Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Philly Women's Summer League: Chelsea Woods' 33 Points Sets League High While Gold and Pink Stay Unbeaten

By Mel Greenberg - @womhoopsguru

 HATBORO, Pa. – Saint Joseph’s junior Chelsea Woods, the most improved player in the Philadelphia Big 5 last season, bettered her league-high by a point with 32 to carry Purple to a narrow 57-52 win over Maroon Tuesday night and become part of a five-way tie in the Philadelphia/Suburban NCAA Certified Women’s Basketball Summer League.

Team Purple also carries six players from Penn State-Abington University.

While there is a logjam in second place at 2-1  among Purple, Maroon, also known as USciences;  Sky Blue, Royal Blue, also known as East Stroudsburg, and Red, also known as West Chester, the ranks of the unbeaten quickly reduced to just Gold (3-0) and Pink (3-0), as the second week of the 2016 season got under way at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades.

Gold had little trouble beating Sky Blue, 89-59, as Alex Smith, a 2014 Holy Cross graduate out of the Peddie School, scored 28; while Pink (3-0) likewise controlled winless Orange, 75-50, to tie at the top of the Standings.

Only two other players hit the 20-or-more nightly points by individuals standard as Saint Joseph’s senior Mackenzie Rule out of Cardinal O’Hara, scored 20 points for Orange (0-3) in the loss to Pink while Gold’s Mia Hopkins scored 22.

Hunter Green (1-2), which fell to Royal Blue, 80-58, and White (1-2), also known as Kutztown University, got its first win, beating Black, also known as Philadelphia University, 60-44, moved into a two-way tied at eighth, while Black (0-3), Kelly Green (0-3), which suffered a tough 69-66 loss to Red, and Orange (0-3) are in a three-way tie for 10th at the bottom of the standings still seeking their first victory.

Teams that also compete with most of their collegiate rosters in Division II and Division III, which are also mentioned in this report, also have some players from other schools.

That said, here is the recap of all six games.

Recaps:

Purple 57, Maroon 52 – Woods had five 3-pointers on the way to her 33 points for Purple while Marah Hayes, of PSU-Abington out of Archbishop Wood, added 11 points for the winners.

Maroon got 10 points from USciences junior Laura Trisch, out of Archbishop Wood, while Devils sophomore Alyx McKiernan scored eight points, also the number of other Maroon players who put points into the scoring sheet.

Red 69, Kelly Green 66 – Torri Smick, a West Chester senior out of Woodstown, help keep Red in the upper part of the standings with 19 points in the narrow win over Kelly Green, while Gabby Troisi, an incoming Golden Rams freshman out of Pope John Paul II, scored 16 points, and Jenna Widdicombe, a West Chester sophomore also out of John Paul II, scored 14 points.

Alexis Hofstaedter, a Holy Family junior out of Council Rock South, scored 13 points for Kelly Green, and Ashley Smink, a Delaware Valley freshman out of Archbishop Ryan, scored 11 points.

Kelly Green has eight players from Delaware Valley.

Points are the only statistics kept, by the way.

Gold 89, Sky Blue 69 – Smith had one of the better nights from beyond the arc in most any season in league history, nailing seven treys for Gold on the way to her 28 points, while Mia Hopkins, who scored 22, is transferring from Bloomsburg to West Chester in the fall.

Double-figure performances on Gold also came from 2012 La Salle grad Michelle McCaughern and 2013 Millersville grad Shira Newman out of Upper Dublin, who each scored 14 points, while Ashley Wood, a 2013 Kutztown grad out of Spring-Ford, the daughter of Gold coach Keith Wood, scored 13 points.

Lily Kuntz, a Middlebury College freshman out of Episcopal, scored 12 for Sky Blue, while Shea Wassel, a 2015 York College (Pa.) grad out of Lansdale Catholic, and recent Saint Joseph’s graduate Ciara Andrews out of Cheltenham, each scored 11 points, and Jessica Gerber, a Kenyon Sophomore out of Council Rock North, scored 10 points.

Pink 75, Orange 50 – Salisbury senior Lauren Rothfeld out of Upper Dublin, helped keep Pink unbeaten with 12 points in a balanced attack that saw nine players overall score with Shelby Schoonover, a Lycoming College sophomore out of Pennsbury collect 10 points, and nine points each came from Mackenzie Carroll, a Colgate sophomore out of Central Bucks West, all off a trio of 3-pointers; Brianna Spector, an Oneonta senior out of Upper Dublin; Emma Dorshimer, a Gettysburg Sophomore out of Jenkintown, who also got all her points off three treys; and Emily Walls, a Moravian sophomore out of Bayard Rustin.

Rule had four 3-pointers and shot 2-for-2 from the line to account for most of her 20 points for Orange, while eight points each came from Laura Kosma, a William Tennent High grad who had a pair of treys and shot 2-for-2 from the line; Erin Lindahl, an Emory freshman out of Germantown Academy, and Allison Chernow, also an Emory freshman but out of Upper Dublin, who shot 3-for-3 from the line.

Royal Blue 80, Hunter Green 58 – Courtney Brown, an East Stroudsburg senior out of Council Rock South, shot five treys on the way to 17 points for Royal Blue, while Noelle Powell, an ESU sophomore out of Bayard Rustin, scored 15, Meghan Pickell, an Ithaca sophomore out of Episcopal, scored 12, and 2015 ESU grad Ryan Fiascki out of Archbishop Carroll scored 10 points.
Karissa Mansure, a Catholic U. sophomore out of Shawnee High, scored 18 points for Hunter Green, Amanda McGrogan, a Dowling freshman out of Lenape, scored 14 points, and Katherine Feehery, a Scranton junior out of Cardinal O’Hara scored 12 points.

White 60, Black 44 – White got its first win in three tries as Alexandra Heck, a recent Philadelphia University grad out of Archbishop Wood got 13 points, shooting 7-for-8 from the line against her former Rams teammates, while Sierra Taylor, a Kutztown freshman out of Camden Catholic, scored 11, and seven other players on Team White, also notched the scorebook.

Valez Jackson, a Philadelphia U. sophomore out of. Merion Mercy Academy, scored nine points for Black, Erin Rafter, a Rams sophomore out of Washington Township, scored eight points, and eight other Team Black players also scored.      

Looking Ahead

Gold (3-0) meets Purple (2-1) at 7 p.m. on Court 3 Thursday night while Pink (3-0) meets Hunter Green (1-2) at 8:15 p.m. on Court 3 in the games among the three sets of doubleheaders that involve the two unbeaten squads.

The logjam in second will be somewhat busted with Royal Blue (2-1) meeting Sky Blue (2-1) on Court 1 in one of the doubleheader openers, while at the same time on Court 2 either Orange or Kelly Green at 0-3 each will get their first victory.

The matchup in the winter that is Philadelphia U. against USciences in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) will be the meeting of Black against Maroon in the Court 1 nightcap.

While the standings are not formally in tie-break order for what would determine the eight qualifiers for the postseason playoffs in late July, they are relatively close with this report and when things start getting more refined, the seed numbers as they exist at the moment will be placed in front of team names in the tracking section below.


Standings
(Thru June 22)

Team,  W-L, Pct., G.B., PF, PA
Gold, 3-0, 1.000, --, 242 174
Pink, 3-0, 1.000, --, 210 166
Maroon, 2-1, .667, 1.0, 173 165
Purple, 2-1, .667, 1.0, 210 169
Sky Blue, 2-1, .667, 1.0, 216 221
%-Red,2-1 ,.667,1.0 , 124 127 
Royal Blue, 2-1, .667, 1.0, 191 164
Hunter Green, 1-2, .333, 2.0, 172 191
White, 1-2, .333, 2.0 167 182
Black, 0-3, .000, 2.0, 147 186
Kelly Green, 0-3, .000, 2.0, 176 215
@-Orange, 0-3, .000, 2.0 95 165
%-includes forfeit win
@-includes forfeit loss

Thursday’s Games

7 p.m.

