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Coach C. Vivian Stringer addresses a crowd at the Basketball Hall of Fame (Photo credit: Rutgers)

C. Vivian Stringer named 2024 Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Women’s Basketball

By Cameron Ruby / December 7, 2023

Coach Stringer’s impact will be recognized by Naismith throughout the 2023–24 season

Indiana center Aliyah Boston, the unanimous Rookie of the Year, stands on the court in front of two Fever teammates during pregame player introductions while surrounded by smoke.

The Next’s 2023 WNBA Awards: Rookie of the Year and All-Rookie Team

By Em Adler / October 1, 2023

A shocking turn of events as Aliyah Boston sweeps the vote

A three-picture collage of the leading WNBA MVP vote-getters: on top-left, Breanna Stewart releases a deep jump shot over the outstretched arm of a defender; on the top-right, A'ja Wilson shoots a fadeaway jumper over a defender; on the bottom, Alyssa Thomas.

The Next’s 2023 WNBA Awards: MVP

By Em Adler / September 25, 2023

Do you think they’ll cut the trophy in half horizontally or vertically?

As Connecticut Sun guard DiJonai Carrington releases a layup with her arm parallel to the floor, Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson blocks it. Both players are shown in mid-air with their backs to the camera, their hands sandwiching the ball.

A’ja Wilson named 2023 WNBA DPOY, headlines All-Defensive teams

By Cameron Ruby / September 22, 2023

A’ja Wilson wins second consecutive WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, headlines 10-player defensive selections for 2023.

A three-image collage of the WNBA's leading Coach of the Year candidates on their respective sidelines: Stephanie White, Latricia Trammell and Cheryl Reeve.

The Next’s 2023 WNBA awards: Coach of the Year

By Em Adler / September 16, 2023

First-year Sun head coach Stephanie White takes home the hardware

New York Liberty forward Breanna Stewart (30) shoots during a matchup of top WNBA awards candidates between the Connecticut Sun and the New York Liberty at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York, USA on May 27, 2023.

The Next’s 2023 WNBA midseason awards

By Em Adler / July 26, 2023

MVP, Coach of the Year up for grabs; ROY is Boston’s to lose

Four images of All-WNBA selections in a collage: on the top-left, a shot of Las Vegas point guard Kelsey Plum from behind, holding her follow-through as the ball falls through the hoop, with fans in the background celebrating but out of focus; on the top-right, Phoenix Mercury point guard Skylar Diggins-Smith drives from the key past Connecticut Sun combo guard Natisha Hiedeman, who is falling over towards her; on the bottom-left, Los Angeles Sparks big Nneka Ogwumike jogs up the court while pointing ahead; on the bottom-right, a shot of New York Liberty combo guard Sabrina Ionescu from behind, holding a finger up while looking out towards her teammates and Washington Mystics players

The Next’s 2022 WNBA Awards: All-WNBA

By Em Adler / September 14, 2022

The Next’s official 2022 WNBA awards wrapping up with All-WNBA

Two pictures side-by-side, of Seattle Storm big wing Breanna Stewart on the left and a smiling and jogging-upcourt Las Vegas Aces center A'ja Wilson on the left

The Next’s 2022 WNBA Awards: MVP

By Em Adler / September 7, 2022

Our unofficial tally has Stewart-Wilson as close as it gets

Four pictures in a collage: on top, Las Vegas Aces wing Jackie Young has the ball at the top of her dribble while looking out the court; on the bottom-left, Minnesota point guard Moriah Jefferson drives downhill from the slot around a pick-and-roll screen from Lynx center Sylvia Fowles, who is beginning to roll after screening Dallas Wings wing Marina Mabrey off of Jefferson; on the middle of the bottom, Seattle Storm big Ezi Magbegor celebrates a teammate's three from the bench, while the crowd celebrates in the background; on the bottom-right, New York Liberty combo guard Sabrina Ionescu holds the ball above her head while releasing a jumper

The Next’s 2022 WNBA Awards: Most Improved Player

By Em Adler / August 29, 2022

The Next’s 2022 WNBA Most Improved Player is Las Vegas’ Jackie Young

Aces center A'ja Wilson (22) and Mystics big Elena Delle Donne reach for an offensive rebound. Aces forward Theresa Plaisance (55) and point guard Kelsey Plum (10) stand behind them.

All-WNBA First, Second Team awards to become positionless

By Isabel Rodrigues / August 12, 2022

“This process change allows us to celebrate the best of the best going forward.”