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WNBA denies Elena Delle Donne’s medical opt-out request; Delle Donne and the team respond

7/15/20 Update: Elene Delle Donne responded to the league’s denial with an essay in The Players’ Tribune.  Delle Donne prefaced her essay on social media with this statement: “The league I’ve given my blood, sweat and tears to has basically…

Kara Lawson on becoming Duke’s head coach: “This is a dream come true for me”

Kara Lawson on becoming Duke’s head coach: “This is a dream come true for me”

Former WNBA player Kara Lawson is already in hallowed territory as part of a wave of female assistant coaches in the NBA. However, being named the head coach of Duke women’s basketball puts her in even more elite company. Currently,…

Highly touted Seattle Storm rookie Ezi Magbegor ready to begin her WNBA career

Highly touted Seattle Storm rookie Ezi Magbegor ready to begin her WNBA career

When Seattle Storm rookie forward Ezi Magbegor was nearly two years old, a fellow Australian Lauren Jackson became the first pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft. Selected by the Storm, Jackson, a 19-year-old phenom, went on to have a storied…

WNBA teams begin to get settled in the bubble, focused on practice and conditioning

WNBA teams begin to get settled in the bubble, focused on practice and conditioning

Video courtesy Phoenix Mercury As of Saturday, all WNBA teams have arrived at the “bubble” location, IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. The Indiana Fever was the last team to arrive. Team press conferences began Friday and will continue throughout the…

WNBA Commissioner and players respond to Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler’s opposition to league’s social justice efforts

WNBA Commissioner and players respond to Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler’s opposition to league’s social justice efforts

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert released the following statement today in response to Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler’s opposition to the social justice efforts of the league and players. Engelbert: “The WNBA is based on the principle of equal and fair treatment…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Women’s basketball community members “Run for Maud” to support justice efforts for Ahmaud Arbery

Women’s basketball community members “Run for Maud” to support justice efforts for Ahmaud Arbery

Women’s basketball coaches and athletes joined in the call for justice via social media for Ahmaud Arbery, a young black man who was murdered while unarmed while jogging in Glynn County, Ga. Many expressed grief, including Old Dominion head coach…

BTN to air rarely seen footage from the 1982 AIAW Championship featuring Rutgers and Texas

BTN to air rarely seen footage from the 1982 AIAW Championship featuring Rutgers and Texas

BTN will air rarely seen footage from the 1982 AIAW Championship featuring Rutgers and Texas on Saturday, May 9 at 8 p.m. ET. The game was the final AIAW title game and was never broadcasted on television. The championship comes…

Goodbye RPI, Hello NET, a new measuring tool for NCAA DI women’s basketball

Goodbye RPI, Hello NET, a new measuring tool for NCAA DI women’s basketball

NCAA Frequently Asked Questions on the NET Beginning with the upcoming 2020-21 season, NCAA Division I women’s basketball will use a new metric to replace the Ratings Percentage Index. The NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) measures a team’s quality and helps…

Epic! Bird, Rapinoe, Taurasi, and Taylor entertain in marathon IG Live; best player-driven live stream ever

Epic! Bird, Rapinoe, Taurasi, and Taylor entertain in marathon IG Live; best player-driven live stream ever

2020 WNBA Draft Results Live streaming from the comfort of home is nothing new for WNBA players. A decade ago, players made accounts on the original iteration of Livestream.com and posted links to their live video sessions on social media.…

Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw steps down after 33 seasons, Niele Ivey to take over as head coach

Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw steps down after 33 seasons, Niele Ivey to take over as head coach

After 33 seasons at Notre Dame, a period that included two national championships and induction into the Naismith Hall of Fame, legendary head coach Muffet McGraw announced her retirement. Former Irish associate head coach Niele Ivey, who led the program…

The 2020 WNBA Draft: Sabrina Ionescu goes No. 1 as Oregon has three players picked in first round

The 2020 WNBA Draft: Sabrina Ionescu goes No. 1 as Oregon has three players picked in first round

To no one’s surprise, Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu became the No. 1 pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, heading to the New York Liberty. The history-making athlete is the first-ever No.1 pick in franchise history. Her college teammates, forwards Satou…

Despite obstacles, Baylor’s Cox, Cooper and Landrum are primed and excited for WNBA draft

Despite obstacles, Baylor’s Cox, Cooper and Landrum are primed and excited for WNBA draft

2020 WNBA Draft, Friday, April 17, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App || Draft Order It’s possible that Baylor will have three players selected in Friday’s WNBA draft: Lauren Cox, Te’a Cooper and Juicy Landrum. Cox, a 6-4 forward, and the most decorated…

WNBA coaches talk about the draft, push through schedule uncertainty

WNBA coaches talk about the draft, push through schedule uncertainty

2020 WNBA Draft, Friday, April 17, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App || Draft Order With the WNBA Draft scheduled for Friday, the league held its annual pre-draft teleconference with media earlier this week. Coaches provided insight on prospects and how the…