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July 18, 2000 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
So you expected a basketball game at a lovefest? No one at America West Arena saw one Monday, but that wasn't why 17,717 came to see the WNBA's second All-Star game. They came for laughs, they came to cheer their heroine, Brandy Reed (who responded with a one-for-11 shooting night), and they came because they love these players and never mind that the teams combined for 38 turnovers.
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July 13, 2000 | EARL GUSTKEY
The Sparks' DeLisha Milton and Mwadi Mabika were added to the WNBA's West All-Star team Wednesday. Milton is averaging 11.4 points and 5.6 rebounds, Mabika 14.3 and 5.4. They join teammate Lisa Leslie, voted a starter in fan balloting. The All-Star game is Monday in Phoenix, but there will be no Mercury representatives on the West team. "It's an absolute travesty," Phoenix Coach Cheryl Miller told the Associated Press. "How do you not vote in a Brandy Reed?
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May 30, 2000 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Not surprisingly, Michael Cooper has a defensive plan for preventing the Houston Comets from a fourth WNBA championship this summer. The plan, says the defense-oriented former Laker, is to reduce Houston's Big Three--Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson--to the Big Two. "If you take one of those players well below her average, that makes a lot of difference when you're trying to beat them," he said.
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May 29, 2000 | EARL GUSTKEY
The Sparks reached their required 11-player limit with a stunning move Sunday, cutting their first-round draft pick, Nicole Kubik, a 5-foot-10 guard from Nebraska. It was the first time in the WNBA's four seasons that a first-round choice has been dropped before the season opener. The league's 15th pick in the April 25 draft, Kubik was to back up veteran guard Tamecka Dixon.
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May 29, 2000 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shaquille O'Neal, the highest-paid player in the NBA, makes roughly a $17.4-million salary this season. Cynthia Cooper, the highest-paid player in the NBA's subsidiary, the WNBA, makes $75,798, which is her base salary and doesn't include endorsement income.
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April 26, 2000 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Sparks went small, then big with their first two picks in the WNBA's player draft on Tuesday. First, with the 15th pick of the first round, the club selected 5-foot-9 Nebraska guard Nicole Kubik, then, in the second round, chose 6-5 Connecticut center Paige Sauer with the 31st pick. UCLA's Maylana Martin was the 10th overall pick, by Minnesota. The No. 1 pick, by Cleveland, was Ann Wauters, a 20-year-old, 6-foot-4 Belgian.
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April 3, 2000 | EARL GUSTKEY
Early arriving Tennessee fans knew something was up Sunday when they saw Kristen "Ace" Clement sitting on the bench during warmups, wearing earrings, her wristwatch and bracelet. "In 26 years of coaching, I never saw one like this," Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt said of the way Clement injured her ankle at a morning workout at First Union Center, sidelining her for the NCAA women's basketball final. "We were doing walk-throughs of our offensive sets, with no defense. Five players at each end.
SPORTS
March 31, 2000 | By EARL GUSTKEY
It's coming, so be ready. When Michelle Snow slams a ball through the hoop, it will be the first dunk by a woman in an NCAA game since West Virginia's 6-foot-7 Georgeann Wells did it twice in the 1984-'85 season. It nearly happened last weekend in the Mideast Regional--no woman has ever dunked in an NCAA tournament game--when the 6-5 Snow, alone on a breakaway, had hand and ball above the rim, but finished with a rim-rattler. She's under orders to wait for an uncontested dunk, she said.
SPORTS
March 31, 2000 | EARL GUSTKEY
RUTGERS (26-7) vs. TENNESSEE (32-3), 4 p.m.--Much has been made in Philadelphia this week about Kristen Clement returning to her hometown with her Tennessee teammates to compete for the national championship. Less has been made of the homecoming of another Philadelphian, Rutgers guard Shawnetta Stewart. "It's a dream come true--to start my basketball career here and then come home for my final college games and compete for the NCAA championship," Stewart said.
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