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    I don't watch a lot of WNBA, but it's been so long since I've seen anything. Caught the tail end of Seattle-New York and watched most of LA-Phoenix. Chicago not playing today.

    Seattle has a really deep bench now. 2 starters from last year have gone back to being reserves because of injured players coming back, and they have a young big from Australia who looks promising. NY is extremely young and just not very talented overall (somewhere, a certain Zag fan will probably be happy that Ionescu went 4-17 from the floor and 0-8 behind the arc in her debut).

    LA-Pho was a good game for a half...then LA ran away and the Merc pretty much quit trying. Griner should be the most dominant player in the league, but she has no heart.


    I know it's not Zags related, but there has been a dearth of live sports and I'm tired of hearing about covid.

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    Thanks SeaCat,

    Three WNBA games on tap for today.

    Game 1 - Seattle-New York - Seattle is loaded, while New York has 7 rookies and a new head coach. In addition, three players for New York, Asia Durr and Rebecca Allen won't be playing this year and another player Megan Walker has had a bout with Covid-19 and is in quarantine in the bubble but missed today's game. Game went as expected with Seattle stars Breanna Stewart looking healed from her Achilles tendon tear and Sue Bird looking healed from her injuries last year. I will give Sabrina Ionescu a little bit of a break. She did shoot poorly from the field, but she ended up with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists while playing against last year's defensive player of the year, Natasha Howard.

    Game 2 - LA-Phoenix - As SeaCat said, a good game for the 1st half then LA outscored Phoenix 30-8 in the 3rd quarter to run away with the game. Phoenix's Diana Taurasi, who is also coming back from injury, had a decent, but not outstanding game with 16 points (4-12 overall and 1-7 from 3), 2 rebounds and 1 steal but no assists and 4 turnovers. Phoenix starter, Nia Coffey only played 9 minutes and left with an ankle injury. Of Pacific NW interest, LA Sparks backup guard, Sydney Weise (Oregon State) played 18 minutes with 5 points (2-3 overall, 0-1 from 3 & 1-1 from the charity stripe), 1 rebound and 2 turnovers.

    Game 3 - Washington-Indiana - Defending champion Washington Mystics had no trouble with Indiana prevailing 101-76 despite playing without reigning MVP Elena Delle Donne, who is rehabbing a back injury, and newly acquired center Tina Charles, who was medically excused for the season. Washington was also without Natasha Cloud, who is focusing on social justice causes this season, and LaToya Sanders. Washington shot 77.8% from the field in the first quarter and made 35 of their first 50 overall and simply ran away and hid from the Fever. Indiana outscored Washington 20-9 in the 4th quarter to make the game only sort of respectable. Washington looks every bit the Championship team they are and Indiana looked like the last place team they were last year. Indianas #3 pick, Lauren Cox from Baylor did not play in this game.

    Tomorrow's Games:
    - At 9:00 AM pacific time, the Connecticut Sun will play the Minnesota Lynx of ESPN.

    - At 12:00 Noon pacific time, the Chicago Sky will play the Las Vegas Aces on ABC. The Aces ended the Sky's season last year in the playoffs in a great basketball game. As a Pacific NW tie-in, Chicago features Gonzaga's own Courtney Vandersloot and the #8 pick in the draft, Oregon's Ruthy Hebard. Las Vegas's starting point guard, Kelsey Plum (University of Washington) is out for the year with a torn Achilles tendon. The Aces starting center Liz Cambridge has received a medical exemption for 2020 and will not play this year.

    - At 5:00 PM pacific time, the Dallas Wings will play the Atlanta Dream on CBS-SN. Dallas features 3 of the top 7 draft picks in this year's draft while Atlanta has the #4 overall pick, Chennedy Carter from Texas A&M.

    Enjoy the WNBA, it may be the only women's basketball you see for a while.

    ZagDad

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    ZagDad I think EDD is opting to sit out the year as well. She sought a medical exemption from the league but was denied. I think the Mystics have said they will pay her salary regardless. She has ongoing complications from Lyme's disease.

    I didn't get to watch the Mystics game. 3rd year player Myisha Hines-Allen, who has not done much previously, went off today. 20+ in the first half and finished w/ 27, 11-17 from the floor. Emma Meeaseman is the player everybody is assuming would pick up the slack for the missing players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seacatfan View Post
    ZagDad I think EDD is opting to sit out the year as well. She sought a medical exemption from the league but was denied. I think the Mystics have said they will pay her salary regardless. She has ongoing complications from Lyme's disease.

    I didn't get to watch the Mystics game. 3rd year player Myisha Hines-Allen, who has not done much previously, went off today. 20+ in the first half and finished w/ 27, 11-17 from the floor. Emma Meeaseman is the player everybody is assuming would pick up the slack for the missing players.
    I had not heard that EDD had formally said she was sitting out the season. I know EDD was not happy with the WNBA medical board's decision that did not award her a medical exception, but according to them, Lyme's Disease, is not on the accepted list of compromised medical conditions, so they were just going by the book. Lucky for EDD that the Mystics offered to pick up her salary. Personally, i don't root very hard for EDD and Sylvia Fowles since both forced their way out of Chicago while under contract and in Fowles case, likely may have cost the Sky a championship.

    Myisha Hines-Allen had made seven 3s in her entire career coming into today, then makes 3-4 from 3 today. When its your day, its your day.

    Washington is not going to give Seattle or LA their crown very easily even without EDD or Tina Charles.

