UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut fell one game short of winning its first WNBA championship, but the Sun's title hopes don't end with Thursday's loss to the Washington Mystics in Game 5 of the...
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — The WNBA will crown a first-time champion Thursday night when the Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics play the decisive Game 5 of the Finals.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — With the season on the line, Alyssa Thomas and the Connecticut Sun turned up their defense to stop the Washington Mystics and force a decisive Game 5 of the WNBA...
Elena Delle Donne spent the last five days fighting a back injury and doing everything she could to play in the pivotal Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. She is not about to miss Game 4.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Washington didn't need Elena Delle Donne to be a superstar on Sunday, they just needed her to be out on the court.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne was in Washington's starting lineup for Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday, five days after leaving the team's Game 2 loss to Connecticut with...
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Washington Mystics coach Mike Thibault says his team is prepared to play the pivotal Game 3 of the WNBA Finals without league MVP Elena Delle Donne and guard Ariel...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne has a herniated disk in her back.
The league’s MVP left Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night after playing only a few...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Connecticut Sun know they'll get to play two games at home. The Washington Mystics hope to have Elena Delle Donne back for both of them.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne left Game 2 of the WNBA Finals after playing only a few minutes in the first quarter because of back spasms. She never returned.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Connecticut Sun are game-planning to get Jonquel Jones more involved in the WNBA Finals after their versatile 6-foot-6 center took just eight shots in the...
WASHINGTON (AP) — With the Connecticut Sun rallying, Elena Delle Donne wouldn't be denied down the stretch for the Washington Mystics in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA will crown a first-time champion when the Washington Mystics and Connecticut Sun meet in the league's best-of-five finals beginning Sunday.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Sun players toil largely in the shadow of the WNBA's bigger names.
Washington, the Sun's opponent in the finals that begin Sunday, features one of the...
NEW YORK (AP) — After getting swept in the WNBA Finals last year, the Washington Mystics are back and ready to win the franchise's first title.
A year after getting swept in the WNBA Finals, Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics are back.
The Mystics will face the Connecticut Sun as the top two teams in the regular season...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Washington Mystics are heading back to the WNBA Finals, and this time they believe they have the depth and versatility to win it all.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Mystics were thrilled to pull out a close win in the playoffs.
Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points and hit a crucial turnaround jumper late, Emma Meesseman...
SEATTLE (AP) — Elena Delle Donne had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Ariel Atkins added 17 points — hitting five 3-pointers — and the Washington Mystics beat the Seattle Storm 99-79 on Friday...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jewell Loyd scored 14 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 8.6 seconds left, and the defending champion Seattle Storm overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the...
NEW YORK (AP) — The Washington Mystics sit atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll for the first time.
The runner-up from last season's WNBA Finals received five first-place votes from...
NEW YORK (AP) — As 2018 closes, the WNBA is at a crossroads.
The play on the court has never been better, with Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird leading the Seattle Storm to a championship. Most of the playoff positions weren't decided until the final days of the season. Television ratings were up more than 30 percent and the Game 3 clincher of the WNBA Finals had its highest rating on ESPN2 since 2010.
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. women's national basketball team cut its roster down to 16 finalists for the FIBA Women's World Cup on Tuesday.
Washington's Elena Delle Donne and Seattle's Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart are all still competing in the WNBA Finals. Game 3 of the best-of-five series is Wednesday, and the Storm lead 2-0.
Delle Donne, Bird and Stewart were all part of the last world championship team that won gold in 2014 and were on the 2016 Olympic team.
SEATTLE (AP) — If history is any indicator, the WNBA Finals are already over.
That may not be a fair assessment to make about the Washington Mystics, who head back home facing a 2-0 deficit to the Seattle Storm in the best-of-five series, and nearly pulled off a split in Seattle before falling short 75-73 in Game 2 on Sunday.
SEATTLE (AP) — A lot of Breanna Stewart in the closing minutes and one big defensive stop in the final seconds has the Seattle Storm on the cusp of a third WNBA title.
