September 19, 2000 |
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.
July 18, 2000 |
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.
July 13, 2000 |
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?
May 30, 2000 |
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.
May 29, 2000 |
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.
May 29, 2000 |
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.
April 26, 2000 |
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.
April 3, 2000 |
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.