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First-Time WNBA All-Stars Really Stepping Up in 2019

Five first-time WNBA All-Stars will represent their teams as 2019 WNBA All-Star Game participants later this month in Las Vegas. The three selected as reserves—Diamond DeShields of the Chicago Sky, Odyssey Sims of the Minnesota Lynx and Erica Wheeler of the Indiana Fever—have shouldered more responsibility in 2019. Though their stories are very different, each…

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Breaking Down WNBA Prospects Marine Johannes, Alexia Chartereau

Women’s EuroBasket 2019 concluded July 7 as Spain clinched the title with a decisive 86-66 victory over France. Though that’s long past, there are a lot of takeaways from that competition which help us from a WNBA standpoint, especially when considering prospects who are or will likely make the league in the near future. This…

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All-Star Kia Nurse is Second Scorer NY Liberty Needed

New York Liberty second-year guard Kia Nurse was named a 2019 All-Star starter earlier this week. The 2018 No. 10 overall pick has stepped into a larger scoring role and helped New York to a 7-8 start, capably filling the vacant role as a No. 2 option in support of eight-time All-WNBA forward Tina Charles.…

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NY Liberty Reload Just in Time After EuroBasket 2019

The 2019 FIBA Women’s EuroBasket tournament shouldered its way into the first third of the WNBA season, borrowing players with national commitments from June 27 to July 7 (with some, like the Mystics’ Emma Meesseman and Kim Mestdagh, leaving earlier to prep with their squad, or others delaying their season’s start entirely). The top six…

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Astou Ndour, Marta Xargay Lead Spain to FIBA EuroBasket 2019 Title

Chicago Sky forward Astou Ndour was named MVP of EuroBasket 2019 as Spain cruised 86-66 over France in Sunday’s title game. France, led by six-year WNBA veteran Sandrine Gruda and New York Liberty guards Bria Hartley and Marine Johannes, has now finished as the runners-up four straight times, losing three times at the hands of…

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Tianna Hawkins’ Improvement Completes Washington Mystics

The Washington Mystics sit atop the WNBA standings at 9-3 ahead of Friday’s clash with the 8-5 Las Vegas Aces. Sixth-year reserve forward Tianna Hawkins, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field and 16-of-33 from deep, has been a key, flexible cog for one of the league’s most potent offenses. Washington’s success is propelled by…

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EuroBasket Takeaways: Emma Meesseman, Maria Vadeeva Clash

The first day of Women’s EuroBasket 2019 featured a high-profile frontcourt matchup as Belgium defeated Russia 67-54 in group play.  Belgium’s Emma Meesseman (Washington Mystics) and Russia’s Maria Vadeeva (Los Angeles Sparks) also happen to be two of the most notable WNBA players participating in the tournament. Meesseman scored a game-high 29 points on 10-of-17…

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Leilani Mitchell, Committee Approach Keep Phoenix Mercury in the Hunt

Leilani Mitchell was undoubtedly one of the 12 best basketball players in camp with the Phoenix Mercury last month. Yet, the team waived the 10-year veteran and brought her back two games into the 2019 WNBA season as they worked under the league’s hard salary cap and attempted to maximize each roster spot.  She drew…

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What EuroBasket Departures Mean for Rest of WNBA Season

Women’s EuroBasket 2019 begins June 27 and concludes July 7 with the championship game. 13 WNBA players along with several additional players and prospects of interest are competing in the tournament, and WNBA teams must account for the temporary losses of these players as they compete on this international stage. We don’t know how things…

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What Natasha Howard’s Scoring Storm Means

The Natasha Howard trade looks better by the day for the Seattle Storm. The sixth-year forward is second in league-wide scoring at 19.6 points per game through nine games. She saw limited floor time during her first four seasons, split between the Indiana Fever and Minnesota Lynx before joining the Storm via a sign-and-trade prior…

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