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Activism and the WNBA

As we eulogize contemporary legend Toni Morrison, we look to her body of work for hope and inspiration. While teaching a class, she once remarked, “When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody…

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Breaking Down the Theresa Plaisance, Kristine Anigwe Trade

The Connecticut Sun made the lone move of the 2019 WNBA trade deadline, shipping out 2019 No. 9 overall pick Kristine Anigwe in exchange for Theresa Plaisance of the Dallas Wings.  Connecticut’s window is now. Plaisance is in her sixth year and capable of logging quality minutes as a stretch big option. Anigwe needs time.…

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Speculation and Ideas for WNBA Trade Deadline

WNBA trade deadlines rarely see much movement. Fitting under the league’s hard cap is extremely difficult, and there isn’t much differentiation between the salaries of stars and non-stars. There are essentially two buckets nearly every player falls into: Minimum contracts (or players on rookie-scale deals) and veterans tabbed at or near the max. The 2019…

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How Do Atlanta Dream Fix This Going Forward?

The Atlanta Dream have lost seven straight games after a 5-10 start. Now sitting 5.5 games out of the No. 8 spot with 12 games remaining, the Dream must begin looking inward as they evaluate what went wrong and how they can get back into contention next season. Here are the biggest questions facing general…

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Complete Second-Half WNBA Team-by-Team Previews

All too quickly, the WNBA has hit the All-Star break, capping off a weekend that also boasted a beach party featuring Snoop, Iggy Azalea, and DJ Liz Cambage. After everyone recovers and rests up, it’s go time: a six-week push to the end of the regular season. Let’s take a look at where teams currently…

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Nneka Ogwumike Makes LA Sparks the Contender You Won’t See Coming

No 2019 contender is further from being a finished product than the Los Angeles Sparks. Four core rotation players are currently sidelined. Yet, if and when they each return at full strength, it will still be Nneka Ogwumike’s excelling in an ever-evolving role that will be the biggest reason why they’re able to put it…

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Jordin Canada Keeping Seattle Storm as Contenders

The depleted Seattle Storm just keep finding ways (and contributors) to win. Entering their final game before the 2019 All-Star break, the defending champs sit at 12-8 and are just one game out of first place. Point guard of the future Jordin Canada, forced into starting duties with Sue Bird (knee) out indefinitely, has been…

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Liz Cambage, Dearica Hamby Can Cushion A’ja Wilson’s Absence

There’s roughly 6:10 left in the third quarter of a must-see game between the Seattle Storm and the Las Vegas Aces. Speedy Storm guard Jordin Canada retreats to half-court after the initial set doesn’t create an advantage. She jets to her left around a Natasha Howard screen and penetrates the lane. Her patented lefty scoop…

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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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