What's Trending: August 11

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. This week it's all about #WNBAAllStar

Here's What's Trending on August 11:



With six days remaining in the WNBA's regular season, 11 of the league's 12 teams are still alive in the race for the playoffs. In the East, four teams are separated by just 1.5 games in the heated battle for the No. 2-4 seeds, while in the West, the Sparks and Stars have held their ground for the final two playoff spots.

Here's a look at the playoff picture through Sunday's games:


2. #GloryAwaits: Mercury Win Thriller, Close in on Record

The rematch between the WNBA's two powerhouses, the Lynx and Mercury, once again lived up to the hype. This time it was Phoenix that came out on top thanks to late heroics by its two stars: "White Mamba" Diana Taurasi hit the game-winning jumper with 2.9 seconds left and Brittney Griner sealed the victory by blocking Lindsay Whalen's last-second shot attempt. (Watch Highlights)

The Mercury are now in position to earn the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs and would establish a new record for most victories in a single season if they win three of their final four games to finish 29-4.



Three games between Indiana and New York in the final week of the season will go a long way to determining the East playoff picture, and vet Tamika Catchings made sure the Fever came out on top in the first matchup. The star forward shined just when her team needed her with a season-high 29 points in a 90-76 win at Madison Square Garden.


4. #ChicagoSky: Delle Donne, Sky Rounding into Form

A roller coaster season appears to be ending on a high note for the Chicago Sky. Elena Delle Donne is back as the centerpiece and the team has come together to win four of its last five games. With the Dream struggling, the Sky could reemerge as a favorite in the East ... or fall out of the playoffs completely over the next three games.




6. #Spotlight: Profiling Taurasi, Catchings and Breland


7. #Timeout: A Closer Look at Nneka Ogwumike


8. #History: Griner Sets Single-Season Blocks Record


9. #GoSparks: Owner Magic Johnson on L.A.'s Progress



It would have been almost impossible to miss the historic news that the Spurs have hired retiring Stars guard Becky Hammon as the NBA's first-ever full-time female assistant coach. But you can see coverage of the groundbreaking news from all angles on WNBA.com:

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Becky Hammon makes history as the first woman to be a full time NBA coach.

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During a break in their busy game schedule, Nneka Ogwumike and Breanna Stewart took a tour through Istanbul’s world famous spice market

Through The Lens: USA Women's National Team Takes Gold!

Look at all of the highlights from the U.S. Women's National Team's gold medal winning performance versus Spain in the 2014 FIBA World Championship.

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Penny Taylor scored 13 points to lead Australia over Turkey in the third place game at the 2014 FIBA World Championship.