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    WNBA.com: Nolan Helps Shock Eliminate Defending Champs
    Nolan Helps Shock Eliminate Defending Champs

    Posted Sep 10 2008 1:28AM

    Detroit 89, Phoenix 78 (F)

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- A year ago, the Phoenix Mercury were celebrating a WNBA championship at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

    Tuesday they made history again on the same floor, but this time, it wasn't something to enjoy.

    The Mercury (15-17) lost 89-78 to the Detroit Shock, officially ending their chances at a Western Conference playoff berth with two games left in the regular season. Phoenix is the first defending WNBA champ to miss the playoffs in league history.

    "This is hard,'' said Mercury forward Diana Taurasi, who scored 22 points in the loss. "But we have no one to blame but ourselves. Last year, we put everything into winning this, and this year we didn't have that effort. We don't deserve to make the playoffs.''

    Phoenix head coach Corey Gaines, an assistant last season under Paul Westhead, thought the difference came down to one major factor - the absence of Australian star Penny Taylor. Taylor skipped the season to get ready for the Olympics.

    "She's one of the top five players in the world, and we didn't have her this season,'' Gaines said. "You don't just replace a player like that.''

    The game was played 51 weeks after Phoenix's 108-92 win over Detroit in Game 5 of the finals, and the Shock acknowledged enjoying a bit of revenge.

    "We talked about that before the game - that we could knock them out of the playoffs tonight,'' said Deanna Nolan. "They came in here and beat us in Game Five last year, so this felt pretty good.''

    The Shock, though, had other things on their mind. They can clinch home-court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs with a win Thursday over the Washington Mystics, and still have a chance at the No. 1 seed.

    "We knew that we had to win all of our home games after the Olympic break to get us set up for the postseason,'' said Plenette Pierson. "This gets us closer to that.''

    Nolan led Detroit with 18 points and Katie Smith added 17, while Taj McWilliams-Franklin had 14 points and eight rebounds in her fifth game with the Shock.

    "Taj has fit in here so well that it seems like she's been here all season,'' Pierson said. "She does so many little things well, and she's helped us replace Cheryl (Ford).''

    Detroit had six players score in double figures.

    Cappie Pondexter led the Mercury with 23 points.

    "We had a chance to win this game, and we didn't get it done,'' Taurasi said. "That sums up the whole season.''

    The Shock dominated early, but went cold in the second quarter, shooting just 27 percent in the period. That allowed Phoenix to narrow the gap to 41-40 at the half.

    The Mercury led early in the third, but Detroit regained command with a 9-2 run late in the third. Yinka Sanni had five points in the run, which helped the Shock build a 65-61 lead at quarter's end.

    Detroit expanded the margin to 13 early in the fourth, but Phoenix tried to keep its season alive with a 10-0 run that pulled them within 79-76 with 4:15 to go.

    McWilliams-Franklin stopped the surge with a pair of free throws, and Barb Farris was called for an offensive foul on Phoenix's next possession, ending the Mercury run.

    "Detroit got into the bonus about three minutes into the fourth quarter, and that really hurt us,'' Gaines said. "They got 14 free throws in the quarter, and they made every one of them. There's not much you can do about that.''

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    COMETS: Houston Comets Move Game Versus Sacramento Monarchs to Monday, September 15 at 7 P.M. at Texas State University’s Strahan Coliseum
    Houston Comets Move Game Versus Sacramento Monarchs to Monday, Septembe 15 at 7 P.M. at Texas State University’s Strahan Coliseum

    Posted Sep 13 2008 7:19PM


    HOUSTON (September 13, 2008) – In consideration of the effects of Hurricane Ike on parts of the Gulf Coast region, the Houston Comets game against the Sacramento Monarchs postponed from Friday, September 12 to Monday, September 15 will move to Texas State University’s Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos, TX. Tip-off is 7 p.m. and doors will open at 6 p.m.

    Fans in possession of a ticket for the September 12 game will receive admission to the September 15 game at Strahan Coliseum. All season, partial plan, group or individual game ticket holders unable to attend the game will receive a credit for a Houston Comets game during the 2009 season.

    Tickets for the rescheduled match are $10 for the general public and will go on sale September 15 at the Texas State Athletics Ticket Office located at the corner of Aquarena Springs Drive and Charles Austin Drive on the TSU campus. Special $5 tickets will be available to TSU’s students and Bobcat Club members who present a current identification card, and San Antonio Silver Stars season ticket holders who present a ticket stub from the September 13 game vs. Sacramento at the ticket office.

    Parking will be free to all game attendees in lots AZ-8 and AZ-9. For travel and parking information, visit Texas State University Official Athletic Site.

    Strahan Coliseum, an $8.8 million, 7,200-seat facility was completed for use in 1982 for both Texas State University’s men's and women's basketball teams, as well as the volleyball team.

    The Comets are 1-2 against the Monarchs for the 2008 season. For more information about the Houston Comets, call 713-627-WNBA or visit THE OFFICIAL SITE OF THE HOUSTON COMETS.

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    WNBA.com: WNBA Closes Regular Season Up in Attendance, TV Ratings and Web Traffic
    WNBA Closes Regular Season Up in Attendance, TV Ratings and Web Traffic

    NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2008 – The WNBA concluded its 12th regular season with increases in attendance -- including a record-setting 46 sellouts -- a 19 percent increase in TV ratings, and new records for WNBA.com traffic. In addition, the league formed new marketing partnerships with several leading companies including McDonald’s, Kia Motors and Pitney Bowes.

    Additional 2008 highlights include:

    WNBA Attendance:

    Capping two straight seasons of attendance increases, the 2008 regular season finished up +2.21%.

    There were 46 sellouts, more than triple the 17 for the 2007 regular season and more than double the previous record of 23 in 2004.

