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Atlanta Dream forward DeLisha Milton-Jones to miss remainder of season due to ruptured Achilles tendon

Atlanta Dream forward DeLisha Milton-Jones to miss remainder of season due to ruptured Achilles tendon

Atlanta Dream forward DeLisha Milton-Jones will miss the remainder of the 2014 season after suffering a ruptured right Achilles tendon, the team announced Wednesday.

The injury occurred during the first half of Atlanta’s victory over the Chicago Sky on Sunday, July 13. She is expected to undergo surgery later this month.

Milton-Jones was acquired via a trade from New York on July 9. She played in…

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Dishin & Swishin 07/10/14 Podcast: The Roundtable Returns! A look at the first part of the WNBA season

Dishin & Swishin 07/10/14 Podcast: The Roundtable Returns! A look at the first part of the WNBA season

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The roundtable is back! Dishin & Swishin host David Siegel convenes a new roundtable discussion on the first part of the WNBA season, including the successes and failures, surprises and impressions, All-Star selections and so much more.

Today’s panel consists of:

  • Mechelle Voepel, ESPN
  • LaChina Robinson, ESPN and Fox Sports
  • Ticha Penicheiro, former WNBA star and agent for Sports…

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Starters announced for the 2014 WNBA All-Star game

Starters announced for the 2014 WNBA All-Star game

The Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi, starters for the West. Image: WNBA.

The Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner and Diana Taurasi, starters for the West. Image: WNBA.

The WNBA announced the starters for the 2014 All-Star game. Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx topped all vote-getters in balloting with 28,389 votes. This year’s game will mark the third career All-Star start for Moore.

Eastern Conference Starters:

  • Shoni Schimmel, Guard (Atlanta Dream)
  • Cappie Pondexter,…

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Tulsa’s youth brigade: Sims, Diggins backcourt propel Shock to victory on the road, Sun slide continues

Tulsa’s youth brigade: Sims, Diggins backcourt propel Shock to victory on the road, Sun slide continues

Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims. Photos: Shane Bevel/NBAE.

Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims. Photos: Shane Bevel/NBAE.

UNCASVILLE, Conn – The Tulsa Shock (7-10) opened with a 12-0 run and with the exception of a second quarter run by the home team, controlled the Connecticut Sun (8-10) en route to a 96-83 victory Thursday night.

The backcourt of rookie Odyssey Sims (career-high 30 points) and Skylar Diggins (20 points) led the Shock, but it was the…

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Indiana Fever’s Tamika Catchings to make her 2014 WNBA debut July 5

Indiana Fever’s Tamika Catchings to make her 2014 WNBA debut July 5

From the Fever:

Indiana Fever star Tamika Catchings will make her 2014 WNBA debut when the Indiana Fever hosts the San Antonio Stars at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Saturday, July 5 (7:00 p.m.).

A three-time Olympic gold medalist, former WNBA MVP and WNBA Finals MVP and the league’s five-time Defensive Player of the Year, Catchings has missed the first 17 games of the season due to a sore back. She…

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merican Athletic Conference Associate Commissioner Danielle Donehew named WBCA Executive Director

merican Athletic Conference Associate Commissioner Danielle Donehew named WBCA Executive Director

From the WBCA:

American Athletic Conference Associate Commissioner Danielle Donehew has been named Executive Director of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, WBCA President Sue Semrau announced today.

Donehew becomes only the third person to lead the association since it was founded in 1981. Donehew fills the vacancy created by the resignation of WBCA CEO Beth Bass in April. She will…

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Dishin & Swishin 6/26/14 Podcast: #Chillin4Charity goes viral and Hoopfeed joins in!

Dishin & Swishin 6/26/14 Podcast: #Chillin4Charity goes viral and Hoopfeed joins in!

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It is rare in this cynical time we live in to find something that galvanizes an entire community. If you follow women’s basketball, you know about #Chillin4Charity! Arizona head coach Niya Butts and her staff came up with the idea of dumping ice cold water over the heads of coaches, players, administrators and even media in a “cold water challenge.” It has united the women’s…

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UNCASVILLE, Conn – From worst to first? Maybe not, but the surging Connecticut Sun, after dispatching the Indiana Fever in convincing fashion 89-67 last night, woke up in second place in the Eastern Conference.

