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2009 WNBA Draft Results [09 Apr 2009|05:59pm]

bessie_smith
2009 draft results under the cutCollapse )x-posted

Lisa Leslie announces retirement [10 Feb 2009|10:16pm]

bessie_smith

Sparks' Lisa Leslie cites balancing act in decision to retire

The WNBA icon who has a toddler daughter told teammates last year that this season would be her last. She says she won't come back in a year or two and ruled out coaching for now.

This didn't jump up and confront Lisa Leslie on Monday. Or some run-of-the-mill moment on a Monday in December.

The hard truth came last year.

Leslie, a pioneer and cornerstone of the WNBA, realized that the end of her storied basketball career was in sight and told her Sparks' teammates that this would be her final season.

On Wednesday, Leslie went public with that information and paid tribute to all those who had guided her on a long-and-winding journey, all the way from Inglewood Morningside High to a three-time league MVP to a four-time Olympic gold medalist.

Story here

x-posted

Comets dispersal draft results [17 Dec 2008|04:43pm]

bessie_smith
2009 HOUSTON COMETS DISPERSAL DRAFT
Team
Player selected Position Height Years College
1. Atlanta Sancho Lyttle F/C 6'4" 4 Houston
2. Washington Matee Ajavon G 5'8" 1 Rutgers
3. Chicago Mistie Williams F 6'3" 3 Duke
4. Minnesota Roneeka Hodges G 5'11" 4 Florida State
5. Phoenix Sequoia Holmes G 6'1" 1 UNLV
6. Indiana Erica White G 5'3" 1 LSU
7. Sacramento Renae Camino G 5'9" R Australia
8. New York PASS        
9. Los Angeles PASS        
10. Connecticut PASS        
11. Detroit PASS        
12. Seattle PASS        
13. San Antonio PASS        

x-posted

The Houston Comets are disbanding [02 Dec 2008|07:38pm]

bessie_smith
Comets disbanding due to lack of new ownership

HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Comets, a franchise that won the first four WNBA championships, is disbanding.

The league-owned team will be shut down because new owners couldn't be found.

"You have to build on strength," WNBA president Donna Orender told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "My outlook is to build on the fact that the league has great momentum and in Houston we didn't have the enough runway to get a deal done in time for the 2009 season. So right now we have to move on."

The WNBA will officially announce the move on Tuesday, which will result in the loss of 37 jobs.

Houston television station KRIV was the first to report that the team was disbanding.

Orender said a dispersal draft for Houston players will be Dec. 8. Orender did not rule out a WNBA team returning to Houston.

"You can't ignore the fact this team was the engine that drove the league," Orender said. "We appreciate the fan base. With the affection the fans in the city have for the team, maybe one day the corporate and city leaders will aggregate their resources and resurrect a formidable franchise."

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, the original owner of the Comets, sold the team to Houston businessman Hilton Koch last year. The WNBA took over the franchise earlier this year.

The Comets won the first four WNBA titles from 1997-2000.

Orender said there is no indication that any of the league's other 13 franchises are in any trouble.

"Talent has been absolutely blooming," Orender said, referring to players like Candace Parker, Sylvia Fowles and Candice Wiggins. "There are new cities in the pipeline and prospects for continued growth are bright. The league is stronger than ever."

x-posted

Olympic hoops [11 Aug 2008|10:36pm]

bessie_smith
For anyone interested in watching Olympic basketball live online, go to http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/index.html for live online video.

The basketball results and schedule can be found here: http://www.nbcolympics.com/basketball/resultsandschedules/index.html

x-posted

Some icons [03 Jun 2008|07:31pm]

hobbit_face
[ mood | nervous ]

I made some Shock and Pistons icons based off of apparel from the Pistons's website's store.

Teasers:


Rest can be found here: 35 Shock, 52 Pistons

WNBA Draft Results [09 Apr 2008|04:43pm]

bessie_smith

x-posted to [info]wnba_fans

[22 Feb 2008|12:22pm]

bessie_smith

Tennessee's Parker to Skip Senior Year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Candace Parker, the Tennessee All-America forward who made dunking in women's basketball almost commonplace, ended all the speculation.