    WNBA on TV:

    WNBA on national television (ABC and ESPN2) finished up +19% both in ratings (0.32 US vs 0.27 US) and viewership (413,000 vs. 346,000).

    WNBA ratings finished up +16% on ESPN2 (0.22) and even on ABC (0.5).

    WNBA viewership finished up +12% on ESPN2 and even on ABC.

    WNBA finished up in key demos on ESPN2 -- Women 18-34 (+71%) and Men 18-34 (+28%) – and on ABC -- All Women (+10%) and Women 18-34 (+20%).

    WNBA.com:

    WNBA.com set all-time highs in visits and page views. Overall, WNBA.com received nearly 13 million visits and 59 million page views, up +35% and +20%, respectively, versus last season.

    WNBA.com also set monthly traffic records in July with more than 3.8 million visits and 16 million page views.

    On June 23, 2008, one day after L.A. Sparks rookie Candace Parker became the second WNBA player to dunk in a regular season game, WNBA.com set a single-day record with nearly 95,000 video streams.

    Merchandise:

    League merchandise sales are up more than 36%, and WNBA jersey sales are up more than 46%, based on combined sales from the NBA Store and WNBAStore.com.

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    WNBA.com: Tammy Sutton-Brown and Ann Wauters <br> Named WNBA Players of the Week
    Tammy Sutton-Brown and Ann Wauters Named WNBA Players of the Week

    Posted Sep 15 2008 3:40PM


    Ann Wauters has been the named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

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    Tammy Sutton-Brown averaged 19.0 points and 6.8 rebounds during the week.

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    NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2008 — Tammy Sutton-Brown of the Indiana Fever and Ann Wauters of the San Antonio Silver Stars were named the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept. 14.

    Sutton-Brown earns her first career Player of the Week award after averaging 19.0 points and 6.8 rebounds on 58.3 percent (28-48) shooting from the field. On the week, the Fever went 3-1 with wins over Atlanta, New York and Phoenix to even their record at 17-17 as the regular season concludes. The week marked the only time in 2008 that Indiana won three games in a week.

    Sutton-Brown capped her week by leading the Fever with 26 points in the team's 103-89 victory over the Mercury. With 103 points, Indiana set a franchise record for points in a game. Her 26 points marked broke her previous career high of 23 which she set on June 26 at New York. In the Fever's lone loss this week, she recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds. In each of the week's four games, she scored in double figures tying her longest such stretch of the season.

    A two-time WNBA All-Star, Sutton-Brown averaged 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in 2008 while helping the Fever to the playoffs. She ranked fourth in the league in blocks per game and third in total blocks on the season. Her three blocks in the Fever's penultimate game gave her a franchise record for blocks in a season with 57.

    Wauters also picks up the first Player of the Week award of her career following a week in which she averaged 15.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 61.3 percent (19-31) on field goals. San Antonio concluded the 2008 regular season with a five-game winning streak, including victories over three playoff teams (New York, Connecticut and Sacramento). Wauters is the third Silver Stars player to earn Player of the Week in 2008, along with Sophia Young and Becky Hammon.

    Wauters led the team in rebounds against Connecticut and New York with 15 and 10, respectively, and then paced the team in scoring with 18 points against Sacramento in the regular season finale. Against the Monarchs, Wauters was flawless from the field, finishing 9-for-9 in the 77-69 win. Her 15 rebounds against Connecticut marked a career high to break her previous record of 14 which she set June 18 at Atlanta.

    In her sixth season, she averaged career highs in points (14.7 ppg), rebounds (7.5 rpg), assists (1.8 apg), steals (1.1 spg) and blocks (1.2 bpg). On the year, she tied for third in the league in double-doubles with nine and finished fifth among league leaders in rebounds. The former No. 1 overall pick of the Cleveland Rockers, she returned to the league in 2008 after electing to play overseas only following the 2005 season when she last played for New York. Her rights were selected by Atlanta in the 2008 WNBA Expansion Draft and she was subsequently traded to San Antonio on April 9 where she was reunited with Dan Hughes, her coach with Cleveland.

    Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Atlanta's Iziane Castro Marques, Los Angeles' DeLisha Milton-Jones, Minnesota's Charde Houston, Phoenix's Cappie Pondexter, Sacramento's Kara Lawson, Seattle's Katie Gearlds and Washington's Monique Currie.

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    WNBA.com: Fever Top Mercury, Eclipse Century Mark
    Fever Top Mercury, Eclipse Century Mark

    Posted Sep 15 2008 1:44AM
    By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer

    Indiana 103, Phoenix 89

    INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 14 (AP) -- Tammy Sutton-Brown scored a career-high 26 points and the Indiana Fever set a franchise scoring record in a 103-89 win over the Phoenix Mercury in the regular-season finale for both teams on Sunday.

    Indiana's previous record came in a 102-96 triple-overtime loss to New York on June 26.

    Katie Douglas scored 24 points, Ebony Hoffman added 20 with a career-high four 3-pointers, and Tamika Catchings had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Fever.

    Cappie Pondexter scored 23 points and Diana Taurasi added 19 for the Mercury (16-18).

    The Fever (17-17) will host Detroit on Friday in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Phoenix, the defending league champion, missed the postseason.

    The Fever had gone 21-13 in the regular season in each of the past three years, the only three winning seasons in franchise history.

    Indiana led 57-40 at halftime. The Fever set a franchise record for most points in a first half, and it was the second-highest point total for a half in team history.

    The Fever continued to roll in the second half. Bernadette Ngoyisa's turnaround jumper with a minute to go put the Fever over 100 points for the first time in team history.

    Indiana shot 50 percent from the field and outscored the Mercury 30-13 at the free-throw line.

    Indiana won three of its final four games this season to even its record.

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