August 10, 2018 – As the playoff picture is shaping up, teams continue to give it their all as one spot remains for the 2018 WNBA Playoffs.
Phoenix, Minnesota, Connecticut, L.A., Washington, and Atlanta all secured their spots in the playoffs this week behind the top ranked Seattle Storm. Dallas, Las Vegas, and Chicago are still in the race to clinch the final playoff berth as the regular season winds down and the battle for the title begins.
Tonight’s WNBA action includes the Connecticut Sun (17-12) at Chicago (10-19) for a 9 PM ET tip-off. Connecticut is on a roll having won five straight after defeating the Dallas Wings on Wednesday to clinch their spot in the playoffs. The Sun earned the 101-92 victory behind a 22-point performance from Alyssa Thomas. Jonquel Jones also tallied 17 points in the win, while Courtney Williams pitched in 10 rebounds to go with 10 points. The Sun look to continue their streak tonight against the Sky, who are fighting to stay afloat. Chicago fell to the Minnesota Lynx on Tuesday, after Maya Moore went off for 31 points. The Sky shot just 34 percent from the field, as Allie Quigley paced Chicago with 22 points. Catch the Sun and the Sky on League Pass tonight at 9 PM ET.
Concluding tonight’s action are the Phoenix Mercury (16-14) and the Indiana Fever (5-24). Despite securing their bid to the playoffs, the Mercury came up short against the Washington Mystics on Tuesday, in a 103-98 matchup. Phoenix’s trio had a strong outing as Brittney Griner led the Mercury with 35 points and 11 rebounds. Diana Taurasi added 29 points, while DeWanna Bonner tallied 20 points in the loss. The Mercury look to finish out the regular season strong, as they prepare to host the Fever tonight at 10 PM ET. Indiana continues to grind out the season as the team aims to finish better than they started. In their matchup against the Seattle Storm, the Fever were unable to keep their two-game win streak alive as Seattle came away with the 94-79 win. Candice Dupree had the hot hand again scoring 22 points on 10 of 12 shooting. Victoria Vivians also had a hot shooting spurt from behind the arc, knocking down five 3-pointers in the first half to finish with 15 points. Be sure to watch the Fever and the Mercury tonight on NBA TV.
August 7, 2018 – Get ready for a terrific Tuesday, as the WNBA has four games of nonstop basketball action coming your way. Tipping off at 7 PM ET are the Las Vegas Aces (12-15) and the Atlanta Dream (18-10) on NBA TV. The Dream look to carry their two game win streak home as they host the Aces in their second meeting this season. Atlanta is coming off a 20-point win over the defending champs: Minnesota, after a strong performance from Tiffany Hayes. Hayes who’s had a stellar year scored a season-high 28 points, hitting a career best of six three-pointers to lead the Dream to victory. Alex Bentley also added 19 points for the Dream as Atlanta clings to the No. 2 spot in league standings. Las Vegas is still fighting for a place in the playoffs after falling to Connecticut on Sunday. A’ja Wilson led the Aces with 24 points followed by Kelsey Plum’s 21 point performance.
Also battling at 7 PM ET, are the Indiana Fever (5-23) and Seattle Storm (22-7). Both teams are coming off wins over the New York Liberty as they both look to keep their success going. Seattle defeated the Liberty on Monday, 96-80 behind a strong performance from Breanna Stewart and company. Stewart tallied 32 points in the victory, while Natasha Howard was all over the stat sheet with 14 points, 10 rebounds, five steals, and five blocks. With the victory, Seattle clinched their spot in the playoffs as they prepare to finish out the regular season strong. Indiana defeated New York on Saturday behind a solid defensive performance that held the Liberty to just two points in the final quarter. Candice Dupree recorded a season-high 25 points in the win, while Natalie Achonwa, Erica Wheeler, and Cappie Pondexter all tallied 10 points. Erica Wheeler would also reach a huge a milestone notching her 1,000th career point in the victory.
The defending champions hit the floor tonight at 8:30 PM ET, against the Chicago Sky (10-18). The Minnesota Lynx (15-13) are trying to get out of their funk after dropping three games straight. Both the Lynx and the Sky are coming off losses to the Atlanta Dream as the two squads look to get back on track. The Lynx were led by Sylvia Fowles with 17 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s loss. Courtney Vandersloot paced the Sky with 24 points in Chicago’s loss on Friday. Be sure to catch the Lynx and the Sky live on Twitter.
Capping off the night are the Washington Mystics (16-11) and the Phoenix Mercury (16-13) at 10 PM ET. The Mystics look to use Sunday’s win over Dallas as a stepping stone to continue their win streak. Kristi Toliver would hit the go-ahead jumper to lift the Mystics to a 76-74 win, in which she finished with 16 points.
Phoenix looks to turn things around after a tough 78-75 loss to the L.A. Sparks. Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner led the Mercury with 22 and 20 points, respectively. Tune in to NBA TV for the Mercury versus Mystics game at 10 PM ET.
Indianapolis, Ind., – The Seattle Storm (18-7) will meet the Indiana Fever (3-22) for the second time this season on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. After successfully securing their third win of the season against a shorthanded L.A. squad, Indiana fell to the Las Vegas Aces on Sunday. Natalie Achonwa would lead Indiana with 21 points, while Candice Dupree added 13 points in the loss. All-Stars A’ja Wilson and Kayla McBride finished with 24 and 16 points, respectively to pace the Aces. Las Vegas managed to outrebound the Fever 47-29, led by Tamera Young and Carolyn Swords with 10 rebounds each. “We have to be more stingy on the defensive end,” Fever head coach Pokey Chatman said in a statement after Sunday’s game. Indiana will have a chance to do just that against the No.1 team in league standings. Seattle who came up short to a hot Atlanta team, looks to get back on track against Indiana. Breanna Stewart poured in 31 points in the loss, while Sue Bird, who competed in her 500th game tallied 12 points and six assists.
Be sure to catch this game on ESPN 3 at 7:00 PM ET.