Royal Blue (2-1) vs. Sky Blue (2-1), Court 1
Orange (0-3) vs. Kelly Green (0-3), Court 2
Purple (2-1) vs. Gold (3-0), Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Black (0-3) vs. Maroon (2-1), Court 1
Red (2-1) vs. White (1-2), Court 2
Hunter Green (1-2) vs. Pink (3-0), Court 3

Tuesday, June 28

7 p.m.

Purple vs. White, Court 1
Kelly Green vs. Maroon, Court 2
Hunter Green vs. Orange, Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Gold vs. Pink, Court 1
Royal Blue vs. Black, Court 2
Sky Blue vs. Red, Court 3

Thursday, June 30

7 p.m.

Kelly Green vs. Gold, Court 1
Purple vs. Red, Court 2
Pink vs. Royal Blue, Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Maroon vs. White, Court 1
Hunter Green vs. Black, Court 2
Sky Blue vs. Orange, Court 3

Results

Tuesday, June 22

Purple 57, Maroon 52
Royal Blue 80, Hunter Green 58
Red 69, Kelly Green 66
White 60, Black 44
Gold 89, Sky Blue 59
Pink 75, Orange 50

Thursday, June 16

Sky Blue 67, Hunter Green 66
Pink 63, Black 51
Maroon 59, Red 53, overtime
Purple 88, Orange 45
Gold 90, White 63
Royal Blue 56, Kelly Green 44

Wednesday, June 15

Hunter Green 48, White 44
Sky Blue 90, Kelly Green 66
Pink 72, Purple 65
Gold 63. Black 52
Maroon 62, Royal Blue 55
Red 2, Orange 0, forfeit

Individual Scoring 20 Or More Points

33-Chelsea Woods, Purple, W, vs. Maroon, June 22
32-Chelsea Woods, Purple, L, vs. Pink, June 15
28-Alex Smith, Gold, W, vs. Sky Blue, June 22
28-Alex Smith, Gold, W, vs. White, June 16
26-Alexix Roman, Hunter Green, L, vs. Sky Blue, June 16
25-Ciara Andrews, Sky Blue, W, vs. Hunter Green, June 16
25-Ciara Andrews, Sky Blue, W, vs. Kelly Green, June 15
23-Kelsey Watson, White, L, vs. Gold, June 16
23-Chelsea Woods, Purple, W, vs. Orange, June 16
22-Mia Hopkins, Gold, W, vs. Sky Blue, June 22
22-Adaisha Franklyn, Gold, W, vs. White, June 16
21-Julia Glantz, Hunter Green, W, vs. White, June 15
21-Jessica Gerber, Sky Blue, W, vs. Kelly Green, June 15
21-K.T. (Katie) Armstrong, Royal Blue, L, vs. Maroon, June 15
20-Mackenzie Rule, Orange, L, vs. vs. Pink, June 22
20-Micah Morgan, Maroon, W-OT, vs. Red, June 16

Seed Tracker (not yet in order)

Gold (3-0) vs. Blk (W), vs. White (W), vs. SB (W). 
Pink (3-0) vs. Purp (W), vs. Blk (W), vs. Orange, (W)
Maroon (2-1) vs. RB (W), vs. Red (W-OT), vs. Purple (L).
Purple (2-1) vs. Pink (L), vs. Org (W), vs. M(W). 
Sky Blue (2-1) vs. KG (W), vs. HG (W), vs. Gold (L),
Red (2-1) vs. Org (%-W), vs. M (L-OT), vs. Kelly Green (W),
Royal Blue (2-1) vs. M (L), vs. KG (W), vs. HG (W),
Hunter Green (1-2) vs. White (W), vs. SB (L), vs RB (L)
White (1-2) vs. HG (L), vs. Gold (L), vs. Black (W),
Black (0-3) vs. Gold (L), vs. Pk (L), vs. White (L).
Kelly Green (0-3) vs. SB (L), vs. RB (L), vs Red (L),
Orange (0-3) vs. Red (@-L), vs. Purp (L), vs. Pink (L),
%-forfeit win
@-forfeit loss

Special thanks to Bob Heller and league commissioner David Kessler for ongoing assistance with the postgame report coverage and off Tuesday’s overnight location to put this together hostess Melissa and waiter Johnny at the Voorhees Diner on Route 73 for keeing the Guru will fed and awake.

       
 

  

Monday, June 20, 2016

WNBA Notebook: Maya Moore Leads Defending Champs Into Historic Battle of Unbeatens Against L.A.

By Rob Knox @knoxrob1

Maya Moore has experienced everything there is in women’s basketball: winning championships, getting international gold medals, collecting MVP awards and being part of a historic 90-game winning streak in college. 

 Now, Moore will get an opportunity to enjoy another first when she leads the Minnesota Lynx against the Los Angeles Sparks Tuesday afternoon at the Staples Center at 3:30 p.m. on NBA-TV.

 The historic battle of undefeated teams will mark the first time in professional history that two teams from the WNBA, NBA, NFL, MLB, or NHL have met with each team having 10-or-more wins, no losses, no ties.

 This matchup is so big that the WNBA added a conference call early Monday morning to preview the contest in addition to its regularly scheduled one to promote the Wings-Mercury ESPN2 clash.

 The reigning WNBA champion Lynx are 12-0 overall while the Sparks are 11-0. In an odd scheduling quirk, this will be the first of two meetings this week between the juggernauts. The Sparks visit the Lynx Friday night. 

 “This is a really cool time to focus on the excellence that you are seeing from both teams,” Moore said Monday during a conference call to hype up the game. “However this game plays out, it’s going to be impactful for our sport.

"We know a championship isn’t going to be won or lost with this game. However, it’s a great scenario for two teams to play in this game and make a statement with your performance. 

"It’s going to be fun and exciting to play in. Maybe I’ll have some time later to determine how it figures into WNBA history. I am just focused on the X’s and O’s.”

 For the Lynx, off to the best start in WNBA history, the winning streak is the fifth double-digit run in Minnesota’s history and matches its longest single-season streak (also July 10- Sept. 9, 2012 and July 8-Aug. 7, 2014). 

A win would tie the Lynx franchise record for the longest winning streak. The Lynx won 13 in a row spanning 2011 and 2012 (Sept. 4-June 15).

 While some folks are claiming this matchup to be the biggest in the WNBA regular season’s history, players from both teams are taking everything in perspective as well. The only downside is that the game isn’t able to be flexed onto the ESPN2 schedule as the Dallas Wings-Phoenix Mercury game will be aired at 8 p.m.

 Of course, when the schedule came out in April, who knew that this game would be a historic clash of unbeaten titans.

 Thanks to the new playoff format that rewards the top teams, regardless of conference, this could be a WNBA Finals preview. Both the Lynx and Sparks have a head start on securing the top two seeds as they lead the New York Liberty and Atlanta Dream by four games in the loss column.

 “Celebrating our 20th season as a league, this is remarkable for two teams to do something like this,” Spark forward Nneka Ogumike said. “It’s special to see two teams playing so well and it’s an important milestone for the WNBA. We are approaching this game the same way like we did the first 11 games. We want to win.”

 This game has so much excitement surrounding it that Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve offered to come out of retirement to play.

