The 2014 WNBA Season is underway, as every team played at least one game this weekend. The reigning champions began the journey to their title defense, the top members of the 2014 Draft Class saw their first action in the league, and the stars lived up to their hard earned billing. Here’s the highlights from the first weekend of the season.
The Atlanta Dream beat the San Antonio Stars 79-75 in their first game, in large part due to their interior domination. The Dream scored 48 of their points in the paint, Erika de Souza and Angel McCoughtry led the way. It took two extra periods to defeat the Indiana Fever in their second contest, McCoughtry came off the bench to score 27 points. None bigger than a three pointer to give them the lead, Atlanta held on to win 90-88. McCoughtry is averaging 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Her teammate de Souza is averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds to start the year.
A stifling defensive effort led the Chicago Sky past the Fever, limiting the Indiana to just 25 second half points was the key. The 2013 Rookie of the Year keyed a 15-4 run that broke open a once tied game, Elena Delle Donne scored a game high 23 points to lead the Sky past the Liberty on Saturday. Delle Donne has struggled shooting the ball, but has made up for it by getting to the line 17 times.
The Phoenix Mercury routed the Seattle Storm 81-64, it was a personal breakthrough as the Mercury had lost the previous five times they played the storm. Second year center Brittany Griner had 19 points and 5 blocks in the win, the Mercury also got 32 points from their bench. They faced the Los Angeles Sparks, this was truly a game of runs. The Sparks gained control of the game late, after falling behind very early. A pair of Candace Parker free throws put the Sparks ahead 69-68, Mercury star Diana Taurasi hit the go ahead basket in the form of a runner. The Mercury held on to win 74-69, Taurasi finished with 23 points, six rebounds and six assists.
The reigning champions started the season short handed, that hasn’t stopped them from winning their first two contests. The Minnesota Lynx outlasted a feisty Mystic team on Friday. Maya Moore & Seimone Agustus had huge games to power their team past Washington, the duo combined for 58 of the team’s 89 points. On Sunday, the Connecticut Sun had a 16 point lead over the champs early in the third quarter. The Lynx closed the quarter on a 10-0 run to get back into the game, the Sun regained control of the game down the stretch. Augustus hit a huge fade-away to tie the game with 2.3 seconds left. The overtime period was all about Lindsay Whalen, she poured in 10 points in the extra period, including Minnesota’s last eight points. The Lynx “Big 3” refused to let them lose, making sure they remained perfect through opening weekend.
- Ivory Latta hit a career high seven three pointers against the Lynx (25 points)
- Chiney Ogwumike(Rookie) vs the Mercury: 25 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 blocks
- Maya Moore averaging 33.5 points and 10.5 rebounds
- Sanch Lyttle with 21 rebounds against the Fever