Sept. 17, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. - With the regular season in the books, former Auburn women's basketball players DeWanna Bonner and Le'Coe Willingham are preparing for the 2013 WNBA Conference Semi-Finals. Bonner and the Phoenix Mercury are the No. 3 seed in the WNBA Western Conference while Willingham and the Atlanta Dream are the No. 2 seed in the East.
Bonner and the Mercury went 5-2 to finish the regular season, logging wins over Connecticut, San Antonio (twice), Atlanta and New York. In the win against Atlanta, Bonner scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds, and tallied a season-high of four steals. Bonner also scored 18 points, grabbed 5 rebounds, and handed out one assist against New York. Despite a loss at Chicago, Bonner scored 12 points, grabbed three rebounds, and handed out two assists.
Bonner finished the regular season averaging 14.5 points per game (18th in the WNBA), 5.8 rebounds per game (16th), and 2.4 assists per game. The Phoenix Mercury and Bonner finished the season 19-15 and will face the Los Angeles Sparks in the Western Conference Semifinals, a best-of-3 series.
Willingham and the Dream recently struggled to finish the regular season, losing their last four games. Even with the losses, Atlanta finished the season with a 17-17 record and are the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Willingham finished the regular season averaging 4.1 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game. She will lead the Dream against the Washington Mystics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, a best-of-3 series.
Bonner and the Mercury will return to action on Thursday in the first playoff game against Los Angeles at 9 p.m. CT on ESPN2, and at home on Saturday at 9 p.m. CT on NBA-TV. The third game of the series, if necessary, will be played at 9 p.m. CT, Monday on ESPN2.
Willingham and the Dream will also return to the court on Thursday with the first playoff game at home against Washington at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN2, and at 6 p.m. CT, Saturday at Washington on NBA-TV. The third game, if necessary, will be on Monday.