The WNBA Weekly Recap: Week 8

By Josh Cohen

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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The Fever practiced outside Conseco Fieldhouse on Thursday to tune up for the Liberty Outdoor Classic July 19 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. Buy tickets.
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An Awe-Inspiring Performance From Parker

Rookie Drops In 40 Points in Win: We all knew it would eventually happen. Her talents are extraordinary. Her desire is supreme. Candace Parker, moreover, is one of very few players in the WNBA who can have invincible performances. It showed on Wednesday when the rookie sensation erupted for a season-best 40 points during L.A.ís overtime triumph over Houston. Her scoring outburst fell one point shy of the franchise record set by teammate Lisa Leslie in 2006 and it was the first time since high school that CP3 exploded for 40 or more in a game. Earlier this season, Parker became just the second player in league history to dunk in a game. In fact, the former University of Tennessee All-American flushed home two jams in back-to-back games. In addition, she has racked up 30 or more points in three games this season -- two against rival Phoenix. Irrespective of all these accomplishments, Parkerís ultimate goal is to win a WNBA championship. As a result, expect a modest Candace until she achieves that objective.

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Taurasi Makes More History: Itís noteworthy, on one hand, when a player eclipses a milestone. Itís illustrious, on the other hand, when a player surpasses a landmark faster than anyone else in the leagueís history. Diana Taurasi, one of the gameís all-time greatest scorers, reached 3,000 career points on Tuesday. It only took the three-time All-Star 151 games to attain that mark Ė 12 games quicker than Lauren Jackson. While setting this record, Taurasi helped Phoenix overcome a 14-point deficit with a game-high 30 points to jolt Houston. DT, furthermore, capped her tremendous performance with a 3-pointer with 42.6 seconds remaining followed by a game-sealing block on the defensive end. Despite becoming the fastest player to 3,000, nonetheless, the former UConn standout believes her teammate Cappie Pondexter, who erupted for a season-best 33 points in a loss to the Monarchs on Saturday, will reach the milestone even faster. In 81 games, thus far, Pondexter has 1,576 points. She definitely has a shot (wink wink).
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"We started getting tough with them, we started fighting back ... not allowing them to take advantage of us or dictate how we're going to play."

-- Liberty guard Loree Moore, after New York overcame an 18-point deficit against Detroit to pull off the second largest comeback victory in franchise history.
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WHO WAS HOT
Ann Wauters, Silver Stars
Three Games: 21-38 FG, 5-8 FT

Janel McCarville, Liberty
Two Games: 10-18 FG, 8-9 FT

Cappie Pondexter, Mercury
Three Games: 26-53 FG, 6-15 3-pt FG, 17-21 FT

Lindsay Whalen, Sun
Two Games: 17-29 FG, 3-9 3-pt FG, 16-19 FT

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WHO WAS NOT
Alana Beard, Mystics
Three Games: 10-38 FG, 0-9 3-pt FG, 6-11 FT

Tamika Catchings, Fever
Two Games: 2-17 FG, 1-4 3-pt FG

Matee Ajavon, Comets
Three Games: 4-18 FG, 1-6 3-pt FG

Tamera Young, Dream
Three Games: 8-24 FG, 0-2 3-pt FG, 6-12 FT
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UPCOMING NATIONAL TV GAMES

  • Mon. Silver Stars-Sparks, 10:30 ET (NBA TV)
  • Tues. Liberty-Sun, 7 ET (ESPN2)
  • Tues. Silver Stars-Mercury, 9 ET (ESPN2)
  • Wed. Sky-Shock, 12 ET (NBA TV)
  • Thurs. Mystics-Liberty, 7:30 ET (NBA TV)
  • Thurs. Sparks-Mercury, 10 ET (NBA TV)
  • Fri. Shock-Mystics, 7 ET (NBA TV)
  • Fri. Sun-Sky, 8:30 ET (NBA TV)
  • Sat. Fever-Liberty, 7:30 ET (NBA TV)
  • Sun. Storm-Mystics, 4 ET (NBA TV)
  • Sun. Monarchs-Shock, 6 ET (NBA TV)
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    USA IS NOW OFFICIALLY STOCKED
    In addition to being extremely talented and well-rounded, USA Basketball will also be very experienced. The final three players were named to the national team on Thursday to round out the official 12-member squad that will head to Beijing next month for the Summer Olympics. They include Tamika Catchings, who has captured an array of medals throughout her international career, DeLisha Milton-Jones, a primary offensive weapon used to attain gold at eight tournaments, and Kara Lawson, a crafty veteran who will provide backcourt leadership. USAB, furthermore, realizes the competition will be challenging and that it will need every player to play at the highest level. As a result, expect the team to go to China with a great deal of enthusiasm and unity.
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  • THE BEST OF THE BEST
    There is undoubtedly a great deal of parity, especially in the Western Conference, in the WNBA this season. In fact, no team has less than nine wins in the West and four teams have at least 10 victories in the East. Moreover, the three teams with the best overall record, the Silver Stars, Shock and Storm, are a combined 32-2 at home this year. Those three teams, indeed, are the hottest clubs in the league right now. San Antonio, for one, has won seven straight, including a comeback victory over Atlanta on Friday. Seattle, similarly, has won six consecutive games, including a dominant victory against L.A. in Lauren Jacksonís last game before heading to Australia to practice for the Olympics. Detroit, meanwhile, is a perfect 9-0 at home but allowed New York at Madison Square Garden to pull off the second largest comeback win in franchise history.
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    Video

    Sky vs. Shock

    Odyssey Sims scores 24 points to lead the Shock to a win over the Sky, 79-69.

    Lynx vs. Sun

    Maya Moore scores 17 points to help the Lynx beat the Sun, 76-65.

    Dream vs. Mystics

    Ivory Latta scores 21 points and Kara Lawson adds14 as the surging Mystics beat the Dream, 77-67.

    Liberty vs. Mercury

    Diana Taurasi records 15 points and 10 assists, Britney Griner adds 18 points as the Mercury roll to their 15th straight win.

    Taurasi's Double-double

    Diana Taurasi records a double-double with 15 points and 10 assists to lead the Mercury over the Liberty.