1. Home
  2. Blogs for June, 2020

Month: June 2020

With Uncertainty Hanging Over Their Heads, Some WNBA Players Find Marketing Opportunities

Even with the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic hanging over the country and a truncated season on the horizon, some WNBA players continue to find ways to expand their careers with marketing and sponsorship deals. Converse and a Cloud Washington…

Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes to miss 2020 WNBA season, team cites “higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19”

Seattle Storm coach Dan Hughes to miss 2020 WNBA season, team cites “higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19”

The Seattle Storm announced that head coach Dan Hughes will not travel with the team to IMG Academy in Florida for the 2020 WNBA season. Last year, Hughes missed nine games after recovering from surgery in May 2019 to remove…

Los Angeles Sparks players Kristi Toliver and Chiney Ogwumike to opt out of the 2020 WNBA season

Los Angeles Sparks players Kristi Toliver and Chiney Ogwumike to opt out of the 2020 WNBA season

Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver and her teammate, forward/center Chiney Ogwumike, will not play this season in the WNBA, bringing the total number of players deciding to opt out at nine. The others: Cecilia Zandalasini (Minnesota Lynx) Renee Montgomery…

New York Liberty guard Rebecca Allen opts out of playing this season

New York Liberty guard Rebecca Allen opts out of playing this season

New York Liberty guard Rebecca Allen is opting out of playing during the 2020 WNBA season. She joins six other WNBA players who will skip the season and not play at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL, a location set up…

Erica Wheeler Stays Hopeful, Focused on Playing Career and Giving Back

Erica Wheeler Stays Hopeful, Focused on Playing Career and Giving Back

Erica Wheeler Looks Forward to Getting on the Court Again It’s been almost a year since Erica Wheeler took the women’s basketball world by storm with her outstanding performance in the league’s All-Star Game last July in Las Vegas. For…

With 1,058 career wins, Bentley Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Barbara Stevens announces retirement

With 1,058 career wins, Bentley Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Barbara Stevens announces retirement

Legendary women’s basketball coach, Barbara Stevens of Bentley University, announced her retirement after 1,058 career wins and a 44-year coaching career. Her storied career includes the 2014 NCAA Division II national championship and selection into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall…

Tennessee to host UConn in Year Two of Revival Series

Release from Tennessee: The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today details of the Hall of Fame Revival Series featuring the Tennessee Lady Vols and the UConn Huskies. Widely regarded as the two most successful programs in women’s basketball history, the…

Atlanta Dream guard Tiffany Hayes opts out of the 2020 WNBA season

Atlanta Dream guard Tiffany Hayes opts out of the 2020 WNBA season

Atlanta Dream guard Tiffany Hayes has opted out of the 2020 WNBA Season, the organization announced Tuesday. She becomes the fifth WNBA player to skip the season following teammate Renee Montgomery, Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones and Washington Mystics players Natasha…

Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones opts out of the 2020 WNBA season; Mystics players Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders join exodus

Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones opts out of the 2020 WNBA season; Mystics players Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders join exodus

Photo: NBAE/Getty Images Update: Washington Mystics players Natasha Cloud and LaToya Sanders decide to sit out season The Connecticut Sun announced that center Jonquel Jones will not play during the 2020 WNBA Season. A native of the Bahamas, Jones has…

Coaches and players support Renee Montgomery’s “leap of faith” to focus on social justice issues

Coaches and players support Renee Montgomery’s “leap of faith” to focus on social justice issues

Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery’s decision to sit out the 2020 season to focus on social justice issues was a “leap of faith” she said to reporters Thursday afternoon in a video conference call. The 11-year WNBA veteran and UConn…

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve talks about plans for the 2020 season and the need for social justice work

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve talks about plans for the 2020 season and the need for social justice work

The 2020 WNBA season will be like none other in league history. First, all twelve teams will live and play all games at IMG Academy in Florida, beginning with training camp in a couple of weeks – the season is…

Mystics owners, Monumental Sports, unveil a slate of social justice initiatives that includes a call for police reform

With many WNBA players at the forefront of athlete-led social activism movements, the parent company of the Washington Mystics, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, announced the launch of a program to combat social inequality and to address police brutality. Mystics guard…

Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery to sit out the 2020 WNBA season and focus on off-court social justice initiatives

Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery to sit out the 2020 WNBA season and focus on off-court social justice initiatives

Atlanta Dream guard Renee Montgomery will sit out the 2020 WNBA season to focus on off-court initiatives, the team announced Thursday. She is the first player to opt out of the season that is scheduled to start in late July…

WNBPA receives award from Jobs With Justice, Layshia Clarendon outlines ideas for player-led social justice initiatives in acceptance speech

