Emma, Epiphanny, Elena, et cetera
Nothing better to do at 1:10 a.m. than traverse the Innertubes, so let’s be productive and blog:
• Washington head coach Mike Thibault has been bullish on forward Emma Meesseman, his young forward, and dang if she didn’t put on a show against El Sol last night. She shot 11-of-15 for a career-high 22 points with a game-high 13 rebounds in a 69-63 win.
"Tonight we really needed her to be aggressive and she was," Thibault said. "You can see it coming a little bit each week and she’s getting better. She sees it now more than anything. I think for a while all of her teammates are seeing it and they’re trying to explain to her, 'Emma we need you to be not selfish but aggressive', and now a light switch is going on."
Mystics guard Ivory Latta added, “She’s a great shooter and she does the other little things as well, so coach definitely has been getting on her about shooting.”
Washington is 7-9.
• Star-crossed Chicago experienced both bad and good and bad yesterday
The bad came first when the Sky announced that star forward Elena Delle Donne is out indefinitely due to a recurrence of Lyme disease. She missed five games and returned in Wednesday’s loss at Connecticut. She headed home to Delaware to receive treatment.
Good followed next for Chicago as New Yawker Epiphanny Prince made five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 30 points to lead the Sky past New York, 73-69.
Back to more bad for Chicago — starting guard Courtney Vandersloot had to be helped off the court with 6 seconds left after she was crunched via Plenette Pierson’s screen.
Sky coach Pokey Chatman said Vandersloot will have her left knee checked.
Pierson was called for an offensive foul on the play. An officials’ reviewed ruled that it wasn’t flagrant, and no one on Chicago took umbrage with it having watched the final seconds of the game. Both sides shook hands afterwards and went their separate ways.
The Sky (7-8) have had their entire starting lineup play just one game together this season due to injuries, illness, and Prince taking time off having played nearly year-round in both the WNBA and overseas.
Curious to see how New York performs on Sunday when they play host to the Sun given last night’s loss. Really curious to see Cappie Pondexter, too, as she missed all seven of her shots and finished scoreless. Have to think she’ll come out raining hellfire with her jumper.
"What's frustrating is coming from behind all the time," Pondexter told Doug Feinberg of the Associated Press. "I don't know what button we need to be pushed going out there. We're ready coming out of the locker room but I don't know what happens."
New York is a league-worst 4-11.
• Diana Taurasi scored a game-high 23 as Phoenix rallied from a 13-point, third-quarter deficit to win at Indiana, 81-76.
The Merc improved to a league-best 10-3.
Since we just mentioned fouls ruled not flagrant, Taurasi was hit with a flagrant-one for catching Briann January with her right forearm. She was called for a technical shortly thereafter.
Marissa Coleman had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Fee-vah (6-8).
• Oh, those wily Seattle Storm. Camille Little scored 13 of her career-high 31 points in the fourth quarter as last-place Seattle took down Minnesota again last night, 83-77.
The Storm was the first team to beat Minnesota this season, 65-62 (June 6), snapping the latter’s seven-game winning streak.
Maya Moore made 8 of her 13 shots for 20 points with a game-high 10 rebounds for the Lynx (11-5).
That’s all for now. More later when inspiration manifests itself.
Thanks for reading.
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