By Mike Weilamann

Aug. 28, 2008: Scoreboard | Video Play of the Day | Today in the WNBA Archive

Tamika Whitmore paved the way with 15 points as the Sun eclipsed the Fever on Thursday. The 26-point loss is the largest ever for the Fever at Conseco Fieldhouse and their largest ever at the hands of the Sun.
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Silver Stars Shine Bright in WNBA's Return: The WNBA’s month-long Olympic hiatus finally ended as the league resumed action on Thursday. One of the night’s marquee matchups didn’t live up to its billing as the Sophia Young-led Silver Stars rolled to a big victory over Diana Taurasi and the Mercury in the nightcap of a doubleheader on NBA TV. Young led all scorers with 18 points, while Taurasi, fresh off winning an Olympic Gold with the U.S., posted 13 points and 10 rebounds in the loss. Phoenix, the defending WNBA champion, is in serious danger of missing the playoffs. The Mercury, who lost three of their last four before the break, are also without Penny Taylor for the rest of the season. Needless to say, the champs have their work cut out. Meanwhile, San Antonio is humming along toward its second straight postseason berth. The Stars are 19-9 and maintained their one-half game lead over Seattle atop the Western Conference. Four wins in their final seven games will earn the Stars a playoff spot. The regular season ends Sept. 14.

Bird Takes Flight for Short-Handed Storm: No Lauren Jackson. No problem. Luckily for the Storm they had Sue Bird on Thursday. Bird posted a game-high 22 points as Seattle rolled to a victory over Houston. The Storm kept pace in the Western Conference standings, as frontrunner San Antonio beat Phoenix to stay one-half game ahead of Seattle. Jackson, the reigning league MVP, underwent ankle surgery in Australia earlier in the day and will miss the rest of the season. The Storm are now 4-2 without Jackson and improved to 14-1 at home this season. Bird, who helped the U.S. win the gold in Beijing, scored 15 points in the first half. Seattle opened with a 7-0 lead and never trailed. In the third quarter, Bird triggered Seattle's 14-2 run with a driving three-point play and the Storm were on their way. If Seattle is to go deep in the playoffs it will need more nights like this from Bird, who was equally as good on the defensive end in this one.
"We can either get better or we could fold our tents. Everyone gets whipped during the season at some point and we got ours tonight.''

-- Fever coach Lin Dunn after her team suffered a 26-point loss to the Sun on Thursday. No Indiana player finished in double figures for the first time since 2004.

Jia Perkins, Sky
19 pts, 7-12 FG, 4-4 FT
69-60 win at Liberty

Sue Bird, Storm
22 pts, 9-15 FG, 3-5 3-pt FG
66-49 win vs. Comets

Candace Parker, Sparks
19 pts, 8-13 FG
78-63 win vs. Monarchs

Katie Douglas, Fever
3-11 FG, 1-5 3-pt FG, 8 pts
84-58 loss vs. Sun

Cappie Pondexter, Mercury
2-9 FG, 4 pts
77-55 loss vs. Silver Stars

Shameka Christon, Liberty
2-12 FG, 0-3 3-pt FG, 6 pts
69-60 loss vs. Sky

Friday's Games ...

  • Chicago at Washington, 7 p.m. ET
  • New York at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. ET (NBA TV)
  • Connecticut at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. ET
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    Candace Parker didn’t show any signs of an Olympic hangover as she posted 19 points and nine rebounds to lead the Sparks past the Monarchs on Thursday. Parker was 8-of-13 from the floor and also had five blocks in the victory, which vaulted L.A. (16-12) ahead of Sacramento (15-13) for third place in the Western Conference. Teammates Lisa Leslie and DeLisha Milton-Jones had 14 and 11 points, respectively, in the win.
    Sylvia Fowles was golden again on Thursday. Fresh off helping the U.S. win a gold medal, Fowles posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sky past the Liberty at Madison Square Garden. Fellow rook Essence Carson had a season-high 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting in the loss. New York and Chicago are slated to meet two more times in the next eight games during a 17-day stretch to close the regular season, which ends Sept. 14. The playoffs start on Sept. 18.