A Look Back At The WNBA’s Record-Breaking Opening Week

Records are being broken.

WNBA squads play a 34-game schedule, but the first six games were full of historical accomplishments that represent the growth of the world’s leading professional sports league for women.

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Inductees

Former WNBA ballers Ticha Penicheiro, Ruth Riley Hunter and Valerie Still were inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame this past weekend.

Penicheiro was a wizard with the pill and is No.2 on the WNBA’s all-time assists list.

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Riley is a future Hall of Famer who has won on every level and was the 2003 WNBA Finals MVP and Valerie Still is the University of Kentucky’s career scoring leader and rebounder.

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Ratings Are Up 

ABC’s presentation of the Los Angeles Sparks vs. Minnesota Lynx on Saturday, June 8, delivered a 0.6 rating according to Nielsen.

The third game of this year’s regular season lineup was up 200% from last year’s comparable matchup of Seattle Storm/Los Angeles Sparks (0.2, ESPN2). This year’s first three WNBA games are averaging 413,000 viewers across ABC and ESPN2, which is an increase of 64% compared to 2018’s first four games on ESPN2 (aired by the same date a year ago).

My Style Is Very Versatile 

Indiana Fever guard Candice Dupree has joined Cappie Poindexter as the only WNBA players to score 1,000 points on three NBA teams.

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Sister Soldiers 

Sisters Nneka (14.2 ppg) and Chiney (14.0 ppg) Ogwumike have almost identical scoring averages playing together on the Los Angeles Sparks.

Bombs Over New York 

Former UConn star Kia Nurse continues to improve in her second season. The New York Liberty leader has made at least two three-pointers in all five games this season. Nurse has always been a deep threat in college and in her 2018 rookie season she established herself as one of the game’s long-rangers.

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With her stroke still wet these days, she has the third most threes (12) in the WNBA. Nurse and Tina Charles, the league’s No. 2 scorer, are formidable Huskies alumni holding it down for a struggling 1-4 Liberty squad.

Professional Bucket Hunter

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Atlanta Dream’s Tiffany Hayes needs 39 points to reach the 3,000-point plateau and become just the 65th woman in history to get that many buckets.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.