A trend has developed over the last five years in the WNBA playoffs: No one beats the Minnesota Lynx at home. Briann January had 19 points and six assists and the Fever stole home-court advantage in the WNBA Finals with a 75-69 victory over the Minnesota Lynx in Game 1 on Sunday. Marissa Coleman added 16 points and the Fever hit all 16 of their free throws in a rematch of the 2012 finals.
Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve didn't hide her displeasure with stars Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen after Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. A day after losing to the Indiana Fever on their home court, Reeve said she has to do a better job of putting Whalen in position to succeed and also made it clear she has not been happy with how the physical point guard has had to adjust her game after not getting calls from the officials in the paint. Whalen scored four points and attempted just three shots in the series-opening, 75-69 loss to the Fever.
Posted: October 5, 2015, 9:25 pm
Ohio State remained No. 1 in The Associated Press college football Top 25 and tied a poll record despite lagging support from the voters.
Posted: October 5, 2015, 8:34 am
Posted: October 5, 2015, 12:08 am
Fresh off their WNBA seasons, Elena Delle Donne, Candace Parker and Sue Bird will lead a group of U.S. basketball players to Europe to train in preparation for next year's Olympics. ''It's nice to get a group together, since we have limited time because of everyone's schedules,'' Bird said. Joining them will be Stefanie Dolson, Candice Dupree, Angel McCoughtry, Danielle Robinson, Courtney Vandersloot and Tina Charles.
Posted: September 30, 2015, 3:11 pm
Four years ago, Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever came into the WNBA Finals as a huge underdog to Minnesota. Catchings and her squad put forth an incredible effort to pull off the upset, knocking off the Lynx in four games to win their only championship in franchise history. Now the Lynx stand in the way again of the Fever, who, as Catchings put it, weren't even expected to make it out of the first round of the playoffs.
Posted: September 30, 2015, 6:41 am
Brittney Griner will be missing some of USA Basketball's European training camp this week after she was suspended by the organization. The 6-foot-8 Phoenix Mercury star was banned by the WNBA for the first seven games of the season, which amounts to the same percentage that she'll miss of the USA training camp. ''USA Basketball does not condone violence of any sort,'' USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley said.
Posted: September 30, 2015, 3:18 am
Tamika Catchings has made a habit of playing her best with the most at stake in her final postseason run. ''This is awesome,'' Catchings said. The Fever won the final two games in the opening round against Chicago, then, against New York, the Fever swept the final two contests, rallying from an 18-point deficit in the second quarter in Game 2 to force Tuesday's game.
Posted: September 30, 2015, 2:24 am
Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer said all along that New York would win the championship if it wins all its home games. The top-seed in the East will host its second decisive Game 3 of the playoffs when it plays Indiana on Tuesday night. ''We played all year long to have the home-court advantage, that's what we play for, and here we are,'' Laimbeer said on Monday.
Posted: September 29, 2015, 6:53 am
New York hopes to benefit from another decisive Game 3 on its home court, but the Indiana Fever may feel as though they have the Liberty right where they want them. While Tina Charles and New York look to advance to the WNBA Finals for the first time since 2002 on Tuesday night, Tamika Catchings and resilient Indiana try to book their third trip in seven years.
Posted: September 28, 2015, 9:22 pm
A last-second foul that sent Maya Moore to the line for the winning free throw in the Western Conference finals should never have been called, the WNBA said Monday. With the score tied in Sunday's game between Minnesota and Phoenix, Moore stole Noelle Quinn's pass. Quinn was whistled for a reach-in foul by official Amy Bonner, and Moore made a free throw with 1.5 seconds left for a 72-71 victory that gave Minnesota a two-game sweep and a spot in the WNBA Finals.
Posted: September 28, 2015, 7:07 pm