Two very different stories in conference final first games

In the East it was a close one, with the Dream pulling it out against the Fever, 84-79.

On the West side it was a blowout, with the Lynx pummeling the Mercury, 85-62.

Everybody’s talking about Diana Taurasi kissing Seimone Augustus on the cheek in the middle of game action.

More playoff news:

Mercury players have bought into new coach Russ Pennell’s system.

The Fever relish their roles as underdogs.

Non-playoff news:

Candice Wiggins blogs about her recent trip to Nicaragua.

Rookie Lindsey Moore is enjoying life in the WNBA.

Where are Storm players going next?

Maya Moore has received the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for September.

College news:

A court ruled today that former director of Lady Vol media relations Debby Jennings can pursue her claim that athletic director Dave Hart retaliated against her and fired her.

UCLA guard Kari Korver will miss the season with a right ACL tear.

Former Lady Vol Angie Bjorklund is the new director of basketball operations at Santa Clara.

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer will receive the John R. Wooden “Legends of Coaching” honor next year.

High school ball:

Two Michigan sisters survived a serious car accident to come back and play ball…..and get recruited.