Sky, Storm survive and advance

First-round results:

Diamond DeShields led the Sky over the Mercury, 105-76, with 25 points.

Jordin Canada guided the Storm past the Lynx, 84-74, with 26 points.

The Sky will play the Aces Sunday, while the Storm will face the Sparks.

Award time:

The league announced Chicago’s James Wade as COY, and is the first Sky coach to do so.

Natasha Howard is DPOY, and she’s eyeing bigger prizes.

All-defensive first team: Howard, Jonquel Jones, Nneka Ogwumike, Jordin Canada and Jasmine Thomas. Second team: Ariel Atkins, Brittney Griner, Alysha Clark, Alyssa Thomas and Natasha Cloud.

The AP’s MVP is Elena Delle Donne and Napheesa Collier is ROY.

The AP’s sixth woman is Dearica Hamby.

WNBA player news:

The maddening promise of Diamond DeShields.

A deep dive into the ROY showdown.

Napheesa Collier speaks softly but looms large in the ROY race.

Consistency is the key for Sydney Wiese.

College coach news:

The Tara VanDerveer fund will help women’s programs at 10 schools.