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Athletes Unlimited Basketball League Launching 2022

Athletes Unlimited Basketball League Launching 2022

November 14, 2021

Some of the most interesting news to hit pro women’s hoops this year was the announcement, this October, of the launch of Athletes Unlimited’s basketball league. The great news for fans is that the player-driven league’s inaugural season will get underway quickly, beginning in January 2022. So today, we’re taking a deep dive into what

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WNBA Rookies: Making It In The League

WNBA Rookies: Making It In The League

September 14, 2021

“Where do I begin?”  WNBA veteran Angel McCoughtry was responding to a Queen Ballers Club question about what she wishes she knew back when she was a rookie in 2009.   The 34-year-old took a pause during the Las Vegas Aces media day and then began to explain. “I wish I had known more about branding

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Elena Delle Donne WNBA Wonder Woman

Elena Delle Donne WNBA Wonder Woman

September 5, 2021

The only WNBA player to win MVP with more than one franchise, the only WNBA player to have a 50-40-90 season, and a member of The W25, actually quit basketball her freshman year of college. However, by the time 2013 came around, Elena Delle Donne had joined the Chicago Sky after being picked second in

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The Art of 3-Pointer Basketball in the WNBA

The Art of 3-Pointer Basketball in the WNBA

August 29, 2021

Few rule changes in sports, at least in recent memory, changed the way a game is played as much as the introduction of the 3-point line changed basketball. Imagine soccer adding half a point for goals from outside the box, or the NFL adding squares in the end zone where a touchdown is nine points

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The Best Black Friday Basketball Deals

The Best Black Friday Basketball Deals

August 21, 2021

Want to take advantage of some of the biggest savings of the year? We’ve tried to make it easy with a quick round up of some of the best Black Friday basketball deals we’ve spotted. Shop deals on training, basketballs, hoops, shoes and apparel, and cards. Also before you jump into it – check out

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The Best Basketball Christmas Gifts for Hoopers

The Best Basketball Christmas Gifts for Hoopers

August 20, 2021

Not sure what to get basketball players for Christmas? Finding the best basketball Christmas gifts can take some digging. And we know you don’t have as much time as Santa Claus. So we rounded up a list of a few of our favorites for you. We sampled some hoopers and checked online reviews to find

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Best Outdoor Basketballs Guide

Best Outdoor Basketballs Guide

August 18, 2021

Most hoopers hit the park or the portable hoop in their driveway at some point to practice their ball handling or to play pick up games. So today we’re going to look at the best outdoor basketballs that give you a great grip and feel, and superior durability. Based on customer reviews, popular review sites,

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Pre-Game Routines: How Elite Basketball Players Prepare for Success

Pre-Game Routines: How Elite Basketball Players Prepare for Success

August 16, 2021

How do you summon your best when your best is needed on the court? What thoughts do you call upon to help get you mentally right when you find yourself in high leverage situations, like your team down a point with only seconds remaining?  Throughout professional basketball, including the WNBA, players use performance routines to train

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Best Basketball Nets Guide

Best Basketball Nets Guide

August 14, 2021

Any hooper will tell you, the sound a ball makes at it goes through the net is one of the most satisfying in the world. So today, we’ve pulled together the best basketball nets for your home hoop, whether it’s a portable hoop or in-ground hoop. The majority of nets are available for under $10.

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The Inside-Look Gallery: Washington Mystics & Connecticut Sun

The Inside-Look Gallery: Washington Mystics & Connecticut Sun

August 12, 2021

In advance of the Connecticut Sun taking on the Seattle Storm later today (9 PM EDT on Amazon Prime) in the first ever WNBA Commissioner’s Cup for a prize of $500k, we’re taking a look at the Suns game at the Washington Mystics on June 29, 2021. That night, the Sun beat the short-handed Mystics 90-71. Which

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Ariel Atkins: Small Town Start to Selfless Star

