Australia hands Canada its first loss of World Cup, 75-72
SYDNEY — (AP) — Ezi Magbegor had 16 points and five blocks to help Australia beat Canada 75-72 on Monday night in the women's World Cup. In other games Monday, the U.S. set a World Cup record for points in a 145-69 win over South Korea. The Soviet Union holds the World Cup record with 56 straight wins from 1959-1986. The Cats have now advanced to the quarterfinals in both of their World Cup appearances. Sika Kone had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Mali (0-4), which is playing in its second World Cup.wftv.com
Parker helps Sky beat Sun 76-72, take 2-1 series lead
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — (AP) — Candace Parker had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Kahleah Copper added 15 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 76-72 on Sunday in Game 3 of the WNBA semifinals. The defending champion Sky lead the best-of-five series 2-1 and can advance to the finals with a win Tuesday night. Copper then made two free throws and Meesseman added a layup to make it 72-66 with under a minute left. After a missed layup by Chicago, DeWanna Bonner was fouled with 22 seconds left and made both free throws to get the Sky within 72-70. Parker restored a four-point lead by making two free throws with 15.2 seconds left.wftv.com
Plum has been major reason for Aces success this season
Sky Aces Basketball Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum (10) shoots against Chicago Sky forward Emma Meesseman (33) during the second half of a WNBA basketball game Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) (John Locher)Kelsey Plum views her improved play this season to just having more time on the court. The Las Vegas guard is averaging a career-high 20.7 points and 5.7 assists this year to help the Aces to the best record in the league. Liz Cambage reached double-figures scoring for the first time this month in Monday’s loss to Las Vegas. She averaged 18.3 points, 5 assists and 3.7 rebounds to help the Sky win all three of their games.wftv.com
Globe-trotter Candace Parker returns home to play for Sky
(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)CHICAGO – Candace Parker talked about seeing her grandmother hold up the newspaper during their call, thrilled she is coming home to play for the Chicago Sky. “I'm so excited to be home and I say that from the bottom of my heart,” Parker said during a Zoom conference Tuesday. “When she decided, she told me even before, ‘If I come, I’m coming to ball,'” he said. She said she started thinking about playing for the Sky a few weeks ago and would not have left Los Angeles for any other team. “(I) have obviously evolved, and a lot of it had to do with me living in Knoxville and me living in Los Angeles and Russia and Istanbul and China.
AP sources: Parker headed to Chicago, McBride to Minnesota
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Wednesday, Jan. 27, because no official announcement is allowed until Feb. 1. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)Candace Parker is headed home and Kayla McBride is getting a fresh start in Minnesota. that she would be signing with the Lynx once free agents can officially ink deals Monday. Nearly 75% of the players on the Sparks' roster are free agents. That’s led to increased player movement from our roster.”Two players who are free agents but won't be moving are Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi.
Washington Mystics beat Connecticut Sun to win first WNBA title
The Washington Mystics won their first WNBA championship, getting 22 points from Emma Meesseman and 21 from banged-up league MVP Elena Delle Donne to beat the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5 of the Finals on Thursday night. It was a fitting conclusion to an entertaining series and WNBA season. Elena Delle Donne #11 of Washington Mystics celebrates after the Mystics defeated the Connecticut Sun to win the 2019 WNBA Finals at St Elizabeths East Entertainment & Sports Arena on October 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Delle Donne came to Washington three years ago in a trade from Chicago, hoping to get the Mystics their first title. The victory gave coach Mike Thibault his first WNBA championship.cbsnews.com