1-8: Preview of 23rd WNBA playoffs, 16th Solheim Cup-TUE0910

5 THINGS YOU'LL FIND ON THIS POST
1 23rd WNBA playoffs begin with 2 single-elimination game on Sept. 10
2 How the 8 playoff teams match up; final season standings, leaders
3 Elena Delle Donne joins 8 NBA stars in the 50/40/90 shooting club
4 Preview of 16th Solheim Cup pitting women golfers from U.S., Europe
5 U.S. World Cup member Christen Press is NWSL player of month

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WNBA PLAYOFF PREVIEW

1, 2

Top-seeded Washington, No. 2 Connecticut have double-byes into best-of-five semifinals, starting 9/17

3, 4

Los Angeles and Las Vegas have byes into the single-elimination second-round games on Sept. 15

5, 6, 7, 8

WNBA’s 23rd playoffs

begin on Sept. 10 with two

single-elimination games

  • #8 at #5: Phoenix at Chicago

  • #7 at #6: Minnesota at Seattle

FINAL STANDINGS, PLAYOFF SEEDINGS
RK TEAM REC PCT
1 Washington Mystics 26-8 .765
2 Connecticut Sun 23-11 .676
3 Los Angeles Sparks 22-12 .647
4 Las Vegas Aces 21-13 .618
5 Chicago Sky 20-14 .588
6 Seattle Storm 18-16 .529
7 Minnesota Lynx 18-16 .529
8 Phoenix Mercury 15-19 .441
MISSED PLAYOFFS
9 Indiana Fever 13-21 .382
10 Dallas Wings 10-24 .294
11 New York Liberty 10-24 .294
12 Atlanta Dream 8-26 .235
  • SECOND ROUND

    #3: Los Angeles hosts lowest-seeded winner

    #4: Las Vegas hosts highest-seeded winner

  • SEMIFINALS

    #1: Washington hosts lowest remaining seed

    #2: Connecticut hosts highest remaining seed

  • FINALS: Best-of-five series, Sept. 29


89.3, 74.8

Mystics are highest scoring team

in league; Storm has lowest average of playoff teams

HOW WNBA PLAYOFF TEAMS MATCH UP
FIRST-ROUND MATCHUPS
#8
PHO
#5
CHI

STAT
#7
SEA
#6
MIN
76.5 84.6 Scoring 74.8 78.4
77.6 83.3 Scoring def. 75.1 75.9
42.0 44.8 Field goals 42 45.1
32.5 33.6 3-pointers 33.6 33.2
84.6 81.9 Free throws 79.2 78.1
32.5 36.4 Rebounds 32.0 34.0
17.9 21.6 Assists 17.7 29.3
5.9 6.8 Steals 9.5 8.4
4.4 4.5 Blocks 3 3.9
13.2 15.3 Turnovers 15.7 16.2
REMAINING FOUR TEAMS
#3
LA
#4
VEG

STAT
#1
WAS
#2
CON
80.1 82.2 Scoring 89.3 80.8
77.2 78.8 Scoring def. 77.3 77.9
43.2 42.7 Field goals 46.9 42.3
34.1 36.7 3-pointers 36.6 35.6
83.8 77.7 Free throws 87.5 70.3
34.2 38.8 Rebounds 33.4 36.8
18.6 20.9 Assists 21.9 19.3
8.2 7.1 Steals 7.6 8.9
3.8 4.5 Blocks 4.6 3.9
14.4 14.6 Turnovers 11.8 14.1

Playoffs will feature five of top six scoring players in the league

19.1 Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas not in playoffs

50/40/90

Washington’s Elena Delle Donne became first player in WNBA history to join the elite shooting club

  • 51.5: Hit 220 of 427 from field

  • 43.0: Hit 52 of 121 from 3-point range

  • 97.4: Hit 114 of 117 free throws

8

NBA players who have shot 50% from field, 40% from 3-point range and 90% from the free throw line

2

Players who did it more than

once -- Steve Nash four times

and Larry Bird twice

  • 1986-87: Larry Bird (1987-88)

