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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    Chicago beat Connecticut. 19 points 11 assists for Sloot....if ESPN stats are to be trusted. They had the box score all kinds of messed up for New York vs. Indiana. I thought Kia Nurse and Kelsey Mitchell had both scored over 40 points on nearly perfect shooting thru 3 quarters. Apparently that was not the case.
    In OT as well. What a stat line by the former zag!!!

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    Chicago defeats #2 seeded Connecticut 109 - 104 in overtime. Las Vegas Aces and Chicago Sky now have the same record of 20-13. Since Las Vegas holds the tie breaker, Chicago has to beat #1 seeded Washington Mystics in Washington and hope that Las Vegas loses to Phoenix in Phoenix if they want to get the #4 seed and the 1st round bye that goes with it.

    Sloot's stat line tonight was 19 points (on 5-8 overall and 8-9 on free throws), 11 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals (also 5 turnovers). With her 11 assists tonight, CV has a total of 294 assists for the year, needing only 6 assists on Sunday against Washington to be the first person in WNBA history to achieve 300 assists in a single season.

    Here is a link to the Chicago - Connecticut summary along with numerous highlight videos including Sloot's assists and scoring.

    WNBA Link: https://www.wnba.com/game/20190906/CHICON/

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    The snippet in the paper today mentioned that Sloot has passed Sue Bird w/ 29 double-doubles w/ points and assists. In a whole lot less games played.

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    Chicago got hammered by Washington, not a particularly good game for Sloot, but she had 6 assists to get to 300 for the season. They end up #5 and will host Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    Chicago got hammered by Washington, not a particularly good game for Sloot, but she had 6 assists to get to 300 for the season. They end up #5 and will host Phoenix in the first round of the playoffs.
    Since Las Vegas beat Phoenix, the outcome of the Chicago/Washington game had no impact on the playoff positioning of either team. Once Astou Ndour (Chicago Sky PF/Center) was tossed for two technical fouls, the Sky had nobody that could defend Elena Delle Donne (25 pts) and the game was essentially over.

    On Wednesday, Chicago (#5 seed) will host Phoenix (#8 seed) in a 1st round, single elimination game. If the Sky can beat Phoenix on Wednesday, they would play on Sunday against Los Angeles in L.A. in a 2nd round, single elimination game.

    Congrats Sloot on getting to 300 assists during the regular season. CV also holds the second highest assist total in a regular season at 258 (set last year). The highest total number of assists in a season by somebody not named Courtney Vandersloot is Ticha Penicheiro set in 2000 at 236 assists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    Since Las Vegas beat Phoenix, the outcome of the Chicago/Washington game had no impact on the playoff positioning of either team. Once Astou Ndour (Chicago Sky PF/Center) was tossed for two technical fouls, the Sky had nobody that could defend Elena Delle Donne (25 pts) and the game was essentially over.

    On Wednesday, Chicago (#5 seed) will host Phoenix (#8 seed) in a 1st round, single elimination game. If the Sky can beat Phoenix on Wednesday, they would play on Sunday against Los Angeles in L.A. in a 2nd round, single elimination game.

    Congrats Sloot on getting to 300 assists during the regular season. CV also holds the second highest assist total in a regular season at 258 (set last year). The highest total number of assists in a season by somebody not named Courtney Vandersloot is Ticha Penicheiro set in 2000 at 236 assists.

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    It looked like that ref had his mind made up he wanted to toss somebody. He knifed inbetween 2 Sky players that were talking to each other (Quigley I think was the other), there was a tiny bit of incidental contact and he got irate and gave her the heave.

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    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...r9Jpy7Gvg__TXo

    I mean, that's almost like Leslie Nielsen going overboard as an umpire in "Naked Gun." Looks like he's been waiting his whole life for this moment. Loser.

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    What a tool.
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    Hey, maybe they have an opening for a Wbb WCC ref.

    Hey certainly looks well qualified.

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    Apparently the league was sufficiently embarrassed by the backlash they got over that ejection. Technical and ejection have been rescinded, so the player will not be fined or have to miss a subsequent game. Hopefully they also won't let that ref anywhere near any of the playoff games. I see a bright future as a meme for that dork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    Apparently the league was sufficiently embarrassed by the backlash they got over that ejection. Technical and ejection have been rescinded, so the player will not be fined or have to miss a subsequent game. Hopefully they also won't let that ref anywhere near any of the playoff games. I see a bright future as a meme for that dork.
    Official WNBA Statement:

    “After a league review, we have determined that the technical foul against Chicago’s Astou Ndour should not have been assessed. The technical foul and subsequent ejection have been rescinded.”
    Link to the official WNBA Statement: https://www.wnba.com/news/wnba-state...-mystics-game/

    The WNBA has single game eliminations for the 1st and 2nd rounds of the playoffs. Saying the ref made a mistake is all fine and dandy, but in a "lose and go home situation", ejecting the one player on the Sky who could play with Elena Delle Donne does nothing to help the Sky in that game. IMO, the ref should be publicly admonished by the league and penalized by the league by not being permitted to officiate any more games this year.

