One of the true delights of the WNBA is the outstanding and sometimes breathtaking ball movement. We love it so much at Bally Sports that we are highlighting the best assists of the WNBA semifinal series so far. Enjoy the Dimes of the Week.
First, we have the Chicago Sky doing what they do best. They lead the league with 23.6 assists per game in the playoffs. In Wednesday’s Game 2 against the Connecticut Sun, seven-time All-Star Candace Parker set up Courtney Vandersloot for a perfect backdoor cut by driving directly at her. Connecticut’s DeWanna Bonner took one step to Parker, taking her out of position to cover Vandersloot cutting to the basket.
In the same game, Vandersloot had a team-high eight assists. In the third quarter, Chicago’s point guard aggressively came off a ball screen, pulling Azura Stevens’ defender and giving her the perfect lane to cut. Vandersloot, of course, noticed it and provided a leading pass to Stevens to extend the Sky's lead before halftime.
In the postseason, Sue Bird has only been averaging nine points but is leading the Storm with 7.5 assists per game. In Seattle's Game 1 win against the Las Vegas Aces, Bird threw a graceful full-court pass to Jewell Loyd in transition that resulted in an and-1 play.
Dime of the Week, however, goes to Seattle's Loyd. The Storm guard has been making headlines by averaging 17.3 points per game in the playoffs, but the assist she made in the fourth quarter of Game 2 was just comical. What was supposed to be a wide-open layup for Loyd resulted in her losing a shoe and making a bounce pass from her knees to Breanna Stewart for a 3-pointer.