When the inaugural WNBA season tipped off at the Great Western Forum, I was glued to my television set. Watching the national broadcast, I saw footage of then president, Val Ackerman, toss the league’s signature orange and oatmeal basketball in the air as the Los Angeles Sparks’ Lisa Leslie and the New York Liberty’s Kym Hampton prepared to go head-to-head. Back then, my technology options for following the WNBA were outdated even by 1997 standards. My 18-inch television included a basic remote control and a pair of “rabbit ears” to adjust the signal. I do not recall how many games I watched that season, but without reliable cable access, I know my options were limited. Twenty years does not
The Atlanta Dream is coming off the type of win -- a back-and-forth, come-from-behind overtime victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Tuesday -- that can spark a late-season surge. Following it up with an upset of the powerful Minnesota Lynx in Atlanta on Friday would certainly get the league's attention. The Lynx own the best record in the WNBA at 17-2 and have won four straight games.
The improving Chicago Sky hope to avoid a three-game series sweep when they host the slumping Phoenix Mercury on Friday at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. After going 3-12 over their first 15 games, the Sky are now 5-2 in their past seven despite an 83-72 loss at Connecticut on Tuesday. "We were not playing clean defense, we fouled too much, gave up offensive rebounds and we just didn't bring the defensive intensity," Sky guard Allie Quigley said.