Parker back to help Sparks win; Mystics snap Lynx winning streaks

She’s baaaaaaack: Candace Parker returned to the Sparks tonight to help them beat the Fever, 74-64. Jantel Lavender came off the bench for Los Angeles to lead them with 18 points, and Parker added 17.

The Mystics have the Lynx’s number. They beat them for the second time this season, 79-75. In the process, Washington snapped Minnesota’s two winning streaks: their 18-game regular season winning streak and their current 10-game streak.

More on the Corey Gaines firing:

The Mercury are getting a coach who hasn’t watched them play much.

Q&A with Russ Pennell.

WNBA team news:

Lynx….podcast features Rebekkah Brunson.

Sky….Allie Quigley is reunited with her family in Chicago.

Silver Stars….rookie Davellyn Whyte will have a sweet homecoming next weekend, once again, when San Antonio visits Phoenix.

Tomorrow’s game previews:

Sky at Sun

Shock at Mercury

Silver Stars at Storm

College news:

Rae Rippetoe-Blair has stepped down as coach at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is vacationing in Africa with Bill and Chelsea Clinton.

USC has landed Keneisha Horn from Alabama.

Cal forward Gennifer Brandon had successful surgery to repair a recurrent right tibial stress fracture.

Meet the Tennessee rookies: Mercedes Russell.


  1. Hard to argue with Pennell's approach to the game. Basic Basketball. It will be interesting to watch the dynamic between him and Taurasi. If she gets on board right away it will make all of the difference.

    He sounds like a pretty good guy in the interview. He pretty much got screwed out of his job at Grand Canyon. They are transitioning to D1 and were looking for a bankable name in PHX to bring in the fans. Coaches don't get much more popular than Majerle in Arizona so Pennell was odd man out. Had nothing to do with his coaching. He's a proven winner.

  2. Dawn Staley is making $850,000 annually to coach South Carolina?!?! I guess when you look at that fact and Stringer's million dollar deal at Rutgers you start to understand why these ladies aren't standing in line to coach in the W.

    So Staley is making within $50,000 of the W salary cap for an entire WNBA team and Stringer is making $100,000 more than an entire W team makes in a season.