The Seattle Storm signed Alysha Clark (5'10''-F-87, college: Middle Tenn.St.), Chay Shegog (6'5''-C-90, college: N.Carolina) and Cierra Bravard (6'4''-C-89, college: Florida St.) to training camp contracts. Alysha Clark spent the last season with the Storm. She tallied 3.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per appearance. She is currently playing for Ramat Hasharon in Israel. Her stats read 12.5 points, 7.4 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals per appearance. Last season Alysha Clark was named All-Israeli League Domestic Player of the Year. Chay Shegog played just three games for the Connecticut Sun last season. She posted 1.0 point per appearance. She started the current season with Uni Gyor in Hungary. Later Chay Shegog moved to France to join Toulouse. Her stats read 18.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per appearance. Cierra Bravard is playing for Uni Girona in Spain now. She averages 8.4 points and 4.1 boards per game in LFB. Bravard graduated from the Florida State University in 2012.
WNBA acknowledges officials' error in Game 5 of Finals - 3 days ago
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For the second time in a week during the WNBA Finals, the league acknowledged a late officiating mistake. The WNBA said the officials missed a shot clock violation in the deciding Game 5 on Thursday night in which the Sparks beat the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 77-76. 'After reviewing postgame video, we have determined that Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford)'s shot with 1:14 remaining in regulation time should not have counted due to a shot-clock violation, and that th... [read more]
For the second time in a week during the WNBA Finals, the league acknowledged a late officiating mistake. The WNBA said the officials missed a shot clock violation in the deciding Game 5 on Thursday night in which the Sparks beat the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 77-76. 'After reviewing postgame video, we have determined that Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford)'s shot with 1:14 remaining in regulation time should not have counted due to a shot-clock violation, and that the referees improperly failed to review the play under the instant replay rules,' Renee Brown, WNBA chief of basketball operations and player relations, said in a statement Friday. Ogwumike's jumper with 3.1 seconds left, off the rebound of her blocked shot, won it for the Sparks. The league earlier this week admitted a mistake after officials missed an 8-second backcourt violation that benefited Minnesota late in Game 4 on Sunday. The Lynx scored on that possession for a four-point lead with 12.5 seconds left and won 85-79. Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve was angry in her postgame news conference Thursday night about both missed calls, saying the league needed to do more than just apologize and 'send a memo.' 'It's really unfortunate that players continually put themselves out there, playing and competing at a really high level. Whether it was the 8-second call in L.A. or the game today, doesn't matter, OK? The game today, it's not fair to the players,' Reeve said. 'It's not enough just to apologize or send out a memo that they got something wrong, OK? These players are so invested and something must be done about the officiating in this league because it's not fair to these great players we have.' WNBA rules state in the final two minutes of a game, plays are only reviewable immediately. Earlier in the game, time can elapse and plays can still be reviewed. In college basketball, officials are given more time to review calls in the final two minutes. 'It was reviewable at the time when she shot it,' Reeve said. 'The referees at that point didn't think anything was wrong. They didn't understand it was the end of the clock. They didn't hear the shot clock. When they put the ball in play, the play is no longer reviewable.' Arenas switched shot clocks midseason. There were some issues when they were changed about how audible the horn was when it reached zero. Lynx star Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) didn't realize the controversy until asked about it in a sullen losing locker room. 'OK, that doesn't make me feel any better,' Moore said. She said she thought she saw one of the officials signal for a review and was surprised to hear that didn't occur, the details of the final minutes lost in the haze of defeat. 'Well, it doesn't mean anything now,' Moore said. Courtesy of: dailybreeze.com
Player of the Year: Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85) of Minnesota L. Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79) of Indiana F. Coach of the Year: Cheryl Reeve of Minnesota L. 1st Team F/C: Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90) of L.Angeles S. C: Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) of New York L. SG: Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89) of Minnesota L. G/F: Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89) of Chicago S. PG: Sue Bird (5'9''-PG-80) of Seattle S. 2nd Team G: Jewell Loyd (5'10''-G-93) of Seattle S.... [read more]
Ogwumike lifts Sparks to WNBA title, beat Lynx 77-76 - 5 days ago
