Sept. 28, 2012
Rice assistant women's basketball coach Taj McWilliams-Franklin and her Minnesota Lynx start the WNBA Playoffs on Friday, Sept. 28 against the Seattle Storm. The Lynx are defending WNBA Champions, and enter the playoffs with the Western Conference's top seed.
"The championship from last year has no meaning, except for our ability to understand the amount of hard work that is needed to be successful in the playoffs," said McWilliams-Franklin. "Everyone is gunning for our heads."
The Lynx take on Seattle in a three game series, starting on Friday at 8 p.m., with television coverage available on ESPN 2. Game two is at Seattle on Sunday, with tip at 8 p.m. on ESPN. If necessary, the series moves to a third game at Minnesota on Tuesday, with television coverage on ESPN 2.
The winner of the series plays the winner of the Los Angeles/San Antonio series in the Western Conference Finals
McWilliams-Franklin joins the Rice squad as a coach whenever her WNBA season is finished, where she hopes to bring some playoff wisdom to the Owls.
"There's a toughness that each player needs to make an impact in the playoffs, but you also have to bring your steady game you've had all along during the regular season," said McWilliams-Franklin. "As a coach, I impart some the necessary tools players need to be impact players for our team on any given night."
"Each game should be viewed as the big stage and your A-game should always be on display, no matter who the opponent is on the other side of the court," added McWilliams-Franklin.