Your Day in Women’s Basketball, August 5: Jordin Canada’s got next

Jordin Canada showing she’s capable of taking over for Sue Bird

Jordin Canada is blossoming into a productive two-way guard. And that’s exactly what Seattle needs.

When Sue Bird retires (she’ll have to eventually retire, right?) it’s unfair that the Storm will have Canada to fill her place. Canada, who is only 24 (25 in a week), has plenty of room to grow but she’s already shown that her floor is enough to keep the Storm at the top of the league. So just imagine her ceiling.

Canada has plenty of time in the rest of her career to play alongside Breanna Stewart. I know it’s been the Stewie and Sue show since 2016, but man, Seattle fans are blessed that Canada will take the reins from Bird.

What did Canada do on Sunday? Just a little 14/3/6 with 3 steals on 5-8 shooting. For her? Light work.

The Dallas Wings are hunting for a playoff spot, but it’s no thanks to the team’s less-than-stellar three-ball. Dallas shot 7-for-55 from range between Friday and Sunday’s games, though it did bounce back slightly on Tuesday with a 10-28 performance.

Arike Ogunbowale and Satou Sabally both have the ability to knock down shots from deep. But it’s a short season, and if they don’t figure out a way to heat up soon, they’ll be in for a cold awakening when the playoffs start without them.

So how did the Aces defeat the Wings (beyond the Wings beating themselves)? Well for starters, five players notched at least 10 points, a welcome sight for A’ja Wilson (who could do everything on her own but probably doesn’t want to).

The Aces got off to a particularly strong start, and although the Wings kept it close, Dallas eventually fell 79-70.

Dallas Wings coach Brian Agler has taken a personal commitment to support social justice initiatives. Since arriving in the wubble, Alger has used every game day to highlight a Black-owned business in the Forth-Worth area.

“I was trying to think of something and some of my associates thought about this idea and that it might be a way to just highlight some Black-owned businesses,” Alger said. “Hopefully when I get back there I can frequent these companies and these businesses and try to get more visibility for them and the families who own these businesses. That’s what this is all about. Support the community.”

On Tuesday, Atlanta Dream players continued to be vocal and progressive, calling for fans to vote for Raphael Warnock in Georgia. Warnock is the Democratic challenger to Dream owner and Georgia Republican senator Kelly Loeffler, who has stood in opposition to the team’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement. WNBA players are always ahead of the curve. Always.

And don’t miss this difficult read from The Intercollegiate and USA Today on Texas Tech’s program.

Tuesday’s Games

The Chicago Sky defeated the Dallas Wings 82-79 in what was the Sky’s 100th close game in a row.

The Phoenix Mercury overcame a poor defensive showing and a tough first half to beat the Atlanta Dream, 81-74.

The Seattle Storm rolled over the 0-5 Connecticut Sun with the aforementioned Stewie and Canada leading the way. Tough start for the defending runner-ups.

Play of the Day

Whatever the heck this was from Diana Taurasi. Don’t take her for granted.

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