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    Default Chicago’s Vandersloot Earns 2019 WNBA Peak Performer Award

    From the WNBA:

    Phoenix’s Griner, Connecticut’s Jones and Chicago’s Vandersloot Earn 2019 WNBA Peak Performer Awards
    September 9, 2019

    NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2019 – Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, Connecticut Sun forward/center Jonquel Jones and Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot have won the 2019 WNBA Peak Performer Awards in scoring, rebounding and assists, respectively, the WNBA announced today. Griner, Jones and Vandersloot all earned the same awards in the 2017 season.

    The WNBA presents the Peak Performer Awards annually to the players who lead the league in each of those categories during the regular season. Each winner will receive a trophy crafted by Tiffany & Co. in honor of her accomplishments.

    Assists Average: Courtney Vandersloot

    With a record-setting season, Vandersloot earned her third consecutive Peak Performer Award for assists and her fourth overall (she also won in 2015).

    Vandersloot averaged a WNBA-record 9.1 assists in 33 games, breaking her own record of 8.6 assists set last season. She also set the WNBA single-season record for total assists with 300, shattering her own mark of 258 set in 2018.

    A two-time All-Star, Vandersloot recorded at least 10 assists 12 times this season. On July 21, she set the WNBA season high for assists with 14 against the Fever.

    The Sparks’ Chelsea Gray ranked second in assists with 5.9 per game. Mystics guard Natasha Cloud (5.6 apg) was third, followed by Lynx guard Odyssey Sims (5.4 apg) and Storm guard Jordin Canada (5.2 apg).
    Article Link (with write-ups on Griner and Jones): https://www.wnba.com/news/phoenixs-g...former-awards/

    Edit - Sloot has lead the WNBA in assists in 4 of the last 5 years including each of the last 3 years.

    Congrats Courtney on an award well earned.

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    Chicago hosting Phoenix in first round playoff action tonight. 5 pm PST on ESPN2.

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    Default Courtney Named to AP WNBA First Team

    Courtney Named to AP WNBA First Team

    Delle Donne also headlined the AP All-WNBA team. She was joined by Brittney Griner of Phoenix, Chelsea Gray of Los Angeles, Courtney Vandersloot of Chicago and Jonquel Jones of Connecticut. The second team includes Howard, Los Angeles' Nneka Ogwumike, Las Vegas' Liz Cambage, Chicago's Diamond DeShields and Phoenix's DeWanna Bonner.

    https://www.yahoo.com/sports/delle-d...160529947.html

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    Good for her!!
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    In regard to the ref and the unbelievable ejection of Astou Ndour, here is an appropriate solution to how the WNBA should handle this ref.

    For the background story that has been in the National news all week, a 17 year old female swimmer in Alaska won 4 different events during a swim meet. At some time after the young lady won a 100 meter swim, a meet official told the Anchorage Daily News that the referee ruled Willis had committed a "uniform violation" because the ref saw "butt cheek touching butt cheek." She was not disqualified from the other three (3) events she won.

    The state's high school sports governing body, the Alaska School Activities Association, said in a statement it had determined "the official did not notify the coach prior to disqualifying the student." The ASAA sided with the school district, which had quickly appealed the ruling.

    "All team and individual points shall be restored to both the individual swimmer and the Dimond High School swim team," the ASAA statement read.

    The Anchorage School District said late Tuesday it planned to decertify the official because Willis was “targeted based solely on how a standard, school-issued uniform happened to fit the shape of her body.”

    Time to get some credibility to the league and hold some of these refs accountable.

    Stepping down from my soapbox.

    Just about time for the Sky vs the Phoenix on ESPN2. Go Sloot.

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    3 point halftime lead has ballooned to 25 late in Q4. Sloot w/ 9 points and 11 assists. Sky will play at Las Vegas next, certainly a winnable game.

    Mercury was without Taurasi and Griner got hurt early in Q2. It's surprising that it stayed close in the first half, but they quickly ran away in Q3.

