By Chris Bernucca

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

PHOTO OF THE DAY
No, there wasn't another dunk in a WNBA game - at least not by a player. This high-flying act was part of the in-game entertainment at the UIC Pavilion, where the Chicago Sky ended their five-game slide with a convincing win over the Detroit Shock. Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty Images
Liberty Stumble on First Leg of Trip

Triple overtime catches up with New York: When the New York Liberty outlasted the Indiana Fever in the longest game in franchise history Wednesday, it gave them an emotional boost heading into their five-game West Coast trip, which spans 11 days, four states and two time zones. They carried that emotion into the first stop on the trip, opening a 38-30 halftime lead over the Sacramento Monarchs, who were just 3-3 at home. But emotional energy lasts only so long, and tired legs coupled with a cross-country flight appeared to catch up with New York in the second half, when it surrendered 52 points. The Liberty had poor starts to both the third and fourth quarters and made just 11-of-24 free throws overall - a clear sign of fatigue - as the Monarchs held on for an 82-78 triumph. Things don't get any easier for the Liberty, who are jockeying with Indiana and Washington for one of the Eastern Conference's playoff spots and still visit Los Angeles, Seattle, defending champion Phoenix and San Antonio on their trek.

ALSO MAKING HEADLINES ...
Tweety Singing the Blues: And the numbers are 4, 13, 17, 9, 44 and 14. The drawing for Powerball? No, although you would have gotten two right. Actually, they are Shock guard Deanna Nolan's point totals for the last six games. Just eight days after racking up a league season-high 44 points, "Tweety" had a season-low four on 2-of-15 shooting in Saturday's loss at Chicago. ... Minnesota swingman Seimone Augustus was forced to sit out a game for the first time in her career Saturday due to a sprained toe, and the Lynx did not fare well without her. In a 73-65 loss at San Antonio, Minnesota shot just 36 percent and never held the lead. Fifth in scoring at 19.2 points per game, Augustus had started the first 82 games of her career.
Nolan
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"Our effort was obnoxious. It was embarrassing. It won't happen again."

-- Detroit coach Bill Laimbeer, after the Shock shot just 35 percent and trailed by 20 points in a 76-59 road loss to slumping Chicago.
Laimbeer

WHO'S HOT
Sancho Lyttle, Comets
15 pts, 7-9 FG, 1-1 FT
75-61 win vs. Fever

Rebekkah Brunson, Monarchs
14 pts, 7-10 FG
82-78 win vs. Liberty

Nicky Anosike, Lynx
16 pts, 7-11 FG, 2-2 FT
73-65 loss at Silver Stars

Lyttle
WHO'S NOT
Candice Wiggins, Lynx
6-18 FG, 1-6 3-pt FG, 15 pts
73-65 loss at Silver Stars

Anna DeForge, Lynx
3-11 FG, 0-5 3-pt FG, 6 pts
73-65 loss at Silver Stars

Deanna Nolan, Shock
2-15 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG, 0-1 FT, 4 pts
76-59 loss at Sky

Wiggins
WHO'S ON TAP
Sunday's Games ...

  • Mercury at Sun, 1 p.m. ET
  • Dream at Shock, 6 p.m. ET on NBA TV
  • Mystics at Storm, 9 p.m. ET
  • Lennox

    Wauters
    FILLING THE BOXSCORE
    Ann Wauters has had virtually no trouble reacclimating herself with the WNBA. After spending the last two years playing overseas, the 6-4 center returned this season with San Antonio and has teamed with Sophia Young and Becky Hammon to give the Silver Stars a three-pronged attack. In Saturday's win over Minnesota, Wauters - who had managed just 11 rebounds in her last three games - rang up her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 boards, adding three blocks and two assists as San Antonio improved to a sterling 7-1 at home.
    ROOKIE WATCH
    Houston Comets guard Matee Ajavon has had a typical rookie campaign thus far - flashes of brilliance amid stretches of inconsistency. She came into Saturday night's game against Indiana averaging 8.2 points but shooting just 32 percent from the field, primarily as a reserve. Despite the absence of injured star Tina Thompson, Ajavon continued in her reserve role - and responded with her best game of the season. The Rutgers alumnus scored 24 points to tie Thompson's team rookie record, making 7-of-14 shots and getting to the line 13 times as Houston won its fourth straight game - the longest current streak in the WNBA.
    Ajavon
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    Video

    Sparks vs. Mercury

    Diana Taurasi scores 17 points to lead the Mercury to their 16th straight win.

    Tina Charles Highlights

    Watch Tina Charles' highlights from the Liberty's game versus the Mystics.

    Storm vs. Shock

    Odyssey Sims scores 21 points and Glory Johnson goes for a double-double in the Shock’s 80-74 win over the Storm.

    Mystics vs. Liberty

    Tina Charles scores 23 points and pulls down 12 rebounds in the Liberty's 80-76 OT win over the Mystics.

    Sky vs. Stars

    Kayla McBride scores 16 points to help the Stars take down the Sky, 92-74.