Legendary coach Anne Donovan passed away today, at 56 years old, of heart failure. Donovan coached the WNBA Charlotte Sting to the WNBA Finals in 2001, losing to the LA Sparks, and led the Seattle Storm to the WNBA Championship in 2004. She was the fourth head coach, and the first woman head coach to win a WNBA Championship.
Last night, Courtney Vandersloot broke Ticha Penicheiro's record for most assists in a single season, with two games remaining in the regular season. And, the record is legit because, although Ticha set the record in a 32-game season, Vandersloot missed the first four games of the season, and broke the record in only 28 games.
Watching the Mystics-Storm is a lot of fun. Kind of surprised, though. I would have thought their arena would be full for the WNBA finals. I could be mistaken but it looks like the upper half of Key Arena is closed off. I'd like to see Sue Bird win one more.
There are only two living coaches, not named Geno Auriemma, who have won multiple Division I Women's National Championships in the 21st century.
On Sunday, they'll each be coaching against the other, for a chance at their third. It will be the first time since 2012 that both of the head coaches in the Women's National Championship game are women; interestingly enough, that matchup also involved both these same coaches.