May 27, 2022
Daily Briefing — May 27, 2022: Sun clobber Wings in rematch
A hefty reading list to entertain your Friday
Happy Friday! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, daily Watch List and Yesterday’s Recap. Day 19 of the WNBA season is here, following the Sun extracting some hearty revenge upon the Wings. But I’ll save you the trouble of a one-game recap here and instead tell you to go look at my film room of it if you want more details.
That film room is just one of seven reading recommendations I’ve got for you today — and despite that length, I cannot urge you strongly enough to read them all. Be it New York’s tenuous situation with rostering AD, a long investigation into Title IX compliance and the continued shortchanging of female athletes or the ever-intriguing “WNBA Dissected” newsletter, there was some serious work published yesterday that you ought to read.
But first, read:
- Our Jackie Powell dives into how the Liberty have handled AD’s return, reviews the film and looks at the bind New York is in
- I set up a film room to break down yesterday’s rematch between the Dallas Wings and Connecticut Sun
- Our James Kay brings you the sights and sounds from the Sky’s championship-ring ceremony and the commissioner’s subsequent press conference
- Our Gabriela Carroll briefs you on Rutgers and new head coach Coquese Washington
- Kenny Jacobs et al. at USA Today investigated how top collegiate athletic departments are abusing federal guidelines to overstate their Title IX compliance — and it’s even worse than you’d think
- Her Hoop Stats’ Richard Cohen continues his “WNBA Dissected” with a look at Courtney Williams’ limitations, reasons for optimism in the Sun, fun lineup notes and more
- Gabe Ibrahim breaks down the film and stats behind Kelsey Plum’s second breakout for his Ball and Order newsletter, following yesterday’s story on the Aces point guard’s off-court approach from our Matthew Walter
Phoenix: Signed off-ball guard Karlie Samuelson to a hardship contract (a couple days ago, but I forgot to include that)
Watch List, Friday, May 27
(All times in Eastern, Game Of The Day in bold)
Los Angeles @ Indiana, 7 p.m., League Pass/Twitter (Local: Spectrum SportsNet, Indiana Fever Livestream)
New York @ Seattle, 10 p.m., League Pass (Local: YES, JOEtv/Amazon Prime video)
Thursday, May 26 recap
Connecticut beat Dallas, 99-68. The Sun jumped out to a 20-9 lead, but the game was tied as late as the mid-second quarter; Connecticut went on a 23-6 run across the late-third and early-fourth quarters. The Sun out-shot the Wings by 11.7 percentage points from the field, while taking 15 more free-throws (and only missing two); the teams combined for 26 offensive rebounds, second-most this season per Across The Timeline; Connecticut notched 12 steals, part of 19 forced turnovers; Dallas committed 20 fouls.
Combo guard Natisha Hiedeman led the Sun with 17 points on 4-for-7 from three (1-3 from two), three rebounds, six assists, and three steals; big wing DeWanna Bonner had 18 points on 7-for-16 from the field and 2-for-7 from three, six rebounds, and two assists against two turnovers; backup center Brionna Jones notched 15 points on 5-for-9 FG, seven rebounds (two assists), and no turnovers; off-ball guard DiJonai Carrington tallied 13 points on 4-for-8 shooting (0-2 3pt., 5-6 FT), five rebounds (three offensive), three assists, and two steals against three turnovers.
The Wings were led by big wing Satou Sabally’s 18 points on 6-for-16 from the field and 2-for-7 from three, four rebounds, and two assists against three turnovers and four fouls in 30 minutes; off-ball guard Arike Ogunbowale had 16 points on 6-for-15 shooting (2-6 3pt.), two assists, and three steals against five turnovers.