Four Lady Bears are moving on to the WNBA playoffs that start Wednesday.
Brittney Griner and Alexis Prince are preparing for their first round game with the Phoenix Mercury against the Seattle Storm, while Odyssey Sims and the LA Sparks and Alexis Jones and the Minnesota Lynx wait for their opposition in the semifinals.
The WNBA implemented changes to the postseason structure. The eight teams with the highest winning percentages regardless of conference qualify for the playoffs and are seeded based on their record. In addition, the number of playoff rounds increased from three to four.
The first and second rounds are single elimination. The semifinals are best of five. The top two seeds (1. Minnesota Lynx, 2. LA Sparks) receive a bye to the semifinals, and the third and fourth seeds (3. Connecticut Sun, 4. New York Liberty) receive a bye to the second round.
Griner led the league in scoring and blocks in the regular season with 21.9 points per game and 2.5 blocks per game.
Rookies Jones (Mercury) and Prince (Lynx) each averaged a little more than seven minutes per contest. Jones averaged 2.6 points off 37.9 percent shooting from the perimeter, while Prince averaged 1.9 points off 34.1 percent shooting from the field.
Sims showed improvement in her fourth season in the league with 9.6 points per game off a career-best 44.7 percent shooting from the floor. The guard also dished out 3.5 assists per contest.
Yoe retains top spot
in latest football poll
After defeating Bellville 40-14 on Saturday, Cameron Yoe remained No. 1 in the Associated Press high school football 3A poll. With only one week of the season completed, there wasn’t much change.
La Vega and China Spring remained at fifth and 10th respectively in the 4A poll. Temple, however, moved up from fourth to third after Highland Park lost to Rockwall 53-49.
There was some change in the 2A poll after third-ranked Mart fell to Lexington 40-38. That bumped Bremond up a spot to third and Crawford moved up to fourth, while Mart fell to seventh.
After its shutout loss, Teague still received a vote in the 3A poll. Meanwhile, Midway received three votes — two as Hewitt Midway and one as Waco Midway.