Atlanta Dream. Not a pretty record at 7-7 overall and 3-7 in the conference but coach Marynell Meadors, like previous years as Eastern Conference champions and runners up as WNBA Champions have the dream in the mix only three and a half games out of first place. And the win against second place Eastern Conference rival, Indiana, 70-58, helped with their confidence after losing two games to Indiana early in the season.
On June 26 at home in Philips Arena, a still injured, Angel McCoughtry led all scorers with 22 points and 9 of 10 from the free throw line. Sancho Lyttle contributed 17 points and eight rebounds.
Indiana’s Tamika Catchings, who averages 17 per game scored eight.
Tulsa vs Atlanta The Dream bumped their record to .500 with a 102-92 win over Tulsa despite having more turnovers 19 to 9 and less fastbreak points 15 to 18. And the WNBA’s leading scorer, McCoughtry, had a game high 24 points with seven rebounds, but without a lot of help from her teammates, Armintie Price who scored 19, rookie, Tiffany Hayes scored in double digits for the second time this season with 15, and rookie forward Aneika Henry contributing 14, Atlanta might have been looking at a loss, but they didn’t take Tulsa lightly, despite their 2-12 record.
Despite the loss, Tulsa scored 44 points in the paint and stormed back in the second half to make the game close despite being down to the Dream by 24 points. Point guard, Ivory Latta and forward, Glory Johnson scored 16, Riquna Williams scored 15, and Kayla Pedersen had 14 points and eight rebounds.
Los Angeles vs San Antonio In back to back meetings and for the third time this season the San Antonio Silver Stars have beaten the Sparks. And both times the Sparks were done in by guard Sophia Young. On June 24th she scored 20 with nine rebounds in 91-71 win in their first home loss. In the second of back to back meetings, Young was one point off her 2012 high score with 23 points in the 94-80 win. The Silver Stars knew L.A. would come in fuming, especially after being handed their first home loss, and from a team in their conference.
But with their record at 5-5 just behind the Sparks and the Seattle Storm making a hard run at them from behind, San Antonio knew they’d better come to play. Becky Hammon scored 17 with six assists, Shameka Christon and Danielle Adams scored 14 and Jia Perkins had 12.
Candace Parker tried to carry L.A. to a win with a game high 25 points and 13 rebounds, Delisha Milton-Jones and Alana Beard had 14 a piece.
Washington vs Connecticut Monique Currie scored a season high 21 points versus the Sun but to no avail, for it would be Asjha Jones who would tie her season high of 20 points and 11 rebounds and record her second double-double of the year to lead the Eastern Conference leaders to a victory, 77-64; Tina Charles had 13 points and ten rebounds.
Phoenix vs Chicago Bonner would make nine out of twelve free throws and score a season high 27 points for Phoenix and lead them to a 84-81 victory over the Sky. With Charde Houston scoring 16 and Prahalis scoring 14, if this scoring in double digits by Bonner, Houston and Prahalis keeps up will coach Gaines be able to get Dupree and Taurasi enough touches when they return from injury; that’s a good issue to have.
Since Epiphanny Prince went down, the Sky score but have a hard time winning, and despite having more skilled interior players, the Mercury outscored them in the paint 38 points to 26 points. Forward Swin Cash scored a team 16, Shay Murphy had 15, center Sylvia Fowles had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
New York vs Seattle The Liberty guards put on a show scoring 20 and 22 points respectively. Essence Carson scored 22 and Pondexter chased her with a 20 point performance to stop the Storm’s five game win streak, 77-59 for a home win at The Prudential Center. Seattle had 24 turnovers and were outscored in the paint 32 to 22.
Ann Wauters and Tina Thompson scored a team high 10 points for the Storm.
London Olympics, 2012