Let’s Get to Know More About the WNBA, Shall We?

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.

Teams

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

Top Players

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 

The Season

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!

 

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