Lessons from the first round of the WNBA playoffs

The WNBA semifinals are now set with Storm and Aces to contend in what has all the makings of an all-time great series – featuring seven previous first draft picks. Chicago and Connecticut will compete in another star-studded semi-final to see who can get one step closer to winning the title this year.

Before the second round of post-season begins, here are five quick notes from Round One that both look back on what really happened and get you ready for what’s to come.

1. The former Chicago experience still shines through in the opposite situations.

While playing on the road in this 3 Series Definition game, the sky has never been darker. Even after New York ran 7-0 to cut its fourth-quarter deficit by 10 points to just three, Chicago held on, expressing the experience and balance that were instrumental in securing the title last year. When coach and general manager James Wade called a timeout less than a minute into the fourth quarter, he reminded his team to keep their cool and focus on weeding out their mental blunders. The players did just that, running 16-0 over the next six minutes to put away the game and the series.

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