Whalen Set to Retire at Season’s End

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen will retire after the WNBA season, ending her stellar 15-year career. The gritty point guard announced her plans on Monday. She’s led the Lynx to four WNBA championships and appeared in six All-Star games. Whalen has been balancing a new job that begins this fall as the head coach at her alma mater Minnesota. The Lynx won WNBA titles in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017. Whalen was the first player in WNBA history with 5,000 points, 2,000 assists and 1,500 rebounds. Her…

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Bonner, Taurasi lead Mercury over Sparks

PHOENIX — DeWanna Bonner had a season-high 31 points, Diana Taurasi had 20 points and a career-best 14 assists and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Los Angeles Sparks 86-78 on Sunday. Brittney Griner added 20 points and 13 rebounds to help the Mercury (18-14) move a half-game ahead of the Minnesota Lynx fox sixth place in the WNBA standings. The Mercury pulled away with a 17-2 run to lead 73-54 on Taurasi’s 3-point play early in the fourth quarter. The Sparks closed to 81-73 on Maria Vadeeva’s 3-pointer with 1:28…

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Taurasi, Mercury never trail in rout of Fever

PHOENIX — Diana Taurasi and Stephanie Talbot scored 14 points apiece to lead five Phoenix players in double figures and help the Mercury beat the Indiana Fever 94-74 on Friday night. Coach Sandy Brondello recorded her franchise-record 100th win with the Mercury. DeWanna Bonner had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Brittney Griner added 12 and nine and Yvonne Turner scored 10 points for Phoenix (17-14). The Mercury, which won for just the second time since beating the Fever 101-82 on July 15, snapped a five-game home losing streak. “You know…

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WNBA headlines approaching postseason play

NEW YORK (AP) — With the WNBA All-Star break in the rearview mirror teams are ready for the sprint to the of the regular season. All 12 teams will play eight or nine games over the next few weeks setting the stage for what should be of the most exciting final few weeks of the regular season in league history. There are only four losses separating second place Atlanta and ninth-place Las Vegas. “It’s going to be a wild last few weeks,” said Washington’s Elena Delle Donne, whose team lost…

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She’s Got Game | FOX Sports

The WNBA season is approaching All-Star weekend and it is has been as predictable as picking the winning lottery numbers. From East to West, there have been some noteworthy performances as well as things to pay attention to off the court. Here are the biggest headlines that have shaped the WNBA season thus far: Overworked and Underpaid Elena Delle Donne, Candace Parker, Maya Moore, and a slew of others are the stars that help the WNBA generate revenue as they are box office. You see these ladies give their all…

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Sky top short-handed Mercury before All-Star break

PHOENIX — Rookie Diamond DeShields tied a season best with 25 points, Courtney Vandersloot had 17 points and 11 assists and the Chicago Sky beat the short-handed Phoenix Mercury 101-87 on Wednesday in the final game before the All-Star break. Chicago led by 16 points early in the second half but Phoenix went on an 11-2 run to pull to 61-59. Chicago opened the fourth quarter on a 7-2 run, capped by DeShields’ offensive rebound and layup, and led by double figures for the final four minutes. Allie Quigley added…

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Delle Donne and Parker Headline WNBA’s All-Star Teams

NEW YORK (AP) — Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker will captain the WNBA All-Star teams. Maya Moore was the top vote-getter, but told the league she was unable to perform the captain duties. “I’m once again blown away at the support I’ve received through votes by our amazing basketball fans. I’m so grateful for all the love,” Moore said. “As somebody who is receiving a lot of attention, I wanted to take an opportunity to broaden that focus. I’m thrilled for everyone selected and now more than ever I’m…

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Minnesota Lynx vs. Connecticut Sun

Maya Moore has a simple answer for the strange ups and downs of the Minnesota Lynx’s 2018 season. “I don’t think it’s complicated. We just have to pay attention, focus and play with conviction,” Moore told the (St. Paul, Minn.) Pioneer Press after the Lynx’s home loss to the suddenly improving Las Vegas Aces on Friday evening. “We’re going to continue to come together and stay with it, and whatever we’re going to do we’re going to do it together. That’s worked for us in the past.” The sixth-place Lynx…

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Preview: Lynx vs. Aces | FOX Sports

While the Minnesota Lynx have righted the ship in 2018, they still haven’t found the consistency that has marked the franchise over recent years. The Lynx (12-8), who host the Las Vegas Aces on Friday at the Target Center in Minneapolis, put their 3-6 start in the rearview mirror but have been up and down of late. A dominating home win over their arch rival, the Los Angeles Sparks, was sandwiched between two inexplicable losses — a 71-59 home defeat to an Indiana Fever team that was winning for only…

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Dream hold off late rally to beat Mercury

ATLANTA — Tiffany Hayes had 18 points and the Atlanta Dream held off a late rally to beat the Phoenix Mercury 76-70 on Sunday. The Dream (9-9) opened the game on an 8-0 run and reached their largest lead at 62-39 on Hayes’ jumper with 4:28 left in the third quarter. Leilani Mitchell’s 3-pointer with 47.3 seconds left closed the deficit to 73-68 for the Mercury (14-6). Elizabeth Williams made two free throws with 25.6 seconds left and Hayes split a pair with 19.4 seconds left to help the Dream…

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