The All-Star game is in the books. Players have returned to their respective cities and teams to resume practice. Effort and concentration is at an all time high as everyone focuses on the challanges ahead.
That's right, it's coming up on playoff time in the WNBA.
With just over a month until the finals, teams are buckling down and really focusing on the path ahead. With injuries taking a huge toll on the first half of the season, everyone is reevaluating their rosters and making some changes to put their team in the best position they can be in come September.
Back on the Court
The second half of the season began Wednesday night at the Verizon Center. The New York Liberty defeated the Washington Mystics by a score of 88-78. All-Star Cappie Pondexter scored 19 points while the Liberty held the Mystic's All-Star Ivory Latta to just 11 points.
Washington struggled throughout the game, shooting just 36% from the field, including a dismal 4-21 from beyond the arc. Washington was out-rebounded 43-34 and just couldn't find enough energy to muster a comeback.
Kara Braxton established herself early in the paint and ended the game with 22 points. Kelsey Bone, who has really stepped up her game in her rookie campaign, recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
In the losing effort, Matee Ajavon scored a season-high 20 points. Rookie Emma Meeseman added 11 points while Crystal Langhorne had just 8.
The second half of the season continues tonight, Thursday, August 1st, at 7pm ET when the Connecticut Sun host the Indiana Fever. Then at 10pm ET, the Phoenix Mercury travel to Seattle to take on the Storm. It's still unknown if rookie center Brittney Griner will be in the lineup for the Mercury tonight.