Meaningless but interesting games

It’s that time of the year when fans find out that bench players can indeed play…..lots of reserves getting minutes tonight:

The Mystics ran away from the Liberty, 82-55. Several bench playerscame up big in this one.

The Fever put away the Dream, 75-67. Indiana forward Tamika Catchings sat out to rest.

The Sky routed the Shock, 92-71. Tulsa reserve Vicki Baugh had a career-high 22 points.

The Storm beat the short-handed Lynx, 78-64, behind rookie Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis’ career-high 16 points. Minnesota was without Maya Moore, in addition to Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen. Moore had played all 169 games since being drafted in 2011.

The Mercury edged the Sparks, 70-65. Los Angeles rookie Jennifer Hamson started and put up a career-high 12 points. Her teammate, rookie Crystal Bradford, had a career-high nine points.

Dream:

have signed Carla Cortijo for the rest of the season.

Lynx:

On the spot with coach Cheryl Reeve.

Fever:

Briann January won the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for August.

No games tomorrow, but five are on tap Sunday for the season finale.

Lisa Leslie:

Her acceptance speech in being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today. She brought Lynette Woodard, Dawn Staley, Cynthia Cooper and Tara VanDerveer on stage with her.

College news:

Mery Andrade is a new assistant coach at San Diego.

Bill Dooley is a new assistant coach at Virginia Tech.

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