MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 17 points, Napheesa Collier had 15 points and 10 rebounds to move into elite company and the Minnesota Lynx defeated the Indiana Fever 81-73 on Sunday, a key...
SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart had 22 points and 15 rebounds and the Seattle Storm beat the New York Liberty 85-77 on Friday night to secure the top seed in the WNBA playoffs.
Seattle (25-8) has won 15 of its last 18 games and has home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Maria Vadeeva dreamed of playing in the WNBA after growing up watching Diana Taurasi and Lauren Jackson compete in the Russian Basketball League.
It fueled her love of the sport.
Now the 20-year-old Russian star is living out those childhood hopes with the Los Angeles Sparks, who drafted her with the No. 11 pick last April.
"It's been fun so far," Vadeeva said after the Sparks practiced in New York this week.
SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird scored 21 while setting the franchise scoring mark to help the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 97-91 on Sunday.
Bird became the Storm's all-time leading scorer with her 13th point of the game, passing Lauren Jackson (6,007) on a pull-up jumper with 7:33 left in the third quarter. Bird also moved ahead of Jackson to seventh on the all-time WNBA scoring list, behind Lisa Leslie (6,263).
PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 30 points and the Phoenix Mercury closed the regular season with an 84-70 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday to secure the fifth seed in the playoffs.
Phoenix (18-16) will host Seattle on Wednesday night.
Griner reached the 30-point mark for the sixth time in her career with a reverse layup with 1:23 remaining in the fourth quarter. She blocked Elizabeth Williams' shot at the other end. All six of her 30-point games have come this season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker scored 14 of her 17 points in the first half, Nneka Ogwumike had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Seattle Storm 68-60 on Tuesday night.
Ogwumike hit a baseline jumper at the end of the shot clock to extend Los Angeles' lead to 65-54 with 2:06 left and Seattle didn't get closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Jantel Lavender added 14 points for Los Angeles (15-6).
SYDNEY (AP) — Former Australia and Seattle Storm star Lauren Jackson has spoken of her "nightmare" as she weaned herself off painkillers and sleeping pills when injury forced her retirement from basketball last year.
The 35-year-old Jackson, who had 12 years in the Women's NBA, three world championship and four Olympic campaigns for Australia, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation she resorted to using medication to meet the demands of her professional career.
SEATTLE (AP) — Lauren Jackson would have loved nothing more than a chance to don her Seattle Storm uniform and play one more time in front of the team's vocal fans.
"If I could, I would. But actually, I don't have a knee anymore," she said with a smile at the end of a media roundtable session with longtime teammate Sue Bird. "It'd be almost impossible."
Instead, the Australian superstar and four-time Olympian settled for being honored and cheered loudly by those...
SEATTLE (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 26 points, and Breanna Stewart had 10 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two blocked shots to help the Seattle Storm beat the Washington Mystics 80-51 on Friday night.
After the game, the Storm retired three-time WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson's No. 15 jersey. The seven-time All-Star helped Seattle win two WNBA titles, earning Finals MVP honors in 2010.
Sue Bird and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 12 points apiece for the Storm...