Lots of bang before All-Star break

The Sun edged the Lynx in overtime, 78-77, in a game Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve says her team should have won. Connecticut snapped a six-game losing streak.

The Liberty held off the Sparks, 59-53.

And now teams recess for Saturday’s All-Star game. Regular games resume Tuesday.

Lynx:

With Lindsay Whalen sidelined, Minnesota will shuffle their line up.

They waived rookie guard Jennifer O’Neill after today’s loss.

Mercury:

DeWanna Bonner discusses her selection to the All-Star team.

Sun:

Through injury, guard Chelsea Gray discovered her future in coaching.

Shock:

Tulsa released rookie guard Brittany Hrynko.

Sparks:

…activated Crystal Bradford and waived Andrea Hoover to make room. I have no link, because I just found out at this Liberty at Sparks game I’m covering.

Sky:

Elena Delle Donne is giving the WNBA a boost.

College news:

Abuse allegations at Illinois are unusual in scope, experts say.

Ashley Langford is a new assistant coach at Navy.

Colgate’s new assistant coach is Anna Patritto.

UConn coach Geno Auriemma attended the recent Pan Am Games.

U19 basketball:

The USA U19 team crushed Argentina, 89-39, to reach the tournament quarterfinals.

All-access Becky Hammon:

Behind the scenes of the Spurs summer league win, lead by Becky Hammon.

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