A lot happened over the weekend; R celebrated her birthday and the WNBA started its season.
The Candice-less Minnesota Lynx won, and Jayne Appel’s San Antonio Spurts lost. Neither former Stanford players played, mind you, due to injuries. Candice Wiggins is recovering from knee surgery and Jayne Apple is still healing the stress fracture in her foot. The other two former Stanford players in the WNBA did play. Nicole Powell scored 11 points and helped the New York Liberty to a victory and Brooke Smith of the Phoenix Mercury played four minutes and did not score.
The new team in the WNBA, the Tulsa Shock opened to a sell out crowd of 8,000. Seattle Storm had a sell out of 9,686. Wow, glad to see the sellouts and the support in Oklahoma. C and R weren’t sure if women’s basketball would get a lot of support down there. We hope it keeps up. I know coach Nolan Richardson has a lot of support from his coaching stint of the men’s team at the University of Arkansas, and there is the curiosity factor of ex-sprinter Marion Jones on the team (she played four minutes in the opening game and did not score).
Wish we could report we are on our way to see a WNBA game, but with the Sacramento Monarchs gone, it will be a hard stretch for us to see a game. (BTW did you see Joe Maloof’s bizarre plan to beg the WNBA for the Sacramento Monarchs back? When pigs fly). Might have to travel to LA to see a game.