NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2017 – The WNBA today announced the list of 16 referees who earned spots to officiate the 2017 WNBA Playoffs presented by Verizon. The 2017 WNBA Playoffs begin Wednesday, Sept. 6 with the Dallas Wings at the Washington Mystics (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2) and the Seattle Storm visiting the Phoenix Mercury (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2).
“The Playoffs are an exciting time for the League, teams, players and officials,” said Byron Spruell, NBA President, League Operations. “Congratulations to the 16 officials who have been selected to work the 2017 WNBA Playoffs. They have been recognized for their professionalism, dedication and quality of work.”
Playoff officials were selected by the NBA/WNBA Referee Operations management team based on their performance throughout the 2017 regular season.
The 16 referees assigned to 2017 WNBA Playoffs are below:
|Tiffany Bird (5 WNBA seasons)||Roy Gulbeyan (20)|
|Sue Blauch (19)||Byron Jarrett (11)|
|Eric Brewton (17)||Tommy Nunez Jr. (10)|
|Tiara Cruse (5)||Billy Smith (8)|
|JB DeRosa (2)||Jeffrey Smith (17)|
|Cheryl Flores (6)||Vlad Voyard-Tadal (3)|
|Maj Forsberg (10)||Jeff Wooten (7)|
|Tim Greene (8)||Kurt Walker (19)|
Each game crew consists of three on-court officials and one on-site alternate