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  • WNBA: Mood electric as Seattle Storm, fans celebrate third title SEATTLE (AP) — Fans are whooping and cheering as they celebrate the Seattle Storm’s third WNBA championship during a parade and rally. The mood was electric Sunday as trolleys carried players and coaches on a route that began at the Space Needle and arrived at KeyArena just as the rain fell. Aboard one trolley, Storm forward Breanna ...
  • 2018 WNBA FINALS: Stewart, Storm surge past Mystics 98-82 for WNBA title FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart fretted following the regular-season opener after the Seattle Storm lost at home to the Phoenix Mercury. “We thought, ‘Oh, crap, what kind of year is this going to be?'” Bird reminisced. The answer came nearly four months later with a championship. Stewart led the Storm to their third WNBA ...
  • History says Storm WNBA coronation only a matter of time SEATTLE (AP) — If history is any indicator, the WNBA Finals are already over. That may not be a fair assessment to make about the Washington Mystics, who head back home facing a 2-0 deficit to the Seattle Storm in the best-of-five series, and nearly pulled off a split in Seattle before falling short 75-73 in ...
  • WNBA FINALS: Stewart, Storm beat Mystics 75-73 for 2-0 series lead SEATTLE (AP) — A lot of Breanna Stewart in the closing minutes and one big defensive stop in the final seconds has the Seattle Storm on the cusp of a third WNBA title. Stewart scored nine of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, Sue Bird came up with a key defensive play in the final ...
  • WNBA: US women’s hoops team rallies from 16 down to beat Canada BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A’ja Wilson and Kelsey Plum helped the U.S. women’s national team avoid its first home loss in nearly 19 years. The Las Vegas Aces teammates were key in the Americans’ rally from 16-down to beat Canada 74-68 on Saturday in an exhibition game. Wilson had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Plum added ...
  • WNBA FINALS: Jewell Loyd scores 23, Storm beat Mystics 89-76 in Game 1 SEATTLE (AP) — Jewell Loyd was unselfish in the deciding game of the WNBA semifinals, giving up her spot on the floor and choosing not to mess with what was going right for the Seattle Storm at the time. Her decision appeared to be rewarded in Game 1 of the Finals. “It’s amazing how many times when ...
  • Storm, Mystics look to enjoy experience of WNBA Finals SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird leaned over toward Breanna Stewart and made sure the current MVP of the WNBA was paying attention to what the oldest player in the league was saying. “This is advice,” Bird said. The message to Stewart was clear: At age 24, don’t take for granted that she’s leading the Seattle Storm to ...
  • WNBA PLAYOFFS: Storm and Mystics advance to WNBA Finals SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird scored 14 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Storm advanced to the WNBA Finals for the third time in franchise history rallying for a 94-84 win over the Phoenix Mercury in Game 5 on Tuesday night. Playing with a broken nose suffered in Game 4 and ...
  • WNBA Playoffs Roundup: Griner, Mercury rally to beat Storm, force deciding Game 5 PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner scored with 14.1 seconds to play then prevented Breanna Stewart from getting a shot off before the buzzer as the Phoenix Mercury rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Seattle Storm 86-84 on Sunday and force a deciding Game 5 of their WNBA semifinal series. Griner had 29 points and ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Intense Mercury look to knot semifinal series with Storm PHOENIX (AP) — Intensity is a main reason Phoenix is still alive in its WNBA semifinal series against Seattle. The Mercury had it in abundance in Game 3 on Friday night. The Storm, not so much. That was the assessment of the Storm, anyway, in the wake of an 86-66 loss to Phoenix that cut Seattle’s ...
  • WNBA Playoffs Roundup: Mercury force Game 4 in WNBA semifinals, beating Storm 86-66 PHOENIX (AP) — DeWanna Bonner had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Phoenix Mercury scored the first 14 points of the fourth quarter to beat the Seattle Storm 86-66 on Friday night to force a Game 4 in the WNBA semifinal series. The Mercury had fallen into big holes and rallied in the fourth quarter, ...
  • WNBA Playoff Roundup: Mercury hoping to end middle-game malaise against Storm PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Mercury got off to good starts against the Seattle Storm in the first two games of the WNBA semifinals. They’ve been good in the fourth quarter, too, highlighted by Diana Taurasi’s clutch shots at the end of regulation in Game 2. Now if the Mercury could just get those two middle ...
  • WNBA Playoffs Roundup: Dream beats Mystics 78-75, Delle Donne down with knee injury ATLANTA (AP) — Alex Bentley came off the bench to score 21 points and the Atlanta Dream evened their WNBA semifinal playoff series against Washington with a 78-75 victory Tuesday night, but the game was marred in the closing minutes when Mystics star Elena Delle Donne went down with what looked to be a serious ...
