[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2330807973001″/] Washington introduced Mike Neighbors today as the school’s 20th women’s basketball head coach. He replaced Kevin McGuff, who left last week for Ohio State. The Huskies promoted Neighbors, who had been a UW assistant the past two seasons, in a move that’s somewhat risky considering he’s never been a head coach. The decision to promote…More
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GAME OVER, SEASON OVER — Phoenix 77-75.
HERE WE GO — Wow. Phoenix 75-73 with 29.4 seconds left. Who takes the shot? Bird, Jackson, Cash, Smith or Wright?
TAURASI, LITTLE FOUL OUT — Taurasi and Little are gone. Phoenix 63-62, 5:37.
SEATTLE TRAILS — Dupree gave Phoenix its first lead with a mid-range jumper. Phoenix 60-59, 6:45.
FIVE ON TAURASI — Taurasi picked up her fifth foul, but will stay in the game. Seattle 59-58, 7:27.
THIRD QUARTER ENDS — Bird drained a three-pointer as time expired in the period. Seattle 57-54.
TIE GAME — There goes that 18-point lead. Bonner tied the game 48-48 with 4:03 left.
PHOENIX GOES ZONE — The Mercury have employed a 2-3 zone and the Storm has had difficulty figuring it out. Seattle 47-46, 4:03.
BIRD IS DOWN — Bird looks like she took a knee to the stomach. She ran off the court and into the locker room. Wright delivered the unintentional knee. Seattle 41-32, 8:04.
FOUR ON TAURASI — Now that’s four fouls on Taurasi. Little drew the charge. Seattle 39-30, 9:06.
KEMP — Shawn Kemp is sitting courtside.
IT’S OVER — Phoenix 92-83.
STILL LIFE — Wright sank two free throws. Phoenix 81-76.
THIRD QUARTER ENDS — Phoenix 71-62.
SMITH HAS FOUR — Smith picked up her fourth foul. Phoenix 71, 62, 41.5.
HANGING AROUND — Agler isn’t throwing in the towel. Jackson has stayed in. This game is still winnable. He’s pushing hard for the victory. Phoenix 69-62, 1:00.
DIMINISHED RETURNS? — It’s getting to a point where Agler has to decide if he should pull Jackson. She just threw up an air ball on a three-pointer and the Storm are behind 13 points. Jackson has a bad hip and it looks as if there’s going to be a decisive Game 3 on Monday. Phoenix 62-49, 5:32.
SMITH, ROBINSON CHECKS IN — Wright and Jackson are out and Smith is in. Phoenix 57-45, 8:08.
WRIGHT PICKS UP FOURTH — Wright has four fouls. She’s staying in the game. Phoenix 53-43, 8:50.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — The Storm are lucky to be down by just nine points. This could really be a blowout. The Mercury is playing like a team with their playoff life at stake. They also look as if they were embarrassed on Thursday. It’s a complete reversal of Game 1. Phoenix is dominating inside. The Mercury have outrebounded the Storm 20-8. They have more points in the paint (28-4) and second-chance points (9-0).
Dupree has a game-high 18 points and she’s outplaying Jackson (10 points) inside. Little (1-for-4 shooting, 4 points) is trying, but she’s also being outplayed by Bonner who has nine rebounds and is playing excellent defense.
Smith is Seattle’s saving grace. She’s came off the bench and exploded for 14 points. Bird has 10.
The big question for the Storm is where’s Cash? She’s scoreless, which would be okay if she tried to take a few shots. She’s been passive offensively. Cash is 0 for 1 with no rebounds or assists while her counterpart Taylor has six points and four assists.
HALFTIME — Phoenix 51-40.
The WNBA announced several postseason awards today. Coach of the Year ………… Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve Rookie of the Year ………… Minnesota’s Maya Moore Sixth Woman of the Year … Phoenix’s DeWanna Bonner Most Improved Player ……. New York’s Kia Vaughn Storm coach Brian Agler snagged two votes and finished second in the Coach of the Year balloting, but he was…More
GAME OVER — Seattle 80-61.
BLOWOUT CITY — This game hasn’t been competitive in a long time. Agler has emptied his bench. Seattle 77-55, 3:12.
THIRD QUARTER ENDS — What a period for the Storm. They dominated the Mercury in every fashion. Taurasi is out of the game and I’m not sure she’ll return. Seattle 69-42.
TAURASI TECHNICAL — Taurasi picked up a technical. Not sure what she did. She doesn’t seem to know either. Apparently she said something to an official after being fouled. Seattle 49-36, 7:44.
TAYLOR HURTING — Not sure how hit happened, but Taylor appears to have tweaked her back. She’s out of the game.
