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Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Phoenix Mercury spoiled the Seattle Storm's home opener 87-82 Sunday night, taking an early lead behind Brittney Griner's dominant post play and holding off a comeback attempt by forcing a turnover with 3.2 seconds left and the Storm down three. Griner had 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting, 10 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Breanna Stewart led the Storm with 22 points, 15 boards and three assists. Phoenix joins the Chicago Sky as the two teams who are 2-0 after the WNBA's opening weekend.

Mechelle Voepel espnW.com 

In return to WNBA, Dallas center Liz Cambage has 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in first half of tonight's league opener at Phoenix. But Mercury lead 44-42 at the break, led by Diana Taurasi's 20 points. Cambage last played in the WNBA in 2013. She was the No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft.

Mechelle Voepel espnW.com 

Mystics leading Lynx 54-32 at halftime of WNBA exhibition in Des Moines. Mystics guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt leads all scorers with 15 points. Key players who are not yet with teams: Maya Moore (Lynx); Kristi Toliver, Krystal Thomas, LaToya Sanders (Mystics). But all will be back at least by start of season on May 20. Also, Washington's Tayler Hill still working her way back from ACL injury that cut short last season.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Dawn Staley's first game as coach of the U.S. women's national team produced an 83-46 blowout win over China in Thursday's exhibition at Seattle's KeyArena. After taking a 17-point lead to halftime, the USA was never threatened in the second half, allowing Staley to get an extended look at the young players on the roster.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

The China national team was able to keep things close for a period and a half against the USA women's national team, but the U.S. pulled away late in the second quarter to take a 42-25 lead to halftime of Thursday's exhibition at KeyArena in Seattle. The USA offense ran much more smoothly with starters Sylvia Fowles, Breanna Stewart and Diana Taurasi on the court. They combined for 25 of the team's 42 points.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

Arike Ogunbowale credits her teammates for keeping her up after a tough first half. She and the other Notre Dame players said Jessica Shepard was the first option on the last play. With her guarded Ogunbowale was left to be hero again. Head coach Muffet McGraw, at the podium now talking to the media, said she still can't believe Ogunbowale's shot went in.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

Notre Dame still hasn't made a 3 and has taken just 5; has 2 players with 4 fouls; Jackie Young has just 4 points and the Irish are still within 2 with 4:45 left.

Graham Hays espnW.com 

Notre Dame pulled even without hitting a 3 yet in the game. Have hit as least one every game this season.

Graham Hays espnW.com 

Notre Dame closes on a 10-0 run and the national championship game is tied 41-41 entering the fourth quarter. Mississippi State called for nine fouls in the third quarter, matching first half total. All kinds of foul trouble for Bulldogs.

Mechelle Voepel espnW.com 

Mississippi State WBB leads Notre Dame 30-17 at halftime of national championship game after holding Irish to just 3 points in the second quarter. But Notre Dame has rallied from down double digits to win six times this season, including In Friday's semifinal against UConn.

Graham Hays espnW.com 

Notre Dame had scored at least 20 points in 15 of 20 quarters during NCAA tournament before tonight. It scored just three points in second quarter against Mississippi State. Bulldogs have absolutely taken ND out of any transition game. Marina Mabrey is having to work just to bring the ball up, let alone think about shooting. No transition looks for Jackie Young or Arike Ogunbowale. No time left to work ball inside to Jessica Shepard. So far just a masterful defensive performance.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

The ball pressure of Miss St is really disrupting the flow of the ND offense. Irish have not scored in the 2nd quarter and have scored just 4 points since midway through the 1st. Arike Ogunbowale is 1-of-8.

Graham Hays espnW.com 

The frustration is palpable right now for Notre Dame. Players, coaches, everyone. Mississippi State's defense is driving them to distraction.

Graham Hays espnW.com 

Mississippi State's pressure is doing almost as much just by wearing down Notre Dame's guards as it would forcing turnovers. Even getting the ball in bounds was work for the Fighting Irish in the second part of that opening quarter.

Graham Hays espnW.com 

Start of this championship game feels much like Mississippi State-Louisville semifinal. Louisville came out looking quicker, more aggressive, but MSU didn't lose contact and gradually began to wear away at Cardinals. But will any ND player get in foul trouble like Louisville's Myisha Hines-Allen did in that game?

Mechelle Voepel espnW.com 

Notre Dame and Mississippi State have never met before in women's basketball, but now they will play for the NCAA title. It would be the second for the Irish program, the first for the Bulldogs.

Graham Hays espnW.com 

How important is a quick start in the championship game? Or at least matching your opponent's start? Only three teams have come back from as much as a 10-point deficit at any time in the national championship game. And Maryland in 2006 was the only team to do it within the last 30 years.

Graham Hays espnW.com 

Teaira McCowan's 13 offensive rebounds on Friday were more than she had combined in Mississippi State's four final NCAA tournament games a season ago. She only had one offensive rebound in the championship game loss against South Carolina -- she's had at least four offensive rebounds in 31 of 38 games so far this season.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

Less than a half hour away from the national championship game. Mississippi State and Notre Dame. If it's as good as Friday's semis we are in for a treat. 6 eastern ESPN.

Graham Hays espnW.com 

As much as you can judge these things from someone casually dribbling and shooting in warmups, Notre Dame center Jessica Shepard appears to be moving normally after sitting out practice yesterday with a sore ankle. No obvious extra heavy tape or brace. They'll need her against Teaira McCowan, obviously.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

McGraw also said that beating UCONN and then having to turn around and play another game is tough because of the dominance of the program and that it impacted teams that she had in 2011 and 2012 that lost in the final.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

Notre Dane coach Muffet McGraw, addressing the media now, said the Jessica Shepard probably would not practice today after tweaking her ankle last night. McGraw added that because of the lateness of the night that the Irish wouldn't practice that hard as an entire team.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

Schaefer says he admires Notre Dame's leadership that helped the Irish overcome their injuries, but, make no mistake, they have tons of big talent still playing and he is focused on dealing with them.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

Schaefer added that he, while scouting the ND-UCONN game last night, he was able to appreciate what a great game it was and how great the night was for the game.

Charlie Creme ESPN.com 

Miss St coach Vic Schaefer, speaking at the press conferences this morning, said that he felt like his team lost the championship game last year after beating UConn because they may have been tired. He said they would do a few things differently on today's off day to perhaps stay fresher.