Saturday, June 15, 2024

Clark to Boston for Fever Win; We Retro Great 1st WNBA Player Swoopes vs. Oklahoma

 The Dallas Mavericks kept the NBA season alive by avoiding a sweep by the Boston Celtics, and the Indiana Fever put together only their fourth win of the season. You can click this YouTube game highlights, including this last moment in which they trailed Atlanta. Caitlin Clark had just driving toward the hoop and then given one of her patented passes to the star of the game Aliyah Boston, who was in the process of putting in the game-winning shot.

While Clark is not one of top few players in the league yet as a rookie, when she plays and average of 15,591 fans turn out, more than twice as many as turn out for other WNBA games, according to sportsnaut. In her first year overall WNBA TV viewership has almost tripled. We rank her the 8th greatest college player of all time - and included our ranking of the top 40 players of all time in our previous blog.previous blog.

Next up in our game will be the 18th greatest player of all time on our list, Sheryl Swoopes, who will debut in our Value Add Basketball Game with her Texas Tech 1993 team in what would have been a SWC or Big 12 matchup over the years against Oklahoma 2002. While Swoopes averaged 28 points a game (see box score for all stats of players below photo) the game rates as dead even with the Sooners great backcourt of future WNBA players Laneishea Caufield and Stacey Dales, who combined to average 34 points a game this senior season.

This video shows Swoops 47 point performance in one game. pparently some of the google docs to women's teams were requiring permission, and we apologize and have fixed that so anyone should be able to open and print the teams of your choice in view only or by downloading the doc to word. We will also provide a drop box option once we've double checked player cards on these last 10 teams to debut. We track ratings and all scores on this google sheet.

You can click this YouTube video of the Fever win:

The game was such a classic, that we decided to make it a separate blog rather than just add it below.

The following is the starting box score, with the stats each player gets by position before the first roll of the dice. This is reflected on the scoresheet with the game. All 10 players get one basket made, a rebound and a foul to start the game at 20-20. The starting guards start with 1 steal, and each team starts with 3 other turnovers for 5 turnovers total. Then the starting forwards and center get an extra rebound to start with 2. The center also starts with 1 blocked shot.

Pos            Texas Tech 2003              Pts 3pt 2pt FT Att Reb Stl  Blk Fl  Ht, Pts, Reb, Ast
1-PGKrista Gerlich2010011015'10, 12.9, 4.9, 5.3
2-SGNoel Johnson2010011015'7, 8.8, 3.8, 3.6
3-SFSheryl Swoopes2010020016'0, 28.1, 9.2, 4.1
4-PFMichi Atkins2010020016'1, 9.2, 5.1, 0.4
5-CCynthia Clinger2010020116'2, 10.7, 4.4, 0.6
PosTTU BenchPts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFlHt, Pts, Reb, Ast
1-PGStephanie Scott2010010015'9, 4.5, 3.0, 3.9
2-SGNikki Heath2010010015'9, 2.5, 2.8, 0.7
3-SFJanice Farris2010010015'11, 6.0, 3.2, 1.2
4-PFKim Pruitt2010010016'1, 2.0, 0.7, 0.2
5-CMelinda White2010010015'11, 2.3, 1.4, 0.1
 3 Turnovers2001000132110 
PosOklahoma 2002Pts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFlHt, Pts, Reb, Ast
1-PGStacey Dales2010011016'0, 17.0, 5.0, 4.9
2-SGLaneishea Caufield2010011015'9, 17.4, 5.0, 2.6
3-SFRosalind Ross2010020015'9, 11.6, 5.3, 2.2
4-PFCaton Hill2010020016'1, 12.6, 6.9, 2.1
5-CJamie Talbert2010020116'2, 7.8, 5.0, 1.0
PosOU BenchPts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFlHt, Pts, Reb, Ast
1-PGKate Scott2010010015'10, 1.5, 0.5, 0.6
2-SGDionnah Jackson-Durrett2010010015'9, 7.3, 4.7, 2.9
3-SFLauren Shoush2010010015'11, 1.3, 1.3, 0.7
4-PFStephanie Simon2010010016'0, 1.2, 1.2, 0.2
5-CLindsey Casey2010010016'1, 1.6, 0.6, 0.0
 3 Turnovers2001000132110

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