Season 26 is finally here, and while the offseason was certainly active, we’re ready to see all 12 WNBA teams tipoff this weekend.
Alexa, play “Pump up the Jam”! The time has come for the WNBA’s Season 26 opening weekend and we’re gonna need all the hype songs to get ready for tipoff between the Indiana Fever vs. The Washington Mystics at 7 P.M. EST live on Facebook. Opening night is jam-packed with back-to-back games and you won’t want to miss any of the action.
Before we move forward, let’s do a quick recap of some team signings and waivers that have occurred literally days before the start of the regular season. While it is normal to see players being waived frequently from various teams due to lack of roster spots, these recent waivers may come as a shock.
It’s never fun seeing high-profile players being cut (and the league needs expansion stat), but for today, let’s focus on the exciting matchups we’re looking forward to watching tonight.
Indiana Fever vs. Washington Mystics
Not only is this the first game of the season, this matchup is bound to be one for the books as the Mystics now have a healthy Elena Delle Donne on the floor. Delle Donne is already tearing it up in the preseason and leading in points with an average of 21.0. Mystics fans will still have to be a bit patient though, as a part of Donne’s return from injury is being careful not to overdo it and she has a set amount of rest days built into her game schedule this season.
Los Angeles Sparks vs. Chicago Sky
2021 National Champions, the Chicago Sky are ready to take on the L.A. Sparks on their home court, and this is sure to be an exciting matchup. Will the Sparks be strong enough to contend against the defending champions without their recently-waived star guard, T’ea Cooper? Last season, the Sparks struggled to make the playoffs, but with the signing of Liz Cambage we may see a different energy on the floor this year.
Las Vegas Aces vs. Phoenix Mercury
With the unfortunate loss of Phoenix Mercury guard Brittney Griner, the Mercury, who were 19–13 last season, may have a tough time against the Aces. The Mercury’s last meeting with the Aces ended in a 1-point loss, and a large part of that battle was due to the efforts of Griner. The Aces are not only returning strong with veteran players such as A’ja Wilson and Chelsea Gray, but we will also see the coaching debut of WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon who has the opportunity to make a big impact on this Phoenix squad.
Minnesota Lynx vs. Seattle Storm
How can we not be excited for the last matchup of opening night with Seattle Storm guard, Sue Bird, returning for her 19th season? The star’s highly anticipated return will take place on their newly remodeled home court at Climate Pledge Arena. And while all that is exciting enough, the Lynx are making their own big moves with a new roster addition, Odyssey Sims. Sims was a major powerhouse for the Lynx in 2019 until her playing time came to an end mid-season. Now with her back on the court, the Lynx can hope to see her take her talents to new heights.
Whew! Believe it or not, all of that only covers the first night, and we are lucky enough to have a full weekend of WNBA basketball ahead of us. The rest of the weekend includes matchups between:
Connecticut Suns vs. New York Liberty – Saturday, May 7 at 6 P.M. ET (ESPN)
Atlanta Dream vs. Dallas Wings – Saturday, May 7 at 8 P.M. ET (CBSSN)
LA Sparks vs. Indiana Fever – Sunday May 8 at 3 P.M. ET (Amazon, IND Stream, SPECSN)
Washington Mystics vs. Minnesota Lynx – Sunday May 8 at 8 P.M. ET (ESPN 2)
Seattle Storm vs. Las Vegas Aces – Sunday May 8 at 10 P.M. ET (ESPN 2)
These games are going to be quick-paced and full of action, so be sure to set all of your alarms to catch every game this weekend. Also, be on the lookout for all of those pregame fits from the rookies and from the most fashionable players in the league. This weekend is going to be fantastic and we can’t wait to see who is going to show up and show out on and off the court.