Tagged WNBA

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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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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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 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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What to Make of Chicago Sky’s Starting Lineup Change

The Chicago Sky are off to a 3-2 start and have already made a change to the starting lineup. Acquired before the start of the season in a deal with the Los Angeles Sparks, Jantel Lavender has replaced Gabby Williams on the starting front line next to Stefanie Dolson. The Sky are among the top…

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Chelsea Gray Keeps Rocking Crunch Time for L.A. Sparks

At the age of 26 in just her third season as a full-time starter, point guard Chelsea Gray has already put together an impressive collection of big-time clutch shots for the Los Angeles Sparks. She continues adding to that reel as we start the 2019 WNBA season, especially as fellow All-Star Candace Parker has been…

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WNBA Coaches, Execs Weigh in on 2019 Roster Cuts

Every WNBA follower has seen it before: The final roster cutdown day can be brutal as teams are forced to finalize their opening night crew. There are only 144 jobs to be had. Even some of the top players coming out of college each year struggle to find a home. One roster cut—UCLA alum and…

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