.” Anyway, cuz had 14 points in the first game against Connecticut with seven rebounds and five assists which was a team high. I watched the game on Sunday and didn’t keep her stats, but she had a highly contributive game. Price is not the only Mississippian in these playoffs. Tan White of Tupelo, a former SEC standout at Mississippi State, plays for the Sun.
I am certainly pulling for the Dream, but I’ll have to hedge this should they end up facing the Lynx in the finals.
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