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October 6, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Sue Bird, playing one day after having surgery for a broken nose, set a WNBA playoff record with 14 assists last night as the Seattle Storm reached the WNBA Finals with an 82-62 win over the Sacramento Monarchs in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. Seattle went on a 20-0 second-half run and Lauren Jackson scored 27 points for the Storm, who visit Connecticut in Game 1 of the finals on Friday. Soccer Cleonicio dos Santos Silva was shot and killed by thieves apparently trying to steal his car in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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September 12, 2003 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In 1989, the Detroit Pistons' "Bad Boys" swept the "Showtime" Los Angeles Lakers in four games to win the NBA title and avenge a seven-game series defeat in the previous season's Finals. Who would have predicted that 14 years later, Bill Laimbeer of the Pistons and Michael Cooper of the Lakers would be facing off in another championship series as coaches in a women's pro league? That's what will happen tonight (ESPN2, 8 p.m.) in the opener of the WNBA's best-of-three Finals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles when Cooper's two-time defending champion Sparks host Laimbeer's Detroit Shock.
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September 10, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
As symptoms kept piling up, Elena Delle Donne couldn't help but think where they might lead. "I was doubting my career - doubting whether I could be a professional athlete," Delle Donne said over the phone on Saturday. Yes, Delle Donne's current back troubles, which kept her out of the second half of Sunday's Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, are tough stuff. Would she even be trying to play if the stakes weren't so high? Back spasms, however, aren't close to the toughest obstacle Delle Donne has dealt with this season.
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October 6, 2011 | Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - Seimone Augustus scored 36 points to lead Minnesota's second-half surge, and the Lynx moved within one win of their first WNBA title by beating the Atlanta Dream, 101-95, in Game 2 of the league championship series on Wednesday night. Jessica Adair added 13 points in 18 minutes in a reserve role for the Lynx, who took a commanding two-games-to-none lead by overcoming 38 points by the Dream's Angel McCoughtry. Game 3 in the best-of-five matchup is set for Friday night in Atlanta.
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September 18, 2005 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Connecticut Sun and the Sacramento Monarchs are tied at one win apiece in the WNBA's best-of-five championship series, which resumes today in Sacramento. Each team will look not only to a new generation of talented players, but to a star nearing the end of her career. Sun forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin, who turns 35 next month, and Monarchs center Yolanda Griffith, who is 35 now, played against each other in the defunct American Basketball League before being taken in the 1999 WNBA draft.
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August 29, 1998 | By Mel Greenberg, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cynthia Cooper may be 35 years old, but don't go calling her old. "Forget that," Cooper said yesterday at the Compaq Center, home of the WNBA's Houston Comets. "I'm going to be playing another 15 years. " The way the 5-foot-10 guard played in her first two WNBA seasons, she might be right. Cooper won her second straight MVP award this season and led the defending WNBA champions to a 27-3 regular-season record and back to the championship series. At the moment, however, the Comets are in a must-win situation after being beaten by the Phoenix Mercury, 54-51, Thursday at America West Arena in Phoenix.
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August 30, 2006 | By Mel Greenberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Katie Smith has said that she would not mind going into dentistry after her women's basketball career is over. Drilling teeth may be in her future, but these days Smith is drilling shots for the Detroit Shock, a key reason that coach Bill Laimbeer's squad has advanced to the WNBA Finals for the first time since winning the title in 2003. The Shock will open the best-of-five Finals against the defending champion Sacramento Monarchs tonight at 7:30 (ESPN2) at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
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October 15, 2012 | Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - Erlana Larkins had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and the Indiana Fever stunned defending champion Minnesota with a 76-70 victory over the Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday night. Tamika Catchings added 20 points for the Fever, who played without leading scorer Katie Douglas because of a sprained left ankle. Seimone Augustus scored 23 points and Rebekkah Brunson added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx, who are looking to become the WNBA's first repeat champion in 10 years.
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August 28, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
In a game befitting of what the Sting went through this season, Charlotte overcame a start so bad that words like horrible and dreadful didn't do it justice. Allison Feaster made two late three-pointers and the Sting - which lost 10 of its first 11 games before turning its season around - defeated the host New York Liberty, 48-44, last night to advance to the WNBA Finals. "We were 1-10, but we weren't a 1-10 team," said Sting point guard Dawn Staley, the Murrell Dobbins Tech product and current Temple women's basketball coach.
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October 21, 2012 | Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Shavonte Zellous scored a career-high 30 points to help the Indiana Fever beat the Minnesota Lynx, 76-59, in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. Tamika Catchings added 17 points and Erlana Larkins had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Fever, who took a two-games-to-one lead in the series and can clinch their first WNBA title at home Sunday night. Rebekkah Brunson, who scored 12 points, was the only Minnesota player to reach double figures. After being fined for a tantrum in Game 2, Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve spent most of the second half seated quietly with her hand on her chin.
