Posts Tagged ‘WNBA’

50-YEAR-OLD MAKES WNBA COMEBACK

July 24, 2008

NANCY LIEBERMAN

Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman has left her job as an announcer with ESPN to sign a seven-day contract with the WNBA’s Detroit Shock. Lieberman had already been the oldest player in WNBA history when she played for the Phoenix Mercury in 1997, the league’s inaugural season. Lieberman was 39 then. She’s 50-years-old now.

BIGGEST BRAWL IN WNBA HISTORY: DETROIT SHOCK VS L.A. SPARKS

July 23, 2008

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From AP: Detroit Shock assistant coach Rick Mahorn, center, grabs the arm of Los Angeles Sparks’ assistant coach Laura Beeman while being hit on the back by Sparks’ DeLisha Milton-Jones, second from right, during a fight in the closing seconds of a WNBA basketball game on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 in Auburn Hills, Mich. Mahorn was ejected from the game for pushing Sparks’ Lisa Leslie while attempting to keep Leslie from approaching the Shock bench during a bench-clearing fight in which four were ejected. The Sparks won 84-81.

CANDACE PARKER DUNKS IN A WNBA GAME

June 23, 2008

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Yesterday Candace Parker of the LA Sparks became just the second player in WNBA history to dunk in a game. (Lisa Leslie was the first WNBA player to dunk in a game.) Parker accomplished her feat late in the second half of the Sparks victory over the Indiana Fever.

CANDACE PARKER

The six foot four inch Parker is best known as the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game and the first woman to dunk twice in her college career. She is the sister of NBA player Anthony Parker of the Toronto Raptors and is engaged to Shelden Williams of the Sacramento Kings.

Parker, who is a former All American at Tennessee and a member of the womens U.S. Olympic team, is the most accomplished female dunker of all time. For whatever that’s worth.

Parker once won the dunk contest at the McDonald’s High School All American game. She beat five male competitors including future NBA players Josh Smith and JR Smith (who participated in the NBA slam dunk contest.) Winning the contest put Parker in the company of past winners who include Vince Carter, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James.

Parker won a pair of NCAA championships at Tennessee and was the first player picked in the 2008 WNBA draft.

CANDACE PARKER’S DUNK