 “A matchup like this early in season helps get some eyeballs on the league as we are doing something no other pro sport league is doing,” Reeve said. “This is great for league. We enjoy the competition of playing a quality team like L.A. This is a time I roll back the clock and play. I am envious of the players who are competing (in Tuesday’s game).”

 As always when these two teams collide there will be plenty of star power on display.

 The Lynx have been led by the terrific Maya Moore’s 19.7 point per game average, which is third in the WNBA. Moore is also fourth in the league in assists per game (5.0). Her teammates Sylvia Fowles (8.3 rebounds per game), Rebecca Brunson (6.8 rebounds per game) and Lindsey Whalen (4.0 assists per game) are among the top 10 in league statistical categories.

 Meanwhile, Parker and Oguwmike have fueled the Sparks success this season. Parker ranks among the WNBA top 10 in points (16.5, 10th), rebounds (7.4, eighth) and assists (4.4, seventh). Oguwmike is also seventh in scoring (17.6 points per game) and fourth in rebounding (8.8).

 “How we’ve played as a team and the chemistry we developed is creating great opportunities for people like me on offense,” Oguwmike said. “Candace has made me better and more of a student of the game. She enhanced the intellectual nature of my game. There’s no pressure on us. In my opinion, I am just trying to come out to compete and win another game.”

 Both teams have been bolstered by terrific offseason acquisitions. The Lynx added lethal scorer Jia Perkins and Natasha Howard to go along with Renee Montgomery, who joined the team at midseason. They helped the Lynx reserves outscore the Seattle Storm’s bench mob, 38-10, in Sunday’s victory at Key Arena. 

 Meanwhile, the addition of Essence Carson has lifted the Sparks into another stratosphere especially on defense. Teaming with Alan Beard, the Sparks have made life miserable for opponents. The Sparks lead the WNBA in scoring defense (71.4 points per game allowed). 

 “Minnesota is a great team with a core group that’s been together for several years,” Los Angeles Spark head coach Brian Alger said. “They added pieces, which has made them deeper. Minnesota is well coached, excellent at both ends and compete very hard.”

 One Man’s Opinion of the Top 20 in WNBA History

The WNBA Top 20@20 presented by Verizon will be unveiled on ESPN’s SportsCenter: Face-to-Face with Hannah Storm during the 10 a.m. ET hour on June 21.

  That date was chosen to honor the date of the league’s inaugural regular-season game in 1997.  

ESPN Networks will promote the list throughout the day on various programs, including during ESPN’s noon ET SportsCenter: Coast-to-Coast with a Cari Champion interview with four-time WNBA champion Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, as well as ESPN2’s telecast of the Phoenix Mercury vs. Dallas Wings game at 8 p.m. ET

 The 60 nominees were selected based on factors like on-court performance and ability, leadership and sportsmanship, as well as contributions to team success. 

 In addition, all players must have been a member of a WNBA team for two seasons and met three of the following seven criteria: the winner of a major individual award; a selection to either the All-WNBA First Team or All-WNBA Second Team; a selection to either the WNBA All-Defensive First Team or WNBA All-Defensive Second Team; a selection to the WNBA All-Star Game; a member of a WNBA Championship team; a current ranking among the top 30 career leaders in at least one major statistical category; and a selection to either the WNBA’s All-Decade Team (voted on in 2006) or the WNBA’s Top 15 Players (voted on in 2011). 

The Guru voted on the select panel that picked the 20 and will reveal his vote Tuesday note. But since he opened up a mock vote to the rest of us on Friday, here's my top 20 list in no particular order: Lisa Leslie, Sue Bird, Ruthie Bolton, Maya Moore, Tamika Catchings, Candace Parker, Tichia Penichero, Elena Delle Donne, Katie Douglass, Ruth Riley, Dawn Staley, Sheryl Swoopes, Diana Taurasi, Becky Hammon, Lauren Jackson, Tina Thompson, Cynthia Cooper, Deanna Nolan, Teresa Weatherspoon and Yolanda Griffith.

 Parker and Charles honored

Tina Charles of the New York Liberty and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks today were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played June 13 through June 19.

 Charles earned Player of the Week honors for the third time this season and the 17th time in her seven-year career.  The 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player and four-time All-Star helped the Liberty enjoy a perfect week.  

The team improved to 8-4 on the season and earned a share of the top spot in the East with the Atlanta Dream.  Through 12 games Charles leads the WNBA in scoring (22 ppg) and shares the lead in rebounding (9.8 rpg) with Courtney Paris of the Dallas Wings.  

 The former University of Connecticut standout paced all WNBA players in scoring (28.7 ppg) and ranked fourth among Eastern Conference players in rebounding (8 rpg) for the week.  

Charles tipped off her week with 28 points in a 91-88 home win over the Wings on June 14.  

Two days later she matched a career high with 32 points, and added six rebounds and four assists in New York’s 80-72 win over the Connecticut Sun.  Charles capped her week with 26 points, 15 boards and six assists in a 78-75 road win over the Indiana Fever on June 19.

 Parker, the 2008 and 2013 WNBA MVP, was named Player of the Week for the second time this season and the 17th time in her nine-year career.  The University of Tennessee product helped the Sparks improve to 11-0 on the season with home wins in both of their games this week.  Los Angeles and the Minnesota Lynx share the best record in the West and remain the WNBA’s only unbeaten teams. 

 For the week, she was fourth among Western Conference players in scoring (20.5 ppg), third in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and tied for third in assists (4.5 apg). 

 Behind her 17 points, seven boards and five assists, Los Angeles opened its week with a 98-85 win over the Chicago Sky on June 14.  She then added 24 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in a 77-71 win at the Phoenix Mercury on June 17.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Philly Women's Summer League: Huge Rally and Some Explosive Scoring Highlight Night No. 2

By Mel Greenberg - @womhoopsguru

 HATBORO, Pa. – One of the great comebacks in recent history, executed by Maroon, an explosive performance by Purple and Gold, and a narrow win by Sky Blue highlighted Thursday night’s action and the end of opening week in the Philadelphia/Suburban Women’s NCAA Certified Summer Basketball League.

Team Maroon, which is primarily Division II USciences, trailed Red, which was coming off a 2-0 forfeit win over Orange, by 20-5 in the first half but rallied for a 59-53 win in overtime.

Team Red is primarily Division II West Chester.

Meanwhile recent Saint Joseph’s graduate Ciara Andrews, a former Cheltenham High star, nailed two free throws at the finish to score 25 points for the second straight night and give Sky Blue a 67-66 win over Hunter Green to stay unbeaten at 2-0.

Alex Smith, a 2014 Holy Cross star out of the Peddie School, poured down 28 points, while Saint Joseph’s junior Adaisha Franklyn out of Bayard Rustin scored 22 to give Gold a dominating 90-63 win over White, which fell to 0-2 while Gold stayed unbeaten.

Franklyn’s mother, Temple all-time great and Big Five Hall of Famer Marilyn Stephens, a graduate of Gratz, was in attendance in the competition at Kelly Bolish Gym, home of the AAU Renegades.

Kelsey Watson, a Kutztown senior out of Methacton, scored 23 for White, which is also primarily the Kutztown Division II squad.

Chelsea Woods, a Saint Joseph’s junior, had another big night, scoring 23 points to give Purple its first win, 88-45, over Orange (0-2), which was coming off an opening night forfeit, thus taking the court for the first time in the opening week.

In all, seven players hit the 20 points or more highlight standard on Thursday.

Besides, Smith, Franklyn, Andrews, Watson, and Woods, Micah Morgan, a USciences sophomore out of Caravel in Wilmington, Del., fueled the Maroon rally, finishing with 20 points, and Alexis Roman, a Division III Scranton senior, scored 26 for Hunter Green in its narrow setback to Sky Blue.

