LIVE FROM DISNEY
LYNX WIN SECOND GAME
In the second game from HP Fieldhouse on Friday night, the Minnesota Lynx defeated the Phoenix Mercury, 72-64.
Tan White scored a game-16 points for the Lynx while Seimone Augustus chipped in with 12 points on 4-for-5 shooting in 14 minutes. The Mercury, playing without Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor, got 14 points from Candice Dupree and 12 points from Brittney Griner.
PREGAME HOPS AND PREGAME HANDLES
Before the second game on Friday night, Brittney Griner and Maya Moore showed off their incredible skills.
SKY TAKE FIRST GAME
In the first game from HP Fieldhouse on Friday night, the Chicago Sky defeated the Indiana Fever, 73-66.
The Sky were led by Jamierra Faulkner who tallied 11 points, five assists and four rebounds. Elena Delle Donne finished with six points and three rebounds. The Fever were paced by Karima Christmas who scored a game-high 16 points.
DON'T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU HEAR
There's no shortage of superlatives to describe Tamika Catchings. Tenacious. Fierce. Champion. To name a few.
And, as the soon-to-be 35-year-old is about to enter her 13th WNBA season, we can add another descriptor to that list -- modest.
Catchings, who enjoyed yet another stellar year in 2013, has not yet played in the preseason -- and won't here in Disney either -- in order to preserve herself for the regular season.
"I kind of let (the team) know I'm not on the up end of the mountain, I'm kind of on the back end of the mountain." Catchings said. "There's no telling how fast I am going down, but I love what I'm doing and I take it in stride."
Her teammates, however, aren't buying it.
"She can say whatever she wants, but we know Tamika and where she's at and she's amazing," Indiana guard Briann January said. "Every year she brings it and she is one of the best players in the world. We're lucky to have her on the team right now.
"She still has it."
That's more like it.
HEAR FROM THE COACHES
Chicago Head Coach Pokey Chatman, Indiana assistant Sylvia Crawley and Minnesota assistant Jim Petersen speak to fans at the Coaches Clinic on Friday.
MAGIC IN THESE COURTS
For Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, this trip to Disney has special meaning.
"It's crazy that we're playing here," Griner said. "Last time I was here I was 14 and this was like the first time I ever played organized basketball. It was right here. That was when I first got into basketball."
While several other players expressed their memories of playing at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex when they were playing AAU -- Maya Moore and Elena Delle Donne included -- Griner expanded and said that it was this visit that actually made her want to focus more of her energies on basketball.
"I fell in love with basketball, honestly," Griner said of the trip. "I was just like, this is what I want to do. I wanted to get better. It was my first time on the AAU circuit and I saw some really good teams and some really good girls and I was like, I have a long way to go, but I want to do it."
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDSAY WHALEN
Lindsay Whalen might be one of the all-time WNBA assist leaders (#3, to be exact) but that doesn't mean you have to share the cake on your birthday.
Birthday cake wasn't the only tradition, however, on display at Lynx practice. At the end of practice, Whalen had to run through what the team lovingly refers to as the "Paddle Wheel".
"So it's basically a way for the rest of the team to show love to the birthday girl or the birthday guy," Minnesota guard Maya Moore said with a smile. "And getting a chance to run through the tunnel of hand paddles as you get a little birthday treat. It's a little tradition we have. We make it fun. We try not to hurt each other too badly."
EDD FLEXES HER MUSCLES
One of the biggest stories of the offseason was Elena Delle Donne's decision to not play overseas. The reigning Rookie of the Year, however, stayed busy in the weight room. EDD put on 12 pounds of muscle to better prepare her for the 2014 season. Here is the proof.
A MESSAGE FROM TAMIKA
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