Friday, July 25, 2008

Around the WNBA ...

(1) It looks like good news for the Minnesota Lynx. After both leaving Thursday's 84-80 overtime win over Indiana with apparently serious injuries, Minnesota rookies Candice Wiggins (lower back contusion) and Charde Houston (knee contusion) are currently day to day and will miss tonight's game against San Antonio. Initially, there was fear Houston may have tore her ACL. Fortunately, that wasn't the case.

(2) Some reaction from Nancy Lieberman's return to the WNBA. Shock coach Bill Laimbeer and Lieberman both said this wasn't a publicity stunt (and maybe it wasn't; she wasn't even signed on to play a home game). But it is two things, in my opinion: One, a way to draw attention away from the Shock's brawl with the Los Angeles Sparks and the ensuing fallout; and two, a disappointing way to rob some younger -- and probably better suited -- player a chance for some time in the WNBA. The reason this league is still hoping to grow is because it can't accomodate all the talent from overseas and college. So you're telling me there wasn't some recent grad out there who probably was good enough to be drafted but didn't make it out of training camp that could have made an impact for Detroit, at least bigger than two assists in nine minutes? I'd be surprised if there wasn't.

The Shock by the way have lost three straight after Thursday's79-61 loss at Houston. With Plenette Pierson unavailable again for Sunday's game against San Antonio, there's probably no team hastily awaiting the Olympic break more than the Shock.

(3) Here are the links to today's stories, first on the Sun's actual win over L.A. and the reaction fro the WNBA's ruling to suspend 10 players and one coach following Tuesday's brawl.

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