Aug 27, 2016
Which theory would win out as the WNBA returned from the Olympic break?
Would the Olympians be tired? Would the remaining players be rusty?
It seems a combination of both is the answer, but two Olympians in particular shined, and are the Disher and Swisher of the Night for August 26th, the resumption of the WNBA season.
In Chicago, the Sky won an important playoff seed fight with the Atlanta Dream, 90-82 to pull within a half game of the Dream.
Chicago's Elena Delle Donne recorded her fourth 30-point plus game of the season, leading all scorers on the WNBA slate with 34 points. Swishing from the line can be as important as from the field, and Delle Donne set a new season high going a perfect 14-for-14. Total stat line for the Olympian: 34 points on 9-of-20 shooting, 2-for-4 from three, the perfect 14 foul shots, eight rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks, and ZERO turnovers.
A very impressive night for Delle Donne; a night that earns her Swisher of the Night honors!
Later in the evening, in Seattle, the Storm rode big first and third quarters to upset first place overall Los Angeles, 79-72.
Seattle's ageless wonder, the returning Sue Bird led the charge, hitting five three-pointers, including one to open the game. Seattle never trailed.
Still, it was Bird's six assists that earns her last night's Disher of the Night honors. Even though Jewell Loyd led the Storm with seven total assists, it is Bird that leads the charge and governs the pace as well as any point guard that has ever played in the WNBA.
Congratulations to Sue Bird, our Disher of the Night, and Elena Delle Donne our Swisher of the Night for August 27th!