Seimone Augustus has left the Minnesota Lynx after 14 seasons to join the Los Angeles Sparks. The All-WNBA guard Augustus was a key piece of four championship teams in Minnesota, which drafted her with the first overall pick out of LSU in 2006. With Maya Moore on hiatus from the sport and Lindsay Whalen
Posted: February 21, 2020, 4:38 am
Satou Sabally, who joins teammates Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard as likely top picks, said part of her reason for leaving is financially driven.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 7:32 pm
It's been a busy week for Stefanie Dolson. The free agent said that she never considered going anywhere else and always wanted to stay in Chicago. Dolson started all 34 games for Chicago last season, averaging 9.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and one steal in 25 minutes per game.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 7:24 am
The Connecticut Sun acquired guard Briann January from Phoenix on Wednesday in a three-way deal that sent fan favorite Courtney Williams to the Atlanta Dream. The Sun also get a second-round draft pick from the Mercury. Phoenix received 6-foot-2 forward Jessica Breland and 6-1 forward Nia Coffey from
Posted: February 20, 2020, 12:36 am
The Mystics re-signed the forward on Monday. Having one of the top players in the world back for the upcoming season gives us a lot of options in how we play,'' Mystics coach and GM Mike Thibault said. ''It's a great feeling for a coach to have a Finals MVP and a league MVP in Elena
Posted: February 17, 2020, 6:31 pm
PHOENIX (AP) -- All-Star center Brittney Griner is staying in the desert.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 11:17 pm
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Wings acquired former UConn player Katie Lou Samuelson on Friday along with a 2021 first-round draft pick from the Chicago Sky for Azura Stevens.
Posted: February 14, 2020, 10:21 pm
The Seattle Storm has re-signed Breanna Stewart. After missing the 2019 WNBA season because of a ruptured right Achilles tendon, Stewart made her return to the court on Jan. 27, 2020, as a member of the United States women's national team in an exhibition game against her alma mater, Connecticut
Posted: February 13, 2020, 7:33 pm
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Dream have added more size and experience to their front line by signing two-time WNBA All-Star forward Glory Johnson.
Posted: February 13, 2020, 5:43 pm
Kristi Toliver is ready for her second go-round in Los Angeles. The two-time WNBA champion signed as a free agent with the Sparks on Monday, leaving Washington, where she helped the Mystics win their first title. Toliver said the decision to returnk to Los Angeles was partly financial.
Posted: February 13, 2020, 2:45 am
Skylar Diggins-Smith is going to Phoenix to join Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner. The Dallas Wings traded the four-time All-Star to the Mercury on Wednesday for the No. 5 and 7 picks in the 2020 WNBA draft and Phoenix's 2021 first-round pick. The Wings then sent the 2021 pick the team acquired
Posted: February 12, 2020, 9:19 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Lynx hired Rebekkah Brunson as an assistant coach, as the WNBA's all-time leading rebounder announced her retirement on Tuesday.
Posted: February 11, 2020, 10:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two-time WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne signed a four-year contract Tuesday to stay with the Washington Mystics after leading the team to its first league championship.
Posted: February 11, 2020, 8:48 pm
The Connecticut Sun were one win away from a WNBA title last season. The team added a big piece for potentially getting that extra victory on Tuesday by trading for DeWanna Bonner. The Sun sent the Phoenix Mercury three first-round draft picks for the All-Star wing.
Posted: February 11, 2020, 8:18 pm
USA Basketball will have a team of WNBA players available to qualify for 3-on-3 at the Olympics. Kelsey Plum, Allisha Gray, Katie Lou Samuelson and Stefanie Dolson headline the 11 players invited to a training camp this week in Chicago. From the pool, the selection committee will choose four women
Posted: February 11, 2020, 8:40 am
Angel McCoughtry is headed to Las Vegas and Kristi Toliver is going back to Los Angeles on the first day that WNBA free agents can sign with new teams. ''Viva Las Vegas, baby!'' McCoughtry said before heading back to Russia, where she plays during the WNBA offseason for Dynamo Kursk.