Stewart scored nine of her 25 points in the fourth quarter, Sue Bird came up with a key defensive play in the final 10 seconds, and the Storm held off the Washington Mystics 75-73 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the WNBA Finals.
SEATTLE (AP) — Jewell Loyd was unselfish in the deciding game of the WNBA semifinals, giving up her spot on the floor and choosing not to mess with what was going right for the Seattle Storm at the time.
Her decision appeared to be rewarded in Game 1 of the Finals.
"It's amazing how many times when you're thinking right like she (is), and you're unselfish like she was in Game 5, how you are rewarded the next time," Seattle coach Dan Hughes said.
SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird leaned over toward Breanna Stewart and made sure the current MVP of the WNBA was paying attention to what the oldest player in the league was saying.
"This is advice," Bird said.
The message to Stewart was clear: At age 24, don't take for granted that she's leading the Seattle Storm to the WNBA Finals and expect it to happen all the time.
SEATTLE (AP) — Sue Bird was on the brink of seeing maybe her last good chance at getting to the WNBA Finals evaporate. She was playing with a broken nose, her team was playing from behind for almost all of Game 5, and against her rival and friend that never loses in these situations.
And to make matters worse, Bird couldn't find her shot, missing eight consecutive attempts.
Elena Delle Donne has the Washington Mystics in the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, where they'll face Sue Bird and the Seattle Storm.
The star forward came to Washington last year to try and lead the Mystics to a championship. She has them one step away.
"D.C.'s become home to me," said Delle Donne, who grew up about two hours north in Delaware. "Now we need the city to rally behind us because we're not finished yet."
ATLANTA (AP) — Elena Delle Donne had a rather quiet night by her high standards.
The Washington Mystics are headed to the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history .
Rookie Ariel Atkins, Kristi Toliver and Tianna Hawkins picked up the slack for the Mystics, who held off the Atlanta Dream 86-81 in the decisive fifth game of their semifinal series Tuesday night.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Mercury got off to good starts against the Seattle Storm in the first two games of the WNBA semifinals. They've been good in the fourth quarter, too, highlighted by Diana Taurasi's clutch shots at the end of regulation in Game 2.
Now if the Mercury could just get those two middle quarters right.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne had 19 points and 12 rebounds to help the Washington Mystics rout the Los Angeles Sparks 96-64 on Thursday night in the second round of the WNBA playoffs.
Los Angeles and Minnesota — the past three WNBA champions — have both been eliminated from the postseason.
The Mystics (23-12) start a best-of-five series against Atlanta on Sunday, aiming for their first WNBA Finals appearance.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chelsea Gray's contested off-balance shot in the lane at the buzzer gave the Los Angeles Sparks a 77-76 victory over the Minnesota Lynx in their season opener Sunday, an intense rematch of last year's WNBA finals.
NEW YORK (AP) — A team-by-team look at the WNBA. Teams are listed in predicted order of finish.
2017: 27-7, 1st place; beat Washington 3-0 in semifinals; beat Los Angeles 3-2 in WNBA Finals.
NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a busy offseason in the WNBA since the Minnesota Lynx won the championship last year, beating Los Angeles in another thrilling final.
Las Vegas gained a team while New York changed arenas. Dallas saw the return of a huge inside presence with Australian Liz Cambage coming back to the WNBA after a hiatus. A third of the league changed coaches while another strong rookie crop led by A'ja Wilson and Kelsey Mitchell entered the league last month.
NEW YORK (AP) — The defending champion Minnesota Lynx begin the season atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll — again.
The Lynx received nine first-place votes from the 14-person national media panel Thursday. It's the second time in the three seasons that the AP has been doing the poll that the Lynx were the preseason No. 1.
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve thanked the media for showing her team "that kind of respect."
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The defending champion Minnesota Lynx will start the 2018 season at home May 20 against the Los Angeles Sparks in a rematch of the last two WNBA finals.
The league unveiled the schedule Thursday, with a second visit by the Sparks set for July 5. The Lynx play on the road against the Sparks June 3 and Aug. 2.
The 17-game home slate for the Lynx includes five Sunday tipoffs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks have re-signed guard Odyssey Sims for a second season with the team.