At halftime with the Sun leading the Fever 33-29, Katie Douglas had four points and Chiney Ogwumike had not taken a shot. The two were crucial in a third quarter that saw the Sun blow the game open with a 22-2 run (17-0 at one point). Douglas scored 14 and Ogwumike 11 in the quarter, as the Sun hit 67 percent of their shots, and 92 percent from their foul line.

“It was a heckuva game until the third quarter,” said Fever coach Lin Dunn, who was called for a technical foul in a period that also saw Shavonte Zellous receive two technicals that led to an ejection. “We have to learn to keep our poise and composure,” continued Dunn.

After a slow start that saw Indiana jump out to an early lead, Sun coach Anne Donovan sat Ogwumike and center Kelsey Bone for an extended stretch and played Kelsey Griffin and Kayla Pedersen in their place with positive results.

“We subbed in Kelsey and Kayla (Pedersen) and they really got after it defensively,” said Donovan. “They drove their post players up the lane a little more. (Indiana) had to work harder defensively, and it kind of changed the tide.”

Both starting posts responded to the effort of their replacements: Bone with 10 second quarter points in just over five minutes (she finished with 16 for the game), and Ogwmike with the strong second half.

If Donovan hoped to teach her players, it worked. “I think I learned a lot,” said Ogwumike. “I can’t put too much pressure on myself, because I have people like Kelsey Griffin and Kayla Pedersen that come in and do great jobs.”

Ogwumike continued with her praise of former Stanford teammate Pedersen.

“If you call Kayla a role player, she’s not a role player,” she explained. “I played with her at Stanford and I know what she’s capable of. She’s one of those unselfish people that will go out there and have my back. I think today showed that. She gave me a chance to not put too much pressure on myself just because of the foul situation and defensive situation. In the long run, she allowed me to watch the game and see how she defends.”

The Sun have been winning without all-star guard Allison Hightower, who missed her third straight game with a strained left knee. Alyssa Thomas started in her place and scored 10 points and pulled down a game high seven rebounds.

Prior to the game, the Sun honored retiring and newly enshrined Hall of Fame coach Dunn with a specially made rocking chair, and a blanket to wrap herself in and stay warm. The blanket, of course, was a Connecticut Sun logo.

“It’s a beautiful rocking chair, so thanks to them, and the fans,” said Dunn. “I have always loved playing here. We have had some great games here, and the fans, they love basketball so I have always like playing here.”

Douglas, Ogwumike lead second half surge as Sun dispatch Fever for fifth straight victory UNCASVILLE, Conn - From worst to first? Maybe not, but the surging Connecticut Sun, after dispatching the Indiana Fever in convincing fashion 89-67 last night, woke up in second place in the Eastern Conference.

Alex Bentley continues high-scoring streak as Connecticut holds off Phoenix, 96-95

Alex Bentley continues high-scoring streak as Connecticut holds off Phoenix, 96-95

UNCASVILLE, Conn – It took all 40 minutes, but the Connecticut Sun held off the Phoenix Mercury in a wildly entertaining game, 96-95, when Pheonix’s Candice Dupree and Brittney Griner missed good looks in the final seconds.

It was a back and forth, hotly contested game that saw 14 ties and nine lead changes, two technical fouls (both on Phoenix), two buzzer beating three-pointers (both by…

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2014 WNBA All-Star balloting available on multiple platforms

2014 WNBA All-Star balloting available on multiple platforms

From the league:

WNBA All-Star Balloting presented by Boost Mobile will launch today at 2 p.m. ET as the most expansive balloting program in the 18-year history of the league.

Fans around the world will have the opportunity to vote daily for their favorite WNBA players on WNBA.com, mobile devices, the WNBA Center Court App, and for the first time via Twitter and Facebook.

WNBA All-Star 2014 will…

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