Ariel Atkins: Small Town Start to Selfless Star

August 4, 2021

Ariel Atkins: It’s only a matter of time before that’s a household name. And that time is coming soon. Over the past two years, the Washington Mystics’ youngest starter has skyrocketed up the ranks, bursting onto the scene as a first-time WNBA All-Star who’s quickly earning the respect and admiration of her peers, the fans,

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WNBA Cards: The Complete Guide

WNBA Cards: The Complete Guide

August 3, 2021

The sports trading card business exploded during the coronavirus pandemic due to a combination of boredom, nostalgia, and speculation. The escalation of card collecting has sent the value of some sports cards to the moon, as Jason Howarth, the Vice President of Marketing of Panini America, the exclusive card maker for the WNBA, explained to

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Kayla McBride: Minnesota’s Certified Bucket-Getter

Kayla McBride: Minnesota’s Certified Bucket-Getter

July 26, 2021

For seven seasons Kayla McBride has provided big buckets to WNBA and overseas teams. Her elite shooting ability means she can drain buckets from almost anywhere on the floor – particularly beyond the three – ultimately earning her the nickname ‘McBuckets’. Today, five different cities – between high school, college, and now professional basketball –

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Sue Bird Autographed Memorabilia Top 10

Sue Bird Autographed Memorabilia Top 10

July 22, 2021

So you’re hoping to get a Sue Bird signed jersey, ball, photograph or gift? To make your search easy, we’ve rounded up some of the coolest gear featuring a Sue Bird autograph – some of it is even game worn. So check out the souvenirs below and purchase your favorites – all of which make

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Brianna Turner WNBA: Off-Court Advocate Turned On-Court All-Defense

Brianna Turner WNBA: Off-Court Advocate Turned On-Court All-Defense

July 21, 2021

Brianna Turner has described herself as quiet. But there are moments where she is unapologetically loud. Already during her college days at Notre Dame, she and her teammates wore shirts that read “I Can’t Breathe” as a way to protest police violently killing Eric Garner. More recently, Brianna has been outspoken on topics in addition

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Basketball Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Basketball Stocking Stuffer Ideas

July 21, 2021

So you’re looking for basketball stocking stuffer ideas for the hooper in your life. Look no further! Today we’ve got you covered with a quick list of some of the coolest basketball-themed stocking stuffers for fans of the WNBA, NBA, and basketball players. Discover fun basketball stocking stuffer ideas From basketball-themed playing cards to vintage

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Betnijah Laney: Unlocking An All-Star

Betnijah Laney: Unlocking An All-Star

July 21, 2021

There was a moment in 2020 when people realized the version of Betnijah Laney they were watching was not the version of Betnijah they remembered. It’s hard to pin exactly when that moment was, but we know it occurred in Bradenton, Florida, where the WNBA held its pandemic-shortened season.  Perhaps some raised their eyebrows out

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Teaira McCowan’s Potential in the Paint

Teaira McCowan’s Potential in the Paint

July 8, 2021

In the midst of her third WNBA season, Teaira McCowan continues to fill the lane in Indianapolis. She is the current face of the Indiana Fever, who have languished in the lottery throughout Teaira’s pro career, though at no fault of her own. It’s a team in transition, with some eyebrow-raising roster construction and a

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The Best WNBA Gifts Guide

The Best WNBA Gifts Guide

July 6, 2021

For the WNBA fan in your life, we’ve pulled together some of the best gifts for the holidays, birthdays, and just because. Shop a selection of incredible jewelry, sweats sets, WNBA trading cards, video games, and much more. We’ve also included many independent outlets’ gear, so you can support great small businesses. Discover the best

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WNBA Viewership & Ratings Growing In 2021

WNBA Viewership & Ratings Growing In 2021

July 1, 2021

During opening weekend in 2021, WNBA viewership soared 25% versus the prior year. Just two weeks later and five games in, WNBA ratings climbed even higher to 74% year over year growth. The WNBA capped off its historic 25th regular season by delivering its most-watched season since 2008 for its television partners – ABC, CBS, ESPN

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Washington Mystics Mid-Season: Versatility Versus Adversity

