- The sad news: Anne Donovan is leaving us at the age of 56
Anne Donovan, legend of women’s basketball, died of a heart attack on Wednesday. Hall of Famer, double Olympic gold medal as a player then once as a coach, she had a very good coaching career in the WNBA with in particular the title won with Seattle in 2004. Donovan was enormously respected by the whole basketball community and the tributes n ‘soon flocked to social networks. Lisa Borders, President of the WNBA, of course also reacted to this sad news via a press release.
An award-winning player and pioneering coach, Anne Donovan has played a major role in the growth of women’s basketball. For all she accomplished in college, WNBA and internationally during her Hall of Famer career, Anne will also be remembered as an important mentor and dear friend to many of the sport. . On behalf of the WNBA, we extend our deepest condolences to the Donovan family during this difficult time.
- The game you should not miss: Connecticut two fingers of the comeback of the year
Despite this terrible news, there were games to be played on Wednesday. Among those, there was Connecticut which received Washington. The least we can say is that we went through all the motions during this game. However, we thought we were going straight towards a demonstration of the Mystics since the latter had a 30-point lead during the first half, led by excellent Elena Delle Donne and Kristi Toliver, ending the half with 22 and 20 points respectively. Then, we do not know what was said at half-time, but the Sun players returned from the locker room determined as never to achieve a third quarter-time won 30-8! Connecticut continued to give it their all thereafter, even passing 77-76 and led by a Courtney Williams great evenings. She will end the game with 36 15/29 marksmanship points. But it is ultimately the Mystics and Delle Donne who will end up having the last word in an unbreathable end to the game.
— WNBA France🌈 (@WnbaFrance) June 14, 2018
- The stat of the week: A’ja Wilson, that rough diamond
Well it’s true, the performance of the Washington duo is so monstrous that it had to be highlighted. On one side, there was Kristi Toliver who finished the game with 25 points and on the other, Elena Delle Donne with 36 points 59% shooting and 6 rebounds.
But despite this, the statistical performance of the week comes back to a rookie, first choice of the last draft, A’ja Wilson. The Vegas player led her team to victory over the Fever by registering no less than 35 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. Only the big one Candace Parker had managed to line up 35 points and 10 rebounds in a rookie season game. Suffice to say that Wilson is walking in the footsteps of the greatest, and given the responsibilities given to him by his coach Bill Laimbieer, it’s not about to stop.
🚨 MVP of the Night 🚨@ _jawilson22 35pts 13rbd 3blk 🔥🔥🔥🔥 career point record and second 35/10 rookie player in WNBA history since Candace Parker in 2008 #unbelievable A’Ja Wilson 😻🙀🚀#WNBA #WnbaFr pic.twitter.com/hlZiBcrxY2
— WNBA France🌈 (@WnbaFrance) June 13, 2018
- They assured: Vegas achieves a victorious back-to-back
Tuesday’s game between Las Vegas and Indiana could have seemed like the losing game between the last two teams in the league. Despite this, we had the right to an open game in which the Aces took the upper hand over their opponents. A’ja Wilson was the Aces’ best player yet with her incredible 35/10 performance. The next day, they disposed of the Liberty which was simply not in its game. Wilson is showing more and better offensive qualities, but still has to learn to let go of the ball rather than to seek the basket systematically. Phoenix also provided this week against these players from Vegas and Dallas in a close match (75-72). Los Angeles also did the job by mastering its meetings against Chicago, Atlanta and Washington.
👀🎥 C Gray dropped 7 dimes for the @LA_Sparks to lead her squad to another dub.
— Duke Women’s Basketball (@DukeWBB) June 15, 2018
- They struggled: The fever does not heal
Unfortunately for them, the Indiana girls have made the sad pass of 10 league entry losses. Chicago also fell heavily in the standings losing its two games of the week. No shame in losing to Seattle and Los Angeles, but the Sky have the worst defense in the league (87.2 points conceded) and will not be able to hope to make the playoffs even if the game proposed in attack is rather good.
- Update on the ranking
- The weekend match: The Sun intends to cool the Mercury
With a 6-game winning streak, the Phoenix players are in great shape right now and no one can seem to stop them right now. So who better to try to get there than the Connecticut players who are number one in the standings? In addition to this high ranking confrontation, it is a meeting between two teams who practice a superb game. They are the first two teams in the ranking of decisive passes (20.7 / game for the Mercury, 20.4 for the Sun). Connecticut is the best offense in the league with 92.4 points per game, far ahead of its opponent (82.5 points). But the Sun have one of the best players in history with Diana Taurasi which can catch fire at any time thanks in particular to its formidable shoot (2.9 long distance shots per encounter, 2me league in the field). In short, this match will not be missed under any pretext!