To not a surprise, previous UConn celebrity Briana Stewart was just recently called the 2018 WNBA MVP. Stewart, who turns 24 on Monday, has actually balanced 21.8 factors, 8.4 rebounds, 2.5 helps and also 1.4 blocks. She is dropping as one of the most effective women hoops gamers ever before after winning the NCAA title all 4 years at UConn. She was likewise called Associated Press National Player of the Year as a student, junior as well as senior. As well as she won WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2016 after being the No. 1 choice. Below's a take a look at 2 WNBA championship game on Tuesday. Both collection are best-of-5. Examine back for WNBA wagering chances on gameday.
My #WNBA power positions for that's left in the #WNBAPlayoffs:
# 1 @seattlestorm
# 2 @AtlantaDream
# 3 @PhoenixMercury
# 4 @WashMystics
It's the 2nd video game of this semifinal collection, with Washington taking the opener 87-84 on Sunday in Atlanta. Celebrity Elena Delle Donne had 32 factors as well as 13 rebounds, as well as Ariel Atkins included 15 factors for the Mystics. They struck all 20 of their free-throw efforts. Washington is aiming to progress past the semifinals for the very first time in its 21 periods.
Washington is balancing 15.3 factors each video game off of challenger's turn overs this period. The Mystics contend the very least 10 factors off of turn overs in all however 2 video games this with a season-high 27 at Chicago on June 22.
Mike Thibault is the winningest train in the WNBA and also the very first to get to 300 profession victories, a task he achieved when Washington beat Los Angeles on July 7. In her 10th WNBA period, Kristi Toliver is presently balancing near-career highs in factors each video game (13.7 ), basket percent (.427) and also three-point percent (.346 ).
Elizabeth Williams do with 15 factors as well as 14 rebounds for Atlanta, which never ever led. Alex Bentley's 3 drew the Dream within 3 factors midway via the 4th quarter as well as Tiffany Hayes racked up 6 straight factors for the video game's last factors in the closing min.
The Dream were just the junior varsity in WNBA history to completed with 4 gamers with 20+ factors (24-Angel McCoughtry, 23-Jessica Breland, 21-Tiffany Hayes, 21-Renee Montgomery) when they did it versus the Washington Mystics on July 11, 2018. Balancing 17.2 factors, Hayes has actually covered 2,500 profession factors over her 6+ year job in the WNBA. The standout guard has 2,904 factors up until now. She has 12 20+ video games in 2018 and also 39 in her job. Montgomery linked the WNBA record with 8 three-pointers in one video game versus New York (8/12). McCoughtry has actually been shed for the period as a result of injury.
Under train Nikki Collen, Atlanta outscored challengers by 7.3 factors each video game in August (connected for 4th in the WNBA). On the protective end, the Dream led the organization in forced turn overs each video game (14.0 ), obstructs each video game (6.88) as well as challengers' three-point basket percent (30.0 ). Atlanta balanced the third-most factors each video game (91.1) as well as ended up 4th in general basket percent (47.4 ).
With the champion experience of the Minnesota Lynx and also L.A. Sparks from the image, simply one (Phoenix) of the 4 groups that got to the WNBA semifinals has actually won a champion in the last 8 years. By comparison to the Lynx, whose lineup had actually incorporated for almost 12,000 job playoff mins entering this period– one of the most in WNBA history– this year's various other 3 semifinalists besides the Mercury have much less compared to 8,000 job playoff mins in between them.
Nobody has even more regular-season experience compared to the Storm's Sue Bird, that is the WNBA's all-time leader in video games played. Seattle, the organization's ideal group in the normal period, opened up with a 91-87 residence gain the Mercury. Natasha Howard taped a playoff career-high with 20 factors for Seattle. The Storm struck 13 3s, connecting a franchise business playoff record. Stewart scratched a playoff career-high in factors (28) and also all-time in 3 guidelines made (6 ).
Stewart remains in her 3rd year in the organization as well as placed in the leading 10 in racking up, obstructed shots, takes and also recoiling. She additionally led the WNBA with 22 video games of 20 or even more factors. She's one of 10 various gamers to win the honor in the previous 10 years, and also the 2nd participant of the Storm to be granted the organization MVP. This period Stewart established occupation highs in basket percent with 52.9 percent, 3-point portion with 41.5 percent as well as totally free toss portion with 82 percent. She led the Storm in factors with 742, and also has one of the most factors in the WNBA in the previous 3 periods incorporated with 2,019.
Phoenix metro celebrity Diana Taurasi, additionally a previous UConn wonderful, is currently the WNBA's all-time leading marker in the normal period. Currently she holds the playoff record. She damaged the mark in Sunday's loss. She got in the video game 7 factors behind Tamika Catchings on the all-time checklist. Catchings required 68 video games to rack up 1,141 factors, while Taurasi was playing in her 55th. Cynthia Cooper (23.3 PPG) as well as Angel McCoughtry (22.8 PPG) are the only 2 gamers that have a greater profession playoff racking up standard compared to Taurasi (21.0 PPG) amongst females that have actually dipped into the very least 10 postseason competitions.
Phoenix metro has actually won 3 WNBA champions with Taurasi on the lineup, with the nine-time All-Star winning the Finals MVP two times.