Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

WNBA Veteran’s Continue To Get Hurt

September 4, 2009 by Lyndsey D'Arcangelo  
Filed under Basketball

WNBA Veteran’s Continue To Get Hurt

What’s up with the WNBA this year? Is there a curse on the veterans that I don’t know about?
Last week, WNBA All-Star Lauren Jackson found out she had a severe back injury that would keep her out for the rest of the season.
This week, gold medalist and WNBA All-Star Kara Lawson announced that she will miss the rest of the WNBA season with the Sacramento Monarchs due to tendinitis in her right quadriceps muscle. (Ouch.)
Lawson, a seven-year veteran, was recently chosen for the U.S. women’s national basketball team. She was one of eight players selected, which speaks to her ability …read more

Lauren Jackson Out For The Season

September 2, 2009 by Lyndsey D'Arcangelo  
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Lauren Jackson Out For The Season

Bad news for the Seattle Storm — Lauren Jackson, one of the WNBA’s premier players, is out for the season after suffering a stress fracture in her lower back.
“Lauren has been playing with back pain for a couple of weeks,” head coach Brian Agler said. “She will rest and work with our team physicians and trainers to rehabilitate her back.”
According to ESPN.com, Jackson had a bone scan done last Friday that revealed the stress fracture.
The Storm clinched a playoff spot after last Thursday’s win over the Connecticut Sun.  As the team’s leading scorer, Jackson will surely be missed in the …read more

The Atlanta Dream’s “Dream” Season

August 17, 2009 by Lyndsey D'Arcangelo  
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The Atlanta Dream’s “Dream” Season

I’m not one to toot my own horn or anything … but I will on occasion. When the 2009 WNBA season began, I said that the Atlanta Dream could have a break-out year. Well, guess what? The Dream took sole  possession of second place in the Eastern Conference this weekend when they defeated the Seattle Storm 88-79.
Most expansion teams take a few years to get themselves together. After last season’s laughable performance,  the Dream looked as though they were going to follow the expansion blueprint. Then something shifted.  Veteran players were traded and talented rookies joined the team. Now, the …read more

Lisa Leslie Reaches 6,000 Points

August 12, 2009 by Lyndsey D'Arcangelo  
Filed under Basketball

Lisa Leslie Reaches 6,000 Points

Even if the Los Angeles Sparks do not win an WNBA Championship this season,  Lisa Leslie should have no regrets about retiring. She’s already achieved a host of accolades and awards throughout her career, and is one of the most recognizable faces in women’s basketball.
Sure, Candace Parker is a household name, but Leslie was dunking basketballs well before Parker could even drive a car.
Leslie reached yet another milestone in her basketball career by reaching 6,000 points in a game against the Indiana Fever. The exclamation point of the achievement was made as Leslie hit an 11-foot jumper with only 11.9 …read more

Yolanda Griffith Decides To Retire

August 5, 2009 by Lyndsey D'Arcangelo  
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Yolanda Griffith Decides To Retire

After 11 seasons, one of the more prolific and influential players in WNBA history has decided to retire.
Yolanda Griffith announced her retirement Tuesday after suffering a career-ending tear of her left Achilles tendon back on June 9.
The 39-year-old Indiana Fever forward has quite the basketball resume. She is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and won a WNBA Champtionship back  in 2005 with the Sacramento Monarchs.
Griffith also holds the second spot for rebounding in league history with 2,444 boards. As the second overall pick in the 1999 WNBA draft, she averaged seven rebounds and 10.3 ppg.
As the WNBA moves further into …read more

Donovan Takes Over For The Liberty

August 3, 2009 by Lyndsey D'Arcangelo  
Filed under Basketball

Donovan Takes Over For The Liberty

After a 6 – 11 start for the New York Liberty, head coach Pat Coyle was fired on Friday. Anne Donovan has taken over in the interim and hopes to help set the team on the right track.
“We’ve been a very up-and-down team,” Donovan said, according to ESPN.com. “Not just from game to game, but from quarter to quarter, minute to minute. We all know we have to be more consistent with that.”
After making a pretty good run in the playoffs last season, the Liberty are now 7½ games behind first-place Indiana and two behind Atlanta and Chicago for the …read more

The WNBA’s True Impact

July 31, 2009 by Lyndsey D'Arcangelo  
Filed under Basketball

The WNBA’s True Impact

There has been a lot of conversation lately revolving around whether or not the WNBA is worth the investment. The league itself is struggling to remain financially viable for the NBA and teams are constantly folding year over year. Another city pops up, willing to take a chance and form an expansion team. Why? If there’s no money to be made, what’s the point?
The truth is that the WNBA’s impact is far more than financial. I read an article on ESPN about how President Obama’s daughters love watching women’s basketball.  One particular quote stood out the most: “Sasha and Malia, …read more

Diana Taurasi Cited For DUI

July 3, 2009 by Lyndsey D'Arcangelo  
Filed under Basketball

Diana Taurasi Cited For DUI

The night was going well for WNBA all-star Diana Taurasi. She had just led the Phoenix Mercury to an impressive 93-81 win over the Seattle Storm with 22 points and four blocked shots.

Yet, the celebration quickly turned sour when Taurasi was pulled over by a cop in the wee hours of the morning. According to ESPN.com, the officer who pulled her over smelled alcohol and gave Taurasi several field sobriety tests. She was then escorted to a mobile DUI van where she gave a sample of blood.
Though her blood alcohol content is unknown, Taurasi was cited for a DUI. The …read more

Bill Laimbeer “Shockingly” Resigns

June 17, 2009 by Lyndsey D'Arcangelo  
Filed under Basketball

Bill Laimbeer “Shockingly” Resigns

First, let me apologize for the pun. Second, where in the world did this come from? How funny is it that this “shocking” move happened to a team called the Detroit Shock?
Bill Laimbeer added a certain amount of clout to the WNBA when he took over as Detroit’s head coach in 2002. He has led his team to three WNBA titles in three years and has made the Shock into a basketball powerhouse. He talked his bosses out of folding the team after the 2002 season before engineering a worst-to-first championship run the very next season. But after three games …read more

WNBA Teams Getting Sponsors For Extra Cash

June 15, 2009 by Lyndsey D'Arcangelo  
Filed under Basketball

WNBA Teams Getting Sponsors For Extra Cash

It’s no secret that the WNBA has been losing money since its inception. The NBA is basically carrying the women’s league on its own shoulders. But, because the WNBA has a solid fan base and has helped to showcase the nation’s top talent in women’s basketball and bring women’s college basketball into the national spotlight as well (would we know so much about players like Candace Parker with out it?), the promotional powers-that-be are doing their best to help keep the WNBA alive.
The basic necessity is money. You can’t run a league with out money — in any sport. So …read more

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