Posted: February 11, 2020, 12:32 am
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Dream have added size to their lineup by acquiring center Kalani Brown from the Los Angeles Sparks for guard Brittney Sykes and center Marie Gulich.
Posted: February 10, 2020, 6:01 pm
Comments like the ones Morris made after Wednesday's game are tired.
Posted: January 30, 2020, 6:56 pm
Dads with daughters inspired by Kobe Bryant's special bond with his 13-year-old Gianna took to social media to celebrate their own in words and photos using the hashtag #GirlDads. The outpouring on Twitter and Instagram came in part after ESPN anchor Elle Duncan offered a tearful, personal remembrance
Posted: January 29, 2020, 10:07 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The WNBA champion Washington Mystics say reigning MVP Elena Delle Donne is expected to be ready for the start of the season after undergoing back surgery.
Posted: January 29, 2020, 6:08 pm
Liz Cambage was emotional as she talked about the fires that have devastated her native Australia. The Las Vegas Aces star was heading home, after a brief trip to the U.S., to train with the national team to get ready for their Olympic qualifier next month.
Posted: January 29, 2020, 2:10 pm
Atlanta Dream two-time WNBA scoring champion Angel McCoughtry is testing free agency for the first time in her career. McCoughtry missed last season with a knee injury. McCoughtry is an unrestricted free agent.
Posted: January 28, 2020, 5:37 pm
Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore sees missing a second consecutive WNBA season as an extension of her decision to skip last year. ''I think when I made my announcement last February in 'The Players' Tribune' that the heartbeats of what I believed in were still true,'' Moore
Posted: January 28, 2020, 3:17 am
Skylar Diggins-Smith wants to find a new team to play for next season. ''I don't plan on playing in Dallas next year,'' Diggins-Smith told The Associated Press in a phone interview Sunday. Diggins-Smith missed last season after giving birth to a son last spring.
Posted: January 28, 2020, 12:43 am
Alana Beard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year who won a WNBA championship with the Los Angeles Sparks, is retiring after 15 years. In 2016, she helped the Sparks win a third WNBA title. The Sparks announced her decision Thursday.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 6:49 pm
Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore will sit out a second straight WNBA season to continue her push for criminal justice reform. Moore told The New York Times in a story published Wednesday of her choice to stay off the court for 2020. Moore's agent confirmed her decision to The Associated Press.
Posted: January 23, 2020, 1:39 am
The WNBA season is expanding to a 36-game schedule and adding the Commissioner’s Cup tournament the league announced Thursday. The league had a 34-game schedule since 2003. The games will be the first home and road games against conference opponents.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 8:42 pm
The WNBA and its union announced a tentative eight-year labor deal Tuesday that will allow top players to earn more than $500,000 while the average annual compensation will surpass six figures for the first time. The collective bargaining agreement also provides enhanced family benefits, travel standards
Posted: January 15, 2020, 5:54 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Lynx hired Katie Smith, the franchise's third-leading all-time scorer and Hall of Fame player, as the lead assistant Tuesday on coach Cheryl Reeve's staff.
Posted: January 14, 2020, 8:10 pm
Whether Tom Brady will return as quarterback of the New England Patriots next season is still an open question. In an Instagram post to fans, Brady said ''I still have more to prove'' following a season that ended with the Patriots failing to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since
Posted: January 9, 2020, 7:57 am
It's been a busy offseason for the New York Liberty and now the franchise has a new coach - Walt Hopkins. The team held a news conference Wednesday at Barclays Center, its new home for the coming season, to introduce Hopkins. Hopkins had been an assistant for the Minnesota Lynx since 2017.
