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2022 WNBA Regular-Season Schedule Highlights

The WNBA announced on Thursday, December 9, its schedule for the 2022 regular season. Featuring "series play," the 2022 All-Star Weekend, and a return of the Commissioner's Cup, fans have much to look forward to in the forthcoming 36-game regular season....

Home-court advantage? WNBA teams still booted from arenas during playoffs

Every year, a WNBA team or two loses its home arena during the playoffs: the time of year a team needs familiarity and consistency most. In 2021, the No. 5 Phoenix Mercury will play their first-round single-elimination game against the No. 8 New York Liberty on Thursday (Sept. 23) at Grand Canyon University (GCU) Arena because of what the team is calling a "scheduling conflict" at the team's home arena. But there is more to this recurring theme of disrespect....

Can anyone in the WNBA keep up with Connecticut’s Joneses for the 2021 season awards?

Several players can make valid claims to the 2021 WNBA season awards -- the league’s depth of talent is that deep. But only a few have had standout performances big enough to rival those of Connecticut Sun starters Jonquel Jones and Brionna Jones. Here's why they are our picks for Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player, respectively, and why Kelsey Plum, Brianna Turner and Michaela Onyenwere also got Tamryn Spruill's official votes. ...

7 reasons Nneka Ogwumike could be considered the best ever

We already knew Nneka Ogwumike was great. But the process of voting in the WNBA's "The W25" platform confirmed her greatness and revealed her stand-alone stature in a pool of giants. For only Ogwumike, in the league's 25-year history, has checked boxes in all seven of the categories the league devised to help voters weigh candidates' accomplishments for "The W25" list. By the WNBA's own standards, therefore, Ogwumike could be considered the best ever. ...

Announcing “The W25” and determining the WNBA’s all-time GOAT

In celebrating the WNBA's 25th season, the league on Sunday (Sept. 5) revealed during halftime of the hotly-awaited matchup between the Las Vegas Aces and the Chicago Sky (ABC) "The W25" -- or the 25 best players in the league's storied history. Here are the players who made the exclusive list. ...

Sun flush Aces in playoff-clinching performance, take No. 1 in WNBA standings

The Connecticut Sun defeated the Las Vegas Aces to clench a spot in the 2021 WNBA Playoffs. In the process, they claimed the No. 1 spot in the WNBA standings heading into the final weeks of the regular season. The game showed that Connecticut is peaking at the right time for a deep playoff run and exposed the Las Vegas' weaknesses that could hint at the team's deeper issues. Here are some of the sights and sounds of the game as well as a look at the things each team needs to work out heading into the playoffs. ...

More trash graphics in a WNBA broadcast

Accurately naming the two teams playing against each other is as basic as it gets in terms of duties related to televising a basketball game. When it comes to coverage of the WNBA, however, the task apparently isn't so simple....

Unlike Simone Biles, Diana Taurasi and USA Basketball seem okay with risking the team a medal

The USA is not at its best with Diana Taurasi version 2021 on the team. After sustaining what appeared to be a hand injury in the early going against France, she asked head coach Dawn Staley to sub her out. On the sideline, she appeared frustrated with herself and clearly at war with her own body. It is a sight as painful to watch as the look of USA Basketball no longer dominating on the world stage, and putting its gold medal potential at risk because of loyalty to a few individuals over the good of the team. It is long past time for USA women's basketball to ensure that more players get the chance to realize their Olympic dreams....

2021 WNBA All-Star Ballot: An Arike, a Plum and two Courtneys in the backcourt

As a member of the national media voting pool, Tamryn Spruill was instructed to select six frontcourt players and four backcourt players for the 2021 WNBA All-Star Game. She based her decisions on her own viewing of almost every game this season and player stats, with heavy consideration given to the overall impact of players on their respective teams. Here are Spruill's picks!...

USA Basketball’s and the WNBA’s blind loyalty to a Bird and a bull

USA Basketball and the WNBA have worked hard for years to ensure the individual legacies of Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi. Such unbridled devotion, however, has come at increasingly steeper costs in recent years -- putting at risk the success of the teams they play for and denying other players the opportunity to chase their dreams. Seimone Augustus held this awareness of other players in mind when considering retirement. By putting "we" over "me," she surrendered ego and greed, and humbly stepped aside. Is it time for other players who've already fulfilled their dreams to follow suit? ...