AUBURN - After the first two weeks of the WNBA's regular season, former Tiger Le' Coe Willingham and the Seattle Storm lead the Western Conference. The Storm is 3-1 since the beginning of last week and sits in first place at 6-1 on the season, three games ahead of a trio of teams including DeWanna Bonner's Phoenix Mercury.
Seattle opened the week with an 82-76 home victory over the Washington Mystics and concluded the week by splitting a pair of road games. The Storm lost its first game of the season last Tuesday 84-75 to the Chicago Sky before responding with a dominating 84-56 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Sunday. The Western conference leader continued its good play in a 90-72 home victory over the previously-undefeated Atlanta Dream yesterday.
Willingham has averaged 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds over her last four games. She chipped in eight points each against Washington and Chicago.
The Augusta, Ga., native also grabbed a season-high six rebounds in the win over the Mystic. The solid week of play has raised the former Tiger's average to 5.2 points per game to go along with 3.5 rebounds.
The Mercury has been going in the opposite direction of the Storm in recent days losing three out of its last four games.
Phoenix got above the .500 mark with a 110-96 victory over the Tulsa Shock on the road last Tuesday, but has lost in its last two outings.
Phoenix lost to the Eastern Conference leading Dream 96-93 last Friday despite the second double-double of the season for Bonner. The reigning Sixth Woman of the Year finished the game with 13 points and 13 rebounds, along with three blocked shots, an assist and a steal.
In the win over Tulsa, Bonner had a strong performance as she scored 10 points with seven rebounds and four assists.
In Phoenix's loss to the Minnesota Lynx, Bonner scored four points and was second on the team with eight rebounds while also blocking two shots.
The Birmingham, Ala., native is in the top 40 in the WNBA in scoring with 11.6 points and is ninth in the league with 9.2 rebounds per game.
She has also blocked 1.6 shots per game good for a tie for ninth in the WNBA.
The Mercury will close out the week with two games this weekend.
Phoenix will welcome the Los Angeles Sparks to U.S. Airways Center for a
9 p.m. CT game Friday. Phoenix will then head to Seattle for an 8 p.m.
CT, Sunday game against Willingham and the first-place Storm. Before its game with Phoenix, Seattle will travel to Los Angeles to take on the Sparks Saturday at 10 p.m. CT.