The WNBA will tip off its 25th season on May perhaps 14 with groups returning to their house arenas subsequent a year in the bubble in Bradenton, Fla., the league introduced Tuesday.
All 12 teams will be in action in the opening weekend, with two video games featuring a battle of four league MVPs. Each individual staff will enjoy 32 online games on the frequent period, which is scheduled to stop Sept. 19.
The league will go on hiatus from July 15 by Aug. 11 to permit players to take aspect in the Tokyo Olympics.
“As we suggestion-off this historic season with groups returning to engage in in their household markets, we celebrate the effect the WNBA has created on generations of younger and assorted athletes and on athletics and modern society considering the fact that 1997,” WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert mentioned. “Collectively with our lovers and companions, we appear ahead to how the superb athletes of the WNBA will carry on to deliver the ideal women’s basketball in the environment though also driving transform, striving for justice and equality, and impacting long run generations.”
Top off the perform on May perhaps 14 will be the New York Liberty and the No. 1 general draft decide in 2020, Sabrina Ionescu, as they host the Indiana Fever at Barclays Middle in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Other game titles that night attribute the Connecticut Sunlight at Atlanta Dream, Phoenix Mercury at Minnesota Lynx, and the Dallas Wings at the Los Angeles Sparks.
The Wings will have an infusion of younger expertise by then. They personal Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 7 picks in the WNBA Draft, which is established for Thursday. Most mock drafts challenge the Wings will decide on a pair of 6-foot-5 women of all ages: Charli Collier, who played at Texas, and Awak Kuier, a 19-12 months-aged from Finland.
Motion on May possibly 15 consists of a conference between the Chicago Sky and Washington Mystics, showcasing previous MVPs Candace Parker and Elena Delle Donne. It will be the debut with Chicago for Parker, previously of the Sparks.
Just after that game, former MVP Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm will host reigning MVP A’ja Wilson and the Las Vegas Aces. The Storm will receive their WNBA championship rings ahead of the activity.
The opening weekend will conclude on Sunday when the Mercury take a look at the Sunlight and the Liberty travel to facial area the Fever.
–Discipline Level Media