Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Sparks released two-time WNBA Champion, and 2007 WNBA Finals MVP, Cappie Pondexter, due to her inability to find regular playing time, according to head coach Brian Agler.
“We really enjoyed having her on our team,” Agler said. “It came down to playing time, her desire to play more. We just couldn’t provide that for her with the way Riquna [Williams] and Odyssey [Sims] are playing.”
Pondexter is coming off a season with the Chicago Sky where she averaged 27.2 minutes per game. Those numbers dropped significantly this season, where she saw only 10.2 minutes over 13 games.
“Now she has the ability to talk to 11 other teams,” Agler said, “and we have the ability now to free up cap space to potentially sign somebody else.”
Lynx Lindsay Whalen Retiring
“I would like to thank the WNBA, the Connecticut Sun, and the Minnesota Lynx for believing in me all of these years,” Whalen said in a statement. “I look forward to the next chapter in my basketball career and wish my Lynx coaches and teammates all of the best in the future.”
Whalen, 36, was named women’s basketball coach at her alma mater, Minnesota, back in April. Whalen sparked the Gophers run to the 2004 Women’s Final Four. She will take the helm after the season is over.
Whalen has averaged 11.5 points, 4.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds in her WNBA career and is Minnesota’s career assists leader with 2,337, which is third all-time in the WNBA behind Seattle’s Sue Bird and the retired Ticha Penicheiro.
“I feel so fortunate to have been on the sidelines for so many of her wins,” Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said. “Lindsay’s will to win made her special, along with always putting her team and teammates first. I will always cherish the times we spent together over the last eight years bringing championships to her home state of Minnesota.”
Whalen poured in averaged 14.9 points, 5.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds back in 2013 en route to leading the Lynx to a WNBA Championship.
Wings’ Liz Cambage Breaks WNBA Single-Game Scoring Record
Dallas Wings’ center Liz Cambage has broken the WNBA’s single game scoring record as she poured in 53 points in a 104-87 victory over the New York Liberty on Tuesday.
Cambage surpassed Riquna Williams’ previous record of 51 points on a three-pointer with 45 seconds left in the game.
Cambage finished 17-of-22 from the field and hit a season-high 15 foul shots, including 4-for-5 from downtown.
Fever’s Cappie Pondexter Brings Boost To Indiana
Cappie Pondexter may have not been a fit with the Los Angeles Sparx, who cut ties with her earlier this month, but she is becoming a factor for her new team, the Indiana Fever.
Pondexter, one of the league’s all-time greats, is now on a struggling team, but her influence is having an impact on her teammates, as was the case when Indiana proved to be a tough matchup for the defending WNBA Champion Minnesota Lynx.
“We came in the huddle and everyone was slumped,” Indiana forward Natalie Achonwa said. “Cappie was like, ‘It’s a tie game.’ That just got us sitting back up. Just because a couple of possessions go wrong doesn’t mean we’re not engaged.”
“We had the momentum from the start of the game,” Pondexter said. “[The Lynx] were on their heels. Sometimes you have to remind them the game is about runs. You’re going to have good runs and bad runs. You have to remember the momentum is on our side. Small things like that.”
Indiana coach Pokey Chatman, who coached Pondexter with the Chicago Sky from 2015-16, knew what the veteran brought to the table and immediately worked to bring her into the fold.
“Cappie’s an experienced player who knows how to compete at the highest level,” Chatman said. “She knows how to start a game and close out quarters. Just that experience. Having to learn under the lights and learn how to practice. … It’s one thing for me to show them on video after the fact. It’s nice to have someone on the bench speaking the same language, and on the court doing the same things.”
Pondexter has spent enough time in the WNBA to understand the business side of it, as she understood the Sparx’s decision to release her.
“It’s a business at the end of the day,” she said in the visitor’s locker room at Target Center. “If you focus on the past, you can’t really step into future. I’m 13 years in [the league]. I understand it’s a business. I understand the organization had to do what was best for the team. At the same time, this organization had to do the same thing.
“I wasn’t frustrated at all. I was told to trust [Agler], and that’s what I did. It is what it is. Now I’m in Indiana, and when Pokey calls me and plays me, I’m ready. I’m fresh. I didn’t play the first half of the season. … I’ve still got a lot to contribute.”
Indiana has a refocused and re-energized Pondexter moving forward.
“I’m 35 years old,” Pondexter said, “but I’m a 21-year-old at heart.”
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