Washington Mystics Mid-Season: Versatility Versus Adversity

June 28, 2021

To be clear, we were put on notice during the Washington Mystics‘ media day. But perhaps we — and the league’s current number one standing team in the league, Seattle Storm — did not heed the warning at the time. On-and-off court champion, Natasha Cloud who returned to the game in 2021 after sitting out

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WNBA Players’ Name Pronunciation Guide

WNBA Players’ Name Pronunciation Guide

June 27, 2021

During the 2021 WNBA season, we noticed a lot of WNBA fans and players taking to Twitter to express their frustration with the announcers’ pronunciation of WNBA players’ names. Then, we read about the New York Liberty’s in-game announcer mispronouncing Dallas Wings star player Arike Ogunbowale’s name for the entire game. Professional athletes should not have

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Skylar Diggins-Smith: An All-Star Shooting for a Title

Skylar Diggins-Smith: An All-Star Shooting for a Title

June 23, 2021

In 2018, Skylar Diggins-Smith was an All Star, was all-WNBA second team, led the league in minutes per game, ranked in the top-10 for points and assists per game, and … she was pregnant the whole time. Skylar, who often goes by “Sky,” tweeted the news in October 2019 while also posting, “People called me

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Putting The WNBA Center Position Center Stage

Putting The WNBA Center Position Center Stage

June 23, 2021

On March 3rd, 2021, two-time WNBA MVP and center Candace Parker appeared on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” She was an analyst with two-time NBA MVP and center Shaquille O’Neal and eight-time All-NBA guard Dwyane Wade when they discussed the tactical challenges facing modern defenses. Candace Parker: “The NBA switches now, right?” Shaquille O’Neal: “Why?” Candace

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Amanda Zahui B: Worldwide Spark

Amanda Zahui B: Worldwide Spark

June 21, 2021

Sporting events serve an electric energy that is hard to rival. During games, one play or even a simple rule violation, can dramatically shift the mood in seconds. However, the energy in the room is only as strong as the people in it — often led by at least one person at the heart of

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Best Basketball Net Backstops: Complete Guide

Best Basketball Net Backstops: Complete Guide

June 15, 2021

Sick of chasing basketballs down? One of the best ways to get up more shots quickly, and stop annoying your neighbors, is to get a simple backstop for your hoop. So today, we’re going to take a look at some of the best basketball net backstops. We’ll also share what features to consider in your

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Washington Mystics Take On Los Angeles Sparks: The Inside-Look Gallery

Washington Mystics Take On Los Angeles Sparks: The Inside-Look Gallery

June 12, 2021

“Our chemistry is starting to come along. Of course there are some things we still need to get better at. But, we’re figuring out each other, we’re figuring out what works for us, what doesn’t work for us.” said Ariel Atkins as the Washington Mystics took down the Los Angeles Sparks 89 to 71, on

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Women’s Hoop Groups Directory: 27 Ways to Play

Women’s Hoop Groups Directory: 27 Ways to Play

June 2, 2021

Today we’re going to help you discover fun women’s hoop groups and women’s pickup basketball leagues by state for young adult females. From Renee’s Runs in ATL to Hoop York City in NYC, find a place and a squad to ball out and improve your game while having fun. Many of the runs are weekly

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The Best Basketball Trainers On Instagram Directory: Grow Your Game

The Best Basketball Trainers On Instagram Directory: Grow Your Game

June 1, 2021

Today we’ll take a look at some of the best basketball trainers on Instagram to help take your game to the next level. Over the last decade, basketball skills training and player development has emerged as an industry of its own, impacting all levels of the game. As The Ringer reported, “more and more NBA

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WNBA Commissioner’s Cup Explained, How to Watch, & The Prize

WNBA Commissioner’s Cup Explained, How to Watch, & The Prize

May 23, 2021

The first ever WNBA Commissioner’s Cup 2021 in-season competition has kicked off! The league launched the new competition as part of their focus on innovation. Excitingly, 60 select “Cup games” from the regular season will determine which teams advance to the first ever Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game in August. There are not only bragging rights at stake (particularly in

