MVP showdown highlights WNBA Finals rematch
With the two best defenses in the league squaring off in the WNBA Finals, the play of Los Angeles' Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike or Minnesota's Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore might determine this year's champ. Game 1 is Sunday (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET).
Ogwumike 'stepping between the lines' for upcoming Finals.
2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike is gearing up for this year's WNBA Finals rematch and shares how to take the WNBA global.
Around the Rim podcast: The rematch
LaChina Robinson gears up for the WNBA Finals rematch! She previews Lynx-Sparks Game 1 with Liberty associate coach and two-time WNBA champion Katie Smith then chats with Lynx forwards Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore.
Auriemma showing commitment to state education.
Kate Fagan is impressed by Geno Auriemma's offer to forgo his salary to help the state of Connecticut.
The treadmill took down A'ja Wilson
Everyone has off days, and A'ja Wilson had hers on Thursday. Unfortunately for the South Carolina women's basketball star, the treadmill was on.
WNBA BPI: Lynx have slight edge over Sparks
Will the WNBA Finals go the distance for the third consecutive season? ESPN's WNBA Basketball Power Index predicts that a potent Lynx offense is the slight favorite to win the title over the balanced Sparks.
Lynx veteran Brunson reinvents her game
Long regarded as a defensive and rebounding specialist, Rebekkah Brunson made more 3-pointers in 2017 than in her 12 previous seasons combined. For her to win her fifth WNBA title, and fourth with the Lynx, Brunson must keep shooting from beyond the arc.
Morning or night, top New York prospect is up for a game
St. Francis Prep senior Emily Engstler honed her game against the guys on her neighborhood courts. After she put up gaudy numbers as a junior, college coaches are hoping they have next.
Sims steps up her game in first season with Sparks
Everything about Dallas seemed to be the right fit for Odyssey Sims. But in her first season in Los Angeles, the guard is a better defender than ever and has worked her way into the starting lineup and helped get the Sparks back to the WNBA Finals.
Lindsay Whalen's pre-workout power meal
As Minnesota Lynx player Lindsay Whalen heads into the WNBA Finals on Sunday, she'll turn to this egg and oatmeal dish for breakfast -- or anytime she needs to fuel up.
Sparks, Lynx to meet in WNBA Finals once again
It's no surprise that Los Angeles and Minnesota will meet for the second consecutive season in the WNBA Finals. But that doesn't mean both teams didn't have to work really hard to get here.
Sparks edge Mercury to cap three-game sweep.
Candace Parker scores 21 points, including the go-ahead bucket in the final seconds of Los Angeles's 89-87 win over Phoenix.
Lynx advance to third consecutive WNBA Finals
A pair of pivotal runs pushed Minnesota past Washington in Game 3 of the semifinals, as the Lynx swept the Mystics and booked a return trip to the championship series.
Lynx sweep Mystics, onto WNBA Finals.
Maya Moore leads Minnesota with 21 points in an 81-70 win over Washington, completing the three-game sweep.
Whalen ignites Lynx with one game-changing steal
It hasn't been a typical season for Lindsay Whalen, whose numbers were down even before an injury sidelined her for 12 games. But on the same court she lit up in college, the point guard made one pivotal play that helped put the Lynx up 2-0 in the semis.
MVP Fowles leads Lynx to 2-0 series lead.
After winning the MVP award earlier in the day, Sylvia Fowles scores 25 points in Minnesota's 93-83 win over Washington.
Parker puts Sparks on brink of return to WNBA Finals
Despite suffering an ankle injury two days before, Candace Parker was a threat all over the court Thursday. The Sparks star set the tone from the opening tip and finished with 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists as L.A. took a 2-0 lead over Phoenix.
Sparks take 2-0 series lead.
Candace Parker leads Los Angeles with 24 points in an 86-73 win over Phoenix.
MVP award means 'everything' to Fowles.
After winning the WNBA MVP award, Sylvia Fowles joins SC6 to explain how this compares to all the other feats in her storied career.
Fowles' extremely emotional MVP speech.
Sylvia Fowles of the Minnesota Lynx breaks down into tears and she accepts the 2017 WNBA MVP award.
Charisma Osborne claims ownership of crunch time
Windward's undeclared junior put up big numbers and showed a lot of heart to lead her team to a state title as a sophomore. And don't think for a second that she's since developed a tolerance for losing.
Around the Rim with LaChina Robinson
LaChina Robinson hosts part II of the WNBA Roundtable, which includes newly inducted Hall of Famer Rebecca Lobo. Plus, Mystics guard Kristi Toliver joins us before a special treat at the end of the show.
Despite loss to Sparks, Mercury remain optimistic
While all five Los Angeles starters scored in double figures, Phoenix's Diana Taurasi struggled and Brittney Griner fouled out, and the Mercury trail the Sparks 1-0. Yet Tuesday's semifinal was still a close game in the final minutes.
Balanced Sparks take Game 1.
All five Los Angeles starters score in double digits in a 79-66 win against Phoenix.
