Thursday, September 4, 2014
Behind The Scoreboard
Giving the ladies their attention
I fully realize that we are teetering on the threshold of the NFL regular season and chomping at the bit, but I promised myself that I would try and keep up with the WNBA playoffs.
I was beginning to feel that I was hanging some disservice on the ladies of the hardwood. If you recall, at my last mentioning, I had set the teams going to the semi-finals in each conference.
In the East finals it was (4) Chicago Sky vs. (1) Atlanta Dream and (3) Washington Mystics vs. (2) Indiana Fever. Play got underway August 21 and the Fever went on to beat the Mystics in their best of three, however, they needed an overtime in game two. The Sky bested the Dream in three close games with the degree of separation no greater than three points.
There was a pair of sweeps in the West. Number two Minnesota Lynx downed number three San Antonio Silver Stars in successive games and the (1) Phoenix Mercury sneaked by (4) Los Angeles Sparks by three points in the opener (75-72) and really walloped them in game two (93-68).
On Friday (August 29) the Mercury beat the defending champs Lynx by 14 points (85-71) to go up 1-0 in the Western Conference finals. Bear in mind that the Lynx has league MVP Maya Moore, who is backed by sharpshooter Seimone Augustus.
The Fever and the Sky had their first conference title game on Saturday (30th), which was a seven-day respite for Indiana as opposed to a four-day layoff for Chicago. The latter seemed a bit sluggish and never really threatened the Fever, who gave retiring head coach Lin Dunn her 22nd playoff victory.
Sandy Brondello’s Mercury, sporting the best record in the league at 29-5, was trying to close out head coach Cheryl Reeve and her Lynx in game two on Sunday (31st) and return to the WNBA finals (last time in 2009). They led 44-36 at the half.
The Lynx kept battling back in this developed rivalry and Moore hit her career high of 30 points just minutes before the aforementioned Augustus made a two and one for a 78-75 lead. Diana Taurasi beat the buzzer on a last second shot, but it didn’t matter; the Lynx had lived to play another day at 82-77. Moore changed her high to 32 on one last basket.
The Lynx and Mercury were scheduled for game three on Tuesday (Sept. 2).
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