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WNBA NFTs: WNBA Top Shot, Sue Bird & Renee Montgomery Releases & What’s Next

WNBA NFTs: WNBA Top Shot, Sue Bird & Renee Montgomery Releases & What’s Next

May 21, 2021

WNBA NFTs have arrived! The league partnered with Dapper Labs to introduce WNBA Top Shot Moments in August of 2021. Meanwhile NBA Top Shot has seen $436 million in trading volume since launching last year, according to Decrypt. “Top Shot presents an exciting opportunity for the WNBA to engage passionate fans on a whole new

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15 Best Basketball Footwork Drills for Guards

15 Best Basketball Footwork Drills for Guards

May 19, 2021

It’s time to work! Today we’re going to reveal some of the greatest basketball footwork drills for guards. Footwork is the foundation for everything in basketball. Do you want to be able to stay in front of whoever you are guarding? You have to be able to move your feet. Want to create space in

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Napheesa Collier: Locked In Lock-Down Defender

Napheesa Collier: Locked In Lock-Down Defender

May 19, 2021

Flashy players attract eyeballs; put on a show at all hours; and sell tickets. Napheesa Collier is the opposite of flashy, but she’s still a walking bucket – one that probably comes from a rebound. And you’ve absolutely got to have her on your radar. A proper introduction to her game must include mention of defense,

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WNBA League Pass 2021: Everything You Need to Know

WNBA League Pass 2021: Everything You Need to Know

May 15, 2021

So you’re thinking about getting the WNBA League Pass 2021, but you’re not sure where to begin or what exactly it comes with? Or you’ve bought it, but you’re not sure how to actually access it to watch games? No sweat, we’ve got you covered. Today, we’ll walk you through what the League Pass costs,

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Cool Basketball Hoodies & Sweatshirts

Cool Basketball Hoodies & Sweatshirts

May 14, 2021

Looking for cool basketball hoodies and sweatshirts? Look no further! We’ve rounded up a list of a few of our favorites to make your shopping hunt easy. Check out options from Nike, Adidas, and more, as well as some more affordable sweatshirts for those on a budget. Get ready to show up to every game

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Mapping White Mamba: Where Has Diana Taurasi Scored Most?

Mapping White Mamba: Where Has Diana Taurasi Scored Most?

May 13, 2021

Diana Taurasi is the single most prolific scorer in the history of the WNBA. Across her 16 seasons in the league, the Phoenix Mercury guard has scored a whopping 8,931 career points. That’s the most in WNBA history by a pretty wide margin: Diana has scored 1,443 more points over her career than Hall of

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Kelsey Plum: A Sharp Shooter with Something to Prove

Kelsey Plum: A Sharp Shooter with Something to Prove

May 13, 2021

In June of 2020, Kelsey Plum had a major setback.  When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the WNBA season was postponed. There was no plan yet in place for a 2020 season. But if one would be put in place — and one eventually was — Kelsey would not be a part of it.  The 25-year-old

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Become a WNBA Fan: The 10 Step Starter Kit

Become a WNBA Fan: The 10 Step Starter Kit

May 8, 2021

So, you’re ready to become a WNBA fan, but you’re not quite sure how or where to jump in? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a definitive guide to everything you need to know to get started. There are tons of ways to find a narrative to latch onto — no matter whether you’re

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Jocelyn Willoughby: The New York Leading Lady

Jocelyn Willoughby: The New York Leading Lady

May 3, 2021

When athletes compete at an elite level, there’s a school of thought that often aligns with the phrase “become comfortable with being uncomfortable”. As the world came to a standstill in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, sports were forced to pivot in unprecedented ways. And for athletes such as New York Liberty wing

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5 Best Portable Basketball Hoops for Driveways

5 Best Portable Basketball Hoops for Driveways

April 28, 2021

The best portable basketball hoops make it possible to train all day every day. Plus they provide fun for the whole family! As the late Kobe Bryant once reflected, the only way to be a threat in basketball is to be a good shooter – everything comes from that. It really doesn’t matter how well

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Allisha Gray: An X-Factor with Xbox Skills