  • 1988-89: Mark Price

  • 1993-94: Reggie Miller

  • 2005-06: Steve Nash (2007-10)

  • 2012-13: Kevin Durant

  • 2015-16: Stephen Curry

  • 2018-19: Malcolm Brogdon


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

23.7, 9.7, 3.7

Elena Delle Donne’s average points, rebounds, assists in 3 Mystics’ wins to take Eastern honors for sixth time

17.3, 9.0, 3.7

Candace Parker’s averages in 3 Sparks’ wins to win Western honors for 23rd time in her career


9.7

Seven players averaged more than eight rebounds a game, led by Sun’s Jonquel Jones 9.7 rpg

9.1

Top assist average in league of Sky’s Courtney Vandersloot,

3.1 apg higher than next player


2019 rebound leaders


2019 assist leaders


GOLF: SOLHEIM CUP PREVIEW

SEPT. 13-15 IN PERTHSHIRE, SCOTLAND

10-5

U.S. lead biennial tournament for women pro golfers; Gleneagles’ PGA Centenary Course

  • Day 1-2: Four foursome (alternate shot); four fourball (better ball)

  • Day 2: 12 single matches

2-0

Captain Juli Inkster will try to win her third straight Solheim Cup; Catriona Matthew is Team Europe captain


U.S. has won 174 of 388 matches in 15 Solheim Cups; 58 halved


33

Solheim Cup matches played by captain’s pick Suzanne Pettersen; 38-year-old ranked 665 in world

19, 16

Matches played by Morgan Pressel and Stacy Lewis, the most experienced U.S. players

8

Rookies in 2019 tournament,

five on Team USA

SIZING UP SOLHEIM CUP LINEUPS
A-age; RK-Rolex world ranking;
NO/REC-Cup appearances, match record
TEAM USA
GOLFER A RK NO REC
Marina Alex 29 32 0 0-0
Brittany Altomare 28 33 0 0-0
Danielle Kang 26 17 1 3-1-0
Megan Khang 21 46 0 0-0
Jessica Korda 26 18 1 1-2-1
Nelly Korda 21 10 0 0-0
Stacy Lewis 34 81 4 5-10-1
Annie Park 24 44 0 0-0
Morgan Pressel 31 52 5 10-7-2
Lizette Salas 30 16 3 4-4-2
Lexi Thompson 24 3 3 5-2-4
Angel Yin 20 31 1 1-1-1
TEAM EUROPE
GOLFER A RK NO REC
Celine Boutier 25 56 0 0-0
Carlota Ciganda 29 12 3 5-4-2
Anne van Dam 23 100 0 0-0
Caroline Hedwall 30 122 3 8-4-1
Charley Hull 23 29 3 7-3-1
Georgia Hall 23 38 1 2-3-0
Bronte Law 24 26 0 0-0
Azahara Munoz 31 36 3 4-6-1
Caroline Masson 30 49 3 3-6-2
Anna Nordqvist 32 71 5 11-7-2
Suzann Pettersen 38 665 8 16-11-6
Jodi Ewart Shadoff 31 82 2 3-4-0

NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE

+16

Portland (39 goals, 23 allowed) and North Carolina (24-18) share league-best goal differential

-20

Orlando has scored 20 goals

while allowing 40 in 19 games

NWSL STANDINGS
PTS TEAM W-L-T
36 Portland Thorns FC 10-4-6
34 North Carolina Courage 10-4-4
32 Chicago Red Stars 10-8-2
31 Utah Royals 9-6-4
30 Reign FC 8-5-6
25 Washington Spirit 7-7-4
22 Houston Dash 6-9-4
16 Sky Blue FC 4-12-4
14 Orlando Pride 4-13-2

NWSL scoring leaders


AUGUST PLAYER OF MONTH

3, 12

Christen Press had 3 goals and created 12 chances in four games for Utah to monthly award

6, 9

Press, a member of the U.S.

World Cup team, has scored

6 goals in 9 league games


NWSL goals against avg. leaders

Minimum 10 games

Source: wnba.com; acrossthetimeline.com; usagym.org; nwsl.com