Takeaways From the First Weekend of the 2022 WNBA Season

The 2022 WNBA season is officially underway with each of the league’s 12 teams having played at least one game. Here is one early impression about every team as the league turns to its first full week:


Indiana Fever (0–2)

Rookies combined for nearly 50% of Indiana’s total on-court minutes in the team’s loss to the Mystics on Friday night, and they were again relied upon heavily against the Sparks on Sunday, accounting for 52% of the team’s on-court total. Such will be the norm all season, and with such youth, it appears the franchise will have to go through a lot of growing pains. Still, No. 2 pick NaLyssa Smith put up an impressive double-double in her debut. No. 4 pick Emily Engstler also looked relatively comfortable in the season-opener; she was active on both ends and recorded nine rebounds, and added two steals and two blocks against the Mystics. On Sunday against the Sparks, it was Destanni Henderson’s turn to flourish as she scored 19 points and added three rebounds and three assists.

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