After overcoming the coronavirus this offseason, Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese is tearing it up on the court.
The former Oregon State standout and Sparks fourth-year guard poured 17 points on the New York Liberty on Tuesday night, helping LA improve to 6-3 in the WNBA Bubble at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
Wiese, a career 3.6-points-per-game scorer, has been a sparkplug as of late for Los Angeles. She’s shooting 66.7% from the field and 3-point range in the past three games.
But Wiese is on a mission to do more than win a championship this year, as she told Talkin’ Beavers host Ron Callan this week. She, like many of her WNBA counterparts, want justice for Breonna Taylor.
Her name is on the back of our jerseys this whole season and her story, it’s still fresh… the theme has been arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor and we’re still waiting for action to be taken. It’s sort of mind-blowing to me that there still hasn’t been action. There hasn’t been any type of proceeding to lead to action. But we’re going to continue to say her name. I love what we’re doing because each week we learn a new story and we bring another name to light. – Sydney Wiese
This week, WNBA players will be wearing Michelle Cusseaux’s name on the back of their shirts, according to Wiese. Cusseaux was killed in August 2014 after police officers were sent to her apartment as part of a court-ordered mental-health pick up.
According to police, she wouldn't open her door, so they had to force their way inside. Sergeant Percy Dupra said Cusseaux was holding a hammer above her head in a way he deemed threatening and ultimately shot her in self-defense.
Wiese and the WNBA are determined to keep the “Say Her Name,” campaign going and fighting for the justice of Black women like Taylor and Cusseaux. Hearing these women’s stories and talking to their family members were truly life-changing for Wiese.
It hits really deep. It makes it very real. And we’re learning different stories each week and we want to make sure that we are using this time to shed light on their stories and continue to get as much justice as we can, even though we can’t get their lives back.” – Sydney Wiese
Listen to the full Talkin' Beavers Podcast here.