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    Sloot's entire stat line:

    9 pts (44.4% shooting overall, 50% from 3 and no free throws??) with one 3-pt shot taken away after review (shot clock violation), 11 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocked shots.

    A pretty typical CV stat line.

    Onward to Las Vegas for a loser-out game against the #4 seeded Aces on Sunday at 2:00 PM on ESPN2.

    Las Vegas won 2 of the 3 season meetings (100-85 & 90-82) with Chicago winning one regular season game (87-84).

    Tough game for the Sky.

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    Good start for the Sky, up 8 points after 1 quarter. And that was after giving up 2 buckets in the last 3 seconds.

    Sloot hasn't attempted a shot yet but has 5 assists.

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    Chicago gave up all of a 14 point lead, were briefly trailing, now up 6 at halftime. Sloot has 7 assists to go w/ 2 points 1 reb. 1 steal.

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    Wow, heartbreak. Game kept going back and forth. Sky was up 2 w/ the ball in the closing seconds. Sloot was playing keep away, avoiding the defender so they couldn't foul and trying to run out the clock. Then she threw a long pass that was intercepted at halfcourt. The Aces player had no idea how much time was left (about 6 seconds) so she launched about a 40 footer. It went in. Chicago got to inbound at halfcourt w/ 4.8 seconds left but airballed a 3. Should have won this game but they didn't. I'm not sure if the Sky were in the bonus yet but in retrospect maybe Sloot should've just let them foul her.

    edit--Sloot ended up w/ 12 assists, 7 points on 3-10 shooting. Team was 9-32 behind the arc. Quigley had a rough game going 2-11 from the floor.
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    A career altering, exquisitely bad-beat for Sloot & the Sky. One of those games that will go down in WNBA lore (or infamy). Absolutely no reason for Courtney to throw that last pass. It was just an epic brain freeze. She could have: 1)Kept dribbling in the back court & be fouled. 2) Picked up her dribble & be fouled. 3) Called time out if she thought there was a problem with a back court violation. 4) Kept her feet before throwing any pass. The reason I say it's career altering is that Sloot had just turned the corner & was rolling down Elite avenue with her first-team all-WNBA selection, was leading her young, but talented, Sky team to a potentially deep playoff run, and, poof, it all disappeared. The indefensible, mind boggling, bad decision, regardless of how far she blows past the league assist record, is probably the lasting thing she'll be remembered for. Akin to Adam Morrison's tearful collapse after the UCLA debacle.

    Hope she and partner Allie forgo European Bball at least for some months. They both need a chance to recover their bearings. Allie, BTW, picked a bad time to play one of her poorest games of the year. Lots of tears, I imagine, in the Vanderquigly household last night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by upan8th View Post
    A career altering, exquisitely bad-beat for Sloot & the Sky. One of those games that will go down in WNBA lore (or infamy). Absolutely no reason for Courtney to throw that last pass. It was just an epic brain freeze. She could have: 1)Kept dribbling in the back court & be fouled. 2) Picked up her dribble & be fouled. 3) Called time out if she thought there was a problem with a back court violation. 4) Kept her feet before throwing any pass. The reason I say it's career altering is that Sloot had just turned the corner & was rolling down Elite avenue with her first-team all-WNBA selection, was leading her young, but talented, Sky team to a potentially deep playoff run, and, poof, it all disappeared. The indefensible, mind boggling, bad decision, regardless of how far she blows past the league assist record, is probably the lasting thing she'll be remembered for. Akin to Adam Morrison's tearful collapse after the UCLA debacle.

    Hope she and partner Allie forgo European Bball at least for some months. They both need a chance to recover their bearings. Allie, BTW, picked a bad time to play one of her poorest games of the year. Lots of tears, I imagine, in the Vanderquigly household last night.
    Wow.

    Without a doubt a poor decision by Sloot and it is very obvious when watched by the overhead camera. However, when watched at the player level camera where you see what Sloot saw, the player Sloot was passing to appears to be wide open as the Ace defender moved to double team Sloot. You do not see the 2nd Ace player rotating over to cover the Sky player leaving Dolson wide open. Bad decision and nobody knows it more than Sloot, but from the player level, when the defender moved to cover Sloot, her teammate was wide open.

    Career altering, not even close. Why do I say that, numerous reasons. First, this was a second round play-off game, not a semi-final or final round game. How many people, even WNBA fans even watched (remember the CV has lead the Sky to the WNBA championship in a past year). Second, watch the official WNBA highlight recap of the game and the Sloot pass is not even included on the highlights. Finally, the CV turnover was not even the worst Sky turnover of the game. After an Ace basket with 1.9 seconds left in the half, Cheyenne Parker (for the Sky) passes the throw-in directly to an Ace player standing under the basket for a lay-up reducing the Sky lead by 2 at the half. The video of this pass is included in the official WNBA highlights of the game.

