The WNBA Weekly Recap: Week 6

By Josh Cohen

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Matee Ajavon tied a Comets rookie record for most points in a game with 24 on Saturday during Houston's victory over Indiana. The Comets have won four straight, two without leading scorer Tina Thompson (fractured finger).
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A Triple-Overtime Thriller to Remember Forever

A Game For the Ages at Madison Square Garden: You probably won’t see a game like this again any time soon. We all know we love to watch contests with late noteworthy buckets, extraordinary individual performances and gripping back-and-forth action. Well, the Fever and Liberty gave us all something to remember for years to come. Janel McCarville erupted for a career-best 31 points and Shameka Christon recorded 23, including a momentum-altering 3-pointer late in triple overtime, as the host Liberty outlasted the Fever in a game that tied for the second longest for overtime periods in the regular season in league history. The only game that went longer was Washington's victory over Seattle in four overtimes on July 3, 2001. Thursday’s thriller, nonetheless, was unforgettable and may have a significant impact on how New York and Indiana perform throughout the remainder of the season. Often, a game this exhilarating for the winners and this heartbreaking for the losers can have a psychological influence on their futures.

ALSO MAKING HEADLINES ...
A Reason to Celebrate in Atlanta: It’s been an exasperating start to the season for the expansion Dream. They have lost an all-time WNBA-high 15 straight despite being extremely competitive in many of their games. Atlanta, however, has had at least one exceedingly encouraging part to its year. Betty Lennox, a nine-year veteran from Louisiana Tech, is the third leading scorer in the league and may be the perfect candidate for Most Improved Player honors. ‘Betty Basketball’ matched a WNBA season-best with a career-high 44 points on Friday. The Dream, however, couldn’t overcome the Sun in overtime. Lennox, nevertheless, hit on 17-of-32 shot attempts from the field and managed to post nine rebounds and seven assists. Earlier in June, Deanna Nolan racked up 44 points, a mark tied for third place on the league’s all-time single-game scoring list. Diana Taurasi and Lauren Jackson, moreover, share the top spot with 47-point performances.
Lennox
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"A lot of us have just seen history. You're going to see more because Candace Parker is very, very good."

-- Michael Cooper, after Candace Parker dunked for the second straight game on Tuesday during the Sparks' triumph over the Storm.
Cooper

WHO WAS HOT
Asjha Jones, Sun
Four Games: 30-67 FG, 2-3 3-pt, 18-21 FT

Matee Ajavon, Comets
Three Games: 12-24 FG, 1-2 3-pt, 9-13 FT

Diana Taurasi, Mercury
Three Games: 23-42 FG, 11-22 3-pt, 15-17 FT

Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Mystics
Three Games: 20-33 FG, 9-11 FT

Jones
WHO WAS NOT
Charde Houston, Lynx
Three Games: 3-11 FG

Tan White, Fever
Two Games: 1-6 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG

Erica White, Comets
Three Games: 2-11 FG

Lindsay Whalen, Sun
Four Games: 15-36 FG, 4-12 3-pt FG
Houston
UPCOMING NATIONAL TV GAMES

  • Tues. Liberty-Sparks, 3:30 ET (NBA TV)
  • Tues. Mercury-Dream, 7 ET (ESPN2)
  • Sat. Sun-Fever, 7 ET (NBA TV)
  • Sun. Silver Stars-Mystics, 1 ET (ABC)
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    Taurasi
    TAURASI STARS AGAIN IN FAMILIAR PLACE
    She will always be celebrated and considered a legend in the state of Connecticut. Her outstanding contributions at UConn, which concluded with a remarkable 139-8 record and three consecutive national championships, will keep her an icon in Storrs for years to come. Diana Taurasi, the two-time Big East Player of the Year, made her annual return to Connecticut on Sunday afternoon and tallied 25 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field and 5-of-11 from downtown in the Mercury’s triumph over the Sun. Cappie Pondexter, who played at rival Rutgers, added 16 points and eight assists. Phoenix, which lost its first four games of the season, has won seven of its last 10 contests, including two against Connecticut.
    INTERESTING TIDBITS AROUND THE LEAGUE
    In addition to being one of the most explosive scorers in the WNBA and a tenacious competitor, Seimone Augustus is also one of the more durable athletes. In fact, Augustus played and started in every one of her first 82 games of her career before missing Saturday’s contest against San Antonio with a sprained right big toe. Don’t expect the 2006 Rookie of the Year and former two-time National College Player of the Year to miss much more time this season as Minnesota aims for a playoff berth. Meanwhile, another prolific WNBA star, Lisa Leslie, became the first player in league history to record 3,000 rebounds on Thursday during L.A.’s OT defeat to Washington. The three-time Olympic gold medalist is also one of only two players to eclipse 5,000 points.
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