Vintage Augustus leads Lynx past Mystics
With some added motivation from her grandmother, Minnesota veteran Seimone Augustus scored a season-high 24 points -- her best playoff performance since 2012 -- to lead the Lynx to a 1-0 lead in the WNBA semifinals.
Lynx roll to Game 1 victory.
Minnesota makes a franchise-playoff-record 12 3-pointers and Seimone Augustus scores 24 points in a 101-81 win over Washington.
Lynx, Sparks pose tough challenges for Mystics, Mercury in semifinals
Minnesota swept Washington, and Los Angeles went 3-0 against Phoenix in the regular season. The Mystics and Mercury are now all that stand between a repeat of last year's WNBA Finals matchup.
Magic Johnson's unforgettable advice to Sparks.
As Candace Parker and the Sparks gear up to face the Mercury, the WNBA star shares how Magic Johnson lifted the spirits of the L.A. Sparks during the 2016 WNBA Finals.
WNBA BPI: Expect Sparks-Lynx to meet again in WNBA Finals
ESPN's WNBA Basketball Power Index says Los Angeles and Minnesota are overwhelming favorites to meet for a second consecutive season in the WNBA Finals, with both teams sporting a 24 percent chance to sweep their way through the semis.
Watch New York Liberty teammates test-drive 'NBA Live 18'
EA Sports releases "NBA Live 18" on Friday, and thanks to the Associated Press, we got a look at what it might look like when two teammates go head-to-head. Spoiler: Ratings were involved.
Single elimination sinks Sun, Liberty in second round
New York had won 10 straight. Connecticut had kept proving critics wrong. But the WNBA's third and fourth seeds are out of the playoffs are getting upset at home Sunday. Now Washington and Phoenix advance to the semis.
Mercury knock out Sun behind Griner's 26.
Brittney Griner tallies 26 points and Diana Taurasi nets 23 of her own, as Phoenix wins the single elimination second round playoff game over Connecticut 88-83.
Toliver's record-breaking effort helps drive Mystics past Liberty
Kristi Toliver scored a franchise-record 32 points on a WNBA playoff-record nine 3-pointers Sunday. Now Washington heads to Minnesota to take on the No. 1 overall seed.
Toliver leads Mystics past Liberty.
Kristi Toliver scored 32 points, including nine 3-pointers, in Washington's 82-68 win over New York in the second round of the WNBA playoffs.
Pursuit of perfection leads McGraw to Naismith Hall of Fame
Muffet McGraw succeeded on the court and as a coach when the world didn't make either easy for women. Now, after 853 wins and a national title, McGraw's career has taken her to the Naismith Hall of Fame.
From UConn legend to leading analyst, Lobo gets Hall call
Rebecca Lobo thought she was a typical college kid, but she turned out to be exceptional. And now, Lobo enters the Naismith Hall of Fame as a UConn legend, a women's basketball icon and one of the leading voices in the sport.
Ogwumike, Sparks inspired after D.C. museum visit.
LA Sparks players discuss the powerful impact their visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C. had on their lives.
Prospect sprouts after surgery
The surgery was meant to repair her knee. But when Auburn recruit Robyn Benton returned to the court, every aspect of her game seemed transformed. Now she has risen to the No. 17 spot in the new espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 for the 2018 class.
Mercury's Griner, Mystics' Delle Donne dominate first round
Phoenix's Brittney Griner and Washington's Elena Delle Donne posted double-doubles on Wednesday as they delivered their teams to the second round of the WNBA playoffs.
Mercury pull away late to topple Storm.
Four of Phoenix's starters score in double digits, led by Brittney Griner's 23 points, in a 79-69 win over Seattle.
Taurasi reaches 1,000 career playoff points.
Diana Taurasi makes her way down the court and drills a 3-pointer in which she reaches 1,000 career playoff points, second most all-time behind Tamika Catchings.
Mystics eliminate Wings in first round of WNBA playoffs.
Elena Delle Donne scores 25 points and picks up 11 rebounds to help Washington defeat the Mystics in a single-elimination game 86-76.
Ogwumike doesn't agree with Powers' late-game ejection.
Chiney Ogwumike breaks down Aerial Powers' drive to the basket which led to her being ejected late in the fourth quarter.
Powers, Ruffin-Pratt get techs after scuffle.
Aerial Powers and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt get tangled underneath the basket, while players and referees break up the scuffle as both player are rewarded a technical foul.
Liberty's Charles meets man who says she saved his life
In July, a defibrillator donated by Tina Charles' foundation helped save the life of a man in Texas. On Friday, the Liberty united the two with a surprise meeting. "I wouldn't be here, standing here talking right now" if it weren't for Charles, he said.
Bird has always been consummate point guard
With a personality perfectly suited to play point guard, Sue Bird has always excelled at feeding her teammates the ball. After the Storm star became the WNBA career assists leader Friday, we can officially say no one in league history has done it better.
Bird breaks the WNBA all-time assist record.
Sue Bird collects her 2,600th career assist against Washington, passing Ticha Penicheiro, who previously held the record with 2,599 assists.