In some news provided by longtime commissioner David Kessler with the nightly results, Erin Maher, a Philadelphia University (Team Black) junior out of North Penn, and Candace Belvedere, a Saint Joseph’s junior, who are league veterans but are currently rehabbing from surgeries, were in the house for Thursday’s action.

The updated standings, the ongoing results, a look ahead to Tuesday, next week’s schedule, all players scoring 20 or more points in a game this season, and the rolling tiebreaker seed order for the playoffs, but not yet in proper sequence because it’s too early, are all below, but first here’s the complete recap from Thursday.

Special thanks to Bob Heller, who provided the Maroon rallied information, and at nights when the Guru is off on the WNBA trail, though there are not that many conflict, he has volunteered to handle the top of the report.

Re-Caps

Maroon 59, Red 53, overtime – Besides Morgan’s 20 points, Alyx McKiernan, a USciences sophomore, scored 12 points, Alex Thomas, a USciences sophomore, scored 8 points, and Laura Trisch, a Devils junior out of Archbishop Wood, scored 7 points and was 4-for-4 from the line.

Victoria Smick, a West Chester senior out of Woodstown, scored 17 while Gabby Troisi, a Golden Rams freshman from Pope John Paul II, scored 14.

After trailing 20-5, Maroon sliced its deficit to to eight at the half at 28-20..

Incidentally, the league plays using all current NCAA rules and actually got a head start last summer making the switch from two 20-minute halves to four 10-minute quarters.

Morgan, Trisch, and Thomas fueled a push in the third quarter on a 15-6 spurt that gave Maroon its first lead at 35-34 at the midway mark of the period and continued on an 8-5 run to hold on to a narrow 43-39 advantage with 10 minutes left in regulation.

The West Chester group mounted a rally of their own with three straight unanswered baskets but Maroon regained the advantage 51-49 with about three minutes left in regulation off an 8-4 counter rally.

Maroon slowed things down and when the clock dropped under 90 seconds Trisch hit two free throws for a 53-49.

But Red was not done, rallying to tie the game, but after unable to win in regulation by getting a shot off, the action went into an extra period.

The Devils defense took over in the extra period, holding Red scoreless and taking the 59-53 win. After falling way behind, Maroon outscored Red 54-33 in the final three quarters and overtime.

Gold 90, White 63 – Besides the scoring from Smith, who had five 3-pointers, and Franklyn, Mia Hopkins, a Bloomsburg senior, had 14 points for the winners, while 2012 La Salle grad Michel McCaughern added 13 for the Keith Woods-coached Gold squad.
In addition to Watson’s points for White, Taylor Thames, a Kutztown sophomore out of North Penn, had 13 points, and Sierra Taylor, a Kutztown freshman out of Camden Catholic, scored 15 points.

Purple 88, Orange 45 – Woods had three treys on the way to her 23 points for Purple while Shayna Rodriguez, a Penn State-Abington sophomore, had 17 points, and Symantha Marrero, a PSU-Abington junior out of Central High, scored 10.

Six players from PSU-Abington are on the Purple squad.

Kendall Grasela, a Penn freshman out of Germantown Academy heading for the defending Ivy League champions, scored 15 for the Orange team and was 5-for-5 from the line, while Maura Ryan, an Albright freshman out of Springfield Township, scored 11 points.

Sky Blue 67, Hunter Green 66 – Besides Andrews’ big night for the winners, Stephanie Petery, a Mercyhurst freshman out of Pope John Paul II, scored 10 points, Jessica Gerber, a Kenyon sophomore out of Council Rock North, scored 9, as did Ayanna Matthews, a Princeton frosh out of Penn Charter.

Behind Roman’s 26 for Hunter Green, Rachel Guy, an Ursinus junior out of Cardinal O’Hara, and Katherine Feehery, a Scranton junior out of Cardinal O’Hara, each scored 10 points.

Royal Blue 56, Kelly Green 44 – Katie Armstrong, a Saint Joseph’s freshman out of Perkiomen Valley, scored 13 points, while Madison Tamburini, an East Stroudsburg senior out of Archbishop Wood, scored 10 points, and Meghan Pickell, an Ithaca sophomore out of Episcopal Academy, shot 7-for-9 from the line and finished with 9 points, and Noelle Powell, an East Stroudsburg sophomore out of Bayard Rustin, scored 8 to get the winners to 1-1.

The Royal Blue team is primarily Division II East Stroudsburg.

Danielle Skedzielewski, a Delaware Valley sophomore out of Archbishop Ryan, scored 13 for Kelly Green, which stayed winless at 0-2. Zoe Hahn, a Stevens Tech freshman out of Kingsway Regional, scored 11 points.

Pink 63, Black 51 – Mackenzie Carroll, a Colgate sophomore out of Central Bucks West, scored 16 points to keep Pink one of four unbeatens during opening week, while Lauren Rothfeld, a Salisbury senior out of Upper Dublin, scored 12 points, and Emily Walls, a Moravian sophomore out of Bayard Rustin, scored 11 points.

For the predominantly Philadelphia University bunch that comprise the Black squad, Erin Rafter, a Rams junior out of Washington Township, and Jacqueline McCarron, a Rams senior out of Lansdale Catholic, each scored 11 points, while Alynna Williams, a Rams freshman out of Plymouth Whitemarsh, scored 10.

Looking Ahead

Right now four teams are tied for first after the first week at 2-0, four are tied for fifth at 1-1, and four are tied for ninth at 0-2. Because there are only 12 teams instead of 13, the early standings flow will be different and games behind will be all whole numbers because there are no byes this season to create an incremental .5 until everyone caught up to the same number of games at the close of the regular season prior to the playoffs.

So on Tuesday as teams try to separate themselves, unbeaten Gold and Sky Blue at 2-0 will meet at 8:15 p.m. on Court 1, while Hunter Green and Royal Blue will break their 1-1 deadlock, meeting at 7 p.m. on Court 2.

One team will get its first win when Black and White at 0-2 meet at 7 p.m. on Court 3.

The complete slate is listed below with current records and Thursday’s matchups are listed underneath with the records to be updated after Tuesday’s games. At some point we will start to get ahead putting schedule dates into the format but the league’s facebook page may have the whole season.

Rosters, which are there, were also posted last week on this blog. 

Standings
(Thru June 20)

Team,  W-L, Pct., G.B., PF, PA
Gold, 2-0, 1.000, --, 153 115
Sky Blue, 2-0, 1.000, --, 157 132
Maroon, 2-0, 1.000, --, 121 108
Pink, 2-0, 1.000, --, 135 116
Hunter Green, 1-1, .500, 1.0, 114 111
%-Red,1-1,.500,1.0 , 55 59
Purple, 1-1, .500, 1.0, 153 117
Royal Blue, 1-1, .500, 1.0, 111 106
Black, 0-2, .000, 2.0, 103 126
Kelly Green, 0-2, .000, 2.0, 110 146
@-Orange, 0-2, .000, 2.0 45 90
White, 0-2, .000, 2.0 107 138

%-includes forfeit win
@-includes forfeit loss

Tuesday’s Games

7 p.m.

Maroon (2-0) vs. Purple (1-1), Court 1
Hunter Green (1-1) vs. Royal Blue (1-1), Court 2
Black (0-2) and White (0-2), Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Gold (2-0) vs. Sky Blue (2-0), Court 1
Red (1-1) vs. Kelly Green (0-2), Court 2
Pink (2-0) vs. Orange (0-2), Court 3

Thursday’s Games

7 p.m.