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January 17, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, Del. - One of the most popular members of the 76ers' minor-league team, the Delaware 87ers, won't be taking the court but hopes to make an impact. Elena Delle Donne, one of the top players in the WNBA and a Delaware resident and University of Delaware graduate, has been hired this season as an ambassador for the team, known as the Sevens. The 6-foot-5 Delle Donne figures to be a candidate to earn a berth on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. This is her offseason; the WNBA doesn't begin its season until the first week of June.
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September 10, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
As symptoms kept piling up, Elena Delle Donne couldn't help but think where they might lead. "I was doubting my career - doubting whether I could be a professional athlete," Delle Donne said over the phone on Saturday. Yes, Delle Donne's current back troubles, which kept her out of the second half of Sunday's Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, are tough stuff. Would she even be trying to play if the stakes weren't so high? Back spasms, however, aren't close to the toughest obstacle Delle Donne has dealt with this season.
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October 22, 2012 | Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Tamika Catchings scored 25 points to help the Indiana Fever win their first WNBA championship with an 87-78 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday night. Catchings, who was the MVP of the finals, averaged 24.8 points in the series, which the Fever won, three games to one, over the defending WNBA champions. Catchings also dished out eight assists. Erin Phillips added 18 points and eight rebounds while Shavonte Zellous and Briann January each had 15 points.
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October 22, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
TAMIKA CATCHINGS finally won her long-awaited WNBA championship. She scored 25 points to help the Indiana Fever win its first title with an 87-78 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday night in Indianapolis. Catchings, who was the MVP of the Finals, averaged 24.8 points in the best-of-five series, which the Fever won, 3-1, over the defending WNBA champions. "It's been an amazing journey," said Catchings, tearing up. "We've had ups and downs, ins and outs. " Erin Phillips added 18 points and eight rebounds while Shavonte Zellous and Briann January each had 15 points.
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October 21, 2012 | Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Shavonte Zellous scored a career-high 30 points to help the Indiana Fever beat the Minnesota Lynx, 76-59, in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals. Tamika Catchings added 17 points and Erlana Larkins had 10 points and 15 rebounds for the Fever, who took a two-games-to-one lead in the series and can clinch their first WNBA title at home Sunday night. Rebekkah Brunson, who scored 12 points, was the only Minnesota player to reach double figures. After being fined for a tantrum in Game 2, Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve spent most of the second half seated quietly with her hand on her chin.
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October 18, 2012 | Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - Guard Seimone Augustus scored 23 of her 27 points in the second half to help the Minnesota Lynx surge past the Indiana Fever, 83-71, Wednesday night to even the WNBA finals at one game each. Maya Moore pitched in 23 points as the defending champion Lynx forced the Fever into 24 turnovers, 15 after halftime. Indiana's Tamika Catchings led the way, as usual, with 27 points and eight rebounds, but the Fever's defense faded after a dominant start. It let the Lynx score 29 points in the third quarter and bring the crowd into the game even more.
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October 15, 2012 | Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - Erlana Larkins had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and the Indiana Fever stunned defending champion Minnesota with a 76-70 victory over the Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals on Sunday night. Tamika Catchings added 20 points for the Fever, who played without leading scorer Katie Douglas because of a sprained left ankle. Seimone Augustus scored 23 points and Rebekkah Brunson added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx, who are looking to become the WNBA's first repeat champion in 10 years.
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October 8, 2012
Lindsey Vonn up against Bode Miller - now that would be an interesting race. Vonn, the four-time overall World Cup champion, has asked the International Ski Federation whether she can enter the men's downhill race in Lake Louise, Alberta, Nov. 24. No decision has been reached, said Atle Skaardal , the women's World Cup race director. Vonn, 27, trains with men and has won 10 times at Lake Louise. HOCKEY: Flyers winger Jake Voracek , playing in the KHL during the NHL lockout, suffered a knee injury in a game Saturday and is expected to miss about four weeks, according to his KHL team.
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October 6, 2011 | Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - Seimone Augustus scored 36 points to lead Minnesota's second-half surge, and the Lynx moved within one win of their first WNBA title by beating the Atlanta Dream, 101-95, in Game 2 of the league championship series on Wednesday night. Jessica Adair added 13 points in 18 minutes in a reserve role for the Lynx, who took a commanding two-games-to-none lead by overcoming 38 points by the Dream's Angel McCoughtry. Game 3 in the best-of-five matchup is set for Friday night in Atlanta.
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September 17, 2010
The Seattle Storm completed their undefeated march through the postseason, beating the host Atlanta Dream, 87-84, on Thursday night for a three-game sweep of the WNBA Finals. Swin Cash led a balanced Seattle offense with 18 points as the Storm overcame 35 points by Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry . Seattle won each of its seven postseason games for its second WNBA title. The Storm also won the 2004 championship. NBA: The Orlando Magic signed free-agent Malik Allen , who played at Villanova and at Shawnee High in Burlington County.
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