Pick One Challenge Preview: August 16, 2010
By Matthew Brennan, WNBA.com
August 16, 2010 - The 2010 Pick One Challenge closes out the 2010 season with five days of games. If you aren't where you want to be in the standings, this is your last chance to make your move and finish the year on a good note.
Last Week's MVP: Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever
Catchings takes the honors for the second straight week after averaging 22.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists over three games. All three contests were wins for the Fever, who have taken seven of their last ten and put themselves in the driver's seat in the Eastern Conference.
Number one rookie Tina Charles finished the week strong with her league-leading 20th double-double. She is a lock for Rookie of the Year, but overall the rookie class has not had a strong year with only five players averaging over 10.0 in points+rebounds+assists per game. Seven rookies were in double-figures during the 2009 season. One rookie from this class who could be ending the year on a high note is Chicago's Epiphanny Prince. The former Rutgers star is averaging 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists over her last two games.
Last Week's Picks
I dropped down to 62nd overall after some disappointing performances from my picks. The highlight was 18 points (11 points, three rebounds, four assists) from Connecticut's Kara Lawson on Tuesday.
|Tuesday, August 17|
Los Angeles vs. Phoenix
|Thursday, August 19|
New York vs. Tulsa
|Friday, August 20|
Indiana at San Antonio
|Saturday, August 21|
Seattle vs. Los Angeles
|Sunday, August 22|
New York vs. Connecticut
Tuesday: Andrea Riley, Los Angeles vs. Phoenix
A seldom-used rookie for most of the season, Riley has seen her playing time increase over the last three games. The eight overall pick in April's draft has responded with 11.0 points per game while helping the Sparks win their last two. Despite a 12-19 record, Los Angeles is still in the playoff hunt and will be looking to make it three straight when they host Phoenix on Tuesday.
Thursday: Plenette Pierson, New York vs. Tulsa
Pierson has brought a savvy veteran presence to the lineup after being traded from Tulsa, and she will help the Liberty take on her former team on Thursday. She ended last week on a strong note with 12 points and a season-high nine rebounds against Phoenix in Saturday's victory. Pierson scored 11 in her first meeting with Tulsa back on June 25.
Friday: Tammy Sutton-Brown, Indiana at San Antonio
Sutton-Brown's averages are the lowest since her rookie season of 2001, but the veteran center is still capable of a big game every now and then. Before a seven-point outing on Sunday against Connecticut, Sutton-Brown had averaged 17.0 points over her last four games.
Saturday: Svetlana Abrosimova, Seattle vs. Los Angeles
Abrosimova has played a key role off the bench in the Storm's outstanding seasons. She's had a few excellent games lately, posting totals of 19 and 20 points in two of her last four games. She's averaging only 5.3 points this season against the Sparks, who will be Saturday's opponent. You can watch this game live on ESPN2 at 11 p.m. ET.
Sunday: Kalana Greene, New York vs. Connecticut
I'll take a shot with a rookie to close out the 2010 season. Greene has seen a good amount of playing time this year, averaging 16.5 games for the contending Liberty after going 13th overall in the draft. She's scored in double-figures on four different occasions this season, highlighted by a 17-point effort on July 27.