Royal Blue vs. Sky Blue, Court 1
Orange vs. Kelly Green, Court 2
Purple vs. Gold, Court 3

8:15 p.m.

Black vs. Maroon, Court 1
Red vs. White, Court 2
Hunter Green vs. Pink, Court 3

Results

Thursday, June 16

Sky Blue 67, Hunter Green 66
Pink 63, Black 51
Maroon 59, Red 53, overtime
Purple 88, Orange 45
Gold 90, White 63
Royal Blue 56, Kelly Green 44

Wednesday, June 15

Hunter Green 48, White 44
Sky Blue 90, Kelly Green 66
Pink 72, Purple 65
Gold 63. Black 52
Maroon 62, Royal Blue 55
Red 2, Orange 0, forfeit

Individual Scoring 20 Or More Points

32-Chelsea Woods, Purple, L, vs. Pink, June 15
28-Alex Smith, Gold, W, vs. White, June 16
26-Alexix Roman, Hunter Green, L, vs. Sky Blue, June 16
25-Ciara Andrews, Sky Blue, W, vs. Sky Blue, June 16
25-Ciara Andrews, Sky Blue, W, vs. Kelly Green, June 15
23-Kelsey Watson, White, L, vs. Gold, June 16
23-Chelsea Woods, Purple, W, vs. Orange, June 16
22-Adaisha Franklyn, Gold, W, vs. White, June 16
21-Julia Glantz, Hunter Green, W, vs. White, June 15
21-Jessica Gerber, Sky Blue, W, vs. Kelly Green, June 15
21-K.T. (Katie) Armstrong, Royal Blue, L, vs. Maroon, June 15
20-Micah Morgan, Maroon, W-OT, vs. Red, June 16

Seed Tracker (not yet in order)

Gold (2-0) vs. Blk (W), vs. White (W), 
Maroon (2-0) vs. RB (W), vs. Red (W-OT),
Pink (2-0) vs. Purp (W), vs. Blk (W),
Sky Blue (2-0) vs. KG (W), vs. HG (W),
Red (1-1) vs. Org (%-W), vs. M (L-OT),
Hunter Green (1-1) vs. White (W), vs. SB (L),
Purple (1-1) vs. Pink (L), vs. Org (W), 
Royal Blue (1-1) vs. M (L), vs. KG (W),
Black (0-2) vs. Gold (L), vs. Pk (L),
Kelly Green (0-2) vs. SB (L), vs. RB (L),
Orange (0-2) vs. Red (@-L), vs. Purp (L),
White (0-2) vs. HG (L), vs. Gold (L),
%-forfeit win
@-forfeit loss

Bob Heller contributed to this report


Thursday, June 16, 2016

WNBA Top 20 All-Time Players: The Guru Offers You the Chance to be His Committee

By Mel Greenberg @womhoopsguru

Quick timeout. When I dropped the attachment into this word file just now the bios also made it so you have them way below and ignore that I will get you the bios since they are there.

You will probably have to copy this, print it twice, and then you can work it so you have bios in hand while considering candidates.

Time in and we go with the original written here on out and you can be the mock panel.

OK, as mentioned on twitter, your Guru was part of a select panel – did not know who else until the press release Thursday afternoon – to choose from 60 eligibles the top 20 WNBA players of all time.

The results will be announced Tuesday morning and the WNBA site and the Guru’s site has further details.

But as a Guru gift here’s your chance to put your two cents into the mix ahead of the results, which the Guru does not know.

Below are the instructions and derivations as was given to us. If you want to put your on own vote into the mix, the breakdown is listed below. I still have to get the bios up.

The caveats.

First, put WNBA Mel Ballot into the email header so I can ship them into a special folder apart from normal ongoing Guru business.

Second  – if you are a regular blogger out there indicate that on your email so in addition to an overall result I can do a breakout with you guys, some of whom have privately indicated unhappiness with being left out of the mix – my only involvement was accepting invitation by the way.

Third when it comes time to write this – it may take a few days after the WNBA official release – if you want to have conversation, give me a cell or at the bottom I’ll leave a spot for commentary on your ballot.

You can send as an attachment if you figure out how, or cut and paste, but you will probably have to copy this post and save it in word and take it from there. If you have trouble with the form then just list your choices.

OK, here are the criteria as given to us.

It was determined that, to be considered for this honor, a player must have been a member of the WNBA for at least two seasons and must meet at least 3 of 7 criteria, all of which are listed below.  From there, a list of 80 names was initially generated and, through voting by an internal WNBA panel, that list was reduced to the attached list of 60 OFFICIAL CANDIDATES upon whom you will vote.
 
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION: Players must meet 3 of these 7 criteria…
1)               Been the winner of at least one major, individual post-season award/honor:
•         MVP, Finals MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, Sixth Woman of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Kim Perrot Award, or Peak Performer as the league leader in either points/rebounds/assists per game during any season
2)               Been selected to the All-WNBA First or Second Team
3)               Been selected to the All-Defensive First or Second Team
4)               Been selected to the WNBA All-Star Game (starter, reserve, or replacement player)
5)               Been a member of a WNBA championship-winning team
6)               Rank (as of 6/9/16) among the top 30 career leaders in at least one (1) major statistical category (pts, ppg, rebs, rpg, assists, apg, steals, spg, blocks, bpg)
7)               Been a member of either the WNBA’s All-Decade Team (voted on in 2006) or a member of The WNBA’s Top 15 Players (voted on in 2011)

And hopefully this works. Will try to get the bios up the next day or so for you to know who filled what category this ballot just tells you how many categories out of the eight each of the 60 met and are grouped as such. – Mel


 
60 OFFICIAL CANDIDATES FOR CONSIDERATION AS
TOP 20 PLAYERS IN WNBA HISTORY
 
 
 
8 PLAYERS MEETING 7 OF 7 CRITERIA
☐ TAMIKA CATCHINGS
☐ YOLANDA GRIFFITH
☐ LAUREN JACKSON
☐ LISA LESLIE
☐ TICHA PENICHEIRO
☐ KATIE SMITH
☐ CAPPIE PONDEXTER
☐ SHERYL SWOOPES
 
# # #
 
11 PLAYERS MEETING 6 OF 7 CRITERIA
☐SUE BIRD
☐ DeWANNA BONNER
☐ SWIN CASH
☐ CYNTHIA COOPER
☐ CHERYL FORD
☐ SYLVIA FOWLES
☐ BRITTNEY GRINER
☐ TAJ McWILLIAMS-FRANKLIN
☐ MAYA MOORE
☐ DEANNA NOLAN
☐ DIANA TAURASI
 
# # #
 
14 PLAYERS MEETING 5 OF 7 CRITERIA
☐ JANETH ARCAIN
☐ SEIMONE AUGUSTUS
☐ TINA CHARLES
☐ KATIE DOUGLAS
☐ BECKY HAMMON
☐ CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW
☐ BETTY LENNOX
☐ ANGEL MCCOUGHTRY
☐ NNEKA OGWUMIKE
☐ CANDACE PARKER
☐ DANIELLE ROBINSON
☐ TINA THOMPSON
☐ TERESA WEATHERSPOON
☐ LINDSAY WHALEN
 
