Mystics, Storm punch Finals tickets

The Mystics earned their first trip to the WNBA Finals with an 86-81 win over the Dream.

Sue Bird’s big fourth quarter lifted the Storm over the Mercury, 94-84.

Finals schedule:

G1: WAS @ SEA: Fri. 9 PM ET, ESPNews
G2: WAS @ SEA: Sun. 3:30 PM ET, ABC
G3: SEA @ WAS: Wed. Sept. 12, 8 PM ET, ESPN2
G4: SEA @ WAS: Fri. Sept. 14, 8 PM ET, ESPN2
G5: WAS @ SEA: Sun. Sept. 16, 8 PM ET, ESPN2

Pay and coverage issues:

WNBA players are just asking for a bigger share of the league’s revenue.

The league deserves better coverage.

WNBA player news:

The WNBA’s 25 biggest sneakerheads.

Candice Dupree has won the August WNBA Cares Community Assist Award.

USA Basketball news:

The National Team’s three exhibition games this week will be televised on NBA TV.

Recruiting news:

Top recruit Charisma Osborne has committed to UCLA.