Posted: January 8, 2020, 4:30 pm
Minnesota Lynx assistant coach Walt Hopkins will be hired as the next head coach of the New York Liberty, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The Liberty have scheduled a news conference for Wednesday at Barclays Center, where the team will play its home games this season
Posted: January 6, 2020, 8:17 pm
The Associated Press polled a panel of WNBA coaches and general managers for a mock draft of the first two rounds this spring. Obviously, a lot can change between now and draft day, as far as team needs go, with a new collective bargaining agreement being worked on, and free agency set to begin on Feb
Posted: December 31, 2019, 7:35 pm
The WNBA and the players' union announced Thursday that they have agreed to extend their labor agreement for two weeks as they continue to negotiate a new one. The current collective bargaining agreement was reached in 2014. ''We are making substantial progress toward a new collective bargaining
Posted: December 26, 2019, 6:39 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve has signed a multiyear contract extension.
Posted: December 7, 2019, 5:46 pm
The Indiana Fever needed a proven leader to take over as their next head coach. Marianne Stanley seemed like the perfect fit. On Tuesday, Fever officials announced they had hired the Women's Basketball Hall of Famer, who just celebrated her most recent championship last season as an assistant coach
Posted: November 26, 2019, 7:49 pm
There's truth to Lauren Jackson's comments. But Cambage isn't without her points.
Posted: November 21, 2019, 10:19 pm
Tiana Mangakahia could have been a WNBA draft pick, but chose to stay at Syracuse. She was diagnosed with breast cancer two months later.
Posted: November 7, 2019, 8:53 pm
With USA on her uniform this time, Nneka Ogwumike dazzled as she has always done in Maples Pavilion. Tara VanDerveer's young Stanford team put on an impressive show of its own hosting U.S. stars Ogwumike, Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi on Saturday in what the Hall of Fame coach counted on providing
Posted: November 3, 2019, 1:27 am
The Capitals, Mystics and Nationals have all won championships in the last two years. You'd think that would be a run worth remembering.
Posted: November 2, 2019, 9:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Skylar Diggins-Smith's outlook on life has changed after giving birth to her son last spring.
Posted: November 2, 2019, 6:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) -- The WNBA and the Players Association have agreed to extend their labor agreement until the end of the year.
Posted: October 28, 2019, 4:36 pm
Smith ripped into her critics in a series of tweets.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 6:00 pm
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Lynx leading scorer Odyssey Sims has been suspended for two games to start the 2020 season, stemming from a drunken-driving charge last summer.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:31 pm
COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Dream are getting a new home.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 4:22 pm
Minnesota Lynx scoring leader Odyssey Sims has been sentenced to house arrest after pleading guilty to a drunken-driving charge. A Hennepin County judge issued a one-year sentence, including 10 days of house arrest to be served at her home in Irving, Texas. Judge Francis Rondoni said Tuesday the remainder
Posted: October 17, 2019, 5:36 pm
A diversity report shows the WNBA remains the leader among all professional sports leagues in hiring women and minorities for coaching and front-office positions. The league earned an overall A-plus grade, including an A-plus for racial hiring and an A for gender hiring, The Institute for Diversity
Posted: October 16, 2019, 6:06 pm
The New York Liberty are not renewing the contract of head coach Katie Smith the team announced Wednesday. Smith's current contract ends this month. ''On behalf of the entire Liberty organization, we want to thank Katie for her time with our franchise,'' New York Liberty general
Posted: October 16, 2019, 5:31 pm
Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics capped an eventful WNBA season with the team's first championship. A year that began with the league missing some of its top players because of injuries and rest ended with a compelling five-game championship series. Delle Donne battled through injuries
Posted: October 11, 2019, 9:30 pm
Elena Delle Donne felt cursed. The league's MVP wouldn't let that keep her from her first WNBA championship. Emma Meesseman scored 22 points and Delle Donne added 21 to help the Washington Mystics beat the Connecticut Sun 89-78 on Thursday night in the winner-take-all Game 5 of the Finals.
Posted: October 11, 2019, 3:28 pm
Connecticut fell one game short of winning its first WNBA championship, but the Sun's title hopes don't end with Thursday's loss to the Washington Mystics in Game 5 of the Finals. Coach Curt Miller will return a young team in 2020 that he believes could be perennial contenders. ''
Posted: October 11, 2019, 3:24 pm