Parker, the first woman to win a national slam dunk contest, will skip her final season at Tennessee for the chance to play professionally.

"This was the most difficult decision I've ever had to make, but my family and I think this is the best choice for me," Parker said Wednesday.

"I've been blessed with great coaches and teammates, an outstanding education and the best women's basketball crowd support in the country. I will miss Tennessee, but I am eager to take this next step in my career."


More here


And if you haven't heard of Britney Griner, here are some highlights. Damn, I really hope she goes pro.


x-posted to wnba_fans

Atlanta Dream Expansion Draft results [12 Feb 2008|09:10am]

bessie_smith
Atlanta Dream Build Inaugural Roster
With 13 Picks In 2008 Expansion Draft


NEW YORK, Feb. 6, 2008 — The Atlanta Dream began the process of building its inaugural roster by choosing 13 players in the 2008 Expansion Draft and completing several trades, the WNBA announced today.

"We have been very selective with our list and were able to obtain some great size, athleticism, character and depth through today's expansion draft," said Atlanta Head Coach and General Manager Marynell Meadors. "Each player understands the opportunity to get our Atlanta Dream franchise started in a positive direction and we are all looking forward to our inaugural season."

The list of players selected includes: Carla Thomas (Chicago Sky), Erika DeSouza (Connecticut Sun), Katie Feenstra (Detroit Shock), Roneeka Hodges (Houston Comets), Ann Strother (Indiana Fever), LaToya Thomas (Los Angeles Sparks), Kristen Mann (Minnesota Lynx), Ann Wauters (New York Liberty), Jennifer Lacy (Phoenix Mercury), Kristin Haynie (Sacramento Monarchs), Chantelle Anderson (San Antonio Silver Stars), Betty Lennox (Seattle Storm) and Yelena Leuchanka (Washington Mystics).

Additionally, Atlanta immediately orchestrated three trades involving players in the expansion draft. The Dream traded the fourth overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft and guard Roneeka Hodges to Seattle in exchange for the eighth pick in the draft and veteran guard Iziane Castro Marques. They also traded the 18th draft pick and forward LaToya Thomas to Detroit in exchange for second-year guard Ivory Latta. In the third trade, the Dream acquired the 24th overall draft pick from Indiana, in exchange for agreeing not to select specific unprotected Fever players.

x-posted to wnba_fans

WNBA 'DREAM' Realized In Atlanta [28 Jan 2008|09:46am]

bessie_smith
Atlanta’s WNBA Team Named Atlanta Dream

Atlanta’s new WNBA team officially arrived today as Team Owner Ron Terwilliger and the franchise unveiled the Atlanta Dream team name, logo and colors in front of a large crowd at the East Lake YMCA. WNBA President Donna Orender and Atlanta City Council President Lisa Borders were joined by hundreds of supporters at the special community event.

“Today’s is another milestone toward our Inaugural 2008 Season in May,” said Terwilliger. “Atlanta is a city of dreamers and this week we have had time to reflect on what it means to dream and what can happen when you do. Little girls, like little boys, imagine playing in front of cheering crowds and achieving success in professional sports leagues. We believe Dream best captures Atlanta’s spirit and the core values of the WNBA. We look forward to the Atlanta Dream continuing to make history as we work toward our goal of transcending sports.”

The Atlanta Dream’s color scheme is red and sky blue. In the logo, Atlanta is spelled out in red capital letters above Dream which is penned in sky blue capital letters and shadowed with a red and white. Three light blue stars surround the A of Dream with one star in the middle and a basketball propelled out of the star.

“The support in Atlanta has been tremendous and we look forward to seeing the Dream grow and prosper throughout the Inaugural 2008 Season and beyond.” said WNBA President Donna Orender.