  • WNBA PLAYOFFS: Delle Donne, Mystics hold off Dream to win opener SEATTLE (AP) — League MVP Breanna Stewart scored 19 of her 28 points in the first half, Jewell Loyd added 23 — including Seattle’s final seven points — and the Storm held on to beat the Phoenix Mercury 91-87 on Sunday in Game 1 of their WNBA semifinal series. After posting the best record in the ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Old friends Taurasi, Bird meet as Storm faces Mercury SEATTLE (AP) — Considering their long history together in the WNBA, Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Seattle’s Sue Bird have rarely clashed in the postseason. Eight total games across more than 14 seasons of both being in the league, seems a low number of times for two of the game’s great stars to meet in the ...
  • WNBA Playoffs: Storm and Dream take similar approaches during week off NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Hughes found himself in a new situation this postseason. The veteran WNBA coach had a week to get ready for the playoffs after No. 1 Seattle earned a double bye to the semifinals. Atlanta got the other bye, a first for both franchises. Hughes, who has been coaching in the league for ...
  • WNBA Playoffs Roundup: Griner, Taurasi lead Mercury past Sun, 96-86 UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi each scored 27 points to help the Phoenix Mercury beat the Connecticut Sun 96-86 on Thursday night in the second round of the WNBA playoffs. The Mercury will face Seattle in the conference semifinals, starting Sunday. Stephanie Talbot hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 94 with 4:19 ...
  • WNBA Playoffs: A look at the second round of the WNBA playoffs NEW YORK (AP) — A look at the second round of the WNBA playoffs. No. 3 Washington (22-12) vs. No. 6 Los Angeles (19-15) Season Series: Mystics, 2-1. Washington: The Mystics were one of the hottest teams coming into the playoffs, winning eight of their final 10 games to secure the No. 3 seed. One of those victories ...
  • WNBA Playoffs Roundup: Sparks eliminate defending champion Lynx 75-68 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chelsea Gray scored 26 points, helping the Los Angeles Sparks beat the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 75-68 Tuesday night to advance to the second round of the WNBA playoffs. It was the fourth straight year Los Angeles and Minnesota have met in an elimination playoff game — with each team winning the ...
  • A look at the 2 first-round games in the WNBA playoffs NEW YORK (AP) — A look at the two first-round games in the WNBA playoffs: No. 6 Los Angeles (19-15) vs No. 7 Minnesota (18-16) Season Series: Sparks, 3-1. Los Angeles: The biggest question for the Sparks is the health of Nneka Ogwumike, who is listed as questionable for the game because of an illness. Ogwumike was sidelined ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Lynx celebrate “Lindsay Whalen Day” win victory MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Lindsay Whalen scored 10 points in the final regular-season home game of her career, Sylvia Fowles set the WNBA season record for rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx closed the season with a 88-83 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday night. The Target Center had 13,013 in attendance for the game. Governor Mark ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Cambage helps Wings clinch final WNBA playoff spot ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elizabeth Cambage had 43 points and 13 rebounds and the Dallas Wings beat the Las Vegas Aces 107-102 on Friday night to clinch the final WNBA playoff spot and end a nine-game losing streak. It ended a turbulent stretch for Dallas, giving interim coach Taj McWilliams-Franklin her first victory. The Wings hadn’t ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Elena Delle Donne has 25 points, Mystics beat Fever 76-62 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, Kristi Toliver added 19 and the Washington Mystics used an 18-2 fourth quarter to beat the Indiana Fever 76-62 on Wednesday night. Washington (21-11) has won seven straight and is one game behind second-place Atlanta (22-10), with the top two seeds getting double-byes in the playoffs. Monique Currie ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Atlanta’s Renee Montgomery hits 8 3s to tie WNBA record WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Renee Montgomery hit eight 3-pointers to match to WNBA regular-season record and scored a season-high 30 points to help the Atlanta Dream beat the New York Liberty 86-77 on Sunday for their sixth straight victory. Diana Taurasi, Riquna Williams and Shekinna Stricklen also have hit eight 3-pointers in a game. Montgomery ...
  • WNBA Roundup: Montgomery hits 6 3-pointers, Dream beat Wings 92-82 ATLANTA (AP) — Renee Montgomery was 6 of 7 from 3-point range and scored 24 points to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Dallas Wings 92-82 on Saturday. Elizabeth Williams had 18 points, nine rebounds and five blocks, Tiffany Hayes added 15 points, seven boards and five assists and Jessica Breland scored 13 points for Atlanta. The ...

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