The GIST: The Seattle Storm’s Commissioner’s Cup win didn’t count toward their regular season standings, but yesterday’s loss to the Chicago Sky certainly did.
Second half start: After taking an Olympic break on July 15th, all 12 WNBA teams were finally back in action yesterday (*happiness*), and the reigning champ Storm were dealt a rare overtime loss from the Candace Parker–led Sky.
- To make matters worse for the Storm, they lost to their Western Conference rival Las Vegas Aces, who narrowly beat the Washington Mystics 84–83.
- Over in the East, the Connecticut Sun bounced back from a and demolished the Dallas Wings 80–59. They sit atop the Eastern Conference, but third overall (which is ).
Up next: With less than five weeks remaining in the regular season, the top three teams seem like a lock for the playoffs, but the remaining five spots are up for grabs.
- It’s officially crunch time, and in the short term, the Storm will visit the NY Liberty on Wednesday, while everyone else plays tomorrow night. Didn’t you know? Ball is life.