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WNBA: Whitcomb stars for Seattle as New York lead the competition
Sami Whitcomb performed this week for Seattle, while New York made it 6 wins in a row and are looking like the inform team of the competition right now. Phoenix struggled without star Diana Taurasi, but our Aussies still look to make impact for them.
Seattle Storm began their week with a thrilling 1 point victory to put an end to San Antonio’s four game winning streak. Seattle came bursting out of the gates in the final quarter, collecting a 25-13 run to give them enough edge to take the win. Sami Whitcomb made 1 rebound, 1 assist and 1 steal with her time on the court, but the victory was led by Breanna Stewart who dominated with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.
Continuing their good form, Seattle made easy work of Chicago in a huge 103-66 point win. The Storm forced Chicago into 16 turnovers and just 28 rebounds to Seattle’s 42. All 12 Seattle players hit the scoreboard and provided impact to this one. Sami Whitcomb had an outstanding game, scoring 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal as she continues to play her role for this team and prove a valuable recruit.
Atlanta Dream put an end to their 9 game losing streak, overcoming Seattle 89-83. The game was kept close throughout but Atlanta came out stronger in the second half and gave themselves enough of a lead to hang on to. Whitcomb provided 3 assists for the match.
A poor second half by the Phoenix Mercury put them out of the race against Connecticut, who finished off with 94 to Phoenix’s 66. Connecticut led by just 1 point at the main break, but forced Phoenix to just 21 second-half points which gave Connecticut far too much room to get in front. Connecticut led on all parts, dominating the boards, assists and steals and made the most of their opportunities with their shooting percentage. There wasn’t too many game changers for the Mercury in this game, with Brittney Griner providing impact with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Steph Talbot scored 1 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal, Leilani Mitchell had 4 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals and Cayla George managed 2 points and 1 steal.
New York pulled off a huge win thanks to a stellar second half to knock off Minnesota at 70-61. The Liberty’s win meant gave them a five game winning streak including wins over the top three teams in the league, putting them in a great position as one of the strongest teams for the remainder of the season. Proving her brilliance, Tina Charles continues to dominate this time scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds for the match. Rebecca Allen wasn’t given much opportunity in this game, but she made the most of it when she did managing to score 1 field goal.
Keeping up their good form and making it a six game winning streak, New York overcame Indiana by 21 points. Indiana made an effort to come back late, but New York closed the game out on a 15-5 run to make the win without a doubt.
Coming off a tough loss to New York, Minnesota weren’t going to lose to Phoenix. Coming out with a fire in their belly, the Lynx made easy work of Phoenix, winning 105-69. Maya Moore dominated Phoenix with 21 points, while her team won the rebound count 32-19. Leilani Mitchell and Cayla George were solid with 9 points each, and Talbot made impact with 4 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals. It wasn’t enough however, with Phoenix only having 1 player in Monique Currie to score double figures.
Things didn’t get much better for Phoenix, and turning the ball over 9 times in the first 12 minutes doesn’t set you up for a game that’s going to be in your favour. The LA Sparks took home an 82-67 point win over Phoenix who committed a damaging 20 turnovers. Leilani Mitchell was solid however, banking 6 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists while Talbot had 3 points and 2 assists, and George had just the 2 points for the game. The Mercury struggled without Diana Taurasi and missed her spark on the scoreboard.