WNBA is finally in NBA2k and we as a society are excited!
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Monday, August 12, 2019
One,Two,Three, let the benches run free! Phoenix was heating up in Saturday’s game.
Okay! This WNBA Season has been a very entertaining one-to say the least. Now, I am not one to condone fighting.. but this was exciting to see. Let’s be real, we want the WNBA to be treated equal to the NBA? Well, Brittney Griner, is showcasing that more ways than one. Not only is she 1 of 6 players who can dunk in the WNBA but she is bringing the emotion to it as well. Griner who leading the league in points (19.4 ppg) was a highlight in last week’s article was the talk of the league this week as well.
This looked like a MLB game when the benches clear and everyone just rushes (the court) on Saturday when the Dallas Wings visited the Phoenix Mercury. The Mercury were up by 6 with just over 6:00 to play in the 4th quarter when Griner and Kristine Anigwe got tangled up in the key both looking for the rebound and Griner had it! This didn’t come out of nowhere, the pair were getting physical throughout the whole game, granted Anigwe was holding onto Griner. She chased Kristine Anigwe to her own bench swinging on the way involving everyone in her path. Even Diana Taurasi who wasn’t even active in the game! In a post game interview, FOH Turasi said “she doens;t regret leaving to bench to help defend her teammate’s”.There were not many punches landed but the adrenaline was there and could have been a lot worse! This probably wasn’t the way Griner wanted to spend her Saturday night as it was her bobblehead night. After reviewing the incident, the officials ejected three Phoenix players, Griner, Taurasi and Briann January. From Dallas, Anigwe, Kayla Thorton and Laela Davis were also sent back to the locker room.
This isn’t the first fight to happen in the WNBA or even involving The Phoenix Mercury. Back in 2010, Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor had it out with Cappie Pondexter who funny enough there were teammates for Team USA at the Olympics (Taurasi & Pondexter).
Dallas’ Arike Ogunbowale led the Wings’ to their first road win (80-77) in 18 road games! Maybe a little distraction is what they needed to get back on their horse and get going. Ogunbowale had a team high 23 pts.
Fun Fact: Arike Ogunbowale played on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish last year and during the March Madness Tournament, during the Final Four she hit a jumper putting the Irish up 1 pt with 1.0 second to play against UCONN. This was one of two game winning shots she made in 24 hours. With that shot made, the Irish went on to the championship game where they would play Mississippi State and ultimately winning the tournament. That second game winning shot was a very “Kobe-esque” shot draining a three-ball over the defender to take it 61-58. This was the first time the Irish have won in 17 years. Watch out for her because she is going to make a huge impact on this league!
Elsewhere in the league- the WNBA makes their NBA 2K20 debut and this is HUGE! It’s about time the women get included in the video game world. NBA2k has been a hot commodity for a long time and now the women get to see themselves play alongside the men. What I like most about this is young girls (and boys) can grow up playing games as well and seeing women are equal, on and off the court. WNBA Commissioner, Cathy Engelbert said” We are excited to have WNBA players as a part of this top-selling video game, helping to bring more exposure to these elite players, expanding out fan base and providing an immersive gaming experience featuring women role model athletes”. NBA2k20 will release September 6th, 2019 so make sure to save those allowances and get this game!
The biggest game of the week went to the Connecticut Sun(2) and the Las Vegas Aces(4). To have these two powerhouses go up against one another was a possible Championship preview. All five Aces’ starters put up double digits in their win Sunday. The Aces’ took it 89-81 with Centre, Liz Cambage leading the way with a game high 21 pts.
With the Washington Mystics win over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday,101-78 they move into first place putting the Sun (who were first last week) in second. Included in the top four are also the LA Sparks who are sitting pretty in third.
See below for this Week’s WNBA games (all in ET).
Tuesday August 13th- Minnesota Lynx @ New York Liberty 7:00 pm (League Pass)
Atlanta Dream @Las Vegas Aces 10:00 pm (Twitter)
Wednesday August 14th- Seattle Storm @ Washington Mystics 8:00 pm (CBS)
LA Sparks @ Dallas wings 8:00 pm (FOX Sports)
Connecticut Sun @ Phoenix Mercury 10:00 pm (NBA TV Canada)
Friday August 16th-Seattle Storm @ Connecticut Sun 7:30 pm (League Pass)
LA Sparks @ Chicago Sky 8:00 pm (League Pass)
New York Liberty @ Dallas Wings 8:00 pm (SN1)
Washington Mystics @ Minnesota Lynx 8:00 pm ( FOX Sports)
Atlanta Dream @ Phoenix Mercury 10:00 pm (CBS)
Sunday August 18th- Dallas Wings @ Connecticut Sun 3:00 pm (League Pass)
Indiana Fever @ Washington Mystics 3:00 pm (NBA TV + TSN)
Las Vegas Aces @ Chicago Sky 6:00 pm ( NBA TV Canada)
New York Liberty @ Phoenix Mercury 6:00 pm (League Pass)
Minnesota Lynx @ Seattle Storm 7:00 pm (League Pass)