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Video: WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert discusses the league’s diversity initiatives, the Olympics, partnerships and more

Video: WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert discusses the league’s diversity initiatives, the Olympics, partnerships and more

WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert spoke to media on Tuesday via Zoom in a press conference hosted by the Dallas Wings. She discussed a variety of league issues. Some excerpts of the interview are below. For the full presser, watch the…

Devoted parents, impressive work ethic, and die-hard fans helped fuel the stellar career of Seimone Augustus

Devoted parents, impressive work ethic, and die-hard fans helped fuel the stellar career of Seimone Augustus

Watch Seimone Augustus talk about the impact of the late Sue Gunter on her career After a stellar playing career, women’s basketball legend Seimone Augustus hung up her sneakers the day before the beginning of the 2021 WNBA season. The…

Dynamic trio of Laney, Ionescu and Onyenwere give the New York Liberty an electric start to the season

Dynamic trio of Laney, Ionescu and Onyenwere give the New York Liberty an electric start to the season

Opening Night Results New York 90, Indiana 87 Connecticut 78, Atlanta 67 Phoenix 77, Minnesota 75 Dallas 94, Los Angeles 71 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 FINAL LIBERTY 26 21 21 22 90 FEVER 21 21 17 23 87 Twitter Thread…

Lynx preview: Sylvia Fowles and Minnesota are revved up; key questions this season

Lynx preview: Sylvia Fowles and Minnesota are revved up; key questions this season

Sylvia Fowles can’t wait for the 2021 season to begin. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year and the league’s all-time rebounding leader only played seven games last season due to a calf injury, the first time the 6-6 center…

Atlanta tops Minnesota in preseason scrimmage; coaches manage minutes of vets and give newcomers ample playing time

Atlanta tops Minnesota in preseason scrimmage; coaches manage minutes of vets and give newcomers ample playing time

Got the job done ? pic.twitter.com/K6qV83e0dk — Atlanta Dream (@AtlantaDream) May 1, 2021 Regular-season schedule In a preseason scrimmage Saturday afternoon, the Atlanta Dream topped the visiting Minnesota Lynx 69-61 at Gateway Center Arena in College Park. The contest began…

WNBA Releases 2021 Schedule; Regular Season Begins Friday, May 14

WNBA Releases 2021 Schedule; Regular Season Begins Friday, May 14

The WNBA’s commemorative 25th season tips off on Friday, May 14 beginning a weekend slate where all 12 teams will see action. The league marks the season with a campaign called Count It, special Nike-designed uniforms, and a redesigned Wilson…

Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler loses runoff election to candidate supported by WNBA players, Rev. Raphael Warnock

Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler loses runoff election to candidate supported by WNBA players, Rev. Raphael Warnock

In a contentious election, Democrat Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, defeated Atlanta Dream co-owner and Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler in a runoff. Warnock becomes Georgia’s first black U.S. senator. After being appointed to the…

Lynx ousted in semifinals sweep by Storm but have much to look forward to in 2021

Lynx ousted in semifinals sweep by Storm but have much to look forward to in 2021

Earlier this season, a reporter asked Cheryl Reeve earlier this season if this year’s Seattle Storm is reminiscent of her Minnesota Lynx teams that won four WNBA titles in seven years.  She answered affirmatively. Reeve’s “Core Four” group had four…

League commissioner confident about Seattle-Minnesota semifinal series resuming after postponement

League commissioner confident about Seattle-Minnesota semifinal series resuming after postponement

League Update, 6:47 p.m. ET: “All Seattle players are now cleared to play for tonight’s game.” With a strong emphasis on following the advice of medical professionals and scientists, WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert addressed media via a teleconference on the…

Game 1 of the WNBA Semifinals between the Seattle Storm and the Minnesota Lynx postponed

Game 1 of the WNBA Semifinals between the Seattle Storm and the Minnesota Lynx postponed

During the fourth quarter of the first semifinal game between the Connecticut Sun and Las Vegas Aces, the league announced that the second contest of Sunday’s doubleheader would be postponed: “After receiving inconclusive COVID-19 test results today for players from…

