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Minneapolis reaches WNBA Finals for first time in franchise history, defeat the Phoenix Mercury 103-86

Schedule | Notes | Quotes The Minnesota Lynx (27-7) continued their historic season by sweeping the Phoenix Mercury (19-15) in the WNBA Western Conference finals. The Lynx won game 2 of the series 103-86 on the road and celebrated after…

Atlanta Dream force game three in Eastern Conference finals series against the Indiana Fever

Even without starting center Erika de Souza the Atlanta Dream handily defeated the Indiana Fever 94-77 in game two of the WNBA Eastern Conference finals on Sunday afternoon. Playing on their home court, the Dream went with a smaller lineup,…

Dream post players must pick up slack in de Souza’s absence, a look at the stats

The Atlanta Dream announced early Saturday morning that star center Erika de Souza would not be participating in the remainder of the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals due to obligations with the national team of her home country. De Souza is…

Video: Cappie Pondexter schools NBA player Sebastian Telfair in a pickup game

The New York Liberty’s Cappie Pondexter shows her moves against Sebastian Telfair of the Minnesota Timberwolves during a pickup game on Friday at the Impact Basketball Facility in Las Vegas. Pondexter’s squad won the game. The series of matchups sponsored by…

Dream center Erika de Souza to miss the remainder of the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals

Atlanta Dream center Erika de Souza will miss the remainder of the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals the team announced early Saturday morning. De Souza, who recorded eight points and 13 rebounds in game one on Thursday against the Indiana Fever,…

2011 Conference Finals Game 1 Notes and Quotes: Fever prevails over Dream, Lynx beat Mercury

In last night’s first games of the 2011 WNBA Conference Finals, home court advantage served teams well as the Indiana Fever beat the visiting Atlanta Dream 82-74 and the Minnesota Lynx defeated the Phoenix Mercury 95-67. While the Fever-Dream matchup…

Apples or Hot Sauce? Minneapolis and Phoenix mayors place friendly wagers over Western Conference Finals Series

Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak and Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon placed a friendly wager on the outcome of the WNBA Western Conference Finals between the Minnesota Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury. Mayor Rybak is putting up SweeTango apples from Pepin Heights Orchards…

Tamika Catchings named the 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player

From the league: Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings has been named the 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player, the WNBA announced today.  Catchings received 292 points (21 first place votes) from a national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters. Connecticut Sun…

Minnesota Vikings giving away 500 Lynx playoff tickets to fans

Minnesota Vikings and All-Pro defensive tackle Kevin Williams and his team purchased 500 tickets for Thursday night’s Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Minnesota Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury. “We are again so grateful for all the…

Ruth Riley (San Antonio) and Sue Bird (Seattle) are co-winners of the 2011 WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award

From the league: Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird and San Antonio Silver Stars forward-center Ruth Riley were named the recipients of the 2011 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, the WNBA announced today.  The first-time winners of Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award each…

Phoenix Mercury guard-forward DeWanna Bonner named the 2011 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year

Phoenix Mercury guard-forward DeWanna won the 2011 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year for the third year in a row. She garnered 20 votes from a national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters. New York Liberty guard-forward Essence Carson and…

After 15 years, WNBA inaugural season ticket holders talk about their dedication to teams from the original eight

The one constant in the 15-year history of the WNBA has been change. In fact, out of the eight original teams that formed the league in 1997, only three are left: the New York Liberty, Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix…

Maya Moore named WNBA 2011 Rookie of the Year, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve named Coach of the Year

As predicted by fans before the season began, Maya Moore is the 2011 WNBA Rookie of the Year. A national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters voted on the award. The former Connecticut star and two-time NCAA National Champion, topped…

Dishin & Swishin: An anniversary no one wants to celebrate: A tribute to Rosalind Ross

Yesterday, I celebrated my 20th wedding anniversary with my lovely and very patient wife.  I was so happy to celebrate that anniversary.  Today, I have to talk about another anniversary, one I wish I did not have to. It was…

WNBA Eastern Conference preview: Can it get any more even than this?

Indiana and New York. Connecticut and Atlanta. Two series kick off the WNBA’s Eastern Conference playoff. The winner of the two regular season series between these teams? No one. Two 2-2 splits. Gee, what a surprise! Normally, when you have…

Increased attendance and TV viewership mark WNBA’s 15th season

Attendance at WNBA games increased for the fifth consecutive year, up 1.25 percent, the league reported Wednesday. The teams that drove the attendance increase included the Chicago Sky (+29.0%), Washington Mystics (+11.7%) and Minnesota Lynx (+10.8%). TV viewership also increased…

Playoff contenders set, Silver Stars clinch berth

Last night’s game between San Antonio and Los Angeles determined what team would fill the last slot in the field of eight for the 2011 WNBA Playoffs. Los Angeles hosted the Silver Stars and needed the win plus wins in…

WNBA viewership up on ESPN

ESPN2 had its most viewed WNBA regular season since 2005, averaging 270,000 viewers, up five percent over last year (258,000 viewers) according to figures released this week. ESPN’s coverage of the 2011 WNBA postseason, including the Eastern and Western Conference…

Sparks talk about playoff push after avenging a loss

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angles Sparks avenged a two-day old loss by beating the Storm 68-62, on the strength of forward/center Candace Parker’s 27 points Tuesday night at the Staples Center in front of a crowd of 9,023. The…

After three-fourths of the WNBA season why Indiana’s Lin Dunn is coach of the year

David Siegel talks to Dunn and Debbie Antonelli about the Fever’s season It would be fair to say that “great” coaches are something that over the years has been lacking in large numbers in the WNBA. This year, however, there…

Maya Moore to host a shopping spree for a young fan, Lynx to also honor star with a bobblehead night

The WNBA’s 2011 number one draft pick and All-Star Maya Moore is set to host a shopping spree with a young fan at the end of the season in her hometown of Atlanta. Children ages six to 14 can enter…

Phoenix Mercury statement on Kara Braxton suspension

From the Phoenix Mercury on August 3, 2011: Contrary to what was originally reported by media outlets, Mercury forward/center Kara Braxton was suspended for one game on August 2 against the Minnesota Lynx for conduct detrimental to the team. The…

Silver Stars rookie Danielle Adams to miss four to six weeks due to foot sprain

From the Silver Stars: San Antonio Silver Stars forward Danielle Adams is expected to miss four to six weeks due to a mid-foot sprain of her right foot. Adams sustained the injury during the Silver Stars’ game at Washington on…

With Portugal’s basketball legacy on her shoulders, Ticha Penicheiro “humbled” by WNBA Top 15 honor

Ticha Penicheiro receives her award for being named one of the top 15 players in WNBA history from league president Laurel Richie during halftime of the WNBA All-Star game. Out of the list of players named as the top 15…