INJURY UPDATE — Phoenix center Nakia Sanford has a sore right knee. Not sure if that’s why she’s not playing, but that’s the word from Seattle’s PR staff.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — The Storm’s defense has held the high-scoring Mercury to 38.9 percent shooting and 31 points. At this pace, Phoenix scores 62 points, which is 27 below their season average. The Mercury led the league in scoring. In their last game, Seattle surrendered 36 points to Taurasi. Tonight she has eight.
Seattle has controlled the glass and is winning the rebound battle 26-16 thanks to Little and Cash who each have seven. Little has a game-high tying 11 points and she’s dominating the game at times. She’s exploiting Bonner in the middle for layups. She either spins around her or muscles in layups. It’s an amazing display of quickness, agility and strength.
Wright is the other early star. She’s darting into the lane for many of her 11 points. Jackson looks bothered by her hip injury, but she’s still been effective. She has nine points and four rebounds. Bird has been quiet. She has five points and no assists.
REIGN MAN — Shawn Kemp is making the rounds.
HALFTIME ENTERTAINMENT — Sounders FC’s the Sound Wave is performing.
HALFTIME — Seattle 40-31.
IT’S OVER — Seattle 81-70.
CHICAGO MAKES A RUN — The Sky aren’t going away easily. They’ve made a run and cut Seattle’s lead to 65-60 with 5:28 left.
THIRD QUARTER ENDS — Seattle 57-47.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — Motivation might have been a challenge for the Storm which locked up homecourt advantage in the first-round of the playoffs, but imagine being Chicago. The Sky finish their season 2,000 miles away in a game that have very little meaning for them. With that in mind, you might understand why Chicago looked lethargic early on.
The Storm jumped on them early and led 26-12 early in the second quarter. That was their largest lead. Chicago fought back and narrowed Seattle’s lead to 31-26.
Without Jackson in the middle, Little has plenty of room down low. She’s looking for her shot and finding scoring opportunities despite being double teamed at times. Little has a game-high tying 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting. Cash is also scoring inside, but she’s slashing to the rim for many of her nine points. She also has a game-high tying five rebounds.
Bird has 10 points after scoring 7 in the first quarter. Smith has 8 points, but is moving slowly after falling hard to the floor in the second quarter. Robinson is scoreless, but she’s doing a nice job keeping a body on Fowles and making life difficult for Chicago’s best player.
HALFTIME — Seattle 41-33.
IT’S OVER — Storm 85-70.
HANGING ON — Seattle 78-68, 1:59.
SLOWING DOWN — Got to slow down on the blog to write the game story. Bird just drained a three-pointer. Seattle 67-58, 5:58.
ROLE PLAYERS’ TURN — The stars are on the bench and the role players have starred for the past four minutes to start the fourth quarter. Edge: Storm. Seattle leads 64-58 with 6:18 left.
THIRD QUARTER ENDS — Seattle 58-56.
SEASON’S BEST — Smith has scored a season-high 26 points, while Taurasi has 32 to tie her season’s best. Seattle 57-56, 1:11.
SMITH ON FIRE AGAIN — Smith knocked down consecutive three-pointers. She’s also scored eight points during a 10-0 run. Phoenix called timeout. Seattle 47-46, 6-11.
NOTES — Taurasi’s 28 points were three shy of the WNBA record for points in a half. Her six three-pointers tied the league reocr for three-pointers in a half.
WNBA RECORD — Just checked the record book and Taurasi and Jackson hold the league record for points in a game with 47.
NICE APPLAUSE — The fans showered former Storm Simone Edwards with thunderous applause during a break.
GETTING PHYSICAL — If you can’t stop ’em, beat ’em up. Seattle has fouled Taurasi on back-to-back possessions. Little fouled her on a three-pointer and Wright knocked her down. Phoenix 46-37, 8:13.
HALFTIME OBSERVATIONS — This one is fairly simple. If the Storm can’t slow down Taurasi, then they won’t win. She’s been incredible. She’s on pace to smash her season high of 47. Not sure just yet what the WNBA all-time high is, but Taurasi has 28 and she’s got a half to go after the record.
Seattle is shooting 36.1 percent from the field. Jackson has been nonexistent on the offensive end. She appears a step slow. She’s 0 for 4 for two points. Bird has been just as bad shooting 1 for 5 for two points. Cash has only been slight better with four points.
Smith has been the team’s savior with 15 points.
HALFTIME STATS — Click here.
HALFTIME — Phoenix 41-35.
Consider tonight’s game against Phoenix a preview of what’s going to take place next week. The Western Conference first-round playoff matchups were determined Thursday following the Mercury’s 91-76 victory over Tulsa. No. 1 seed Minnesota faces No. 4 seed San Antonio, while defending WNBA champion Seattle meets Phoenix in a rematch of their 2010 first-round pairing. Tonight’s…More