Sims averaged 15.9 points and 3.6 assists during the Sparks' playoff run last year after being acquired from Dallas in exchange for two picks in the 2017 league draft. They lost to Minnesota in the WNBA Finals.
NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA says it saw increases in attendance, viewership and social media during its postseason.
The league announced Monday that attendance in the playoffs was up 10 percent from last season and had its highest average, 9,596, since the 2010 season. The WNBA Finals, which saw Minnesota beat Los Angeles in five games, was the third-most watched ever on ESPN networks, averaging 559,000 viewers.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx are no strangers to celebration. Maya Moore, Lindsay Whalen and a proud core have danced in the confetti and bathed in bubbly four times now.
Boring? Hardly. If anything, the champagne tastes sweeter than ever.
Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and broke her own WNBA Finals record by grabbing 20 rebounds to lead the Lynx to their fourth championship in seven years with an 85-76 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in Game 5 on Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Sparks star Nneka Ogwumike was sporting a clear bandage under her eye Saturday. It wasn't hiding the five stitches she received after Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles used her arm to attempt track down a rebound in the fourth quarter in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals.
Ogwumike was quick to say Fowles didn't do it intentionally.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike came up big to move the Los Angeles Sparks within one win of repeating as WNBA champions.
Ogwumike had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Parker had 13 points and five steals to help the Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 75-64 in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals on Friday night.
"Good players have to make big plays," Sparks coach Brian Agler said. "Tonight was our night."
NEW YORK (AP) — Dawn Staley is excited to lead her first USA Basketball camp as head coach of the national team.
She will oversee three days of training in Santa Barbara, California, this weekend. Originally 30 players were supposed to attend, but that number is down to 17 because of the WNBA Finals and some injuries.
"I'm ready to get things going," Staley said Friday night in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "We have a good group of players and you can't beat that."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks received a letter from a Minnesota fan who thanked them for taking a stand and going into the locker room for the national anthem before the first two games of the WNBA Finals.
While there were a lot of boos before Game 2, the fan wanted to make sure the Sparks players knew there were also a lot of people applauding their stance.
Chelsea Gray was driving to lunch with a Los Angeles Sparks teammate last year when she noticed a large number of homeless children near where she was going to eat.
The guard wanted to help them, so she partnered with HavASole , a group that works with at-risk youth and the homeless, and donated shoes and hygiene products. She wanted to do more.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx were still stinging two days after they failed to grab a single rebound in the first quarter of their WNBA Finals-opening loss to the Los Angeles Sparks.
So Sylvia Fowles decided to grab them all in Game 2.
Fowles grabbed a Finals-record 17 rebounds and scored 13 points to lead the Lynx to a 70-68 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night, evening the series at one game apiece.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last thing Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve wanted to talk about was a moral victory.
She had no time for pats on the back after her team came back from 26 points down in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals. In the end, the Lynx are down 1-0 to the defending champion Los Angeles Sparks in the best-of-five series because they fell behind 28-2 in the first quarter on their home floor.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chelsea Gray got a sliver of daylight and let a 14-foot jumper fly — Game 1 of the WNBA Finals and what would have been a dubious piece of history for the Los Angeles Sparks hanging in the balance.
When it splashed through there may have been a few sighs of relief sprinkled in among those celebratory high fives.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No one on the Los Angeles Sparks or Minnesota Lynx really likes to talk about it, but deep down inside most of them knew this is how it was going to end.
The two best teams in the WNBA meeting in the finals again. Ready to go at each other like a year ago in a tense, entertaining and down-to-the-wire finish that ended on a last-second shot in Game 5 to give the Sparks the championship.
PHOENIX (AP) — Candace Parker hobbled into the postgame press conference with ice bags over both knees and slung over her left shoulder. But soreness was a small price to pay for a return trip to the WNBA Finals.
Parker drove for a layup with 2.9 seconds to play, giving the Los Angeles Sparks an 89-87 win and three-game sweep of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA semifinals Sunday.
Parker, a two-time league Most Valuable Player, finished with 21 points and 11 assists.