If the playoffs started today, and the NBA had a similar format as the WNBA used for the first time this season, Cleveland and Golden State would receive double-byes into the semifinals, on a collision course to a third finals meeting in as many seasons. But instead, those who already have these two teams penciled in as finalists must wait for the 82-game … [Read more...]
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On the surface, the 2016 WNBA Finals can be classified as a classic. The dramatic final three minutes of the final game alone, with neither team conceding, along with two-buzzer beaters, easily gave it the necessary qualifications. “I hope that we gained a lot of fans from around the world, around this country, and they really recognize how well women’s basketball is being … [Read more...]
Minnesota came one defensive stop short of history. Nneka Ogwumike’s conversion of her missed jumper with two seconds left gave Los Angeles their first WNBA championship since 2002, a 77-76 win. And the Lynx once again lost a chance to repeat as champions in an Olympic year — Minnesota lost to Indiana in 2012 after winning in 2011. “Los Angeles showed up tonight. We made … [Read more...]
There are approximately 100 African American and other student-athletes of color this school year at the University of Minnesota. In an occasional series throughout the 2016-17 school and sports year, the MSR will highlight many of these players This week: Gopher freshmen Alexis Hart (volleyball) and Tyler Johnson (football) It’s becoming commonplace that college freshmen … [Read more...]
For 20 weeks, to commemorate the WNBA’s 20th season (the MSR having covered each season), the MSR sports section will feature a column or article on the W in our “20 in 20” series. This week: the next 20 years. History was made earlier this year when for the first time a Black individual pro sports league leader was succeeded by another Black individual when Lisa Borders … [Read more...]