# # #
18 PLAYERS MEETING 4 OF 7 CRITERIA
☐ ALANA BEARD
☐ REBEKKAH BRUNSON
☐ ELENA DELLE DONNE
☐ ERIKA DE SOUZA
☐ SKYLAR DIGGINS
☐ CRYSTAL LANGHORNE
☐ KARA LAWSON
☐ MWADI MABIKA
☐ DELISHA MILTON-JONES
☐ WENDY PALMER
☐ PLENETTE PIERSON
☐ NICOLE POWELL
☐ RUTH RILEY
☐ DAWN STALEY
☐ PENNY TAYLOR
☐ NIKKI TEASLEY
☐ NATALIE WILLIAMS
☐ SOPHIA YOUNG-MALCOLM
 
# # #
 
9 PLAYERS MEETING 3 OF 7 CRITERIA
☐ RUTHIE BOLTON
☐ TAMECKA DIXON
☐ CANDICE DUPREE
☐ MARGO DYDEK
☐ JE(NNIFER GILLOM
☐ SHANNON JOHNSON
☐ VICKIE JOHNSON
☐ NYKESHA SALES
☐ TANGELA SMITH
 
# # #
 
  

 
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
 
Each of the 60 official candidates for the honor of Top 20 Players in WNBA History meets at least three (3) of these seven (7) criteria…
 
1) Been the winner of at least one major, individual post-season award/honor:
MVP, Finals MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, Sixth Woman of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Kim Perrot Award, or Peak Performer as the league leader in either points/rebounds/assists per game during any season
2) Been selected to the All-WNBA First or Second Team
3) Been selected to the All-Defensive First or Second Team
4) Been selected to the WNBA All-Star Game (starter, reserve, or replacement player)
5) Been a member of a WNBA championship-winning team
6) Rank (as of 6/9/16) among the top 30 career leaders in at least one (1) major statistical category (pts, ppg, rebs, rpg, assists, apg, steals, spg, blocks, bpg)
7) Been a member of either the WNBA’s All-Decade Team (voted on in 2006) or a member of The WNBA’s Top 15 Players (voted on in 2011)
 
# # #

 OFFICIAL CANDIDATES FOR CONSIDERATION AS
TOP 20 PLAYERS IN WNBA HISTORY
 
 
 
(Note: all statistics/averages/rankings are as of 6/9/16)
 
 
 
PLAYERS MEETING 7 OF 7 CRITERIA
 
 
TAMIKA CATCHINGS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met:  All 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Both
● Career Averages/Rank:  16.3 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.4 spg (as of 6/9/2016)
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (2), PPG (13), Total Rebounds (2), RPG (14), Total Assists (6), Total Steals (1), SPG (2), Total Blocks (11)
● Major Awards: MVP (1X), Defensive Player of the Year (5X), Rookie of the Year (1X), Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award (1X-cowinner); Finals MVP (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (7X), Second (4X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (11X)
● All-Star Selections: (10X)
● Championships: 1 (Indiana)
 
# # #
 
 
YOLANDA GRIFFITH CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met:  All 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Both
● Career Averages/Rank:  13.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.7 spg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 bpg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (24), PPG (28), Total Rebounds (9), RPG (8), Total Steals (12), SPG (12), Total Blocks (16), BPG (23)
● Major Awards: MVP (1X), Defensive Player of the Year (1X), Rebounding Leader (2X), Finals MVP (1)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (2X), Second (3X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (2X)
● All-Star Selections: (7X)
● Championships: 1 (Sacramento)
 
# # #
 

 
LAUREN JACKSON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met:  All 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Both
● Career Averages/Rank:  18.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.8 bpg, 1.1 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (6), PPG (5), Total Rebounds (8), RPG (9), Total Blocks (3), BPG (7)
● Major Awards: MVP (3X), Defensive Player of the Year (1X), Scoring Leader (3X), Rebounding Leader (1X); Finals MVP
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (7X), Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (5X)
● All-Star Selections: (7X)
● Championships: 2 (Seattle)
 
# # #
 
 
LISA LESLIE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: All 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Both
● Career Averages/Rank:  17.3 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.3 bpg, 1.4 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (5), PPG (11), Total Rebounds (1), RPG (4), Blocks (2), BPG (3), Total Steals (15), SPG (29), Total Assists (28)
● Major Awards: MVP (3X), Defensive Player of the Year (1X), Rebounding Leader (3X); Finals MVP (2X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (8X), Second (4X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team (First or Second) Team: Total (4X)
● All-Star Selections: (8X)
● Championships: 2 (Los Angeles)
 
# # #
 
 
TICHA PENICHEIRO CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: All 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Both
● Career Averages/Rank:  6.1 ppg, 5.7 apg, 3.3 rpg, 1.7 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total assists (1), Total Steals (2), SPG (13)
● Major Awards: Assists Leader (7X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (2X), Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: Total (4X)
● All-Star Selections: (4X)
● Championships: 1 (Sacramento)
 
# # #

 
KATIE SMITH CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: All 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Both
● Career Averages/Rank:  13.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.6 apg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (4), Total Assists (12), Total Steals (25)
● Major Awards: Scoring leader (1X); Finals MVP (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (2X), Second (2X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (1X)
● All-Star Selections: (7X)
● Championships: 2 (Detroit)
 
# # #
 
 
CAPPIE PONDEXTER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: All 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade Team/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member Top 15 Players: Top 15 Players
● Career Averages/Rank: 18.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.0 apg, 0.2 bpg, 1.1 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Pts (7); PPG (7); Assts (11); APG (20)
● Major Awards: Finals MVP (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (3X), Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: Total (1X)
● All-Star Selections: (7X)
● Championships: 2 (Phoenix)
 
# # #
 
 
SHERYL SWOOPES CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: All 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade Team/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member Top 15 Players: Both
● Career Averages/Rank:  15.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.2 apg, 0.7 bpg, 2.0 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Pts (17); PPG (18); Assts (19); Stl (3); SPG (5)
● Major Awards: MVP (3X), Defensive Player of Year (3X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (5X), Second (2X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: Total (*2X)
● All-Star Selections: (6X)
● Championships: 4 (Houston)
* Was DPOY 3 times but All-Defensive Team just 2 times as the latter was initiated only in 2005)
 
# # #
 

 
PLAYERS MEETING 6 OF 7 CRITERIA
 
 
SUE BIRD CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met:  6 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Both
● Career Averages/Rank:  12.3 ppg, 5.4 apg, 2.7 rpg, 1.3 spg (as of 6/9/2016)
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (11), Total Assists (2), APG (2) Total Steals (9)
● Major Awards: Assists Leader (2X), Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award (1X-Cowinner)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (4X), Second (3X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: 0
● All-Star Selections: (9X)
● Championships: 2 (Seattle)
 
# # #
 
 
DeWANNA BONNER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 6 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  13.5 ppg, 4,.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.8 bpg, 1.1 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: PPG (30)
● Major Awards: Sixth Woman of the Year (3X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: Total (1X)
● All-Star Selections: (1X)
● Championships: 2 (Phoenix)
 
# # #
 
 
SWIN CASH CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met:  6 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  11.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.4 apg, (as of 6/9/2016)
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (14), Total Rebounds (10), Total Assists (15), Total Blocks (23)
● Major Awards: Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award (1X-Cowinner)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: Second (2X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (1X)
● All-Star Selections: (4X)
● Championships: 3 (Detroit-2, Seattle-1)
 
# # #
 

 
CYNTHIA COOPER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met:  6 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Both
● Career Averages/Rank:  21.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.6 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: PPG (1), SPG (20)
● Major Awards: MVP (2X), Scoring Leader (3X); Finals MVP (4X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (4X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (3X)
● Championships: 4 (Houston)
 
# # #
 
 
CHERYL FORD CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met:  6 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive Team; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank: 10.8 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Rebounds (21), RPG (2)
● Major Awards: ROY (1X), Rebounding Leader (2X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: Second (2X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (1X)
● All-Star Selections: (4X)
● Championships: 3 (Detroit)
 
