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This Week in Women’s Basketball: Clark wins the Sullivan Award

It was a week of honors in women’s college hoops. While Iowa’s Caitlin Clark won the Sullivan Award, Teresa Weatherspoon and Kim Mullkey were honored with statues at Louisiana Tech.

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Can the Wings give the Aces problems?

In Arike Ogunbowale and Satou Sabally, the No. 4 seed Dallas Wings have two stars ready to take on A’ja Wilson and the No. 1 seed Las Vegas Aces. But is that enough to pull off the upset?

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Sun look to flip the script against the Liberty in semis

It’s been another successful season for the Connecticut Sun, who finished third in the WNBA standings. That success eluded them against the second-seeded New York Liberty, however, who they’ll meet in the 2023 WNBA semifinals; New York won all four of its regular-season matchups against Connecticut.

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Season Review: Los Angeles Sparks

For the third-straight season the Los Angeles Sparks missed the playoffs, but the organization has leaders in place for future success.

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2023 WNBA Playoffs

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2023 WNBA Awards

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This Week in Women's Basketball

Wilson, Thomas headline All-Defensive Teams

In the first year of positionless voting for the WNBA’s two All-Defensive Teams, bigs claimed the majority of spots, headlined by back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year A’ja Wilson and runner-up Alyssa Thomas.

A’ja Wilson wins second-straight DPOY

For the second-straight season, the Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson is your 2023 KIA WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Observations from the first leg of EuroLeague Women Qualifiers

The three Wednesday EuroLeague Women Qualifiers were more than just an appetizer before the start of the most prestigious women’s basketball competition in Europe.

Satou Sabally voted Most Improved Player

After averaging career highs across statistical categories, Satou Sabally was voted the 2023 KIA WNBA Most Improved Player.

Season Review: Indiana Fever

Despite missing the playoffs for the seventh-straight season, the Indiana Fever should exit the 2023 season with optimism, in large part because of the excellent debut season of Aliyah Boston.

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Sun outclass Lynx, advance to semifinals

Connecticut’s big two of Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner dominated Minnesota in Game 3, sending the Sun to the semifinals for a fifth-straight postseason.

It’s do or die for the Sun, Lynx in Game 3

Which dynamic duo will play a bigger role: the Sun’s Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner or the Lynx’s Napheesa Collier and Kayla McBride? Whichever pairing plays best likely will determine if No. 3 seed Connecticut or No. 6 seed Minnesota advances to the semifinals.

Liberty, Wings finish off first-round opponents with sweeps

While the New York Liberty needed overtime, the Dallas Wings cruised to victory, with both teams securing two-game first-round sweeps and advancing to the semifinals.

Can the Dream hang on against the Wings?

Young stars Rhyne Howard and Satou Sabally both played historically well in Game 1 of the playoff series between the No. 5 seed Atlanta Dream and the No. 4 seed Dallas Wings, though the Wings otherwise looked like the more complete team. Atlanta will need more efficient scoring from its frontcourt in order to stay alive in the series.

Liberty look to finish off Mystics in Game 2

The No. 2 seed New York Liberty will try to close out their first-round series at home, while the No. 7 seed Washington Mystics will look to extend the series to a Game 3.

Aces’ Alysha Clark wins Sixth Player of the Year

In her first season with the Las Vegas Aces, Alysha Clark was voted 2023 KIA WNBA Sixth Player of the Year.

Lynx force Game 3 as Aces sweep

In Sunday’s first Game 2, Napheesa Collier and Kayla McBride showed out as the No. 6 seed Lynx defeated the No. 3 seed Sun to force a Game 3. In the second game, it was all about A’ja Wilson. She and the No. 1 seed Aces swept the No. 8 seed Sky.

Sun’s Stephanie White is Coach of the Year

In her first season with the franchise, the Connecticut Sun’s Stephanie White was voted the 2023 WNBA Coach of the Year.

Sky must get Game 2 win over Aces to keep season alive

The No. 8 seed Sky will have to win over the No. 1 seed Aces in Vegas to force a Game 3 back in Chicago.

Sun look to finish off Lynx after dominant Game 1

The No. 3 seed Connecticut Sun shot the ball historically well in Game 1 of their series against Minnesota, leaving the No. 6 seed Lynx scrambling for answers heading into what could be a deciding Game 2.

This Week in Women’s Basketball: WNBA celebrates viewership, attendance growth

While most recent women’s hoops news highlights the celebratory-worthy growth of women’s basketball, other items distressingly remind of the scourge of domestic violence in sports.

Top seeds remain undefeated with Liberty, Wings wins

The No. 2 seed Liberty and No. 4 seed Wings both used big second quarters to get Game 1 victories.

No. 5 seed Dream take on No. 4 seed Wings

The No. 5 seed Atlanta Dream have shown improvement from a year ago, though they went winless against their first-round playoff the opponent, the No. 4 seed Dallas Wings, during 2023 the regular season.

Can the No. 7 seed Mystics upset the No. 2 seed Liberty?

The No. 7 seed Washington Mystics have the potential to do the impossible and upset the No. 2 seed New York Liberty. Can the Mystics get it done or will the Liberty establish dominance?

Liberty’s Kolb wins Executive of the Year

New York Liberty GM Jonathan Kolb was voted 2023 WNBA Basketball Executive of the Year.

Season Review: Seattle Storm

Despite suffering the most losses in a season since 2015, it was not a lost season for the Seattle Storm. The organization began to sow the seeds of the next, great Storm team.

Sun, Aces protect homecourt in Game 1s

The No. 1 seed Aces and No. 3 seed Sun cruised to Game 1 wins on Wednesday.

Can the No. 8 seed Sky challenge the No. 1 seed Aces?

The No. 8 seed Chicago Sky will have to rely on their resiliency in going up against the heavily-favored No 1. seed Las Vegas Aces.

No. 3 seed Sun begin Finals quest against No. 6 seed Lynx

The No. 3 seed Connecticut Sun begin their quest for the franchise’s first WNBA title against the No. 6 seed Minnesota Lynx.

Season Review: Phoenix Mercury

With the exception of a few, thrilling highs—the return of Brittney Griner and the 10,000-point milestone for Diana Taurasi—it was a long season for the Phoenix Mercury. What went right, what went wrong and what’s next for Phoenix?

Peak performances from Jewell, AT and Sloot

The Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd, Connecticut Sun’s Alyssa Thomas and New York Liberty’s Courtney Vandersloot are the winners of the 2023 WNBA Peak Performer Awards.

Most Valuable Player Debate: Stewie, A’ja and AT all are deserving

The hotly-contested 2023 WNBA MVP race is a testament to the talent of the league’s top players, with the New York Liberty’s Breanna Stewart, Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson and Connecticut Sun’s Alyssa Thomas all submitting MVP-worthy seasons.

Rookie of the Year Debate: It’s Aliyah Boston!

The Indiana Fever’s Aliyah Boston should be the unanimous Rookie of the Year. But the rookie seasons of Diamond Miller and Dorka Juhász, both of the Minnesota Lynx, and Jordan Hortson of the Seattle Storm also are worth celebrating.


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