The 2020 WNBA regular season is officially in the books and the playoffs are here.
It wasn’t the season that the WNBA - along with other professional sports - envisioned for 2020, but amidst a global pandemic, the WNBA platform has continued to speak out against racial injustice and police brutality while also delivering fans another thrilling season.
As four teams are packing up and leaving the ‘wubble’ at the IMG Academy in Bradenton,. Florida, the remaining eight begin their quest for the WNBA championship title.
Of those eight teams, just one former Oregon Duck remains: Ruthy Hebard.
x — 1. Las Vegas Aces
x — 2. Seattle Storm
x — 3. Los Angeles Sparks
x — 4. Minnesota Lynx
x — 5. Phoenix Mercury
x — 6. Chicago Sky
x — 7. Connecticut Sun
x — 8. Washington Mystics
New York Liberty
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Hebard was one of the trifecta of Oregon women’s basketball stars to get selected in the 2020 WNBA draft: Sabrina Ionescu, No. 1 to the New York Liberty; Satou Sabally, No. 2 to the Dallas Wings; and Hebard, No. 8 to the Chicago Sky.
Both the Liberty and Sky missed out on the playoffs this season, which leaves Hebard as the sole Duck from this year’s historical draft representing the green and yellow.
Hebard is also tied for fourth on the Sky with eight blocks on the season. She earned Player of the Game honors after dropping 22 points (hitting 9-for-12 from the field), eight rebounds and two blocks against the Dallas Wings on September 11.
Chicago enters the playoffs as the sixth seed and will face No. 7 Connecticut in the first round of the WNBA playoffs starting on Tuesday, September 15 at 4 PM (PT) in Bradenton, Florida.
For the full WNBA postseason schedule, click here.