By Andrew Medeiros

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Minnesota rookie Charde Houston finishes the fast break for two of her 18 points during the Lynx's 94-83 win over the Mercury.
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Moving in Opposite Directions Out West

Minnesota hot, Phoenix not: Who would have though that the Minnesota Lynx, after finishing last season at 10-24 and tied for last place, would be the final unbeaten team in the WNBA? Probably the same people that saw the defending champions starting the season with a four-game losing streak. But the Lynx polished off the Phoenix Mercury at home on Saturday to improve to 4-0 and drop the champs to 0-4. The Mercury were expected to struggle at the start of the season. With head coach Paul Westhead moving on to an assistant coaching job with the Seattle SuperSonics, we knew it might take some time for Corey Gaines to learn on the job. Couple that with the absence of last year’s second leading scorer Penny Taylor, who is preparing for the Olympics with the Australian national team, and the Mercury are definitely in a funk. Minnesota is probably the bigger surprise. Last season was a learning experience for the young Lynx. Those hard-knock lessons, some additional leadership and the infusion of even more youth has turned out to be the perfect recipe at the start of the season.

Experience, youth anchor Olympic squad: Teammates Lisa Leslie and Candace Parker steered the Los Angeles Sparks to their third road victory of the season on Saturday, but that wasn’t even the biggest part of their day. USA Basketball unveiled the first nine members of the USA Women’s Basketball Team for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the pair will anchor the lineup together. Leslie, who has been a member of the last three Olympic teams, is the senior leader of the squad, while Parker, who graduated early from the University of Tennessee this month, is the youngest member of the team. Team USA has won three consecutive gold medals and will enter this summer’s games as favorites.
"This was a test of wills between them and us. We played awful in the first half, but we were still in the game, so we knew we had a good chance to win."

-- Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer after the Shock executed a come-from-behind win over the Indiana Fever on Saturday.

Seimone Augustus, Lynx
22 pts, 7-13 FG, 8-8 FT
94-83 win vs. Mercury

Elaine Powell, Shock
14 pts, 4-7 FG, 1-1 3-pt FG, 5-6 FT
74-65 win vs. Fever

Lisa Leslie, Sparks
17 pts, 7-11 FG
70-59 win at Mystics

Kiesha Brown, Sparks
1-5 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG, 2 pts
70-59 win at Mystics

Alana Beard, Mystics
3-13 FG, 9 pts
70-59 loss vs Sparks

Diana Taurasi, Mercury
6-17 FG, 1-5 3-pt FG, 17 pts
94-83 loss at Lynx

Sunday's Games ...

  • Sun at Sky, 5 p.m. ET
  • Comets at Storm, 9 p.m. ET
  • Bird

    Last season’s rookie phenom, Lindsey Harding, is still recovering from a knee injury, but the youth movement in Minnesota keeps on rolling. As the Lynx wrapped up their fourth win of the season, rookies Charde Houston and Candice Wiggins came off the bench and put the finishing touches on their first career double-doubles. Houston led the way with 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Wiggins racked up 17 points and 12 assists of her own. Fellow rookie Nicky Anosike may have missed out on her first double-double with nine points and six boards, but the starter already has a 20-point game on her resume.
    Few things in life live up to the hype. It is why I’m hesitant to travel the world and see the sights. Well, that and the money thing…but I digress. Four games into her professional career and Candace Parker is already dwarfing the hype she had coming out of Tennessee. After notching the WNBA’s first ever five-by-five on Thursday, Parker racked up her third double-double of the season during the Sparks’ 70-59 win in Washington. She finished the afternoon with 15 points and 11 rebounds to go along with six assists and four blocks. It is only a matter of time until she starts rolling up the triple-doubles.