Tonight the WNBA began the second half of its regular season after a 34-game break for the Olympics. With 11 members of team USA in back in action, there was plenty of all-star talent to watch in a slate of games.
The race to the finish line begins and it will be a battle for top seeds and playoff berths. The league changed the playoff format this season to eliminate conferences so only the top eight teams make it in. Currently, only 4.5 games separate the 4th place team and the 11th. League president, Lisa Borders, says she is, “very excited to get the back end of the season going…doesn’t matter what your geography is, it matters what your record is”.
With just a handful of games left in the regular season and teams neck and neck in the standings, the 2016 WNBA season will have one of the most exciting finishes in league history. With only the top eight teams making it to the playoffs and the first two rounds being single elimination, the league can deliver a much more exciting product. The WNBA Playoffs begin Sept. 21.
Here are the results from the first night of action since the USABWNT took the Gold in Rio:
The Minnesota Lynx (80) faced the Connecticut Sun (84).
The New York Liberty (84) took on the San Antonio Stars (77).
The Atlanta Dream (82) matched up with the Chicago Sky (90).
The Los Angeles Sparks (72 ) met the Seattle Storm (79).
And the Dallas Wings played the Phoenix Mercury.
Tomorrow the Indiana Fever (72) will battle the Washington Mystics (98).