Sparks duo leads espnW All-WNBA first team
Los Angeles' Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike, as well as MVP front-runner Sylvia Fowles of Minnesota, headline espnW's All-WNBA first team, a post-heavy list that doesn't include the league's leading scorer.
Why Minnesota's Fowles should win WNBA MVP
This season, Sylvia Fowles has been as potent an offensive force as she has always been on defense, and the Lynx center is espnW's pick for WNBA MVP. The Wings' Allisha Gray gets the nod for Rookie of the Year, while the Sun's Curt Miller is top coach.
New York Liberty guard Bria Hartley on her sneaker collection
Fourth-year WNBA guard Bria Hartley answers questions about her favorite Jordans, pregame superstitions and whether she's buying Lonzo Ball's ZO2 sneakers.
Jordan Nixon carries memories and dreams
Jordan Nixon honors her "favorite person in the entire world" -- her late grandma -- every time she takes the court. Now she is emerging as one of the top prospects in New York and is considering Ohio State, UCLA, Notre Dame, Virginia and Georgia.
How Shao Ting upended the traditional path for Chinese basketball stars
The captain of China's national women's basketball team is one of the country's only players to balance intense study and professional sports. She wants to change that.
Inspiring Greatness: Shao Ting's unique path to excellence.
Chinese basketball star Shao Ting embraces her unusual path to success.
Houston disaster hits close to home for Ogwumike.
ESPN's Chiney Ogwumike shares how her family in Houston, Texas is coping with the destruction of Hurricane Harvey.
Akhator discusses WNBA transition, playing for Nigeria.
Evelyn Akhator sits down with ESPN to share her excitement after being selected to represent Nigeria and opens up about her transition to the WNBA.
You need to see Ivory Latta react to receiving Dawn Staley award
When Washington Mystics guard Ivory Latta received the 2017 recipient of the Dawn Staley Community Leadership Award, she was clearly stunned and humbled. (We're not crying... you're crying!)
Grant twins aspire to be role models for other Native American kids
Their mom was a superstar at UNLV. Now Kyarrah and Kyannah Grant are hoping to take their games to the next level and inspire other kids on the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians reservation to chase their dreams.
Around the Rim podcast: United we stand
LaChina Robinson and Terrika Foster-Brasby weigh in on the WNBA's social stances. Plus, the Lynx's Sylvia Fowles and the Sky's Cappie Pondexter join the show.
Liberty continue commitment to racial justice by hosting Unity Game
Members of the NYPD were on hand. So were scholars, diplomats and players. The New York Liberty continued their commitment to speak out for social justice with Sunday's Unity Game.
WNBA unified in protest.
Howard Bryant breaks down why the WNBA's handling of protests is more impressive than any men's leagues.
Prank goodness from Taylor Chavez
Elite senior guard Taylor Chavez is still trying to decide on a college. In the meantime, she's providing pranks, points and plaques at Arizona's Valley Vista.
Freshman Azzi Fudd in a class of her own
She's already won a USA Basketball gold medal and has drawn comparisons to Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi. And she's 14 years old. From the mall to the basketball court, Azzi Fudd is money.
How WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike got that body
Hate pushups? Love pancakes? Hey, so does WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike! Here's how she still manages to stay in peak condition.
E:60 - Brittney Griner.
WNBA star Brittney Griner describes how she was bullied as a child, shares the story of telling her mom that she is gay and discusses her 2015 domestic violence arrest.
Michelle Marciniak recounts difficult final days of Pat Summitt's life
After announcing she would join Pedal for Pat, a 1,098-mile bike ride to benefit Alzheimer's research and care, former Tennessee star Michelle Marciniak speaks for the first time about watching her friend and legendary coach Pat Summitt's decline.
Why Schuye LaRue doesn't want your help
A former basketball star teaches us that the unpredictable scourge of mental illness doesn't discriminate.
Where is Schuye LaRue?
E:60 and Shelley Smith dive into the search for former women's college basketball star Schuye LaRue, homeless on the streets of Washington, D.C.
Kara Lawson stumbles upon Schuye LaRue.
Schuye LaRue's career had ended, and for the next five years, her whereabouts were a mystery -- until Kara Lawson came across LaRue outside of a convenience store. The ESPN analyst recalls their exchange in this E:60 excerpt.
Sue Bird is ready to let you in
Sue Bird is self-admittedly private. But the WNBA All-Star is finally opening up on her career, her relationship with girlfriend Megan Rapinoe and why it's important to talk now.
A year after her death, Pat Summitt still making an impact
Pat Summitt died a year ago, but the late coach's legacy only continues to grow at the University of Tennessee Medical Center's Pat Summitt Clinic, which provides care for 3,000 Alzheimer's patients.
Taurasi was 'devastated' by Summitt's passing
Pat Summitt's death was a tragic loss for Tennessee and the women's basketball community. The legendary Lady Vols coach also impacted players from archrival UConn, including Diana Taurasi. "There is no UConn dynasty without Pat," she said.
UConn hadn't lost since November 2014, winning an NCAA-record 111 straight games that included two NCAA titles and a 38-0 season in 2015-16. Mississippi State snapped the historic run Friday.
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