Led by Damaris Dantas, Minnesota Lynx survive Phoenix to advance to semifinals of Playoffs

Led by Damaris Dantas, Minnesota Lynx survive Phoenix to advance to semifinals of Playoffs

The Lynx rebuild their way into the playoffs; Minnesota postseason storylines Playoff schedule Whenever Minnesota and Phoenix get together, whether it’s the regular season or a one-game, go home knockout, Ringo Starr’s 1973 hit easily comes to mind: You know…

A’ja Wilson named 2020 WNBA Player of the Year, Cheryl Reeve wins COY, Crystal Dangerfield earns ROY

A’ja Wilson named 2020 WNBA Player of the Year, Cheryl Reeve wins COY, Crystal Dangerfield earns ROY

After her outstanding performance during a truncated 22-game per team season, it’s no surprise that the league named Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson as the Player of the Year. The Minnesota Lynx’s Crystal Dangerfield earned the Rookie of the…

The Lynx rebuild their way into the playoffs; Minnesota postseason storylines

The Lynx rebuild their way into the playoffs; Minnesota postseason storylines

Playoff schedule The fourth-seeded Minnesota Lynx plays fifth-seed Phoenix Thursday in the second round of the 2020 WNBA wubble playoffs. The teams split the abbreviated two-game regular-season series. Most preseason prognosticators probably wouldn’t admit that they didn’t expect the Lynx…

WNBA games called off as players put spotlight on racial injustice and show solidarity with NBA

WNBA games called off as players put spotlight on racial injustice and show solidarity with NBA

WNBA players decided to not play three games scheduled for Wednesday night showing solidarity with NBA teams who also refused to play as a strong statement against racial injustice in light of police brutality including the shooting of Jacob Blake,…

Lynx activate Odyssey Sims, waive Megan Huff

Lynx activate Odyssey Sims, waive Megan Huff

Release from the Lynx: Minnesota Lynx Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve today announced the team has activated guard Odyssey Sims and in a subsequent move, waived forward Megan Huff. Per WNBA protocol, Sims will continue her mandatory quarantine…

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert addresses bubble protocol, contingency plans and social justice initiatives: “We’re ready to go”

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert addresses bubble protocol, contingency plans and social justice initiatives: “We’re ready to go”

Three days before the WNBA season begins in Florida, the league’s commissioner Cathy Engelbert held a teleconference with media. She opened the call with comments summarizing the lead up to teams and staffers arriving at IMG Academy in Bradenton. “We…

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…

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…

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…

2020 WNBA Transactions

2020 August 31, 2020 Chicago Sky: Signed free agent forward Alisia Jenkins to a 7-day contract August 26, 2020 Indiana Fever: Signed forward Jantel Lavender, as well as a second and third-round draft pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft from…

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…

Minnesota Lynx added Katie Smith to staff as an assistant coach

Minnesota Lynx added Katie Smith to staff as an assistant coach

The Minnesota Lynx announced the hiring of former Lynx player and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Katie Smith as an assistant coach. Smith will be the lead assistant in the team’s scouting efforts, talent evaluation, in-game analysis, and player…

WNBA and player’s union reach eight-year collective bargaining agreement

WNBA and player’s union reach eight-year collective bargaining agreement

The WNBA and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) reached an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), pending ratification by the players and the league’s Board of Governors. The new eight-year CBA, which commences with the 2020…

New York Liberty introduce Walt Hopkins as eighth head coach in franchise history

New York Liberty introduce Walt Hopkins as eighth head coach in franchise history

OFFICIAL: New York Liberty announce and introduce Walt Hopkins as head coach. #BROOKLYNLOUD2020? pic.twitter.com/ayW4JF4AaK — New York Liberty (@nyliberty) January 8, 2020 The New York Liberty introduced Walt Hopkins as the team’s new head coach during a press conference at…

The 2019 All-WNBA First  and Second Teams

The 2019 All-WNBA First and Second Teams

The WNBA announced the 2019 First and Second teams during halftime of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals between the Connecticut Sun and Washington Mystics on Sunday afternoon. The league’s Most Valuable Player Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics…