Storm, Fever pick up critical wins

This playoff race is hotter than fish grease.

The Storm clipped the Mystics, 81-76, to move into a tie for seventh place and bump Washington out. Wow but Seattle is a whole different team since the Olympic break.

The Fever beat the Sky, 95-88, to tie them for fifth place. Chicago was without Elena Delle Donne and Tamera Young, who both sustained injuries in Wednesday’s game.

No surprises here:

Liberty 89, Sun 82. But Connecticut is looking much improved.


The Wings snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 92-84 win over the Stars. Poor San Antonio.

WNBA player news:

Stars center Jayne Appel-Marinelli will retire at the end of the season.

A South Bend student designed a special shoe for Fever forward Tamika Catchings.

Nice photo spread by Nike of Lindsay Whalen and Nneka Ogwumike.

Liberty center Tina Charles just wants to win.

No WNBA games tomorrow (!!) (??)

Sheryl Swoopes Basketball Hall of Fame induction:

Legendary #22 was inducted this evening. Hopefully someone will post a story and some video soon (there are video snippets on the WNBA’s twitter feed, but that’s it).

Swoopes was a true pioneer.

When Swoopes was at her best, there was no one better.

Sheryl Swoopes’ signature on a WNBA contract opened a new door for pro women’s basketball in the U.S.

Swoopes got her induction call while receiving her mother’s colon cancer diagnosis.

Swoopes career retrospective in photos.

College team news:

Loyola Chicago looks to move forward.

Youth basketball news:

A New York inner-city girls basketball tournament has found new life after 9/11.