The WNBA Weekly Recap: Week 3

By Josh Cohen

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Lauren Jackson played like reigning MVP's play -- registering 19, 27 and 24 points in her three games during the week. Terrence Vaccaro/NBAE/Getty Images
Hollywood Greets Parker; Taurasi Steals the Show

Crowd Erupts For CP3 Before Stunning Conclusion: Fans flocked to STAPLES like they were having an unprecedented discount sale on all office supplies and furniture. Well, not the STAPLES store exactly, but the Center in Los Angeles where Candace Parker finally made her highly-anticipated Sparks’ home debut on Friday. One of the most celebrated female athletes we have seen in years, Parker received a thunderous applause from the crowd during introductions and later demonstrated her extraordinary talents with a near triple-double. But unfortunately for CP3 and the Sparks, Diana Taurasi and the Mercury earned the right to rejoice last. The defending champions, behind an outstanding 29-point performance from Taurasi, overcame an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to stun L.A. The reigning Finals MVP Cappie Pondexter racked up 28 points for Phoenix, which avenged a season-opening defeat to the Sparks.

ALSO MAKING HEADLINES ...
Thompson Reaches Exclusive Milestone: It’s only fitting that Lisa Leslie and Tina Thompson, two of the greatest female basketball players in the world, attended the same high school (Morningside, Inglewood, CA) and college (USC) before becoming instant rivals in the WNBA. The two mothers, moreover, can now add another item to their commonality list as Thompson joined Leslie on Friday as the only players in league history to notch 5,000 career points. In addition to belonging to this highly exclusive club, Tina and Lisa are two of only seven players selected in the original 1997 WNBA Draft to still be playing today and are also among the few to earn All-Star Game MVPs and win multiple WNBA championships. Only time will tell what they each will accomplish next.
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"I think we might have surprised some people, but I don't think in the locker room we've surprised ourselves."

-- Katie Douglas, on Indiana's superb start to the season despite the absence of Tamika Catchings, who continues to recover from her torn right Achilles tendon.
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WHO WAS HOT
Alana Beard, Mystics
Three Games: 22-43 FG, 9-15 3-pt FG, 9-12 FT

Diana Taurasi, Mercury
Two Games: 19-41 FG, 14-16 FT

Lauren Jackson, Storm
Three Games: 26-51 FG, 13-14 FT

Candice Dupree, Sky
Three Games:18-46 FG, 21-32 FT

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WHO WAS NOT
Matee Ajavon, Comets
Three Games: 8-34 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG

Camille Little, Dream
Three Games: 6-16 FG, 1-3 3-pt FG

Becky Hammon, Silver Stars
Three Games: 14-40 FG, 8-23 3-pt FG

Marie Ferdinand-Harris, Sparks
Two Games: 4-17 FG, 1-5 3-pt FG
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UPCOMING NATIONAL TV GAMES

  • Tues. Sun-Lynx, 7 ET (ESPN2)
  • Wed. Liberty-Dream, 7 ET (NBA TV)
  • Fri. Mystics-Sky, 8:30 ET (NBA TV)
  • Sat. Shock-Mercury, 3:30 ET (ABC)
  • Sat. Lynx-Liberty, 7:30 ET (NBA TV)
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    FOWLES INJURES KNEE, WILL MISS TIME
    It wasn’t the kind of the news Chicago fans wanted to hear or read about. In fact, it may have been one of their worst fears for this season. Sylvia Fowles, one of the most highly touted centers and the second overall selection in the 2008 draft, sprained her left knee during Tuesday’s defeat to the Sparks and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks. The Sky, nonetheless, congregated like hungry seagulls around bird feeders. Instead of letting Fowles’ injury destroy its season, Chicago reeled off consecutive victories over Atlanta to close the week. Tye’sha Fluker, who the Sky signed to help in Fowles' absence, shot a combined 4-of-5 from the field and grabbed three rebounds in the two impressive triumphs.
    THE BEST IN THE EAST
    They were expected to digress after trading away 2006 All-Star Game MVP Katie Douglas. They were predicted to be eclipsed by some of the more up-and-coming teams in the East. Connecticut, however, has defied the critics. Led by Tamika Whitmore, acquired in the Douglas deal, and Lindsay Whalen, the Sun are once again championship contenders. Meanwhile, they were projected to be past their prime, too old and nearing the end of their Eastern Conference dominance. If you belonged to this group, shame on you. The Shock, despite reaching The Finals the last two years and winning the title in 2006, are still the team to beat in the East. The league’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made, Katie Smith recorded back-to-back 30-point performances as Detroit went 2-1 on the week and is 7-2 on the year.
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