Category: WNBA

  • WNBA teams will play a standard 40-game schedule in 2023

    NEW YORK — The league announced Wednesday that WNBA teams will play a standard 40-game schedule during the 2023 season, which begins May 19. All 12 teams will play games during opening weekend, including the Sparks and new coach Kurt Miller hosting the Phoenix Mercury as one of four games on Opening Night. The regular […]

  • Respond to Brittney Griner’s Captivity Is Condemnation of Right and ‘Left’

    United States women’s basketball star Brittney Griner looks down during the national anthem before a game against Canada at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Christian Peterson/Getty Images) I am very upset with the response to my last column on what we know Abhorrent prison conditions Brittney Griner lives in a labor camp in Mordovia, Russia. […]

  • Supporters of Brittney Griner’s punishment are painfully wrong

    As always and forever, it depends. It depends on a lot of things, from how you were raised, to your sense of right and wrong, to whether you have an obstructive view. On Friday in this space, I wrote about the very harsh sentence — nine years in a penal labor colony — given to […]

  • Coaches at South Carolina and Stanford are using the game to support Brittney Grenier

    November 20, 2022 MA Close MA Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. STANFORD, Calif. — South Carolina coach Don Staley and Stanford coach Tara VanDeverere donned long-sleeved shirts in tribute Brittney Griner As part […]

  • How do WNBA players choose their overseas teams? It is complicated

    On Jasmine Tomas’s first night in the Czech Republic as a member of Sika Brno, the police showed up at her house. They did this not because Thomas intentionally committed any wrongdoing, but because she had disassembled her belongings, Thomas blew the electrical fuses in her apartment, only knowing one number to call. When the […]

  • Kendall Lanes is a branch of Naperville Central

    Kendall Lanes is used to making big plays on the softball field. The seniors of Naperville Central can also make it on the basketball court. Lanes showed Saturday when she stepped to the free throw line with the Redhawks a point behind Bennett with 22.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter. “It was so loud, […]

  • Aliyah Boston’s top WNBA prospect, NCAAW’s top prospect

    As women’s college moves toward conference play, the top prospects in the 2023 WNBA Draft continue to present their cases to the lottery teams for why they should be selected. Equally important are the positions these prospects end up in. The WNBA is one of the most competitive leagues when it comes to roster retention. […]

  • New York Liberty: Black Friday Wish List

    In its quest to find items on its Black Friday wish list, the New York Liberty won’t have to deal with crowds and camping out in the immediate aftermath of Thanksgiving dinner. Instead, they’ll face more dangerous threats that almost every reveler can empathize with: their 11 WNBA sisters. Despite its relatively dismal end, Liberty’s […]

  • For the world-traveling Las Vegas Ice, there’s no leftovers from the WNBA Championship

    The bell rings and students flock to Bishop Gorman’s cafeteria. Aces forward Teresa Plaisance was supposed to be gone long before crowds of high school students arrived for lunch. Plaisance, A.; 2022 WNBA Champion With the aces, she finished speaking about 20 minutes early. But after talking to some student-athlete Bishop Gorman about work ethic, […]

  • Naperville Central’s Trinity Jones compared to Candace Parker

    Naperville Central’s Trinity Jones felt typical jitters before her first high school game. She wasn’t playing for the freshman team, after all. Not this child. “I was definitely nervous coming to Central, especially playing varsity,” said Jones. “I was like, ‘I don’t know if girls are going to like me.’” I don’t know if they […]