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MM 7.24: Several former Maryland women’s basketball stars will play in shortened WNBA season

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Connecticut Sun Practice Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

Six former Maryland women’s basketball players will be featured in the start of the WNBA season this weekend as the return of sports gets in full swing.

The league is conducting its delayed season out of what has been deemed the “Wubble” in Bradenton, Florida at IMG Academy. There will only be 22 regular-season games, followed by the normal playoff format.

One of the biggest storylines for Terrapin fans this year is the Connecticut Sun trio, which features first-year pro Kaila Charles, Alyssa Thomas and Brionna Jones. The team made it to the WNBA Finals last season, but lost to the Washington Mystics.

One of the team’s stars, center Jonquel Jones, decided to sit out the season, making room for Brionna Jones to play a bigger role. Thomas has secured herself as one of the team’s stars, and Charles will look to find her place as a rookie.

Kristi Toliver, who helped lead the Mystics to that title, signed with the Los Angeles Sparks this offseason. However, she opted to sit out of the 2020 season due to health concerns.

Here’s what Maryland fans should keep an eye on this weekend:

Games to watch

Matchup Day Time (ET) Players Channel
Matchup Day Time (ET) Players Channel
Seattle Storm vs New York Liberty Saturday 12 p.m. Crystal Langhorne (Storm) ESPN
Phoenix Mercury vs Los Angeles Sparks Saturday 3 p.m. Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (Mercury) ABC
Washington Mystics vs Indiana Fever Saturday 5 p.m. Tianna Hawkins (Mystics) CBS Sports Network
Connecticut Sun vs Minnesota Lynx Sunday 12 p.m. Alyssa Thomas, Breonna Jones, Kaila Charles (Sun) ESPN

In other news

Mike profiled freshman running back Peny Boone Thursday as we continue our Maryland football 2020 season preview series.

Maryland Athletics launched its VoTerp initiative Thursday.

Former Maryland running backs Anthony McFarland Jr. and Javon Leake have officially signed their rookie NFL contracts.

Maryland men’s basketball brought fans back to when Walt Williams dropped 30-points in seven straight games in 1992.

Maryland women’s basketball head coach Brenda Frese introduced Terp fans to transfer guard Chloe Bibby.

Former Terp Kaila Charles signed with Under Armour.

Several former Maryland lacrosse players are gearing up for the upcoming PLL season.

Maryland women’s lacrosse brought us back to the day Zoe Stukenberg won the 2017 Tewaaraton award.