Last night the first game of the WNBA 2014 Preseason was played. This is a very important year for the WNBA, as the league’s low attendance and TV ratings have damaged it way too much. Although last year’s Draft drew huge attention, it was not yet capitalized by the league. However, this year’s draft has been well received by the media, and investors have began to show interest in the women’s league. An example of that is the case of the Los Angeles Sparks: the franchise owner decided to sell the team or let it disappear, but Magic Johnson together with californian investors decided to pick it up and buy the team. Whatsmore, the team has been busy signing high-quality free agents this summer (Candice Wiggins, Armintie Price, and traded for Sandrine Gruda), and thus should be one of the early favourites to bring the championship home.
Regarding the preseason start, last night the the first game between the San Antonio Silver Stars and the promising Tulsa Shock was played. The highlight of the game was Skylar Diggins‘ performance, as she scored 25 points on 8/14 FG, and dished 8 assists. It seems that this year she is really focused on getting to the next level, after quite a bad season last summer. Apart from her, Courtney Paris had control of the paint 10 points and 14 rebounds, and Roneeka Hodges had a good shooting night with 18 points, including 3 triples. On the Silver Stars no one played more than 19 minutes, so no player really stood out.
|San Antonio Stars (59)|
|TULSA SHOCK (82)|
Next games ahead is on Sunday at 1:00 pm ET between the New York Liberty and the Connecticut Sun. This will be an interesting matchup due to the recent trade that sent ex-MVP Tina Charles to the Liberty in exchange of draft picks and Kelsey Bone. Also, some promising young girls like Chiney Ogwumike or Alyssa Thomas may play their first game with the Sun.