The Sunday Slate: Previewing the WNBA's Four Nationally Televised Games
With summer officially upon us, WNBA #SummerHoops now takes center stage in the basketball world. And Sunday's slate, with four nationally televised games between some of the league's top teams and stars, is the perfect way to get it started. (The three NBA TV games are also available on WNBA LiveAccess.)
Here's the rundown on each of the games:
TULSA @ CHICAGO, 1 PM ON ESPN 2
With Elena Delle Donne likely still on the sideline, the focus here will be on the guard matchup between Skylar Diggins and Epiphanny Prince. Diggins is blossoming in her second season, ranking in the top five in scoring and assists, while Prince has carried Chicago's offense minus Delle Donne. It's a big test for the Shock, who've struggled on the road thus far.
Candace Parker's Sparks will look to get back on track after snapping out of a four-game losing streak on Thursday, but they'll have their hands full with the sharp-shooting Stars. San Antonio has shot 19-of-32 (59%) from three-point range in winning its last two games, with point guard Danielle Robinson (5.9 assists per game, 3rd in the league) running the show. The two teams have traded 20+-point blowouts this season, most recently a 101-74 Stars win on June 14.
Perhaps the prime matchup of the day features the two teams that have combined to win the last three WNBA titles. It also features Maya Moore, the league's leading scorer, who has already put up six 30+-point games this season. But the Fever have stayed afloat without star Tamika Catchings, boosted by Earlana Larkins' breakout season inside as the only player averaging a double-double.
The Storm and Mystics cap off the action-packed day in Seattle, where Sue Bird recently became the second player ever to reach 2,000 career assists (joining Ticha Penicheiro). It could be a big opportunity for Washington's rookie guard, Bria Hartley, who's joined Iovry Latta to form a solid backcourt.