Thursday, July 25, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
More on the WNBA
This is not about the British Open, in which the number one golfer in the world, Tiger Woods, went down in the brush (or dunes), but it should be mentioned that Phil Mickelson won his first British Open in Muirfield, Scotland, and his fifth major title. He had recovered from five strokes back to come out on top. Tiger couldn’t overcome a two-stroke deficit.
There were a couple of questions raised from last week’s column. One was the names of the dozen teams still playing under the WNBA banner and which stood where in each conference.
In the East, the Chicago Sky is leading after 16 games played. The Sky’s record is 12-4 and they are showing strong play in the conference and on their home court. They are 8-1 in the former and 7-1 in the latter. They were also on a five-game winning streak after Saturday’s 80-69 victory over the New York Liberty.
The Atlanta Dream is second in the East with a mark of 10-5. They had a “bubble burster” Sunday when they ran into the Tulsa Shock. Tulsa delivered a shocking 90-63 blow. The Dream is still undefeated at home at 7-0.
The Washington Mystics (8-9) are in third place and were on a two-game losing streak, dropping both of those contests to Indiana. And speaking of the defending champs, the Fever is in fourth with a below .500 mark of 7-8.
The New York Liberty is in fifth place at 6-10 and on a three-game slide. The Connecticut Sun is the cellar dweller at 4-11.
The stronger conference at this juncture is definitely the West. The Minnesota Lynx sports a six-game streak and an overall of 13-3, winning eight of their last 10, perfect at home at 7-0.
The second-place Los Angeles Sparks is 12-5 and seem to be bouncing a little at a game and a half behind. The Phoenix Mercury, which has Brittney Griner, is third at 9-8. Rounding out the bottom trio are the Seattle Storm (6-10), Tulsa Shock (6-13) and San Antonio Silver Stars (5-12).
The contest between the Fever and Washington was heralded as “the game” of the weekend when Tamika Catchings hit 23 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out six assists in defeating the Mystics 65-52.
The WNBA will have its all-star game on July 27 and it will be hosted by Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Arena. For the first time in its franchise history, Minnesota will send two representatives, Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore.
The WNBA’s season runs from May to the middle of September so the league still has time to regain some of its hoopla.
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