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Friday, July 24, 2020



For those of us who enjoy and follow the WNBA pursuits, the wait is almost over. Opening weekend begins tomorrow for the WNBA -- with three games on Saturday and three on Sunday. 

Kicking off the action are the New York Liberty vs. the Seattle Storm. This match-up included two Cardinal WBB greats in Kylee Shook and Jazmine Jones. They'll be a part of a Liberty squad that tries to get an opening game win against 2018 WNBA MVP Brenna Stewart and her Seattle Storm teammates. The contest is slated to be shown on ESPN and a noon start time (ET). The Liberty are without Asia Durr but have #1 draft pick Sabrina Ionescu.

Next up, at 3 p.m. on ABC a west-coast battle in the IMG Academy "dome" between the L.A. Sparks and the Phoenix Mercury. You want All-Star talent on the court? How about Candace Parker, Nneka Ogwumike, Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner on the court. 

The final Saturday contest will put the Indiana Fever up against the defending champion Washington Mystics. Cardinal Myisha Hines-Allen plays for the Mystics. Game coverage switches to CBS Sports Network and a 5 p.m. tip-off is scheduled.

The remaining six teams in the WNBA get it started on Sunday. 

The noon game puts 2019 WNBA runner-ups Connecticut against the Minnesota Lynx. This one is an ESPN game.

Our Angel McCoughtry is up after that, as she and the Las Vegas Aces face the Chicago Sky. You can follow the Aces and Angel on ABC. 3 p.m. is the schedule start time for this one.

Closing out weekend action is the Dallas Wings vs. Atlanta Dream. We go back to CBS Sports Network for the finale and 5 p.m. is the scheduled start.  

Certainly, the WNBA appreciates the televised coverage, but one has to slightly shake one's head at the "cover-all" bingo approach with bouncing back and forth between the various networks and channels. Advertising revenues are certainly appreciated  by the league, though, since the fan base isn't a factor in the season I guess we should be happy that there is coverage. Just getting to watch some exciting basketball far outweighs having to have the remote handy. 

Best of luck to our Cardinals and their squads in the games and we'll certainly miss seeing Asia Durr perform for the Liberty. We wish Asia the best as she recoups, recovers and readies herself for a return to the hardwood after contracting COVID-19. 

Here's hoping all goes well in this new experiment for the league.  WNBA Tip-Off 2020 is one we'll probably remember for a long time because of the nature, circumstances, situation and precautions -- at least the league isn't cancelled or being put off until winter. 2020 has been weird. 

Like you, I'll miss the fan bases at the games. But, with the way things are these days, it's just something we have to get used to until things get better. 

Here's a fun thought to ponder. 

If you could build a WNBA team of former Cardinal WBB players, who would be on it? 11 UofL players you'd want on that roster? 

 I'll offer Asia Taylor, Asia Durr, Arica Carter, Angel McCoughtry, Kylee Shook, Sam Fuehring, Myisha Hines-Allen, Jazmine Jones, Jazz Covington, Monique Reid and Candyce Bingham. Your thoughts? 

Leave your roster in the comments section. 

Have a fantastic Friday!



  1. Can't wait for WNBA !

    Paulie, I have to put Shoni on this Cardinal WNBA team, so I'm taking Candyce off the court and making her the head coach.

    Curtis "Be Kind" Franklin

  2. A friend of mine posted this comment on FB...I don't know the exact connection but will be watching the WNBA for the "fan" cheers.

    "Why I love workforce development: did you know that there were multiple people employed to create the artificial cheering at Covid sporting events? It is their job to watch the game, predict crowd response, and then utilize their tools to emulate 20,000 people. Awesome."

    1. I guess that's better than the cardboard cutouts the Korean Baseball League uses. It'll be interesting, for sure.

      What! No love for my girl Sara Hammond on this team? She replaces Arica in my book . And Shoni replaces Jazz Covington.

      You can have only one coach for this squad and that is the mad scientist himself -- Jeff Walz!

      Nick O

  3. I got:

    Starters -- Angel, Asia D, Shoni, Kylee and Asia T.
    People forget how productive Asia T. was in Australia.

    Off the bench -- Jazmine, Jazz, Cortnee Walton, Mo Reid, Arica and one that many won't agree with, Mariya Moore.

    Blue Lou

  4. Angel, Asia D, Shoni, Kylee, , Asia T, Arica, Candyce, Nita, Sam, Myesha, Monique.


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