August 21, 2006 |
The Sparks were trailing by 15 points in the second quarter after watching Seattle repeatedly make open shots. With every other WNBA first-round series ending in a sweep, this one seemed ready to follow suit. But the Sparks, seeded first in the Western Conference, decided they weren't going out like that. They rallied Sunday to beat the Storm, 78-70, at Staples Center to force a third and deciding game on Tuesday.
August 14, 2006 |
SPARKS VS. SEATTLE * SCHEDULE: Friday, at Seattle, 7 p.m.; Sunday, Staples Center, 2 p.m., ESPN2; Aug. 22 (if necessary), Staples Center, 7 p.m., ESPN2. * GUARDS: Tamara Moore and Temeka Johnson vs. Sue Bird and Betty Lennox. Bird and Lennox can score, and Bird is third in assists (4.8). Johnson is second in assists (4.9) but scores inconsistently. Moore is defense oriented and scores sporadically. Advantage: Seattle. * FORWARDS: Jessica Moore and Mwadi Mabika vs.
October 13, 2004 |
When you've waited 25 years to win a championship, as Seattle has, you can be forgiven for acting a little goofy. Cutting down the nets after a title win is something that is supposed to happen only in college tournaments. But Seattle won't apologize for net-cutting, champagne spraying, endless hip-hop riffs or bad conga lines.
May 26, 2004 |
Nothing shakes an athlete quite like hearing "you're not good enough" to make the team. It is a message that can crush the spirit or awaken a new determination. Until last year, Michelle Greco, 23, had never been told "you're not good enough" as a basketball player. Certainly not at La Crescenta Crescenta Valley High, where she was a four-time Pacific League most valuable player, a two-time high school All-American and the state Division I player of the year.