Yesterday, the WNBA released the full schedule for the 2020 regular season schedule. Each team will play a 22-game regular season schedule, facing each possible opponent twice.
With UConn alumnae being accounted for in the Wubble on seven of the 12 WNBA teams, there will be many chances to catch former Huskies in action throughout the summer. UConn’s WNBA stars are scheduled to play in over 50 nationally televised games and 21 of the 24 games which will be aired on ESPN networks.
Here’s some of the highlights of the schedule with Huskies on both sides of the court:
Former classmates do battle
Starting off with the Huskies’ newest additions to the WNBA, Crystal Dangerfield and Megan Walker are scheduled to play against each other when the Minnesota Lynx and New York Liberty meet on August 5th (7pm ET) and August 15th (6pm ET). Walker did test positive for COVID-19 last week, but is expected to join the Liberty in Florida upon her recovery. Either way, New York is a very young team which should give Dangerfield a chance to thrive against an opponent with a lot of familiar faces.
Napheesa Collier also returns for the Lynx after winning Rookie of the Year in an All-Star caliber debut season in the league. In the off season, Katie Lou Samuelson was traded to the Dallas Wings and the highest-scoring duo in program history will meet on August 19th (9pm ET) and September 4th (8pm ET).
On the other half of the Samuelson trade, Azura Stevens joins Gabby Williams with the Chicago Sky. They’ll face Kia Nurse, who was an All-Star starter in her sophomore season in the league, when the play New York on August 20th (7pm ET) and August 25th (7pm ET).
Breanna Stewart will also return to the court after tearing her Achilles and missing the 2019 season. Stewart is joined by Morgan Tuck, who was traded to the Seattle Storm in the off-season (Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis is now with the Connecticut Sun as a result of that trade). They will face the third member of UConn’s big three when they play Moriah Jefferson and the Dallas Wings on August 14th (8pm ET) and September 9th (10pm ET).
Other exciting pairings
In a rematch of the epic 2019 semifinals, Seattle and Phoenix will face each other on August 8th (3pm ET) and September 11th (10pm ET). Sue Bird vs. Diana Taurasi is pretty much all that needs to be said here, but Seattle’s roster also includes two-thirds of the big three. Seattle and Phoenix are also both contenders for the 2020 title, so these will be must watch games.
The Chicago Sky also belong in the title contention conversation, and there roster boasts a trio of UConn players with Williams, Stevens and Stefanie Dolson. The Sky are schedule to play the Storm on August 10th (9pm ET) and August 29th (2pm ET). Chicago faces Phoenix on August 6th (10pm ET) and August 12th (9pm ET).
The WNBA’s regular season tips off on Saturday, July 25th. The full schedule can be found here.