Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm sit atop AP WNBA power poll
NEW YORK The Seattle Storm are healthy to begin the season with Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird back in the lineup and sit atop the preseason Associated Press WNBA poll. 1 in the preseason since the AP has been doing the poll. You have to go out there and play the games, said Bird, who missed last season while recovering from knee surgery. Connecticut and Washington, who met for the WNBA title last year, were sixth and seventh in the poll. The first regular season power poll will be released on Tuesday, July 28___Follow Doug on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dougfeinberg
Delle Donne hurt that request denied by panel of doctors
NEW YORK Elena Delle Donne is hurt that her request was denied to be medically excused for the season. And maybe being hurt just makes me naive, Delle Donne wrote. Had Delle Donne been medically excused, she would have earned her entire salary for the season. Charles and Delle Donne did not travel with the team to Bradenton, Florida. Phoenix forward Jessica Breland, who missed a year while at North Carolina to be treated for Hodgkins lymphoma, was deemed high-risk and was medically excused, the Mercury said.
WNBA MVP Delle Donne says league denied her medical waiver
NEW YORK Elena Delle Donne's request to be medically excused from the WNBA season was denied, according to the league's reigning MVP. Delle Donne has battled Lyme disease since 2008. But the question is whether or not the WNBA bubble is safe for me," Delle Donne said in the statement. Charles and Delle Donne did not travel with the team to Bradenton, Florida, last week. Phoenix forward Jessica Breland, who missed a year while at North Carolina to be treated for Hodgkins lymphoma, was deemed high-risk and was medically excused, the Mercury said.
Washington Mystics beat Connecticut Sun to win first WNBA title
The Washington Mystics won their first WNBA championship, getting 22 points from Emma Meesseman and 21 from banged-up league MVP Elena Delle Donne to beat the Connecticut Sun 89-78 in Game 5 of the Finals on Thursday night. It was a fitting conclusion to an entertaining series and WNBA season. Elena Delle Donne #11 of Washington Mystics celebrates after the Mystics defeated the Connecticut Sun to win the 2019 WNBA Finals at St Elizabeths East Entertainment & Sports Arena on October 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Delle Donne came to Washington three years ago in a trade from Chicago, hoping to get the Mystics their first title. The victory gave coach Mike Thibault his first WNBA championship.cbsnews.com