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WNBA: Finals-Washington Mystics at Seattle Storm Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Thanks to the bubble and “wubble” the NBA and WNBA are cautiously going ahead with their seasons. The WNBA is quarantined in Bradenton, Florida. For fans of Louisville women’s basketball that gives us the chance to enjoy some of our favorite former Cards.

Of course the gold standard of Louisville basketball is Angel McCoughtry. She’s finally returned to the WNBA after recuperating from her ACL tear in August of 2018. New team (the Las Vegas Aces) but the same old Angel. In her first outing she scored 25 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. She is averaging 18.2 points a game and shooting 56%.

The New York Liberty is the home to three former Cards: Asia Durr, Jazmine Jones, and Kylee Shook. Unfortunately Asia announced last month that she would be sitting out this season because she was dealing with health complications after she contracted Covid-19 earlier in the summer.

Jazmine sat out the Liberty’s first game with an ankle injury. She made solid contributions in her first professional game however she really shined in her second game. Rookie Sabrina Ionescu went down with an ankle injury and will possibly be out for a month. Jaz can take advantage of this with increased playing time but unfortunately she’s being asked to play a lot of point guard which is not her natural position. In the game Ionescu went down Jaz almost doubled her number of minutes and scored 20 points.

Kylee has played in every game but in the first two she looked like a deer in the headlights. However, in the 3rd game against the Atlanta Dream she seemed to relax and play more like the former ACC Defensive POY. According to the broadcast crew Angel talked to Kylee before the game and told her to have more fun. She also got some encouragement from Jaz:

Apparently the advice took because she went from racking up 9 minutes with 0 points in Game 2 to putting up 23 minutes and 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block in Game 3.

Myisha Hines-Allen is playing her third year with the Washington Mystics. Up to know she has had limited playing time as a pro because she’s on a team stacked with talent. Of course the upside to that is that after last season she now has a championship ring. However, after several of the Mystics opted out of this season that presented an opportunity for Myisha to step into a bigger role. For those of us who remember her as a superstar at Louisville she is now playing like that for her team this season.

While leading her team in minutes she is averaging 17.5 points on nearly 55% shooting. She’s also averaging 9.3 rebounds per game.

As impressive as Myisha has been on the court this season this recent profile on her in The Athletic details her work and generosity with a wheelchair basketball team here in Louisville and is worth your time.

The WNBA regular season lasts until September 12th. There are obviously no fans allowed on site, but most of the games are being televised. Check your local listings for details.