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WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. New York L. 21-13 
 2. Chicago S. 18-16 
 3. Indiana F. 17-17 
 4. Atlanta D. 17-17 
 5. Connecticut S. 14-20 
 6. Washington M. 13-21 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 28-6 
 2. L.Angeles S. 26-8 
 3. Phoenix M. 16-18 
 4. Seattle S. 16-18 
 5. Dallas W. 11-23 
 6. S.Antonio SS 7-27 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Elena DELLE DONNE
  
  (196-G/F-89)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Delle Donne, Chica.21.5 
 2. Charles, New Y.21.4 
 3. McCoughtry, Atlan.20.2 
 4. Moore, Minnesot.19.9 
 5. Ogwumike, L.Angele.19.3 
 6. Taurasi, Phoen.18.6 
 7. Stewart, Seatt.18.3 
 8. McBride, S..17.1 
 9. Loyd, Seattle S.16.7 
 10. Parker, L.Angele.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tina CHARLES
  
  (193-C-88)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Charles, New Y.9.9 
 2. Stewart, Seatt.9.3 
 3. Ogwumike, L.Angele.9.1 
 4. Johnson, Dallas W.8.9 
 5. Fowles, Minnesot.8.8 
 6. Williams, Atlanta8.4 
 7. Paris, Dallas W.8.0 
 8. Lyttle, Atlanta D.7.8 
 9. Parker, L.Angele.7.6 
 10. Larkins, Indiana7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sue BIRD
  
  (175-PG-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Bird, Seattle S.5.8 
 2. Thomas, Connecti.5.1 
 3. Vandersloot, Chica.4.9 
 4. January, Indiana F.4.8 
 5. Parker, L.Angele.4.5 
 6. Faulkner, Chica.4.4 
 7. Moore, Minnesot.4.3 
 8. Jefferson, S.Anton.4.2 
 9. Whalen, Minnesot.3.9 
 10. Sims, Dallas W.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  
  (193-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lyttle, Atlanta D.2.1 
 2. Catchings, India.1.9 
 3. Boyd, New York L.1.6 
 4. Jefferson, S.Anton.1.6 
 5. Moore, Minnesot.1.6 
 6. Beard, L.Angeles S.1.6 
 7. Vandersloot, Chica.1.5 
 8. McCoughtry, Atlan.1.5 
 9. Taylor, Phoenix M.1.5 
 10. Thomas, Connecti.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brittney GRINER
  
  (203-C-90)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Griner, Phoenix M.3.1 
 2. Sanders, Washingt.2.5 
 3. Williams, Atlanta2.3 
 4. Stewart, Seatt.1.8 
 5. Fowles, Minnesot.1.8 
 6. Delle Donne, Chica.1.5 
 7. Stokes, New Y.1.4 
 8. Boyette, Chicago1.4 
 9. Parker, L.Angele.1.2 
 10. Ogwumike, L.Angel.1.2 
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Beard's jumper lifts Sparks over Lynx in Game 1 - Oct 10, 2016


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Alana Beard
In a championship series filled with stars, Alana Beard (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Duke) sometimes can get lost with so much attention on Minnesota's four Olympians and the two MVPs in Los Angeles. That's exactly what happened in the closing moments of Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, and Beard hit a jumper from the baseline just before time expired to lift the Sparks to a 78-76 victory over the defending champion Lynx. With the defense collapsing on Candace Parker (6'4''-C/F-86, college: Tennessee) and Nneka Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90, college: Stanford) in the paint, Beard found herself all alone in the corner. She took the pass from Chelsea Gray (5'11''-G-92, college: Duke) and knocked down jumper with Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut)'s in her face. As the ball splashed through, Moore put her head in her hands, and the Sparks celebrated a thrilling victory, their second on Minnesota's court this season. "You may not recognize the importance of her statistically for us a lot of times," Sparks coach Brian Agler said. "But her presence, her leadership, obviously how disruptive she can be defensively, and then for her to hit a shot like that, it was incredible." Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) scored 19 points to lead Los Angeles and Parker had 14 points and nine rebounds in her finals debut. League MVP Ogwumike added 19 points for the Sparks in the opener of the best-of-five series. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) had 18 points and 13 rebounds and Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) scored 18 points for top-seeded Minnesota. Moore scored all 18 of her points in the second half to move into first place on the WNBA's career finals scoring list, but the Lynx committed 16 turnovers and got caught scrambling on the final possession of the game. "I think we were more worried about not letting anyone get to the hole," Fowles said. "I'm not sure exactly what happened on that last play to make her get wide open. But we learned from this." There was a time not too long ago when Beard's name belonged on the marquee with players Parker and Ogwumike or Lynx stars Moore, Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen. She was the national player of the year at Duke, the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Mystics in 2004 and a four-time All-Star before injuries set her back. She re-emerged in Los Angeles as a defensive specialist, but she took center stage in Game 1. Before she hit the game-winner, Beard also had a spectacular block of a shot by Whalen and then a steal off an inbounds to set up Ogwumike's bucket for a 76-72 lead. Moore scored on a coast-to-coast layup to tie the score at 76 with 24.7 seconds to play, but she helped aggressively on Gray's drive on the other end, leaving Beard open for just her second bucket of the game. "I don't think I've ever hit a game-winner," Beard said quietly. "So it's pretty cool. Pretty cool."
Courtesy of: sltrib.com   




