What's Trending: June 9
With so much #SummerHoops to take in this season, it's hard to keep track of all the storylines playing out on a nightly basis in the WNBA. That's what What's Trending is for.
Here, we'll bring you the 10 things you need to know, see, listen to and/or watch in the past and coming week. It's your one-stop shop for all things W, from which teams are on a roll to which players are coming up big to what the league's superstars are up to off the court.
Here's What's Trending on June 9:
It was a statement week for the Atlanta Dream as they posted two straight impressive wins at home over top contenders in the Sparks and Sky. The defending East champs reasserted their conference dominance with Saturday's 97-59 rout of Chicago -- the largest margin of victory in team history.
That game also featured a guest appearance from the Dream's celebrity fan:
This Thursday, the defending champs will visit President Obama at the White House to celebrate their 2013 title. Of course, they already have memories of that trip from 2012 (above)
And earlier this past week, Lindsay Whalen threw out the first pitch at the Minnesota Twins game on June 4:
Ray Allen.........— Candace Parker (@Candace_Parker) June 6, 2014
LEBRON JAMES!!!!!!!!!!🔥🔥🔥— ODYSSEY SIMS (@Lucky_Lefty0) June 9, 2014
@WNBA was live on the scene as the San Antonio Stars hosted the Mercury at the AT&T Center on Saturday night -- a great bridge between Finals Games 1 and 2. And it proved to be a thriller as Phoenix won in double-overtime after Diana Taurasi kept her team alive with a game-tying three with 9.4 seconds left in regulation.
Mercury center Brittney Griner is coming on strong during her second season, grabbing a career-high 18 rebounds in Saturday's win. She ranks first in blocks per game (3.4) and ninth in rebounds (8.7)
Griner is also a part of the new #ProudtoPlay campaign to support LGBT athletes and was named one of Business Insider's "30 Women Who Are Changing the World."
After five frustrating losses to open the season -- including four by less than five points -- the Tulsa Shock got in the win column with a 94-78 explosion against the Mercury on Friday night. Skylar Diggins continues to make the leap, averaging 17.3 points and 6.3 assists after dropping 20 and 9 against Phoenix.
Her photo shoot with Essence Magazine also hit the stands this month.
Mystics rookie Bria Hartley made her way onto SportsCenter's Top 10 plays over the weekend with her slick ball handling and finish against the Indiana Fever -- a play that spawned Twitter memes and a BallisLife post.