In the penultimate week of regular season play, only one question remains: will Diana Taurasi, 2009 WNBA MVP, surpass Maya Moore to take the 2014 crown? For now, Taurasi, known as a scorer, is actually leading the WNBA in assists per game with 5.8. Maya Moore, however, is still pumping out incredible stats to lead the league in scoring this season with 24.3 per game.
Maya Moore is long past surprising anyone with her remarkable drive and numbers as proof. This week, she scored less than usual with 15 and 17 points against Chicago and Indiana, but then heated up for another 30-point game, although the Lynx came up short against the Mercury. Moore now has 12 30+ point games on the season, but the Lynx are still in second aplace in the West.
The Phoenix Mercury are still the team to beat (and the team to talk about). They've won their last four games after their streak-breaking loss to Minnesota. Scoring-wise, Taurasi has put up 14, 7 and 24 points, but more notably had a combined 12 assists. While Taurasi isn't encroaching on Maya Moore's scoring totals, she has led the Phoenix Mercury on a path toward breaking the record for the most wins in a single WNBA season (they need to win three out of their last four games to do so). If Phoenix pulls away, Taurasi could have a legitimate claim to the 2014 MVP honor.
LAST WEEK: #4
Brittney Griner has climbed the ladder once again, leaving her at No. 3 this week. Over the past three games, Griner was voted Player of the Week and she broke the single-season blocks record (she now has 119). On top of that, she still scored in double digits in all three games and earned a double-double in Phoenix's win against Minnesota. There's no question that the combination of Taurasi and Griner is a force to be reckoned with.
LAST WEEK: #3
On the bright side, Dream coach Michael Cooper has returned from his brief medical leave, but the Dream have struggled to keep the fire burning entering the final weeks of the season. They lost their last three games in a row to Phoenix, Seattle and Los Angeles which unfortunately means although the Dream have clinched a playoff spot, Washington has an outside shot to take the top seed in the East. McCoughtry had an uncharacteristic week herself with only 19, 2 and 12 points in her three games, but we'll likely see her back on her game in the week to come.
Candace Parker has certainly done her part to keep Los Angeles afloat. With a win tonight, the Sparks could lock in a playoff position and despite a bad start, the team is now third in a very tough Western Conference. Her numbers at the beginning of this week were just as strong as ever with 28 and 26 points in the first two games, but she had a surprising six-point outing against San Antonio on Sunday. Candace's strong performance throughout the season keeps her in the running.