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This Week in Women’s Basketball: Brittney Griner pleads guilty

The Phoenix Mercury superstar pled guilty as she was expected to. Now her Russian legal team is hoping for a short sentence.

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Here’s what happened in the world of women’s basketball this past week:

Brittney Griner pleads guilty to drug charges

On Thursday, detained WNBA star Brittney Griner pled guilty to bringing vape cartridges containing hashish oil into Russia. Griner told the judge, “I’d like to plead guilty, your honor. But there was no intent. I didn’t want to break the law.”

Griner currently faces up to 10 years in jail for the offense. She will return to the courtroom next Thursday for her next hearing. Her lawyer, Maria Blagovolina, told reporters that the team hopes the judge will go easy on Griner, explaining, “Considering all the circumstances of the case, taking into account the personality of our client, we believe that the admission of guilt should certainly be taken into account.”

WNBA All-Star Game to have 4-point shot

This change, plus a 20-second shot clock and no free throws, except for the final two minutes of the fourth and overtime, were announced Friday. These changes are only for the All-Star Game.

Sabrina Ionescu ties Candace Parker for most career WNBA triple-doubles with three

Sabrina Ionescu breaks record for points in a triple-double with 31

Phoenix Mercury might trade Skylar Diggins-Smith

It looks like Skylar Diggins-Smith might be leaving the Mercury this season. The rumor comes after she and Diana Taurasi were tangled up in an exchange that resulted in their physical separation in May. However, things might not be easy for Diggins-Smith, as Howard Megdal writes that it’s not clear what teams are interested as “many others around the league wary of adding her.”

Diana Taurasi makes it to 3,000 field goals

Allie Quigley will join the 3-point contest

The Chicago Sky’s Allie Quigley will return to the 3-point contest this year. Quigley previously won the event in 2021, 2018, and 2017 and is a favorite to take the win in 2022. She explained that she’s looking forward to the event, saying, “After winning the event last year I really thought it would be my final time taking part. But the opportunity to compete one more time and to do so in Chicago was too good to pass up. I can’t wait to shoot in front of our home fans; it’s always a great time.”

Maya Moore welcomes her first child with husband Jonathan Irons

Former Minnesota Lynx champion Maya Moore revealed on Tuesday that she and her husband have welcomed their first baby together, a boy named Jonathan Hughston Irons Jr. Moore shared that the baby was born in February 2022. Moore and Irons married in 2020 after she helped Irons overturn a conviction from the year 2000.

Napheesa Collier hopes to rejoin the Lynx this season

Napheesa Collier might have given birth in May, but she still hopes to rejoin her team. Collier told BallySportsNOR that she’s definitely not counting herself out, saying, “I got in yesterday and got my first workout in today (on the bike). ... I’m going to listen to my body. I’d love to play with Syl, that’s my ultimate goal.”

Candice Dupree joins the Spurs as a guest coach

Candice Dupree will be serving as a guest coach for the Spurs during the NBA Summer League this year. Dupree enjoyed a 16-year career in the WNBA before making the transition to coaching in May 2022.

Rising Iowa player Ava Jones seriously injured after being hit by car

Kansas high school senior Ava Jones was walking on a sidewalk with her parents when a driver allegedly under the influence struck them. As of Wednesday, she was in serious condition and her parents were in critical condition. Jones recently gave a verbal agreement to Iowa, and the family was in Kentucky for the Run 4 the Roses girls’ basketball tournament.

Breanna Stewart to wear Puma Stewie at All-Star Game