Women's Hoops Podcast And More

Without WNBA players, there’d be no Warnock vs. Loeffler runoff in Georgia

In advance of the Tuesday, Jan. 5, special election that will decide which senators represent the state of Georgia and which political party controls the U.S. Senate for the next four years, your friendly reminder that there would be no runoff election without the players of the WNBA, who kicked Atlanta Dream co-owner and Sen. Kelly Loeffler in her political ambitions by campaigning for her rival, Rev. Raphael Warnock. ...

Breakout Baller, Comeback Queen and more from the 2020 WNBA season

Although 2020 was in many ways devastating, some bright moments emerged from the WNBA season of social justice. Check out The Hard Screen's picks for Breakout Baller, Comeback Queen, Emerging Voice, No. 1 Justice Fighter and Pleasant Surprise of the 2020 season. Bonus: What the WNBA absolutely must not carry forward into the New Year. ...

BLACK FRIDAY SALE! 15% off all Hard Screen merch (thru Monday)

If Black Friday to you means supporting Black woman-owned businesses, use discount code JYATNK and save 15% on all Hard Screen merch. From mugs and shower curtains to yoga mats, blankets, face masks and more -- plus apparel for baby and big-bodied ballers alike -- The Hard Screen promises to meet your quarantine and holiday shopping needs! Sale ends Monday, Nov. 30, at 11:59 p.m. ET....

Natasha Cloud: ‘We are the deciding people on who runs our country’

Ahead of the November 3rd presidential election, WNBA champion Natasha Cloud is urging all people to vote, especially Black and brown people who historically have been disenfranchised from the electoral process. In a wide-ranging interview with Tamryn Spruill, Cloud also discussed the need for police reform, the Breonna Taylor case in the context of voting, the Trump supporters in her family and why she is voting for Joe Biden. ...

Natasha Cloud: ‘Vote like your life depends on it’

"Vote like your life depends on it," says Natasha Cloud, starting guard for the 2019 WNBA champion Washington Mystics. With the 2020 presidential election just two weeks away, The Hard Screen brings you an election special that includes interviews with Cloud and Renee Montgomery, a two-time WNBA title-winner, who both opted out of the 2020 season to focus on social initiatives that emphasized voting. We also break down why it is so difficult for some voters to cast their ballots this year and review what individual WNBA teams have done to encourage voting in their respective cities. ...

2020 WNBA jersey sales show the old guard is finally getting its due

Sue Bird's jersey topped sales during the 2020 WNBA regular season suggesting the veteran Seattle Storm star, and other future Hall of Famers such as Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury (second in sales) and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks (third in sales), are gaining long overdue mainstream recognition. But what about the league's young stars like Breanna Stewart and A'ja Wilson, who will battle in this year's WNBA Finals for the Storm and Las Vegas Aces, respectively? Will culturally ubiquity come for them before they're teetering on the door of retirement?...

WHY AMERICA DOESN’T DESERVE SPORTS RIGHT NOW

Originally published in "The Hard Screen Newsletter" in June 2020, "Why America Doesn't Deserve Sports Right Now" delves into the historic and systemic racial injustice, police brutality and inequality Black Americans face in the United States that has necessitated athletes and other public figures use their platforms to spur social change. ...

Courtney Vandersloot in the East, A’ja Wilson in the West 

A'ja Wilson (Western Conference) and Courtney Vandersloot (Eastern Conference) are the WNBA Players of the Week for games played through Sunday, August 9. Wilson's name already is swirling atop MVP conversations. Can Vandersloot now rise from understated workhorse to bona fide star?...