So we have the first weekend of the season in the books, and it was a great opening weekend for the WNBA. The team that looked the strongest was of course the Minnesota Lynx, who won tough, back-to-back games against Tulsa and Indiana. Maya Moore and company look to get back to the WNBA Finals and the GMs around the league certainly picked them as the overwhelming favorite to win the title this year.
Another team that looked good and is hoping to get back to the playoffs are the Washington Mystics. Led by Emma Meeseman who had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the win against the Liberty, the Mystics also beat the Sun earlier in the week thanks to Stefanie Dolson’s career high 18 points and 12 rebounds.
The most disappointing team thus far is the 0-2 Atlanta Dream. They should improve as the season goes on, but start off with two straight losses has to hurt their confidence a bit. They should bounce back at home against San Antonio this Thursday, and they still have a strong chance at contending for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Seattle looked great at home against the Sparks, with an abundance of three pointers coming in the second half, and it didn’t hurt that the Sparks were without Candace Parker, Kristi Tolliver, or NNeke Ogwumike. Both teams, especially once the Sparks are back at full strength, will have tough road in the Western Conference, but either team could get back to winning in the playoffs. That’s what is great about a new season, some teams don’t live up to expectations, while others rise above them and really surprise you. I’m most excited to see just which teams surprise us this year and come out swinging and winning against the rest of the league, and if this opening weekend was any indication, the rest of season certainly appears to hold plenty of excitement and surprises.