A BRAND NEW RECORD – So far the MINNESOTA LYNX have owned this WNBA season. They’re the defending champions, they’re the only remaining undefeated team this year and last night they took sole possession of the longest season- opening winning streak in the Association’s history! The Lynx moved to 10-0, breaking the 9-0 tie they held with the 2001 and 2003 LOS ANGELES SPARKS. Minnesota slapped around the homestanding PHOENIX MERCURY in a 78-60 victory that will live on in the history books.
A FIZZLE FROM THE SPARKS – And speaking of the Sparks, they laid an uncharacteristic egg with a 92-59 butt kicking at the hands of the ATLANTA DREAM. Angel McCoughtry, the undisputed leader of the Dream, went Medieval on the Sparks, chalking up 31 points on her own. Atlanta improved to 4-5 on the year and ended both its own 3- game losing streak and Los Angeles’ 5- game winning streak with this rout. Lindsey Harding and Sancho Lyttle added 18 and 13 points respectively for the Dream, while the Sparks, who fall to 7-2, were led by Nneka Ogwumike with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
TIGHTEST GAME OF THE NIGHT – This distinction goes to the Instant Classic matchup between the WASHINGTON MYSTICS and the visiting INDIANA FEVER. The Mystics emerged with a badly- needed victory in this 67-66 tussle. Crystal Langhorne wracked up 22 points and 13 rebounds to lead Washington to just its second win of the season. On the Indiana side, reigning MVP Tamika Catchings led the Fever with 15 points but missed a potential game-winning 3 point shot in this third straight loss for the team. The Mystics now have a record of 2-6 and the Fever are just above .500 at 4-3.
BIRD RAMPAGES THROUGH TULSA – No, it’s not a new Kaiju monster movie. I’m referring to how Sue Bird led the SEATTLE STORM in last night’s 86-73 road victory over the winless TULSA SHOCK. Bird, who made her first 9 shots in a row from the field, registered 21 points, followed closely by teammate Katie Smith with 17. Jennifer Lacey scored 16 points to lead the Shock, who fall to 0-9 for the year. Seattle owned the backboards in this game, outrebounding Tulsa 17-6 in the 1st half and a closer 19-17 in the 2nd half. The Storm logged their 2nd win of the season and improve to 2-7.
HERE COMES THE SUN – The CONNECTICUT SUN scorched the visiting NEW YORK LIBERTY to the tune of 97-55, making it the worst loss in the Liberty franchise’s history. The Sun, meanwhile, set a positive record of their own, ending the 1st half of play with a 61-27 lead, the highest- scoring half in team AND league history. All eleven players for Connecticut contributed points in the slaughter, led by Tina Charles with 20. Mistie Mims and Renee Montgomery notched 13 points each while on the New York side Essence Carson led the Liberty with 10 points … making her the ONLY New York player with double- digit points in the embarrassing loss. The Sun improve to 7-2, the Liberty falls to 3-7.
JUNE 16TH RESULTS – San Antonio Silver Stars (4-4) over the (A) Los Angeles Sparks (7-3) 98-85 *** Indiana Fever (5-3) over the (A) Chicago Sky (7-2) 84-70
JUNE 17TH RESULTS – Connecticut Sun (8-2) edge the (H) Atlanta Dream (4-6) 75-73 *** Tulsa Shock (1-9) log first win of the year over the visiting Phoenix Mercury (2-7) 87-75