    While Sloot will definitely stew on the pass until at least next year, but it hardly will be career altering. Allie Quigley did not only went 2-11 overall for the game, but for the player who made more 3 point shots this year than any other (I think AQ finished 3rd in the league in 3 pt shooting percentage) in the WNBA , she went 0-6 from 3 point range in this game and the Sky shot just over 28% for the game while the Aces shot 46.2%.

    Unfortunately it is my understanding that Sloot, AQ and Coach Wade are already under contract to go to Russia (UMMC Ekaterinburg) where Coach Wade has been an assistant coach for years and CV took over for Diana Taurasi last year to lead UMMC Ekaterinburg to the championship. AQ is joining them this year for her first year in Russia.

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    Yeah, I think the play will be remembered more for Hamby's miracle shot than Sloot's errant pass. There is some controversy that Hamby's foot might've crossed the out of bounds line, which would've thus negated her shot. Refs never reviewed it.

    So that led to claims of instant karma from some Sky players/fans when Game 1 of Mystics-Aces endied on Plum getting bumped from behind by EDD on the potentially game tying shot as time was expiring, with no whistle. Also Coach Laimbeer insists he was calling for a timeout continuously from about the 6 second mark, with a ref right next to him, and no TO was granted. So I guess what goes around comes around, or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagDad84 View Post
    Wow.

    Without a doubt a poor decision by Sloot and it is very obvious when watched by the overhead camera. However, when watched at the player level camera where you see what Sloot saw, the player Sloot was passing to appears to be wide open as the Ace defender moved to double team Sloot. You do not see the 2nd Ace player rotating over to cover the Sky player leaving Dolson wide open. Bad decision and nobody knows it more than Sloot, but from the player level, when the defender moved to cover Sloot, her teammate was wide open.

    Career altering, not even close. Why do I say that, numerous reasons. First, this was a second round play-off game, not a semi-final or final round game. How many people, even WNBA fans even watched (remember the CV has lead the Sky to the WNBA championship in a past year). Second, watch the official WNBA highlight recap of the game and the Sloot pass is not even included on the highlights. Finally, the CV turnover was not even the worst Sky turnover of the game. After an Ace basket with 1.9 seconds left in the half, Cheyenne Parker (for the Sky) passes the throw-in directly to an Ace player standing under the basket for a lay-up reducing the Sky lead by 2 at the half. The video of this pass is included in the official WNBA highlights of the game.

    While Sloot will definitely stew on the pass until at least next year, but it hardly will be career altering. Allie Quigley did not only went 2-11 overall for the game, but for the player who made more 3 point shots this year than any other (I think AQ finished 3rd in the league in 3 pt shooting percentage) in the WNBA , she went 0-6 from 3 point range in this game and the Sky shot just over 28% for the game while the Aces shot 46.2%.

    Unfortunately it is my understanding that Sloot, AQ and Coach Wade are already under contract to go to Russia (UMMC Ekaterinburg) where Coach Wade has been an assistant coach for years and CV took over for Diana Taurasi last year to lead UMMC Ekaterinburg to the championship. AQ is joining them this year for her first year in Russia.

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    Really would rather let this thread go, but . . . as you said, ZD, a lot of things won't be remembered. Such as Sloot's clever, from-behind poke that caused Hamby to lose the ball off her knee and gave the Sky the ball for what should have been the last 14 seconds of the game. Allie's bad game won't be remembered. Parker's turnover & the ensuing Ace basket before halftime won't be, but the whole sequence of Sloot's fatal error will live forever on the Web, accessible under the ever-popular search topic: Epic Fails.

    Worse though, will be the long-term affects on her clear leadership role with the team. It's been evident watching this season's games how her teammates have deferred to her, especially with the game on the line, as they did against the Ace's, only to be left staring in disbelief at the result. Imagine Michael Jordan or John Stockton turning it over instead of leading their teams to the W with a game-ending play. If Courtney keeps her feet, she sees a wide open Dolson, makes the pass (even the announcer shouted: "A dangerous pass!") she knows how to make, Dolson scores, game over, and Sloot's legacy to be the greatest point guard in WNBA history keeps on rolling.

    Winning back her Sky teammates' confidence in her, of course, is paramount. Way more important than Sloot's growing, already substantial resume. But that may be the hardest thing still left to win.

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