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Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) and the Sparks jumped with joy on the court, joined in celebration by a guy named Magic Johnson who once made basketball championships a habit in Los Angeles. Parker's old college coach, the late Pat Summitt, was there in spirit too. Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford)'s short jumper with 3.1 seconds left, off the rebound of her blocked shot, gave the Sparks a 77-76 victory over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx in the dec... [read more]
Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) and the Sparks jumped with joy on the court, joined in celebration by a guy named Magic Johnson who once made basketball championships a habit in Los Angeles. Parker's old college coach, the late Pat Summitt, was there in spirit too. Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford)'s short jumper with 3.1 seconds left, off the rebound of her blocked shot, gave the Sparks a 77-76 victory over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx in the deciding Game 5 of the WNBA Finals on Thursday night for the franchise's first title in 14 years. Parker had 28 points and 12 rebounds to earn MVP honours of the Finals and her first WNBA title, capping a trying year marked by the death of the beloved Summitt, with whom she won two NCAA championships at Tennessee. Parker also was left off the U.S. Olympic team after helping them to a gold medal in the previous two Games. "The journey to get here I wouldn't have wanted to do it with anybody else," Parker said. "It's amazing when you surround yourself with good people how fun it is." Sparks coach Brian Agler started his postgame news conference by playing a recording of the Tennessee fight song, "Rocky Top," from a phone in front of him at the podium. Parker cried as she leaned over to hug her coach. "I've never been around somebody that has been critiqued so hard," Agler said, "and I've never been around anyone I'm happy for than Candace." Said Ogwumike: "She's been through so much. She's probably the most misunderstood person in the league. I told her I wanted her to get one." Parker heard Summitt's voice in her head, recalling the time-worn advice to focus on defence and rebounding. "You can't control if shots go in or shots don't, but what you can control is defence and rebounding," Parker said. Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, college: Georgetown, agency: LBM Management) made one of two free throws with 23.4 seconds left to give the Lynx a 74-73 lead. Parker answered with a layup on the other end that Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) countered with a jumper. Then Ogwumike hustled her way over to the loose ball after Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) blocked her first attempt. She coolly swished it. Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota)'s heave from just inside halfcourt bounced high off the backboard, setting off the celebration for the Sparks and silencing the sellout crowd of 19,423. Moore had 23 points and 11 assists for the Lynx, who fell short of matching the WNBA record of four championships. The Houston Comets won four straight titles from 1997-2000. The Lynx played in the finals for the fifth time in the last six years. They won three. "The team that won this game deserved to win the game," Moore said, "so it's just hard to have it come that close." Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92, college: Duke) reeled off 11 consecutive points for the Sparks, capping that run with a smooth up-and-under layup to put them in front 60-59 early in the fourth quarter. Parker's putback with 3:06 left gave L.A. a 71-63 lead, putting the Lynx in trouble. But Moore seized the moment with a 3-pointer that brought Minnesota within four points, and Parker forced an off-balance 3 on the other end. Whalen stole the ball from Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) and finished the fast break with a layup to tie the game at 71, setting up the final flurry. On the next play, Ogwumike hit a jumper that appeared to come after the shot clock expired. The officials signalled for a review but never looked at the basket. Los Angeles led 73-71 with just over a minute left. Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) answered with a jumper, but those points proved to be critical. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve , making sure to credit the Sparks for their performance was livid about the non-call afterward. "It's not enough just to apologize and send out a memo that they got something wrong, OK? These players are so invested, and something must be done about the officiating in this league. Because it is not fair to these great players that we have," Reeve said. The WNBA's new post-season format with the field ordered by overall record regardless of conference sure worked well, leading to this classic matchup between the two teams that fought all summer for the top seed and featuring several of the league's biggest stars. "I hope that we gained a lot of fans from around the world and around this country," Augustus said. The game was remarkably close, with 24 lead changes and 11 ties with no team ever leading by double digits. Courtesy of: orangeville.com
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