It was the first day of the WNBA season, and it’s kind of bad luck that the biggest blowout of the day – LA’s 78-58 win over Detroit – was the televised game on ABC.
At some point during this one, it was a little easy to get distracted and go check “Rotten Tomatoes” for movie reviews. And find, to my surprise and delight, that “Drag Me to Hell” was getting an 86 percent rating. Realistically, though, it wouldn’t matter if it was getting an 8.6 percent rating … or a 0.6 rating … or if every reviewer included a scathing rebuke such as, “Any idiot who wastes money on this trash should get their head examined.”
Because there is no way, even if the reviews had been bad, that I would ever miss going to see a movie named “Drag Me to Hell.” From what I’ve heard, however, it actually is not about Tina Thompson trying to force an arm-locked Plenette Pierson up to a Staples Center suite to coo at Candace Parker’s baby.
The best game on opening day was Atlanta’s 87-86 double-overtime victory over Indiana, which provided the matchup of Tennessee legends Chamique Holdsclaw (23 points) vs. Tamika Catchings (15 points). How good is it to have Holdsclaw back in the league?
She got help Saturday from Angel McCoughtry (15 points), who was the league’s No. 1 draft pick this year – 10 years after Holdsclaw had that honor. McCoughtry was one of three rookies to really stand out on opening day, along with Washington’s Marissa Coleman (16 points for Team ACC) and Phoenix’s DeWanna Bonner (16 points for Team Taurasi). Coleman’s Mystics and Bonner’s LifeLocks (Mercury) both won their respective games, too.
Also notable on the first day was Seattle’s Lauren Jackson, who wasn’t sure how well she’d perform right away … but apparently she was the only one who wasn’t sure. LJ had 23 points in the Storm’s 71-61 victory over a Sacramento team that one suspects is going to have some frustrating offensive nights this season.
Oh, and then speaking of frustration, there was a team Saturday that lost despite shooting 57.1 percent from 3-point range (8 of 14): the Chicago Sky, which fell 102-85 to Minnesota.
Game of the day: Dream 87, Fever 86 2 OT
Player of the day: Dream’s Erika DeSouza: 17 points, 16 rebounds
Rookie of the day: Mercury’s DeWanna Bonner: 16 points, 11 rebounds