WNBA Announces 2009 Preseason Schedule

The 2009 preseason features a rematch of the 2008 WNBA Finals between Detroit and San Antonio.
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-- Chicago Sky to Take on Entertainment League Team in Basketball Battle of the Sexes --

NEW YORK, March 12, 2009 – The WNBA announced its 2009 preseason schedule today, including a game against celebrities from the Entertainment League and three games in non-WNBA arenas. The preseason tips off with two games on May 21, with an 11 a.m. ET matinee between the Washington Mystics and New York Liberty at Madison Square Garden and a matchup at KeyArena between the host Seattle Storm and the Sacramento Monarchs at 10 p.m. ET.

In a game billed as the Basketball Battle of the Sexes, the Chicago Sky will take on the all-male E League Team to close out the WNBA preseason at UIC Pavilion on June 2. Celebrities scheduled to play for the E League, which is in its 12th season, include comedian Bill Bellamy, Oscar-nominated actor Michael Clarke Duncan, Scrubs star Donald Faison, One Tree Hill’s James Lafferty, Better Off Ted star Jay Harrington, Grammy-nominated singer Brian McKnight, Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz, Larenz Tate of Crash and Grammy award winner Nelly.

Four teams will play games throughout the preseason in non-WNBA arenas. The Indiana Fever and Minnesota Lynx will travel to the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn. for a game on May 23. Detroit will host the San Antonio Silver Stars on May 30 in a rematch of the 2008 WNBA Finals in Traverse City, Mich. The Silver Stars similarly will host a neutral-site game in their home state when they meet the Fever in Austin on June 2.

The 2009 WNBA regular season begins June 6 the Los Angeles Sparks host the Detroit Shock at 2:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

The full preseason schedule is as follows:

DayDateVisiting TeamHome TeamLocal TimeVenueCity
Thurs.May 21WashingtonNew York11 a.m.Madison Square GardenNew York, N.Y.
Thurs.May 21SacramentoSeattle7 p.m.KeyArenaSeattle, Wash.
Fri.May 22New YorkConnecticut7 p.m.Mohegan Sun ArenaUncasville, Conn.
Fri. May 22DetroitChicago7:30 p.m.UIC PavilionChicago, Ill.
Sat.May 23IndianaMinnesota12 p.m.College of St. BenedictSt. Joseph, Minn.
Weds.May 27ConnecticutAtlanta7:30 p.m.Philips ArenaAtlanta, Ga.
Weds.May 27Chicago Detroit11 a.m.The Palace at Auburn HillsDetroit, Mich.
Weds.May 27Phoenix Sacramento11 a.m.ARCO ArenaSacramento, Calif.
Thurs. May 28New YorkWashington11:30 a.m.Verizon CenterWashington, D.C.
Thurs.May 28ChicagoIndiana7 p.m.Conseco FieldhouseIndianapolis, Ind.
Sat.May 30San AntonioDetroit7 p.m.Traverse City West H.S.Traverse City, Mich.
Sat.May 30SeattlePhoenix7 p.m.US Airways CenterPhoenix, Ariz.
Sun. May 31Los AngelesConnecticut3 p.m.Mohegan Sun ArenaUncasville, Conn.
Tues.June 2IndianaSan Antonio7 p.m.Austin Convention CenterAustin, Texas
Tues.June 2E LeagueChicago7 p.m.UIC PavilionChicago, Ill.

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