Will Tina Charles adapt to the Storm? Plus the weekly WNBA schedule
The WNBA returns with a full slate of competitions and viewers were treated to games every day this week.
Just women’s sports has three scenarios to watch as the action continues.
Is Tina Charles going to dress for Seattle?
The Phoenix Mercury and Tina Charles shocked the league when the team announced on Saturday that it had agreed to a contract divorce from the star center. Charles signed a one-year contract with the Mercury in February, appearing in 16 games with the team during the 2022 regular season.
“After discussions with Tina and her agent, it was best for the two parties to go their separate ways at this time,” Mercury chief executive Jim Pitman said in a press release. “Due to circumstances both within our control and beyond our control, our season has not gone to plan, and we will continue to seek all avenues of improvement.”
According to multiple reports, Charles is set to join the Seattle Storm, although the team is yet to comment on the rumours.
If Charles clears the waivers and signs with Seattle in time for their midweek game against league-leading Las Vegas, she could appear for the Storm as early as Wednesday. It’s unlikely a team will have the cap space to agree to Charles’ pre-divorce contract, so once she clears the waivers, she will become an unrestricted free agent and Seattle can sign her.
The 33-year-old adds a post presence to the Seattle squad, which already boasts the offensive firepower of Jewell Loyd, Breanna Stewart and Sue Bird. Charles is still in the hunt for his first WNBA championship, with the Storm also hoping to win the league trophy at the end of the year to send Bird to the top.
The sky has the first place in sight
The Chicago Sky put on a thrilling performance in their home game against the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday, following a historic comeback against the Aces on Tuesday. Now the Sky are looking to extend their winning streak to four games as they face Connecticut on Wednesday and Phoenix on Saturday.
Sitting just half a game behind league-leading Las Vegas, Chicago has a chance to dethrone the Aces at the top of the table.
Sky’s offense has been stellar, leading the league in field goal percentage at 47 while falling behind the Aces in three-point percentage at 35.9. Courtney Vandersloot, a key team enabler, has finished in the double digits in Sky’s last six games for her best goalscoring streak since 2020.
Is New York the real deal?
The New York Liberty are enjoying a two-game winning streak, turning around a season that got off to a slow start.
Sabrina Ionescu has been in tears since picking up her second career triple-double on June 12, nearly repeating the feat in her last four matches. The addition of Marine Johannes has been critical for New York, with the French star joining Ionescu as the team’s sniper.
The Liberty released Crystal Dangerfield from her hardship contract on Friday, but could bring her back in early July with roster engineering. How the team will fare without her and whether or not New York can continue their climb up the WNBA rankings will be in question as they take on the Atlanta Dream on Thursday and the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday.
Monday, June 27
- Indiana Fever vs. Phoenix Mercury at 10 p.m. ET on Facebook.com/Indianafever
- Las Vegas Aces vs. Los Angeles Sparks at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV
Tuesday, June 28
- Atlanta Dream vs. Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2
- Dallas Wings vs. Minnesota Lynx at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN3
Wednesday, June 29
- Connecticut Sun vs. Chicago Sky at 12 p.m. ET on NBA TV
- Indiana Fever vs. Phoenix Mercury at 10 p.m. ET on NBA TV
- Las Vegas Aces vs. Seattle Storm at 10 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday June 30
- Atlanta Dream vs. New York Liberty at 7 p.m. ET on Twitter
friday july 1st
- Los Angeles Sparks vs. Dallas Wings at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
- Las Vegas Aces vs. Minnesota Lynx at 8 p.m. ET on NBA TV
- Indiana Fever vs. Seattle Storm at 10 p.m. ET on Facebook
Saturday July 2
- Phoenix Mercury vs. Chicago Sky at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
Sunday July 3
- Washington Mystics vs. Connecticut Sun at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
- Seattle Storm vs. Atlanta Dream at 3 p.m. ET on NBA TV
- New York Liberty vs. Los Angeles Sparks at 6 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
- Las Vegas Aces vs. Minnesota Lynx at 7 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime