Posts Tagged ‘WNBA playoffs’

Becky Hammon and Kate Smith

Last night, in game 2 of the WNBA finals, the Detroit Shock beat the San Antonio Stars 69-61. This now puts the Shock up two games.

The Shock came ready to play, as they built a big lead in the first quarter with a 19-2 lead in less than 6 minutes into the game. Kate Smith ruled the court last night for the Shock with 22 points, and Becky Hammon led San Antonio with 24 points.

“Katie Smith is killing us,” Hammon said. “And she’s facilitating a lot of people.”

Deanna Nolan and Kara Braxton each contributed 12 points for the Shock.

Even though the Shock are up two games, it doesn’t mean it’s over. Game 3 is tomorrow (Sunday) at 4:30pm ET on ESPN2. For more information, check out WNBA.com.

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With MLB smack in the middle of their playoffs and football season in full swing, it can sometimes be difficult to pay attention to what’s going on with our women’s pro basketball teams.

But I can assure you this: the WNBA finals are going to be exciting. Watch game 2 tonight at 7:30pm EST on ESPN2 as the Stars try and answer back to Detroit’s one game lead.

As ESPN’s Michelle Voepel puts it, “Not surprisingly, the Shock and the Silver Stars said the same thing on Thursday: Game 1 — a 77-69 Detroit victory — doesn’t mean anything.”

According to Voepel, there are benefits to both teams right now.

The Shock have won two WNBA titles and were runner-up last year. Detroit is playing for the championship for the third consecutive season. However, they’re fighting against San Antonio, who had two fantastic finishes on its home court in the Western Conference finals against Los Angeles.

The Shock’s two “old-timers” — Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Katie Smith — are catalysts in scoring, while Deanna Nolan sets the tone on defense and commands so much attention on offense that the rest of the Shock benefits.

What’s more:  Kate Smith is something truly amazing to watch. She turned 34 in June, and shows that when the situation calls for it, she can still be, as Voepel says, “one of the most reliable and fearless shooters in the sport.”

San Antonio’s guard Becky Hammon is  clear, critical threat on offense and Sophia Young came out of the regular season averaging 17.5 ppg. These girls came to play and stand up to what the Shock have to offer.

But beyond the games themselves, the WNBA’s Web site has so much to offer their fans which adds to the playoff experience. In fact, it almost makes you feel like you are part of the team and that you actually know these players personally simply by reading their blogs.

If you’re a Detroit fan, you read about how Taj McWilliams Franklin is feeling while heading into the finals and how Deanna Nolan feels about her team’s match-up against the Stars.

Or, if you’re more of a San Antonio fan, you can read about how Sophia Young feels she is living a dream.

There’s all kinds of information up there, anything you’d ever want to find. I encourage you to check it out and watch the WNBA finals tonight at 7:30pm on ESPN2.

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Kate Smith of Detroit Shock

Kate Smith of Detroit Shock

The Detroit Shock defeated the New York Liberty tonight, 75-73 in game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

According to the AP article, Deanna Nolan scored 21 points and Taj McWilliams-Franklin put in 19 to help the Detroit Shock reach the WNBA finals for the third straight season.

This was definately an exciting game. The Shock were up by 20 in the first half, but had to fight of New York’s determination, as they got within two early in the fourth.

The deciding moment seemed to occur when Loree Moore missed a free throw and Alexis Hornbuckle answered with five quick points for the Shock.

The WNBA finals will match up the Detroit Shock and the San Antonio Stars on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 PM on ESPN 2.

Here’s what the complete schedule will look like:

Game 1: DET at SAN, Oct. 1, 7:30 ET (ESPN2)
Game 2: DET at SAN, Oct. 3, 7:30 ET (ESPN2)
Game 3: SAN at DET, Oct. 5, 4:30 ET (ESPN2)
Game 4: SAN at DET, Oct. 6, 7:30 ET (ESPN2)
Game 5: DET at SAN, Oct. 9, 7:30 ET (ESPN2)

I’ll be covering this regularly. This will be a great matchup!

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Yesterday’s WNBA action was certainly exciting for both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. The Detroit Shock beat NY Liberty 64-55, and LA Sparks were eliminated by San Antonio Silver stars, 76-72.

The two heroes of the day were Deanna Nolan of the Detroit Shock (pictured on the right) and Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Stars.

Deanna Nolan scored 22 points to lead the Shock in their victory over the Liberty in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Sunday. They play again tonight at 7pm EST on ESPN2.

In the West, Becky Hammon led the Silver Stars in their Western Conference Championship by scoring 35 points and making four free throws in the final 36 seconds.

It was definately an exciting day for the WNBA. Tonight’s matchup will be equally exciting; I just wish we wasn’t so overpowered by all of the football coverage going on right now.

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If you’re in the New York area on Friday night, you should consider getting tickets to the New York Liberty – they’re selling them, cheap!

In case you aren’t aware, WNBA is right in the height of their playoffs. Friday’s game will be a great preview and might be your last change to see a game.

Semifinals start Sunday:
Eastern Conference Finals: New York Liberty vs. Detroit Shock (Sunday, 3PM on ESPN)
Western Conference Finals: LA Sparks vs. San Antonio Stars (Sunday, 5PM on ESPN)

But if you’re in the NY area and want to catch a good game, click the picture below and enter the code STRETCH.

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