    I forgot the NW connection in tomorrows Connecticut Sun vs Minnesota Lynx game. Local Spokane product Briann January was traded to Connecticut this past year from Phoenix. She has had the Covid-19 virus, so I do not know if she is going to play tomorrow, but she is going to play for the Sun this year.

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    I might've jumped to conclusions. Maybe it's not official about EDD sitting out and she just wanted to have it as an option.

    I hear ya about players forcing trades. It's the way it goes in the league. Tina Charles did it when she went from Connecticut to New York, I'm pretty sure Cambage pulled it when she left Dallas, I'm sure there have been others. I think Chiney didn't leave Connecticut on very good terms. It seems to be a pattern that everybody leaves Connecticut.

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    I didn't see it, but the Sky pulled out a 2 point win and got a small measure of revenge for that heartbreaking playoff loss last year against the Aces. Sloot dropped 11 dimes, doing what she does.

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    Summary of Sunday's WNBA games:

    Connecticut outplayed Minnesota for 3 quarters and entered the 4th quarter with a 7-point lead. The driver for Connecticut bus forgot to stop for gas and the Sun looked like they ran out of gas in the 4th quarter as Minnesota outscored the Sun 27-12 in the 4th for a 77-69 victory. Bonner and Thomas scored 39 points, but the rest of the team only could score 30 points. What really did Connecticut was their shooting from 3 as they went 2-19 (10.5%) from long range. As expected, Briann January did not play for the Sun.

    Typical Chicago Sky game, all offense and not much defense. The Sky's big off-season pick-up 6'6" Azura Stevens, started out on fire and had 12 points at half. However, she disappeared in the 2nd half by not scoring any points. Much like the Zags, Chicago played nine players (all 9 scored) with 8 of the players getting more than 10 minutes of playing time. The Sky shot a good 45.9% overall and mediocre 33.3% from 3. CV had a typical CV game with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal and 11 assists with only 3 turnovers (3.67 assist to turnover ratio) but she did not shoot very well with all 8 of her points coming in a row, right before half to bring the Sky within 2. Las Vegas was (and will be all year) without 2 starters (the Center - Liz Cambridge and PG Kelsey Plum). As has been the case since Sylvia Fowles left the Sky, Chicago cannot defend the key. The Ace's new acquisition, All-Star Angel McCoughtry (F) lit up the Sky by scoring 25 points (on 11- 17) and A'ja Wilson (C) scored 22 points (8-16) and Dearica Hamby (F) added 14 points (7-12). Luckily for the Sky, CV,s wife, Ally Quigley, who had a very unremarkable game, hit a contested 3 with just over 14 seconds left to win the game.

    The Dallas-Atlanta game was a fun game to watch as Atlanta put up 105 points to overcome Dallas' game 95 points. Defense was essentially non-existent in the game with a lot of up and down the court. Sabine Sabally (Oregon) had a decent first game scoring 11 points (5-11. 1-3), 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals Dallas shot 43.6% overall and a very good 46.4% from long range. Atlanta was led by a great game by Monique Billings who had a career-high 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while rookie Chennedy Carter added 18 points and eight assists. Both teams looked significantly better than they were last year.

    Tuesday's Games:
    - Washington Mystics vs Connecticut Sun @ 4:00 PM PST on NBA-TV
    - LA Sparks vs Chicago Sky @ 6:00 PM PST on NBA-TV
    - Seattle Storm vs Minnesota Lynx @ &:00 PM PST on CBS-SN

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    Results of Tuesday's WNBA games:

    Chicago Sky took down the LA Sparks 96-78. Kahleah Copper and Azura Stevens had 21 points apiece and the Chicago Sky beat the Los Angeles Sparks 96-78 on Tuesday night. Cheyenne Parker added 12 points and Allie Quigley, Courtney Vandersloot and Gabby Williams scored 11 apiece for Chicago (2-0). Vandersloot finished with 10 assists. Stevens and Copper each grabbed a career-high nine rebounds. Sky rookie Ruthie Hebard (Oregon) got in for 6 minutes but did not make the box score. Sydney Weise (Oregon State) played 17 minutes for LA scoring 8 pts (2-4 from 3, 2-2 Free Throws).

    Seattle exerted their superiority over the Minnesota Lynx 90-66. Breanna Stewart had 18 points and 10 rebounds and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 90-66 on Tuesday night to spoil a record-breaking night by Sylvia Fowles. Fowles, who went into the game needing seven rebounds to become the WNBA's all-time leader, grabbed a missed 3-point shot by Stewart in the closing seconds of the first half to move past former teammate and current Lynx assistant coach Rebekkah Brunson into first on the career rebounds list with 3,357.

    The Washington Mystics kept pace with the Chicago Sky in the East by using a big 3rd quarter to overcome a 4 pt halftime deficit by beating the Connecticut Sun 94-89. Aerial Powers scored a career-high 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Ariel Atkins and Myisha Hines-Allen each scored 16 points for the defending champion Mystics (2-0) and Emma Meesseman added 12 points and a career-best tying eight assists. Alyssa Thomas scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and DeWanna Bonner had 29 points, nine boards and five assists for Connecticut (0-2). Bonner also had two steals to become one of six active players with at least 400 career steals (401).

    Wednesday's Games:
    - Phoenix Mercury vs Indiana Fever @ 4:00 PM PST on NBA-TV
    - New York Liberty vs Dallas Wings @ 5:00 PM PST on CBS-SN
    - Atlanta Dream vs Las Vegas Aces @ 7:00 PM PST on CBS-SN

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