The Atlanta WNBA team will begin play in 2008 at Philips Arena in downtown Atlanta. The team will tip-off in its first regular season home game on Friday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m. against defending Eastern Conference Champions the Detroit Shock.

x-posted to wnba_fans

WNBA expands to Atlanta + WNBA draft lottery results [24 Oct 2007|09:47am]

bessie_smith
Atlanta's WNBA franchise ready to get ball rolling


With no name, no coaches, no players and no shortage of skeptics, Atlanta's newest professional sports franchise declared itself open for business Wednesday.

The city's expansion team in the WNBA — the women's pro basketball league — was officially announced at a Centennial Olympic Park news conference, where team owner Ron Terwilliger called the day "one of the best of my life."


The real-estate executive said work begins immediately on getting ready to play ball next spring. The team's early priorities, he said, include hiring a head coach, selling corporate sponsorships, setting ticket prices and moving into offices in a downtown building he owns.

As for when his team will actually have some players, that is up in the air.

Link


The results of the 2008 WNBA Draft Lottery

1. Los Angeles
2. Chicago Sky
3. Minnesota Lynx
4. Atlanta
5. Houston Comets
6. Washington Mystics
7. New York
8. Seattle
9. Connecticut
10. Sacramento
11. Detroit
12. Indiana
13. Phoenix
14. New York

x-posted to wnba_fans

WNBA Draft results [04 Apr 2007|03:51pm]

bessie_smith
Results behind the cutCollapse )

x-posted

Charlotte Sting folds [05 Jan 2007|09:06am]

bessie_smith
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The WNBA's Charlotte Sting folded Wednesday, three weeks after the Bobcats gave up control of the team.

The WNBA was unsuccessful in finding a buyer for the Sting, one of the original eight franchises.

"It was driven by economics, certainly not philosophy," said Greg Economou, the Bobcats' chief marketing officer. "We believe in the women's game. If it could work here we'd be all for it. The situation we're in is trying to build the Bobcats' brand. It was difficult to absorb losing as much money as we were on the Sting side to continue."

The Sting were owned and operated by the Charlotte Hornets when the WNBA formed in 1997. The Sting stayed in Charlotte when the Hornets moved to New Orleans in 2002, and Bob Johnson took control of the team when he was awarded the Bobcats' expansion franchise in 2004.

The Sting struggled to draw fans in recent years and their move to the downtown Charlotte Bobcats Arena last season didn't help. They averaged 5,783 fans in 17 home games in 2006, which ranked 13th out of 14 teams in the league.

The franchise also struggled on the court. The Sting reached the WNBA finals in 2001, but made the playoffs only once since and were 17-51 in the past two seasons. Former Hornets star Muggsy Bogues coached the team for its final season and a half after Trudi Lacey gave up the coaching duties to focus on her general manager role.

Losing the Sting leaves the WNBA, set to begin its 11th season in May, with 13 teams.

Players from the Sting, including Monique Currie and Tangela Smith, are expected to be awarded to other teams in a dispersal draft.

"It's sad to see them go," Economou said. "They meant a lot to the people of the city, but at the same token, not enough people."

A Dispersal Draft involving players on the Charlotte Sting roster will take place on Monday, January 8, via conference call at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Icons [08 Jul 2006|05:44pm]

littlestclouds
[ mood | sleepy ]



Detroit Shock, and Erin BuescherCollapse )

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-credit raiola
-editing is okay, just credit the base
-requests are cool
-don't hotlink
-enjoy

xposted to my icon lj, raiola

Game ball, signed for sale [11 Nov 2005|04:58pm]

newmosh

So I have this Ball, I got it from a WNBA game. Bridget Pettis of the Phoenix Mercury handed it to me after the game. a few weeks later the WNBA pro game was here. and I went and took this ball and got it signed by Val Ackerman, the WNBA President, Lisa Leslie one of the all time greatest, Michele Timms, my person favorite WNBA player, Sheryl Swoops. and a few others. but its been 10 years since then and I don't remember who they are. I hate to get rid of it, but its just sits on my shelf and i don't care for it much anymore.
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Sheryl Swoopes comes out!!! [26 Oct 2005|10:51am]

cixous
http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/news?slug=ap-comets-swoopescomesout&prov=ap&type=lgns


WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes comes out: 'I'm tired of having to pretend'






October 26, 2005




NEW YORK (AP) -- Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes is opening up about
being a lesbian, telling a magazine that she's ``tired of having to hide my
feelings about the person I care about.''

