2020 WNBA schedule: Everything you need to know + key dates
It all starts on July 25
The 2020 WNBA season will tip-off starting on July 25 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
The season will consist of 22 games per team followed by a traditional playoff format.
According to the WNBA, the spotlight will be focused on the league’s brightest stars as they bring women’s basketball back with an opening weekend dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement. During the opening weekend, when all 12 teams will be in action, all aspects of the game and player outfitting will be designed to affirm Black Lives Matter and honor victims of police brutality and racial violence.
Swipe through to see a list of key dates, when to watch former Oregon Ducks Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard and Satou Sabally make their WNBA debuts and much more!
Sabrina Ionescu’s debut
Really can’t think of a better way to kick off the 2020 WNBA season than with 2020 No. 1 overall draft pick Sabrina Ionescu vs. Sue Bird.
The New York Liberty will face the Seattle Storm to open the 2020 season on Saturday, July 25 at 9 AM (PT).
For those of you who might have forgotten, Ionescu and Bird met in 2019 when the Oregon Ducks women’s basketball team hosted Team USA. In what sort of felt like a ceremonial passing of the torch, Ionescu dropped 30 points to lead Oregon to a 93-86 victory. It had been 20 years since a college team last beat Team USA.
"They're gonna come out, they're gonna throw the first punch, it's gonna get loud," Bird said after the game. "I think the difference with Oregon was, they never quit. Some of the other teams, we maybe wore them down a bit. But not this team."
Excited to see these two G.O.A.T.s go against one another once again.
Sydney Wiese + Marie Gulich
Sydney Wiese and Marie Gulich spent three seasons in Corvallis, Oregon together wreaking havoc on the Pac-12 Conference as well as the nation.
The two led the Beavs to a Pac-12 Championship and Final Four appearance in 2016.
Now, Wiese and Gulich find themselves on the same WNBA team for the first time in their professional careers.
The Los Angeles Sparks drafted Wiese in the first round (No. 11 overall) in the 2017 WNBA Draft. The Sparks then traded for Gulich who was drafted No. 12 overall by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2018 Draft before being traded to the Atlanta Dream in 2019.
The Sparks will face the Mercury on Saturday, July 25 at 12 PM (PT).
Ruthy Hebard’s debut
Chicago Sky vs. Las Vegas Aces on Sunday, July 26 at 12 PM (PT)
Hebard was selected No. 8 overall by the Chicago Sky in the 2020 WNBA Draft.
She joins nine-year veteran guard Courtney Vandersloot who also played in college with Kelly Graves as her head coach at Gonzaga University.
The two seem to be already clicking too... Watch this video from practice.
Satou Sabally’s debut
Rounding out the historical Oregon Ducks women’s basketball trio is Satou Sabally.
Sabally decided to forgo her senior season at Oregon and declared for the 2020 WNBA Draft where she was selected No. 2 overall by the Dallas Wings.
The Wings will face the Atlanta Dream on Sunday, July 26 at 2 PM (PT).
A rematch of the 2019 WNBA finals
For those WNBA fans out there, this rematch will look a tad different due to offseason roster changes, but this should still be a very entertaining rematch of the 2019 finals.
According to ESPN’s Kevin Pelton: Connecticut, which had already lost starters Shekinna Stricklen and Courtney Williams to free agency, saw Jonquel Jones become the first star player to decide against playing 2020. Meanwhile, MVPs Elena Delle Donne and newcomer Tina Charles are awaiting rulings on whether they’ll be medically excused from the 2020 season, with their status uncertain if the panel of independent doctors clears them to play. Still, coaches Curt Miller and Mike Thibault are two of the league's best, and they'll have a shortened training camp to rebuild their rotations.
The Washington Mystics and Connecticut Sun will tip-off on Tuesday, July 28 at 4 PM (PT).