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|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:
|2009 WNBA PRESEASON SCHEDULE|
|Day||Date||Visiting Team||Home Team||Local Time||Venue||City|
|Thurs.||May 21||Washington||New York||11 a.m.||Madison Square Garden||New York, N.Y.|
|Thurs.||May 21||Sacramento||Seattle||7 p.m.||KeyArena||Seattle, Wash.|
|Fri.||May 22||New York||Connecticut||7 p.m.||Mohegan Sun Arena||Uncasville, Conn.|
|Fri.||May 22||Detroit||Chicago||7:30 p.m.||UIC Pavilion||Chicago, Ill.|
|Sat.||May 23||Indiana||Minnesota||12 p.m.||College of St. Benedict||St. Joseph, Minn.|
|Weds.||May 27||Connecticut||Atlanta||7:30 p.m.||Philips Arena||Atlanta, Ga.|
|Weds.||May 27||Chicago||Detroit||11 a.m.||The Palace at Auburn Hills||Detroit, Mich.|
|Weds.||May 27||Phoenix||Sacramento||11 a.m.||ARCO Arena||Sacramento, Calif.|
|Thurs.||May 28||New York||Washington||11:30 a.m.||Verizon Center||Washington, D.C.|
|Thurs.||May 28||Chicago||Indiana||7 p.m.||Conseco Fieldhouse||Indianapolis, Ind.|
|Sat.||May 30||San Antonio||Detroit||7 p.m.||Traverse City West H.S.||Traverse City, Mich.|
|Sat.||May 30||Seattle||Phoenix||7 p.m.||US Airways Center||Phoenix, Ariz.|
|Sun.||May 31||Los Angeles||Connecticut||3 p.m.||Mohegan Sun Arena||Uncasville, Conn.|
|Tues.||June 2||Indiana||San Antonio||7 p.m.||Austin Convention Center||Austin, Texas|
|Tues.||June 2||E League||Chicago||7 p.m.||UIC Pavilion||Chicago, Ill.|
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