The Liberty beat the Fever 83-75.
Then there was the Storm-Mercury game. For my father’s 50th birthday way back when, my brother and I got him a T-shirt that said “old age and trechery will always overcome youth and skill.” I couldn’t agree more, and neither could Katie Smith: she exploded for 26 points to counter Diana Taurasi’s 36, giving the Storm the 85-70 win. The Storm have clinched the second seed in the West.
Despite Candace Parker sitting out the game, the Sparks beat the Shock 84-73. Rookie Jantel Lavender filled in for Parker, whose knee had flared up yesterday, and put up 19 points and grabbed 12 boards. It was Lavender’s second double-double of the season.
Ticha Penicheiro had last night’s play of the day with a fancy layup. Notice how Parker is first up off the bench to cheer it on.
Shock forward Sheryl Swoopes plans to play at least one more season before retiring.
College and recruiting:
ESPN’s on the trail updates.