Breanna Stewart steps up to the challenge as the Storm lack a true point guard
Breanna Stewart has been a champion, an MVP, and a scoring leader. On Monday, she faced her biggest challenge yet: initiating the offense.
With Sue Bird out and Jordin Canada facing early foul trouble, Stewart and Sami Whitcomb swapped off point guard duties. Stewart finished the game with 25 points and a season-high seven assists, bringing her 2020 splits up to 20.1/7.9/3.6.
No matter the position on the court, Stewie is dangerous. Remember when she sat out an entire year with a torn Achilles? Me neither.
FIBA announced the 14 teams that will play in 2020-21’s two top international competitions, the EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women.
Many of the WNBA’s top rookies will play in the competitions, including Satou Sabally, Chennedy Carter, and Bella Alarie. We’ll have to wait until Sept. 1 to learn when their seasons will begin.
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Speaking of Chennedy Carter, the Carter-less Atlanta Dream have a long way to go before moving into playoff contention, and it’ll all start with figuring out Carter’s replacement at the 1-spot. The Dream tried two PG-replacements in their last game, though neither option is ideal for head coach Nicki Collen.
Blake Dietrick, her first choice, scored just two points in the loss to the Sun. Courtney Williams, her other option, is a talented guard but is much better suited at the 2-spot, and her talents off-ball would be wasted initiating the offense and bringing the ball up the court.
In the frontcourt, the Dream brought in Kalani Brown, who returned to the team after battling COVID over the past few months. Brown made an instant impact when she checked into the game, scoring 13 points in just 11 minutes of action.
The Dream’s bench hasn’t seen much playing time over the past week but received sold production from Brown as well as guard Alexis Johnson, who scored 9 points after receiving DNP’s in her past six games.
The Connecticut Sun have taken the opposite path of the Dream. After starting the season 0-5, Connecticut has won two out of its past three games and are hoping to sneak into the playoff picture. Head coach Curt Miller has implemented a more balanced minute-system (probably so that DeWanna Bonner doesn’t pass out on the court), and the Sun seem to be happy with that.
“There’s still a lot of basketball to be played. So we need everybody, fresh legs. We need them to be comfortable out there so it was huge for them and for us it was huge for us to get a little bit of rest,” Bonner said.
The Las Vegas Aces wiped the Indiana Fever off the floor 98-79 as A’ja Wilson added another W to her MVP-esque-season.
The Minnesota Lynx shut out the Washington Mystics 68-48. The Mystics have dropped five straight games after a hot start and are in danger of falling out of the playoff picture.
The Los Angeles Sparks beat the New York Liberty 93-78 as LA’s well-balanced attack saw four starters drop at least 15 points.
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