Mystics, Mercury advance in round one

Today’s round one playoff results:

Elena Delle Donne and the Mystics held off the Wings, 86-76. It was a physical, chippy game that featured three technical fouls and the ejection of Aerial Powers.

The Mercury stopped the Storm, 79-69.

WNBA attendance:

The league had the highest attendance in six years this season.


In the WNBA, three-pointers are a newfound weapon.

Season awards:

The Sun’s Curt Miller is the WNBA coach of the year and Jonquel Jones is the most improved player.

WNBA player news:

Lindsay Whalen is back and expects to play at full strength in the playoffs. She is ready to lend a hand to her team.

No longer a pushover, Brittney Griner has evolved into a floor leader for the Mercury.

Q&A with Sue Bird.

Players talk about their shoes.

Candace Parker and Tina Charles are the Western and Eastern Conference players of the month for August.

WNBA front office news:

The league’s new senior vice president, Ann Rodriguez, is taking on new challenges.

College coach news:

Q&A with Mississippi State coach Vic Schaefer.

Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie debuts