It’s Thursday – the work week is coming to an end! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring The W Report, Daily Watchlist, and Yesterday’s Briefing. Day 18 of the WNBA season came, after the Indiana fiGang head coach Marian Stanley. Stanley Joins Former General Manager Tamika Catchings As the Indiana folks have been relieved of their duties for the past few months, both coming two weeks later than you’d expect — the Catchings led the first few weeks of the Fever’s offseason before stepping down, while Stanley’s class came two weeks into the season. I’ve mentioned in a couple places that I feel overwhelmed by calling in play and discipline/chemistry on the court at the 2021-22 Indiana Fever; But since the team was able to compete against Connecticut and Chicago, and four rookie players played fairly well, the timing of the move is quite odd.
Elsewhere, Los Angeles threw a starting lineup with several bowlers and looked like a half-decent attack. On the other end, Mercury… man, I don’t even know.
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W . news report
Indiana: As previously mentioned, he sacked coach Marian Stanley. Assistant Carlos Knox has been promoted to interim coach.
watch list, Thursday 26 May
(All times in the Eastern Province)
Dallas @ Connecticut, 7 p.m., league ticket (Sweetened: Bally Sports Southwest Extra, NESN+)
Wednesday 25 May a summary
Los Angeles beat Phoenix, 99-94. Mercury jumped to an 18-9 lead, but Sparks returned 30-11 runs and a double-digit lead for most of the remainder of the game. The teams combined to pay 57.9% from the field; Los Angeles shot 8 for 11 of three; Teams combined for 20 heists.
Big Nika Ogomec Sparks led with 23 points in 9-for-14 shooting (2-2-3 points), six rebounds, and two assists without spins; Center Liz Campage He had 21 points in an 8-for-13 FG, seven rebounds (three offensive), five assists, two steals, five turnovers and four fouls in 31 minutes; Forward combo Katie Lou Samuelson She made her first start to the season, finishing with 17 points for 4-5 on three (1-3 on two) and two assists without a spin at 27 minutes; backup point guard Shenedy Carter He scored 12 points in a 6-for-9 shootout, three assists, and two flips.
The Phoenix was commanded by the combo guard Skylar Diggins Smith28 points on 11 for 17 shots (2-4 3 points), four rebounds, two passes, and three shots for five turnovers; Center Tina Charles 21 points in 7 for 10 from the field (2-3 3 points), 5 for 6 from the line, seven rebounds, two blocks against two spins and four fouls in 36 minutes; wing Diamond DeShields 17 points in 7 for 13 FG (1-2 3 points), five rebounds, nine assists in three turns and five fouls in 35 minutes; Big Brianna Turner Score 10 points on 5 vs 5 off the field, six rebounds (three offensive), five assists, and three steals against two turns.