Latest WNBA Playoffs News

Mystics want to clinch in Connecticut for coach Thibault

Oct. 7, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Washington, of course, would take its first WNBA championship no matter where it happens. But the Mystics want to win it in Connecticut on Tuesday in part for their coach. Mike Thibault spent 10 years in Uncasville and led the Connecticut Sun to eight playoff appearances, including...

Sparks fire GM Penny Toler after postgame tirade

Oct. 4, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks fired general manager Penny Toler on Friday, a move that followed a postgame tirade when the team lost Game 2 in the second round of the WNBA playoffs. The team said Eric Holoman, the team's managing partner and governor, will replace Toler as GM and executive vice...

WNBA set to crown first-time champion

Sep. 28, 2019 3:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA will crown a first-time champion when the Washington Mystics and Connecticut Sun meet in the league's best-of-five finals beginning Sunday. It's the first time that's happened since 2011. The Mystics will try and win the title after getting swept in the finals last season, while...

Lynx boss Cheryl Reeve chosen WNBA Executive of the Year

Sep. 18, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx general manager and coach Cheryl Reeve has been chosen WNBA basketball executive of the year after steering the team to a ninth straight appearance in the playoffs despite losing several longtime stars. The award announced Wednesday was based on voting by one executive per...

Delle Donne, Meesseman help Mystics edge Aces, 97-95

Sep. 18, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Mystics were thrilled to pull out a close win in the playoffs. Elena Delle Donne scored 24 points and hit a crucial turnaround jumper late, Emma Meesseman added a career postseason high 27 points and 10 rebounds, and the Mystics held on for a 97-95 victory over the Las...

Chiney Ogwumike praises security after WNBA fan incident

Sep. 17, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Chiney Ogwumike is praising security after she and her sister were rushed by a fan following the Los Angeles Sparks playoff win at the Staples Center on Sunday. Speaking before the Sparks' semifinal game at Connecticut on Tuesday, Ogwumike said arena security defused the situation...

Hamby's steal, 3-pointer help Aces advance, eliminate Sky

Sep. 15, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dearica Hamby hit a shot from a few steps inside halfcourt with 5 seconds left to lift Las Vegas to a 93-92 win over the Chicago Sky on Sunday in the second round of the WNBA playoffs. With the Aces down by two, Hamby stole a pass from Courtney Vandersloot, took a dribble over halfcourt...

Gray, Parker help Sparks eliminate Storm, advance to semis

Sep. 15, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Sparks, under the guidance of first-year coach Derek Fisher, have battled through adversity all season and leaned on that experience in their single-elimination second-round playoff game with defending-champion Seattle. Chelsea Gray had 21 points and eight assists,...

Canada scores 26, Storm eliminate Lynx 84-74

Sep. 12, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Jordin Canada scored a career-high 26 points and the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm beat the seventh-seeded Minnesota Lynx 84-74 Wednesday night in a first-round, winner-take-all playoff game. With Jewell Loyd adding 22 points, the No. 6 Storm, who play at third-seeded Los...

DeShields leads Sky 105-75 rout of Mercury in playoff opener

Sep. 11, 2019 10:27 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Diamond DeShields scored 25 points and the fifth-seeded Chicago Sky used a dominating second half for a 105-76 win over the eighth-seeded Phoenix Mercury in a first-round, winner-take-all playoff game on Wednesday night. Astou Nadour and Stefanie Dolson added 16 points apiece for the Sky,...