Tanisha
Wright
New York Liberty guard Tanisha Wright to skip 2017 WNBA season to rest - 11 days ago
New York Liberty president Isiah Thomas issued the following statement Monday: I want to inform our fans that Tanisha Wright(5'11''-SF-83, college: Penn St., agency: LBM Management) has decided she will take time away from the game to rest during the 2017 WNBA season. Tanisha has the full support of the New York Liberty organization as she does what is best for her health and future. Tanisha has played a pivotal role in all our success both on and off the court over the past two seasons,...   [read more]

Brittney
Griner
Phoenix Mercury, Brittney Griner reach multi-year contract agreement - 11 days ago
Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner(6'8''-C-90, college: Baylor) signed a new multi-year contract that will keep her as a team cornerstone. The 6-8 Griner, going into her fifth WNBA season, is a three-time WNBA All-Star and two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. The 26-year-old made a trip back to Phoenix from Russia, where she plays in the WNBA offseason, for the contract announcement before Sunday's Phoenix Suns game. Details of the contract were not released. Griner made $61,80...   [read more]

Penny Taylor
Mercury Name Penny Taylor Director of Player Development and Performance - 14 days ago
The three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury today announced the hiring of Mercury legend Penny Tayloras the team's Director of Player Development and Performance. Taylor, a member of all three Mercury championship teams, steps into her new role following a 13-season WNBA playing career, 10 of which were spent in Phoenix. 'As we have always tried to make clear, our organization owes a great deal to Penny Taylor and our hope was that her post-playing career would keep her here, as well,' s...   [read more]


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Phoenix Mercury forward DeWanna Bonner will miss the 2017 season due to pregnancy - 16 days ago  
Stars sign Adut Bulgak - 16 days ago  
Lynx Hire James Wade as Assistant Coach - 22 days ago  
Stars Sign Roneeka Hodges - 23 days ago  
Indiana Fever Sign Brazilian Center Nadia Colhado - 24 days ago  
San Antonio Stars acquire center Clarissa Dos Santos from the Chicago Sky in exchange for center Astou Ndour - 25 days ago  
Former WNBA All-Star Taj McWilliams-Franklin Joins The Dallas Wings - 25 days ago  
Atlanta Dream sign Australian guard Rachel Jarry - 26 days ago  
Seattle Storms signs free agent guard Jennifer O'Neill - 26 days ago  
Connecticut Sun sign Danielle Adams to a training camp contract - 30 days ago  
Sun acquires Lynetta Kizer, trades Camille Little to Mercury and Candice Dupree goes to Indiana - 1 month ago  
Dallas Wings trade Odyssey Sims to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for picks in WNBA Draft - 1 month ago  
Minnesota Lynx Renounce Rights to Rachel Jarry - 1 month ago  
WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike Extends Contract with Los Angeles Sparks - 1 month ago  
The Connecticut Sun signed Kelly Faris, Jennifer Hamson and Kayla Pedersen to training camp contracts - 1 month ago  
Atlanta Dream signs center Markeisha Gatling and guard Whitney Knight - 1 month ago  
Candace Parker agrees to a multi-year contract extension with Los Angeles Sparks - 1 month ago  
Phoenix Mercury sign guard Yvonne Turner and forward Emma Cannon - 1 month ago  
Perth Lynx star Sami Whitcomb gets WNBA call-up with Seattle Storm - 1 month ago  
Bentley re-signs with Sun - 1 month ago  
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