WNBA Playoffs: And then there were six

 
 

Only two of the four playoff teams needed a third game this year — Phoenix, Seattle and Atlanta head for the Conference Finals later this week (schedule TBA). The Indiana Fever and New York Liberty, as expected, are headed for a third game Wednesday. It will be a scorcher, for sure.

To no one’s surprise, the Defensive Player of the Year award went to Tamika Catchings for plays like this:

Catchings led the WNBA in steals for a record sixth time with 77 — her career total going into Sunday’s game was 708.

Catchings also headlines the 2010 WNBA All-Defensive Team, the only player to be named to the first team every year since the inception of the honor (2005 – 2010). Angel McCoughtry, Sylvia Fowles, Tanisha Wright and Cappie Pondexter also received All-Defensive honors.

What’s amazing is to see the names on the All-Defensive Second Team: Lauren Jackson, Rebekkah Brunson, Sancho Lyttle, Lindsay Harding, Tully Bevilaqua and Katie Douglas. Those are some tough defenders – the caliber of players in the WNBA just keeps getting better.

Speaking of Lauren Jackson, she easily won the AfterEllen.com poll for who should be MVP. But did you vote for her because she looked like this?

Or this?

And people ask me why I watch women’s basketball.

If you’d like the chance to see Lauren up close and personal, be sure to enter to win a trip to the WNBA Championships.

What do you think of the playoffs so far? Any big surprises? Will New York or Indiana face Atlanta for the Conference Playoff?

 
 

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