Just when it seemed inevitable that Candace Parker and the Sparks were bound for the WNBA Finals, Becky Hammon happened. Seven straight points later from the San Antonio guard, the Silver Stars were headed to their first finals appearance.
Candace Parker went to Tennessee to help fill up the trophy case some more. And winning an NCAA title and Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors for the second year in a row was the perfect farewell for her college career.
The U.S.-Russia rivalry goes all the way back to the 1950s and was pretty lopsided in favor of the Soviets for a long time. But Team USA, which plays its old foe Thursday, has come out on top in recent years.