# # #
 
 
SYLVIA FOWLES CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met:  6 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  15.7 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.0 bpg, 1.1 spg (as of 6/9/2016)
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: PPG (15), Total Rebounds (18), RPG (3), Total Blocks (8), BPG (5)
● Major Awards: Defensive Player of the Year (2X), Rebounding Leader (1X); Finals MVP (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (2X), Second (2X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (6X)
● All-Star Selections: (3X)
● Championships: 1 (Minnesota)
 
# # #
 

 
BRITTNEY GRINER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met:  6 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  14.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 3.5 bpg, 1.3 apg (as of 6/9/2016)
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: BPG (1), Total Blocks (15), PPG (21), RPG (15)
● Major Awards: Defensive Player of the Year (2X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (1X), Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (2X)
● All-Star Selections: (3X)
● Championships: 1(Phoenix)
 
# # #
 
 
TAJ McWILLIAMS-FRANKLIN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met:  6 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  11.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (13), Total Rebounds (4), RPG (20), Total Assists (27), Total Steals (6), Total Blocks (7), BPG (25)
● Major Awards: Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: Second (2X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (1X)
● All-Star Selections: (6X)
● Championships: 2 (Detroit, Minnesota)
 
# # #
 
 
MAYA MOORE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 6 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  18.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.7 bpg, 1.6 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: PPG (6); RPG (29); SPG (20)
● Major Awards: MVP (1X), Rookie of the Year (1X); Scoring leader (1X); Finals MVP (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (3X), Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: Total (1X)
● All-Star Selections: (4X)
● Championships: 3 (Minnesota)
 
# # #
 

 
DEANNA NOLAN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 6 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team/Member Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  13.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 0.3 bpg, 1.3 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (28), PPG (29), Total Steals (27), Total Assists (23)
● Major Awards: Finals MVP (1)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (2X), Second (3X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: Total (5X)
● All-Star Selections: (4X)
● Championships: 3 (Detroit)
 
# # #
 
 
DIANA TAURASI CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 6 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade Team/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member Top 15 Players: Top 15 Players; Hon. Mention All-Decade
● Career Averages/Rank:  20.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.3 apg, 0.8 bpg, 1.1 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Pts (3); PPG (2); Assts (5); APG (15); Blk (19)
● Major Awards: MVP (1X); Rookie of Year (1X); Scoring leader (5X); Assists leader (1X); Finals MVP (2X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (9X), Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (7X)
● Championships: 3 (Phoenix)
 
# # #
 
 

 
PLAYERS MEETING 5 OF 7 CRITERIA
 
JANETH ARCAIN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  10.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.1 bpg, 1.4 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: SPG (27)
● Major Awards: Most Improved Player (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (1X)
● Championships: 1 (Houston)
 
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SEIMONE AUGUSTUS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  18.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 0.4 bpg, 0.8 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (16), PPG (8)
● Major Awards: Rookie of the Year (1X); Finals MVP (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (1X), Second (5X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (6X)
● Championships: 3 (Minnesota)
 
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TINA CHARLES CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  17.3 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 bpg (as of 6/9/2016)
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: PPG (10), Total Rebounds (17), RPG (1), Total Blocks (21), BPG (19)
● Major Awards: MVP (1X), Rookie of the Year (1X), Rebounding Leader (3X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (3X), Second (2X)
● All-Defensive Team (First or Second): (3X)
● All-Star Selections: (4X)
● Championships: 0
 
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KATIE DOUGLAS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  13.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (10), Total Assists (16), Total Steals (4), SPG (22)
● Major Awards: None
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (1X), Second (3X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (5X)
● All-Star Selections: (5X)
● Championships: 1(Indiana)
 
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BECKY HAMMON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade Team/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking;)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member Top 15 Players: Top 15 Players
● Career Averages/Rank:  13.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 0.1 bpg, 1.1 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Pts (8); Assts (4); Stl (17)
● Major Awards: Kim Perrot Sportsmanship (1X); Assists leader (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (2X), Second (2X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (6X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade Team/Top 15 Players; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member Top 15 Players: Honorable Mention All-Decade Team
● Career Averages/Rank:  16.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 0.5 bpg, 1.3 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Pts (19); PPG (12); Rebs (15); RPG (11); Stl (29)
● Major Awards:  Rookie of the Year (1X); Scoring leader (1X); Rebounding leader (2X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (0), Second (3X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (6X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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BETTY LENNOX CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  12.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 0.1 bpg, 1.0 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Pts (30)
● Major Awards:  Rookie of the Year (1X); Finals MVP (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (1X)
● Championships: 1 (Seattle)
 
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ANGEL MCCOUGHTRY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All-Decade Team/Member Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  19.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 0.6 bpg, 2.3 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (20), PPG (4), Total Steals (13), SPG (3)
● Major Awards: ROY (1X), Scoring Leader (2X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (2X), Second (2X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: Total (6X)
● All-Star Selections: (4X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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NNEKA OGWUMIKE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award Winner; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All-Decade Team/Member Top 15 Players:: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  15.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.7 bpg, 1.5 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: PPG (16), RPG (13), SPG (23)
● Major Awards: Rookie of the Year (1X)  
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: Total (1X)
● All-Star Selections: (3X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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CANDACE PARKER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Major Award Winner; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All-Decade Team/Member Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  17.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.9 bpg, 1.4 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: PPG (9); Rebs (25); RPG (5); SPG (26); Blks (10); BPG (6)
● Major Awards: MVP (2X), Rookie of the Year (1X), Rebounding Leader (2X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (4X), Second (2X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: Total (2X)
● All-Star Selections: (3X)
● Championships: 0
 
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DANIELLE ROBINSON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
 
Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive Team; Major Award)
o All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
Career Averages/Rank: 10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.9 apg, 0.1 bpg, 1.2 spg
o Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Assts (7)
Major Awards: Assists leader (1X)
All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (1X)
All-Defensive First or Second) Team: Total (3X)
All-Star Selections: (3X)
Championships:  (0)
 
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TINA THOMPSON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Decade Team/Top 15 Players; All-Star; All-WNBA; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team/Member Top 15 Players:: Both
● Career Averages/Rank:  15.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.8 bpg, 0.9 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (1); PPG (17); Total Rebounds (3); RPG (30); Total Steals (22 T w/ Whalen); Total Blocks (12)
● Major Awards: (0)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (3X), Second (5X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (9X)
● Championships: 4 (Houston)
 
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TERESA WEATHERSPOON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Decade Team/Top 15; All-Star; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All-Decade Team/Member Top 15 Players: Member of Top 15 Players; Hon. Mention All-Decade Team
● Career Averages/Rank:  5.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.3 apg, 0.1 bpg, 1.8 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Assists (9); Total Steals (19); SPG (8);
● Major Awards: Defensive Player of the Year (2X), Assists Leader (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: Second (4X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (5X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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LINDSAY WHALEN CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 5 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team/Member Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  12.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.1 apg, 0.0 bpg, 1.1 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (15); Total Rebounds (30); Total Assists (3); Total Steals (25)
● Major Awards: Assists Leader (3X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (2X), Second (2X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (5X)
● Championships: 3 (Minnesota)
 
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PLAYERS MEETING 4 OF 7 CRITERIA
 
 
ALANA BEARD CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  13.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.7 spg (as of 6/9/2016)
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Points (25), Total Assists (30), Total Steals (10), SPG (10)
● Major Awards: None
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (6X)
● All-Star Selections: (4X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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REBEKKAH BRUNSON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met:  4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Defensive; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  9.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.6 bpg, 1.0 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Rebs (5); RPG (12); Stl (28); Blk (21)
● Major Awards: (0)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: Total (5X)
● All-Star Selections: (3X)
● Championships: 4 (Sacramento 1X, Minnesota 3X)
 
