As we all suspected, the number of overtime games in the WNBA this season so far have been significant: 14 percent. The previous high was 11.3 in 2009. And we almost had another one tonight……..
The Fever knocked off the league-leading Sparks, 92-82. Indiana coach Stephanie White had the team do the scouting report. Seems to have worked for them.
1. Tamika Catchings, two days shy of her 37th birthday, had 16 points in the first half and lead her team in scoring at the end of the game. She also went to the floor for a loose ball – the only player to do so on the night.
Please don’t retire.
2. What an odd box score. Fever deficient in rebounds but causing enough turnovers for the Sparks to make the difference. Not to mention the lights-out shooting.
3. Los Angeles fans shouldn’t panic. Remember, teams are tired at this point in the year – especially those who have 20 wins. Last weekend is usually all-star weekend in a non-Olympic year, and this season began earlier than usual. Players and teams haven’t had a break yet.
4. Ana Dabovic is apparently with the Serbian National Team for the Olympics, but I’ve not seen a formal announcement yet. She wasn’t getting any playing time with the Sparks anyway, and why, I have no idea. She was crucial for the team last year.
If tonight’s loss exposed anything, it’s that Los Angeles has no bench. I’ve said it many times, but if they hope to go deep into the playoffs, they need to trade or cut some of the athletes who are never played and get some who will. The starters will be exhausted by October.
If anyone finds Brittney Griner’s game, please return it to her. Mercury fans are stressing out.
Chicago’s win means Los Angeles has clinched a playoff spot.
Melanie Balcomb is happy to be back at work, at South Carolina.