Top teams fall

Down went the Sun’s seven-game winning streak, as the Fever defeated them, 92-84. Tamika Catchings, aka the goat, lead Indiana with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and notched 3,000 career boards in the process.

All five Sun starters were in double figures.

The Storm surged past the Shock, 74-69. Sue Bird was the high-scorer for Seattle with 17 points and Riquna Williams was critical for Tulsa, with 23.

The Shock were without Skylar Diggins, who sprained her knee in Sunday’s win and will miss at least four games. Tulsa is now without several starters.

Storm rookie Jewell Loyd at last seems to be getting more confident. She had 13 points in the win, and showcased her athleticism on many plays. I suspect this is just the beginning.

Also……………..

The Mercury held off the Stars, 85-78. Brittney Griner lead Phoenix with 23 points in her first home game of the season.

The Liberty bested the Sky, 89-81. Tina Charles had 26 points and 11 rebounds for New York, and Elena Delle Donne put up 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Chicago.

The Liberty activated Epiphanny Prince prior to the game, but did not play her.

Storm:

Rookie forward Ramu Tokashiki is coming on strong for Seattle.

Shock:

Tulsa is thriving behind the veteran leadership of Plenette Pierson.

Forward Glory Johnson revealed yesterday that is is pregnant with twins.

Mercury:

Phoenix and Brittney Griner are re-adjusting on the fly.

Sun:

Newcomer Jasmine Thomas has been crucial to the team’s early-season success.

Lynx:

Q&A with Seimone Augustus.

Players of the week:

Elena Delle Donne for the East, for the third straight week, and Lindsay Whalen for the West.

College news:

Lisa Carlsen is Northern Illinois’ new head coach.

Jada Pierce is Niagara’s new head coach.

Ball State has extended coach Brady Sallee’s contract through 2019-2020.

Sasha Palmer is Wisconsin’s new assistant coach.

Troy’s new assistant coach is Neil Harrow.

Former Marist Red Foxes Kat Fogarty and Brittni Lai have transferred to New Hampshire.

Jasmine Jackson will return to Georgetown this year for her final season of eligibility.

USA Basketball:

The U19 team has opened training camp. Photos.

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