Yesterday marked the official start of the WNBA training camp! We’re huge fans of the WNBA here at Sports Are From Venus and are excited to start covering these fantastic and talented teams this season. However, we know not many are as well versed in all things WNBA as we are so for our first post, let’s review some of the basics.
There are 12 teams in the WNBA, each team is made up of 12 players.
The Eastern Conference is made up of the:
- New York Liberty
- Connecticut Sun
- Washington Mystics
- Chicago Sky
- Atlanta Dream
- Indiana Fever
The Western Conference is made up of the:
- Minnesota Lynx
- Los Angeles Sparks
- Phoenix Mercury
- Dallas Wings
- Seattle Storm
- Las Vegas Aces
There are a lot of fantastic players in the league. Some of the more well known WNBA players include:
Lindsay Whalen, guard for the Minnesota Lynx
Moriah Jefferson, guard for the Las Vegas Aces
Nneka Ogwumike, forward for the Los Angeles Sparks
Maya Moore, forward for the Minnesota Lynx
Brittney Griner, center for the phoenix Mercury
Tina Charles, center for the New York Liberty
Unlike the NBA, there are only 34 games regular season games in the WNBA. Preseason runs from now until May 13. The regular season starts on May 18 and ends on August 19. The 2018 playoffs will start on August 21.
The Game Itself
Besides the fact that the WNBA is played by…wait for it…women, there are other differences between his league and the NBA. For example (but not limited to):
- A WNBA game is made up of 4-10 minute quarters
- The ball used in a WNBA game is 1 in smaller than the ball used in an NBA game
- The three point shot is made between 22 to 23 feet 9 inches from the hoop in the NBA. In the WNBA, 3-pointers are made from 20 feet, 6 1/4 inches from the hoop
Where to Watch
Unfortunately, catching a WNBA game on TV is difficult. Not every game/team is broadcasted live. An online streaming pass was available for the 2017 season, but does not yet look to be available for 2018. We’ll keep our eyes on the WNBA news page for updates. However, the WNBA twitter account will live stream 20 games during the season. And don’t worry, we’ll have coverage for you here throughout the season!