Auburn in the WNBA: Week 4 recap

AUBURN - Former Auburn player Le'coe Willingham and the Seattle Storm just completed a 3-0 week and have won four games in a row to improve to a WNBA-best 8-1 record on the season.

Seattle's resume for the week included two double-digit home victories plus a victory over the Los Angeles Sparks in the second outdoor game in WNBA history. With its two victories at home this past week, Seattle remains a perfect 5-0 at Key Arena.  The Storm got the week started in fine fashion by handing the Atlanta Dream its first loss of the season in a 90-72 triumph last Tuesday. Willingham chipped in with two points, three rebounds and a steal in the win.

Seattle pushed its winning streak to three games with a 79-75 win over the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA's second ever outdoor game. The game was played at the Home Depot Center's tennis stadium located in Carson, Calif., in front of 6,026 fans. In the win, Willingham scored two points, grabbed four rebounds and delivered two assists.

The Storm finished the week by setting a new season-high in points with a 97-74 victory over the Phoenix Mercury.  It was the second win of the season for Seattle over the defending WNBA champions.  Willingham had one of her strongest games of the season in the win, finishing the night with eight points, five rebounds and two assists. Willingham has played in all nine games for the Seattle and is averaging 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds.

Despite DeWanna Bonner averaging 14.7 points and 4.7 rebounds for the week, the Phoenix Mercury went 1-2 in the past seven days. The highlight of the week for Bonner and the Mercury came in a thrilling 90-89 win over the Los Angeles Sparks last Friday.  Phoenix got the win after Tangela Smith made a layup with 15.8 seconds left to give them a one point lead and two last-second attempts by the Sparks were unsuccessful.  The Birmingham, Ala., native led her team with 24 points while also contributing seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in the win.

The former Auburn star also played well in the loss to Seattle, finishing the night with 12 points, three rebounds and three blocks. Bonner rounded out the week with eight points and four rebounds in Tuesday night's 92-91 loss at Los Angeles.

The 2009 SEC Player of the Year is 23rd in the WNBA scoring 12.8 points a game, 11th in the league with 7.5 rebounds and is tied for ninth with 1.38 blocked shots per game. She is also shooting 48.0 percent from the floor, which is 20th-best in the WNBA.

The Seattle Storm plays just once this week when they host Los Angeles Friday at 9 p.m. CT at Key Arena.  It is the third matchup between the two teams already this season with the Storm holding a 2-0 advantage.

The Phoenix Mercury plays twice this week. The Mercury will play a couple of home games with the first being a 9 p.m. CT, Thursday game against Minnesota. The week will wrap up with a 9 p.m. CT, Saturday game against Tulsa.