Brittney Griner’s Russian teammate, GM offer character statements in court appearance

Two members of Brittney Griner’s Russian club team appeared as character witnesses in her trial Thursday, telling the judge that she has been an exemplary player and citizen during her six seasons in Russia. UMMC Ekaterinburg teammate Evgeniya Belyakova and Maxim Ryabkov, the team’s general manager, spoke during the brief afternoon court session while Griner … Read more

WNBA star Brittney Griner back in Russian court as trial resumes

KHIMKI, Russia — A lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner at her drug possession trial in Russia on Friday gave the court a U.S. doctor’s letter recommending she use medical cannabis to treat pain. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and standout for the Phoenix Mercury, was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in February after … Read more

Rocky offseason behind her, Courtney Williams ‘ready to come home’ in return to Connecticut Sun

Apr 20, 2022 Alexa PhilippouESPN Close Covers women’s college basketball and the WNBA Previously covered UConn and the WNBA Connecticut Sun for the Hartford Courant Stanford graduate and Baltimore native with further experience at the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times and Cincinnati Enquirer UNCASVILLE, Conn. — After being “humbled” by a rocky offseason that included … Read more

Brittney Griner’s name permeates WNBA All-Star Game, Team Wilson beats Team Stewart

CHICAGO — A’ja Wilson, Breanna Stewart and the rest of the WNBA All-Stars lined up along the sideline after halftime, the No. 42 and the name Griner on the back of all of their jerseys. Brittney Griner was everywhere Sunday, everywhere except where the league’s best players felt she should be — playing alongside them … Read more

WNBA to use charter flights for all Finals games, increase postseason bonus pool

2:34 PM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. CHICAGO — The WNBA will use charter flights for all its league Finals games this year, will increase bonus-pool money for … Read more

U.S. Rep. Colin Allred says he’s working with State Department to secure release of WNBA star Brittney Griner from Russia

Mar 9, 2022 Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. A U.S. congressman who played football at Baylor is among those concerned about the welfare of Brittney Griner, who is being … Read more

WNBA commissioner outlines transformative plan to pivot league from ‘survive to thrive’

DIANA TAURASI SPREAD her arms wide and turned toward the crowd. The WNBA superstar had just scored a playoff career-high 37 points while playing on a bum ankle. She was trending on social media. At 39 years old, Taurasi gifted the fans a vintage-style performance against the Las Vegas Aces. Taurasi’s Phoenix Mercury were headed … Read more

Best looks from Friday’s orange carpet

WNBA players have dazzled all season long with their wardrobe combinations, so it’s no surprise the exceptional attire continued at the league’s orange carpet event during All-Star Weekend. “The W’s” stars took center stage in Chicago on Friday as a number of players wore eye-catching apparel. There were so many great looks that it isn’t … Read more

WNBA announces skills challenge field, rule changes for All-Star Game

5:04 PM ET Mechelle VoepelESPN.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. CHICAGO — Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones, Atlanta’s Rhyne Howard, New York’s Sabrina Ionescu and Chicago’s Courtney Vandersloot headline the list of eight … Read more