WNBPA receives award from Jobs With Justice, Layshia Clarendon outlines ideas for player-led social justice initiatives in acceptance speech

Layshia Clarendon outlines ideas social justice initiatives for the 2020 season Recently, the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), the union representing the WNBA, received two awards in recognition of the organization’s contract negotiations this year that resulted in a…

With many questions unanswered, the Connecticut Sun and other teams are hopeful for a successful WNBA season

With many questions unanswered, the Connecticut Sun and other teams are hopeful for a successful WNBA season

WNBA announces plan to play a 22-game regular season in Bradenton, Florida 6/18/20 Update: Dream guard Renee Montgomery opts out of the season to focus on social justice initiatives and the WNBPA releases a statement With a truncated season on…

Las Vegas Aces sign free agent guard Alex Bentley

Las Vegas Aces sign free agent guard Alex Bentley

WNBA Transactions The Las Vegas Aces signed free agent guard Alex Bentley Tuesday. “I’m extremely excited to join the Las Vegas Aces!” said Bentley. “Thanking God, the team and the entire Aces organization for this wonderful opportunity. Let’s get it!”…

WNBA announces plan to play a 22-game regular season in Bradenton, Florida

WNBA announces plan to play a 22-game regular season in Bradenton, Florida

WNBA to play a 22-game season in Bradenton, Florida Update: League commissioner Cathy Engelbert appeared on ESPN’s “The Return of Sports” Monday night and talked about whether players would want to play in the midst of social justice movements around…

Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum undergoes Achilles tendon surgery, will miss 2020 WNBA season

Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum undergoes Achilles tendon surgery, will miss 2020 WNBA season

From the Aces: Las Vegas Aces General Manager Dan Padover announced that fourth-year guard Kelsey Plum underwent successful surgery today on her left Achilles tendon. Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the surgery. Plum is expected to make a full recovery, but…

Dawn Staley, Carolyn Peck, Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma discuss racism and inequality during virtual panel

Dawn Staley, Carolyn Peck, Muffet McGraw and Geno Auriemma discuss racism and inequality during virtual panel

Listen to Carolyn Peck talk about being racially profiled in her own neighborhood Full video After weeks of protests around the country following the deaths of multiple Black Americans at the hands of current and former police officers, the Women’s…

USA Basketball to continue streaming  classic National Team exhibition games

USA Basketball to continue streaming classic National Team exhibition games

USA Basketball will stream national team games every Tuesday and Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT through July 9. Games will be streamed at usab.com/live and on USA Basketball’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. The women’s team schedule: June 16: 2000 USA Women’s National Team vs. USA Select…

The Aussie Basketball USA “TOP 20” Class of 2021

The Aussie Basketball USA “TOP 20” Class of 2021

Recruiting high-level players from Australia is par for the course nowadays for NCAA DI women’s basketball coaches. The talent pool from Australia seems to get deeper every year. Sam Tomlinson of Aussie Basketball USA Pathways compiled a list of the…

Dawn Staley gives an update on preparation for Tokyo 2021, “everything is still so fluid”

Dawn Staley gives an update on preparation for Tokyo 2021, “everything is still so fluid”

Team USA women’s basketball head coach Dawn Staley provided an update on the U.S. women’s national team’s plans for the postponed Tokyo Games, now scheduled for the summer of 2021. Staley made her comments Monday during NBCSN’s “Lunch Talk Live”…

Catching up with Adrienne Goodson: The basketball legend talks about her career, her alma mater, her book and more

Catching up with Adrienne Goodson: The basketball legend talks about her career, her alma mater, her book and more

Photos courtesy Adrienne Goodson Die-hard fans of women’s basketball who have followed the WNBA from its inception are familiar with the name Adrienne Goodson. A fan favorite while she was in college and on the pro scene, “Goody,” as she…

With her cousin’s memory heavy on her heart, Sparks’ Tierra Ruffin-Pratt discusses recent police brutality in the U.S.

With her cousin’s memory heavy on her heart, Sparks’ Tierra Ruffin-Pratt discusses recent police brutality in the U.S.

There were thirty journalists crammed into small, square Zoom screens, some were comfortable in their home offices, small apartments, or bedrooms, while others participated without video. Inside the fifth box on the fourth row, Los Angeles Sparks guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt…

Women’s basketball community members speak out in response to death of George Floyd and protests

Women’s basketball community members speak out in response to death of George Floyd and protests

Women’s basketball community members “Run for Maud” to support justice efforts for Ahmaud Arbery Anti-racism Resources for Teachers Ending Anti-black Racism Resources In light of the recent deaths of black Americans at the hands of police and subsequent protests around…