Swoopes, honored last month as the WNBA's Most Valuable Player, told ESPN
The Magazine for a story on newsstands Wednesday that she didn't always know
she was gay and fears that coming out could jeopardize her status as a role
model.

``Do I think I was born this way? No,'' Swoopes said. ``And that's probably
confusing to some, because I know a lot of people believe that you are.''






Swoopes, who was married and has an 8-year-old son, said her 1999 divorce
``wasn't because I'm gay.''

She said her reason for coming out now is merely because she wants to be
honest.

``It's not something that I want to throw in people's faces. I'm just at a
point in my life where I'm tired of having to pretend to be somebody I'm not,''
the 34-year-old Swoopes said. ``I'm tired of having to hide my feelings about
the person I care about. About the person I love.''

A release from ESPN The Magazine about the story did not disclose the
identity of Swoopes' partner.

A five-time All-Star and three-time Olympic gold medalist, Swoopes is the
WNBA's only three-time MVP. She played for the Comets during their run of four
championships from 1997-2000, but missed the 2001 season with a knee injury.

She said her biggest worry about her revelation is that people will be
afraid to look up to her.

``I don't want that to happen,'' she said. ``Being gay has nothing to do
with the three gold medals or the three MVPs or the four championships I've
won. I'm still the same person. I'm Sheryl.''

Swoopes led the WNBA in scoring last year, averaging 18.6 points. She also
averaged 4.3 assists and 2.65 steals while making 85 percent of her free throws
and playing a league-high 37.1 minutes a game.

She said it ``irritates'' her that no one talks about gays playing in men's
sports, but that it's become an issue in the WNBA.

``Sexuality and gender don't change anyone's performance on the court,'' she
said. ``Women play just as hard as guys do. We're just as competitive.''

On the Net:

http://www.wnba.com/playerfile/sheryl-- swoopes/


Comets-Monarchs tonight [08 Sep 2005|10:21pm]

duelisthouston
[ mood | aggravated ]

Anyone that followed the Comets-Monarchs game tonight? It was pretty interesting right up until the overtime period. I thought the Comets had the game until that last three pointer by the Monarchs and the rather ignoble first part of overtime. I hope the Comets do better next game...

[25 Aug 2005|11:48pm]

stitch21
[ mood | angry ]

Hey guys,
When I was browsing the wnba.com site, I saw a link for a campaign to save Title IX. As a female athlete and just an advocate for women's rights, Title IX is an issue I care a great deal about. Apparently the commission President Bush created to review Title IX has issued an act that basically says schools will issue a survey to measure female athletes' interest in playing sports at their school and funding will be issued accordingly. If for some reason that survey is not administered correctly, funding for female athletics at this high school or college can be cut. Female athletics are presently fighting for fair funding as it is and this blow could push progress farther back. Please, if you're an athlete or your daughter is, or you're just a fan of women's sports, go to www.savetitleix.com and send emails to your congress representatives. Thank you very much for reading this and showing your support somehow. -Stephanie

www.savetitleix.com

This was x-posted.

jerseys... [20 May 2005|09:19pm]

jwants2go
do any of you guys have jerseys? i'm gonna order a couple ones this year but i'm used to buying guys jerseys. do they run big or small or what should i go for? i'm horrible at trying to guess what size i need and whatnot. lol, because the difference between medium and large is soo much, lol. i could use some help.

[23 Mar 2005|03:24pm]
pupil_of_daniel
Hi everyone, im a kings fan, so i kinda became a monarch fan, but i live in Orlando, does anybody know idf there is any hope as far a team relocating to Florida, or a new franchise, i was never really a wnba fan, but i thought it was kinda cool, i saw 2 miracle games, and a sol game, but now the mirlacle moved to conneticut, and miami went, im actully not sure

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