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Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

September 20, 2008 at 2:28 PM

And the winner is…

The WNBA is handing out more awards today. Connecticut coach Mike Thibault won Coach of the Year, topping the likes of San Antonio coach Dan Hughes and Seattle coach Brian Agler because majority of the voters gave credit to the Sun leading the Eastern Conference most of the season with six to five rookies. Hughes and Agler were penalized by voters for having all the talent.
San Antonio veteran Vickie Johnson won the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship award. And I can’t think of a better person to personify what Perrot was about. Johnson is an unsung hero for the Silver Stars, putting in the work and not publicly gripping about not getting the recognition for it. One of the true professionals in the WNBA.
The league isn’t planning on making more trips out to playoff games until Game 2 of the conference finals. The MVP award should be named during the WNBA Finals.
The schedule sparks the conspiracy theorist in me that believes the WNBA is going to do whatever possible to make LA advance, thinking they’d be the better draw on television. Did you see some of the calls on Friday? Then again, had G Tanisha Wright not had four turnovers in the opening quarter, helping the Storm give up 11 points before a sweat was broken, LA wouldn’t have had such a cakewalk.
Speaking of cakewalks, the Storm is back in town and just completed a light walk-through at their training facility. Everyone participated, heading to the practice court directly from the plane from LA, but F Swin Cash (back) remains day-to-day to play on Sunday. F Sheryl Swoopes said she’s “fine” to play. The only other player limping after the game was C Yolanda Griffith due to her knees, taking a pounding from Sparks C Lisa Leslie. Griffith is a game-time decision, too.

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