( ENSPIRE Sports ) The Latest WNBA News, Highlighting 4 Star Players
ENSPIRE Contributor: Wesley Tran
Since the Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) founding, the organization and the players within have been challenging the common stereotype of women in sports. They continue to show off their perseverance and ability to perform as well as their ability to provide an exciting game to watch for their viewers. Ever since their first season in 1997, they have steadily climbed in viewership and sponsorship, gaining more attention and more respect. With the goal to prove that women have just as much of a right to be on the court as men, the WNBA continues to thrive.
In fact, the WNBA’s media coverage, as well as sponsorship, has been steadily on the rise as well. With their partnerships between ESPN and CBS, their popularity has continued to skyrocket. Boasting an average viewership of 350,000 viewers for their last 3 seasons, their players have continuously brought viewers on their feet. With the increased coverage, also comes increased sponsorship. In 2022, the WNBA raised $75 million from over two dozen investors to call for expansion, higher salaries, and better benefits. As women break through their societal chains, organizations such as WNBA start to gain more attention not only from regular viewers but also investors! After all, what better way to support women than to improve their ability to not only compete in a game that’s traditionally seen as a men’s sport but also for them to excel and make a living off of doing it? With the increased coverage and sponsorship, the women in the WNBA can push past societal stereotypes and carve their names onto the Sports Wall of Fame.
However, what fun are sports without idols to hold the spotlight? This week, there are 4 people who stood out from the rest; people who are holding the first torch to clear a path to a world where women can stand proud as sports players.
Holding the title of Kia WNBA’s Rookie of the Month is, Alliyah Boston of the Indiana Fever. She boasts the title for the second consecutive month and averaged 15.1 PPG and 2.5 APG. Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun, who holds an impressive 8-3 record, an average 14.6 PPG, 9.5 RPG, as well as a 9.3 APG, is our Kia WNBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Month. Finally, two-star figures, both from the Las Vegas Aces, and both holding an astonishing 10-1 record, A’ja Wilson, Kia WNBA’s Western Conference Player of the Month, and Becky Hammon, our coach of the month. A’ja holds her title proud with an average 19.5 PPG, 8.9 RPG, and 2.2 BPG. Congratulations to all of our star players!