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ELENA DELLE DONNE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  20.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.8 bpg, 0.8 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: PPG (3); RPG (26); BPG (9)
● Major Awards:  MVP (1X); Rookie of the Year (1X); Scoring leader (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (1X), Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (3X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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ERIKA DE SOUZA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Defensive; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member Top 15 Players:  Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  10.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 0.9 apg, 1.2 bpg, 0.9 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Rebs (19); RPG (17); Blks (13); BPG (19)
● Major Awards: (0)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (0)  
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: Total (1)
● All-Star Selections: (3X)
● Championships: 1 (Los Angeles)
 
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SKYLAR DIGGINS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All-Decade Team/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  14.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 0.4 bpg, 1.4 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: PPG (20); SPG (24)
● Major Awards: Most Improved Player (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (2X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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CRYSTAL LANGHORNE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All-Decade Team/Member Top 15 Players:: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  12.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.3 bpg, 0.9 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Rebounds (22); RPG (18)
● Major Awards: Most Improved Player (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (2X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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KARA LAWSON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
All-Decade Team/Member Top 15 Players:: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  9.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 0.1 bpg, 0.6 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Total Assists (22)  
● Major Awards: Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award (2X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (1X)
● Championships: 1 (Sacramento)
 
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MWADI MABIKA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  10.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.3 bpg, 1.1 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Stl (30)
● Major Awards: (0)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (2X)
● Championships: 2 (Los Angeles)
 
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DELISHA MILTON-JONES CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
 
Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
o All Decade Team/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
Career Averages/Rank: 11.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.7 bpg, 1.2 spg
o Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Points (9); Rebs (6); Assts (25); Stl (5); Blk (14)
Major Awards: Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: (1X)
All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Star Selections: (2X)
Championships:  2 (Los Angeles)
 
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WENDY PALMER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking;)
● Career Averages/Rank:  10.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.2 bpg, 0.7 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Rebs (24)
● Major Awards: Most Improved Player (1X)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (1X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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PLENETTE PIERSON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
 
Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
o All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
Career Averages/Rank: 9.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.5 bpg, 0.7 spg
o Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Rebs (28); Blk (25)
Major Awards: Sixth Woman (1X)
All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Star Selections: (1X)
Championships:  2 (Detroit)
 
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NICOLE POWELL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
 
Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
o All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
Career Averages/Rank: 9.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.3 bpg, 1.1 spg
o Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Stl (26)
Major Awards: Most Improved Player (1X)
All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Star Selections: (1X)
Championships:  1 (Sacramento)
 
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RUTH RILEY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
 
Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
o All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
Career Averages/Rank: 6.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 bpg, 0.6 spg
o Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Blks (6); BPG (16)
Major Awards: Finals MVP (1X); Kim Perrot Sportsmanship (1X/co-winner)
All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Star Selections: (1X)
Championships:  2 (Detroit)
 
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DAWN STALEY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
 
Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Decade Team/Top 15 Players; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking)
o All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Both
Career Averages/Rank: 8.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 5.1 apg, 0.1 bpg, 1.3 spg
o Ranks among top 30 all-time in: APG (6), Assts (10)
Major Awards: Kim Perrot Sportsmanship (2X)
All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Star Selections: (5X)
Championships:  (0)
 
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PENNY TAYLOR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
 
Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
o All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
Career Averages/Rank: 13.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.3 bpg, 1.4 spg
o Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Pts (21); Assts (20); Stl (20)
Major Award: (0)
All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (1X), Second (1X)
All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Star Selections: (3X)
Championships:  3 (Phoenix)
 
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NIKKI TEASLEY CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
 
Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
o All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
Career Averages/Rank: 8.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, 0.3 bpg, 1.0 spg
o Ranks among top 30 all-time in: APG (11), Assts (21)
Major Awards: Assists Leader (2X)
All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Star Selections: (1X)
Championships:  1 (Los Angeles)
 
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NATALIE WILLIAMS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
 
Criteria Met: 4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking)
o All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
Career Averages/Rank: 13.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.6 bpg, 1.2 spg
o Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Rebs (23); RPG (7)
Major Awards: Rebounding Leader (1X)
All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (3X)
All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
All-Star Selections: (4X)
Championships: (0)
 
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SOPHIA YOUNG-MALCOLM CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met:  4 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; All-Defensive; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All-Decade Team/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  14.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.4 bpg, 1.6 spg
o ○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Pts (22); PPG (23); Rebs (26); Stl (18); SPG (19)
Major Awards: Rebounding Leader (0)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (1X), Second (3X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (2X)
● All-Star Selections: (3X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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PLAYERS MEETING 3 OF 7 CRITERIA
 
 
RUTHIE BOLTON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 3 of 7 categories
(All-Star; Honorable Mention All-Decade Team; All-WNBA)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member Top 15 Players: Honorable Mention All-Decade Team  
● Career Averages/Rank:  10.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.0 bpg, 1.2 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: (0)  
● Major Awards: (0)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (2X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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TAMECKA DIXON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 3 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  9.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.7 apg, 0.2 bpg, 1.0 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: (0)
● Major Awards: (0)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (3X)
● Championships: (2- Los Angeles)
 
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CANDICE DUPREE CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 3 of 7 categories
(All-Star; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  14.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.7 bpg, 1.0 spg
○ Pts (18); PPG (19); Rebs (12); RPG (18); Blk (20);
● Major Awards: (0)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (5X)
● Championships: 1 (Phoenix)
 
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MARGO DYDEK CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 3 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-Defensive; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  10.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 2.7 bpg, 0.5 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Rebs (14); RPG (23); Blks (1); BPG (2)
● Major Awards: (0)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (2X)
● All-Star Selections: (2X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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JENNIFER GILLOM CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 3 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Major Award)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  13.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1,2 apg, 0.5 bpg, 1.0 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: (0)
● Major Awards: Kim Perrot Sportsmanship (1)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: First (1X) Second (2X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (1X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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SHANNON JOHNSON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
● Criteria Met: 3 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All Decade Member/Top 15 Player:  Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  10.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.0 apg, 0.2 bpg, 1.4 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Assts (7); APG (18); Stl (14); SPG (27);
● Major Awards:  (0)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team:  Second (3X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (4X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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VICKIE JOHNSON CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 3 of 7 categories
(All-Star; Major Award; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.9 apg, 0.1 bpg, 0.9 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Pts (23); Rebs (29); Assts (13)
● Major Awards: Kim Perrot Sportsmanship (1)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (2X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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NYKESHA SALESH CAREER IGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met:  3 of 7 categories
(All-Star; All-WNBA; Top 30 Ranking)
○ All Decade Member/Top 15 Player:  Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  14.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg 2.5 apg, 0.3 bpg, 1.8 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Pts (29); PPG (24); Stl (16); SPG (10);
● Major Awards: (0)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team:  Second (1X)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (7X)
● Championships: (0)
 
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TANGELA SMITH CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
 
● Criteria Met: 3 of 7 categories
(All-Star; Top 30 Ranking; Championship)
○ All-Decade Team Member/Member of Top 15 Players: Neither
● Career Averages/Rank:  10.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 bpg, 1.0 spg
○ Ranks among top 30 all-time in: Rebs (11); Stl (21); Blk (4); BPG (21)
● Major Awards: (0)
● All-WNBA (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Defensive (First or Second) Team: (0)
● All-Star Selections: (1X)
● Championships: 2 (Phoenix)