WNBA continues 2020 season on the assembled campus at the IMG academy in Bradenton, Florida. Already with a third of the course disputed, Figures and candidates begin to appear.
Every Monday we will bring you the highlights of the week in the United States women’s league: we begin with the second review of the six that we will have during the regular phase.
Seattle Storm is the only franchise at the top of the league, going 6-1 after a perfect second week. Minnesota Lynx and Chicago Sky, who had started at the top, are now 5-2 shooting guards just like the Las Vegas Aces. Los Angeles Sparks and Phoenix Mercury, in good shape and 4-3 record, share fifth place. Washington Mystics fell to seventh place with four straight losses and is at 3-4, like Indiana Fever and Dallas Wings. Atlanta Dream is 10th alone at 2-5 and Connecticut Sun and New York Liberty are still in the background at 1-6, although at least they already had their first win.
A’ja Wilson Las Vegas took the lead in the scoring rankings, with 22.3 points per game, Sylvia Fowles continues to lead in rebounds with 11 per game and Courtney Vandersloot continues to be the queen of assists with 8.9 per encounter.
Another big night for @ _jawilson22.
– Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) August 10, 2020
A’ja Wilson, star on and off the court
Who is stopping A’ja Wilson? Outside the courts, no one can when the music is playing and it makes you want to dance, as we often see on the social media accounts of Las Vegas Aces.
– Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) August 8, 2020
A’ja is a constant mood. @ _jawilson22
– WSLAM (@wslam) August 3, 2020
But on the court that seems to be an even more difficult task. Wilson wrote down his name among the MVP candidates. Average 22.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.9 assists per game with 50% from the field and led his team to a perfect week, beating Washington, Los Angeles and New York. A’ja finished with 20 points against Mystics, 26 and 11 rebounds against Sparks and 31 points and 5 rebounds against Liberty.
– Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) August 9, 2020
Washington in free fall
After a spectacular 3-0 start that put the league on alert due to their strong performance despite several casualties, reality began to hit Washington Mystics. The capital they lost their three games this week, including a 74-66 against New York Liberty, which had yet to win, and now with 3-4 they got off the elite lot. Mike Thibault’s team has just one starter from the 2019 champion team and it seems that he will have to get used to the irregularity.
The parties return to Twitter
A great news that emerged this Monday was the information that the league will once again broadcast matches live on the social network Twitter. Beginning on August 12 with the clash between Seattle and Atlanta, 10 games will be broadcast until September 6, when they play Dallas vs. Washington.
Hey @Twitter 👋
– WNBA (@WNBA) August 10, 2020
“Twitter continues to be an integral part of the media covering the WNBA and provides innovation on its platform during this unique season, with something that will elevate fan engagement to a new level. Continuing this collaboration will connect our passionate fans directly to the sport and experience WNBA basketball from wherever they are.“said Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.
Candace Parker, another stainless
Last week we featured Diana Taurasi and now it’s time to another active league legend, Candace Parker. The Los Angeles Sparks star, at 34 years, remains momentous in the league. 14.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.6 blocks and 3.7 assists on average with 49.4% from the field in a campaign in which he is keeping a Los Angeles quite affected by different casualties.
Against Minnesota Lynx he was close to triple-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.. Before that, he ripped it off against Las Vegas with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists and led the victory over Indiana with 18 points and 11 rebounds.
– Los Angeles Sparks (@LASparks) August 6, 2020
Cheneddy Carter, a rookie who says present
Atlanta Dream cases from the surprise before Seattle Storm. Georgia’s barely fell 93-92. And she did it thanks to a tremendous performance by the rookie Chennedy Carter. 35 points for the 21-year-old guard, who went on to be the youngest player in league history to score at least 30 goals in a game, with 30 days less than Sue Bird had when she made 33 points in 2002.
35 POINTS – What a night by @ChennedyCarter.
– Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) August 7, 2020
Carter, chosen fourth in the last Draft after standing out at Texas A&M, signed a great match of 35 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, a block and 2 steals in 36 minutes, shooting 11-17 from the field with 3-4 on triples and 10-10 on free throws. Two days earlier he had scored 26 points from Phoenix Mercury. She averages 19.4 points and 4.3 assists per game and ranks among the top contenders for the Rookie of the Year award. “I am a girl who will just continue to play hard and stay within the team system. I want to win games, not prizes.”he commented.
Seattle, a machine that begins to take off
Seattle Storm week was perfect: when the attack had to appear it appeared and when the defense had to do the same, too. Thus, the Northwest beat Connecticut Sun by 87-74, Atlanta Dream by 93-92 and Phoenix Mercury by 74-68 and, With four wins in a row, they are at the top of the league and are asserting themselves as contenders, hand in hand with the offensive deployment of Breanna Stewart, the leadership of Jordin Canada and the defense of Alysha Clark and Natasha Howard.
Despite the fact that Sue Bird was unable to play with a knee problem, Seattle is still at a steady pace. Stewart is at a top level (19.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2 steals and 1.6 blocks), Canada is playing even better than last year and Jewell Loyd has a hot hand: 40% in triples in the current season with more than five attempts per game. Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Connecticut will try to stem the storm this week.
Las Vegas beat Los Angeles in the great game of the week
Once again the Los Angeles Sparks is one of two parts of the big game of the week and once again the California Sparks were defeated, this time against another rival from the West Coast: Las Vegas Aces. Friday night, Aces and Sparks just sparked and the ace up his sleeve was the team of coach Bill Laimbeer: it was called A’ja Wilson, with a great performance of 26 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks in less than 30 minutes on the court.
HAVE YOURSELF A NIGHT A’JA WILSON!
– Las Vegas Aces (@LVAces) August 8, 2020
On the day of her 24th birthday, Wilson demonstrated why she is marked as one of the stars of the present and the future, destroying the defense of the Angels and winning the duel over veteran Candace Parker, who had 20 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks and 4 assists.
– Los Angeles Sparks (@LASparks) August 8, 2020
Wilson hadn’t been able to score in the third period and Coach Laimbeer dumped all his experience and jabbed her: “You are not being competitive “ Told him. His figure replied with 12 goals at the end of the game, boosting a 10-2 run that helped the Aces win after having been down 71-68 with six minutes to go for the end.
In addition to Wilson, in Las Vegas they showed Angel McCoughtry with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and Jackie Young off the bench with 15 points and 4 assists. Los Angeles, with a rotation that Derek Fisher had to modify due to absences of Nneka Ogwumike and Seimone Augustus, He had 18 goals from Sydney Wiese and 16 from Chelsea Gray, but suffered his 6-20 in triples and fall 42-33 in the fight for rebounds.
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