June 7, 2024 

Locked On Women’s Basketball: East Coast battle

Jackie Powell and Emily Adams break down the 2024 Commissioner's Cup through the first few Cup games with an eye to a major upcoming matchup.

It’s time for another episode of the Locked on Women’s Basketball podcast! In this episode, host Jackie Powell of The Next is joined by the Hartford Courant’s Emily Adams to discuss the 2024 Commissioner’s Cup and the upcoming meeting between the Eastern Conference’s top two teams, New York and Connecticut, on Saturday afternoon.

Continue reading with a subscription to The Next

Get unlimited access to women’s basketball coverage and help support our hardworking staff of writers, editors, and photographers by subscribing today.

Join today

They discussed the schedule of Commissioner’s Cup games this season, the important charities that teams are advocating for as part of these games and where things stand so far. Then, they discuss Saturday afternoon’s Liberty-Sun battle, which very well may decide the Eastern Conference’s representative in the title game.

Want even more women’s sports in your inbox?

Subscribe now to our sister publication The IX and receive our independent women’s sports newsletter six days a week. Learn more about your favorite athletes and teams around the world competing in soccer, tennis, basketball, golf, hockey and gymnastics from our incredible team of writers.

Readers of The Next now save 50% on their subscription to The IX.

Adams spoke about how she feels about the Commissioner’s Cup and the effect it has on the excitement and discussion around the league:

You look at last year’s cup … we got a championship preview, essentially. Which was really cool, it fed into a lot of discussion during the postseason. I think the [NBA] In-Season Tournament is something that’s worked really well … which they implemented after the W did.

I think it’s just sort of an interesting way to keep things engaged, to honestly make the conferences matter a little more. I think that’s always valuable to kind of foster some of those rivalries a little bit more … we’re talking about one right now with the Sun and the Liberty. I think it’s cool from a basketball side in that aspect, but obviously also the charity aspect.

Get 24/7 soccer coverage with The Equalizer

The Next is partnering with The Equalizer to bring more women’s sports stories to your inbox. Subscribers to The Next receive 50% off their subscription to The Equalizer for 24/7 coverage of women’s soccer.

Adams on the new scheduling format, which has condensed the Commissioner’s Cup games into a much more defined window than prior seasons:

It’s great for me, frankly. I never knew when games were Cup games last year. Obviously, I wasn’t covering the W the same way last year. So as a fan, it’s extremely confusing, and kind of random. You know, I think a lot of fans, especially newer fans, probably don’t know who’s in what conference … just because it’s so spread out.

I think it’s definitely much more streamlined this way. I think it’s nice also for the teams to kind of get it out of the way in some ways. You’re not in that July to August period worrying about the Commissioner’s Cup at the time when you want to be really gearing towards postseason mode. So, yeah, I think it’s a good sort of early litmus test for everybody to get a feel for where the conferences are at.

To stay up to date with every episode of the podcast, subscribe on YouTube or wherever you listen to podcasts. To read Jackie’s coverage of the Liberty, click here! For the rest of our WNBA coverage here at The Next, click here!

Written by The Next

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.