WNBA is poppin’

Fans can email messages to Shannon Johnson, who announced this morning she is retiring at the end of the season, here. Very nice of the Storm to do that.

Looks like Angel McCoughtry might be Rookie of the Year since it was annouced today that DeWanna Bonner has won the Sixth Woman Award.

The Sparks snatched defeat from the jaws of victory tonight in Western Conference semifinal game 2. An unbelievable sequence of events:

Cash’s layup with 53.5 seconds left in the contest deadlocked the game at 70-70. Parker missed a jumper during the Sparks’ next possession, but Leslie was there to tip the ball in with 27.9 ticks left on the clock.

A scuffle for the ball during Seattle’s next possession resulted in a jump ball with 17.5 seconds left. Wright was whistled for a violation during the jump ball, giving LA the ball.

Thompson made a pair of foul shots to put the Sparks ahead 74-70 with 14.3 ticks to go. Bird answered for Seattle with a three-pointer from the top of the key with 10.7 seconds left.

After a timeout, Noelle Quinn threw a bad inbounds pass that was tipped by Little. Ashley Robinson collected the ball and hit a streaking Little with a perfect pass, and Little completed the play with a layup, giving Seattle a one-point lead with five seconds to go.

Leslie’s fade away shot at the other end was off the mark as time expired.

I expected the Storm to win, though. They are too much of a fighter team to go down in two.

What I am surprised about (notice I didn’t say shocked) is that the Shock took their Eastern Conference semifinal series 2-0 tonight against Atlanta. I thought the Dream had at least three games in them. As opposed to the Sparks’ situation, this was one of those instances where veteran experience took over and prevailed.