In the world of Chicago pro basketball, one season ended Thursday (May 10) while another was beginning. Because the travel budget for this site is nowhere near what some of us might want, your correspondent did not journey to Philadelphia to witness the Bulls’ 79-78 loss to the 76ers that gave the Sixers a 4-2 series victory in the first round of the NBA’s postseason.
Instead the travel was much closer to home — to New Trier High School in Winnetka for the WNBA Chicago Sky’s 73-68 victory vs. the Washington Mystics in a preseason opener.
Now the skeptics in the audience here in cyberspace will say there is no comparison between the men’s and women’s game. Well, there is some comparison, even if the two leagues are not comparable. For example, let us consider field-goal percentage:
* Bulls: 37.5 (30-of-80)
* Sixers: 39.7 (29-of-73)
* Sky: 32.4 (23-of-71
* Mystics: 37.5 (24-of-64)
What those numbers say is no team had a particular good time shooting. Some numbers of interest from the Sky-Mystics contest: game-high 13 points for Sky guard Epiphanny Prince (3-of-6 on three-point attempts), nine points and a game-high 12 rebounds for Sky center Sylvia Fowles, a game-high seven assists for Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot, 10 points for reserve guard Shay Murphy and seven points and five rebounds for offseason acquisition Swin Cash.
Another veteran newcomer for the Sky, forward Ruth Riley, logged 22:20, second on the team only to Murphy’s 20:53. Riley (six points, four assists, two rebounds) rallied the Sky with a blocked shot (she had two for the game) that she followed with a field goal for a 67-66 lead with 52.4 left in the game. The Sky did not give up the lead after that. Felicia Chester-Wootten (whose husband, Chicago Bears defensive end Corey Wootten was a spectator in the stands) and rookie Sydney Carter each had six points off the bench.
The Sky opens the regular season on May 19 at Washington and opens its home season May 25 against Indiana at Allstate Arena. Some video from after the Sky victory:
Even though the Bulls may have been eliminated from the NBA’s postseason, this site will strive to provide videos featuring memebers of the Luvabulls dance team. The plan had been to spread them out during the duration of the Bulls’ run in the playoffs, but apparently the Bulls did not receive that memo.
Congratulations to Jaclyn Swedberg. She was named Playboy Playmate of the Year 2012 on Thursday. Footage of the announcement will come another day perhaps. For now, this video featuring her will have to suffice:
Victoria’s Secret presents the 2012 “What Is Sexy?” list (for anyone who might have been feeling a little listless today):
Thank you for IFBB Figure Pro Alicia Harris for being an in-studio guest on the May 10 “Sports & Torts” show on talkzone.com with David Spada and Elliott Harris. Also on the show was former National League star and former National League president Bill White, who also was a broadcaster with the New York Yankees teams. To see the program, you can click here.
The show definitely is worth a look and a listen. Or such is the opinion of an impartial observer.
Elk Grove Gymnastics School is holding a fund-raiser Friday (May 11) “Circus With the Superstars” at 7 p.m. at the school, 775 Bonnie Lane in Elk Grove Village. Information is available at (847) 437-3447.
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