Alone at the top

Today’s results:

The Mercury topped the Mystics, 84-74, behind Brittney Griner’s 24 points. They are alone in first place in league standings.

Tomorrow’s game previews:

Lynx at Wings

Aces at Sparks

Dream at Fever

Liberty at Sky

Sun at Storm

WNBA player news:

Breanna Stewart is playing like an MVP while leading the Storm to the top of the standings.

Young center Brionna Jones is ready to step up for the Sun.

The Lynx have waived Lynetta Kizer.

The Dream have waive Maggie Lucas.

College team news:

The upcoming season looks good for the Bruins.

Pepperdine looks forward to the season.

South Carolina women’s hoops led the athletic department in a banner year last season.

College player news:

Who will be Mississippi State’s new leader?

College coach news:

Tina Thompson brings tenacity and toughness to her new job as Virginia’s coach.

Nikki Fargas got three more years on her contract at LSU, but it’s what she does with them that counts.

Melissa D’Amico is Wake Forest’s new assistant coach.

Recruiting news:

UCLA has landed five-star class of 2019 recruit Jaden Owens.

Anne Donovan:

Dawn Staley eulogized Anne Donovan as “the definition of grace” at her memorial service today.

Donovan was Bergen County’s gift to women’s basketball.