What's Trending: June 30
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 30:
Brittney Griner's dominant season reached historic heights on Sunday night, as the second-year center blocked a WNBA-record 11 shots in an 80-77 win over the Tulsa Shock. (Margo Dydek was the previous record-holder with 10 back on June 7, 2001.) She's now averaging 4.1 swats per game this season -- almost double the average of any other player.
While teaming with Griner to lead the Mercury to five straight wins and the best record in the league (11-3), Diana Taurasi is rising up the ranks herself. The 11-year vet has moved within 10 points of Katie Smith for the No. 2 spot among the WNBA's all-time scoring leaders. She shoots for history Wednesday against Chicago
It's been a monumental month for the WNBA's Pride campaign, which has included on-court celebrations and Twitter takeovers. Recap it all in our Pride Hub and watch Jason Collins' message at the Mercury's Pride game this past week:
The Indiana Fever and Atlanta Dream tip off an ESPN2 doubleheader on Tuesday night, with Candace Parker and the Sparks taking the court at 10 p.m. ET. The Fever face another national-TV test the following night when they travel to Washington to face the Mystics on NBA TV.
While Phoenix takes control of the West, Atlanta is running away with the East. The defending conference champion Dream's 76-68 victory over the Fever on Sunday was their eighth win in nine games -- and on top of that, they've gotten visits from two all-time great point guards:
The game of the weekend took place in Tulsa, where the Sparks escaped with a 92-89 road win. Watch the highlights:
Epiphanny Prince and Camille Little both opened the weekend by delivering 30-point performances to lead their teams to victories. Prince dropped 30 against her hometown New York Liberty, while Prince erupted for a career-high 31 in the Storm's upset of the Lynx.