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SPORTS
November 18, 2000 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If the UCLA women's basketball team loses any more guards, Coach Kathy Olivier may have to start scouting the intramural leagues. The Bruins were already missing returning starters Nicole Kaczmarski (foot, Lyme disease) and LaCresha Flannigan (grades), and top scorer Michelle Greco turned an ankle last weekend in Albuquerque.
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NEWS
September 22, 2000 | ROBYN NORWOOD, From Staff and Wire Reports
The rest of the world might be catching up to American basketball. But the bottom of the world, as New Zealanders sometimes call their little corner of the earth, has not. The U.S. women took a 30-point halftime lead today in a 93-42 victory, leading by as many as 52 and setting a U.S. Olympic record for fewest points allowed. The previous mark was 47, set three times.
NEWS
September 19, 2000 | ROBYN NORWOOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheryl Swoopes' WNBA season ended on Aug. 26 with another championship for the Houston Comets. The season ended Aug. 20 for Lisa Leslie and DeLisha Milton--with the Sparks' devastating playoff loss to Swoopes and the Comets, a team they had beaten three times during the regular season. Only a month later, the three plan to stand together on the medal stand Sept. 30 at the Olympics.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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?
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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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