Allisha Gray: An X-Factor with Xbox Skills

April 27, 2021

Any player would be nervous in their first professional game.  Stepping onto the court with players nearly twice their age, some being those who inspired them to get to this point.   Allisha Gray, the fourth overall pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft, at just 22 years old, was given the task in her first game

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Brittney Griner: Unfinished Business

Brittney Griner: Unfinished Business

April 26, 2021

Brittney Griner is one of the most dominant players to take the court. The 6’9” icon with an 86-inch wingspan and size 17 shoe has won at every level she’s ever played. She has been at the forefront of social movements, shaped the public perception of the WNBA’s politics since the day she was drafted,

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Best Pool Basketball Hoops: Complete Guide

Best Pool Basketball Hoops: Complete Guide

April 24, 2021

The best pool basketball hoops add endless hours of outdoor fun! There are tons of options to choose from for both floating basketball hoops and poolside hoops. So today we take a look at some of the top options, including those best for saltwater, the best cheapest option, the hoop best for dunking, and more!

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WNBA Team Merchandise: Cool Player Tees & More

WNBA Team Merchandise: Cool Player Tees & More

April 23, 2021

WNBA team merchandise for players is in high demand. For example, some of the 2021 WNBA jerseys sold out during the pre-sale. But it can still be a challenge to find gear featuring and supporting our favorite WNBA players. So today, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the coolest WNBA team merchandise and

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25 Arike Ogunbowale Facts: The Dallas Wings Soaring Star

25 Arike Ogunbowale Facts: The Dallas Wings Soaring Star

April 12, 2021

Arike Ogunbowale facts are sure to blow your mind! For starters, in 2018, the name Arike Ogunbowale became a household name. As the young star issued a breakout performance in that season’s NCAA tournament with late-game heroics lifting Notre Dame to a national championship.  Since then, she has gone on to an emphatic start to

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WNBA Jerseys 2021: Discover The Most Popular WNBA & Nike Jerseys

WNBA Jerseys 2021: Discover The Most Popular WNBA & Nike Jerseys

April 8, 2021

As the WNBA prepared for its historical 25th season, Nike and the WNBA collaborated to unveil clutch new WNBA jerseys. It all began with a Sue Bird interview – who continues to top the list for most popular WNBA jerseys – with Percy Allen of the Seattle Times where she revealed that for the WNBA’s 25th

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Crystal Dangerfield: Mighty Strong Guard

Crystal Dangerfield: Mighty Strong Guard

April 3, 2021

Crystal Dangerfield is a dangerous threat in the open court. A guard with a quick inside-out game and much versatility, Crystal left her imprint on the league immediately, earning the 2020 Rookie of the Year title. But she still has more to prove in her upcoming season with the Lynx — and if there’s one

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Dearica Hamby Highlights Ranked: Top 10 of All Time

Dearica Hamby Highlights Ranked: Top 10 of All Time

April 1, 2021

Dearica Hamby highlights are some of the best must-see moments in basketball. In just six seasons, Dearica Hamby has become one of the WNBA’s rising stars. She’s had iconic shots like her infamous “Hamby Heave” against the Chicago Sky in the 2019 second round, she’s won multiple Sixth Woman of the Year Awards, and she

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Sami Whitcomb: Basketball Wizard of Aus

Sami Whitcomb: Basketball Wizard of Aus

March 29, 2021

Sami Whitcomb, fresh off her second WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm, is on the move again. This time, she’ll head to the New York Liberty, but Sami’s no stranger to being the stranger at this point. She’s played all over the world: Australia, France, Germany, Slovakia, and Turkey, in addition to the United States. 

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Alysha Clark Unpacked Her Bags And Became A WNBA Star

Alysha Clark Unpacked Her Bags And Became A WNBA Star

March 25, 2021

A wine glass materialized in Alysha Clark’s hand during our video call. Alysha spoke over Zoom not only due to the pandemic but also because she was playing overseas for Lyon. She had just returned to her apartment from watching the Lyon men play, which constituted one of the few activities she was allowed to

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