What’s better than former college roommates forming one of the most lethal combinations in the pros? Dallas Wings guards Arike Ogunbowale (22.1 points per game) and Marina Mabrey (18.8) are second and eighth in the WNBA in scoring, respectively.
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Marina Mabrey and Arike Ogunbowale have been described by former Notre Dame teammates as being inseparable in college. They remain best friends and are now two of the best players on an up-and-coming WNBA team in the Dallas Wings.
Highlight: Mabrey (#3) and Ogunbowale (#24) celebrate their 2018 national championship
Ogunbowale (22.1 points per game in 2021) is the reigning WNBA scoring champion and on the rise as one of the best players in the league. Meanwhile, Mabrey is making a case for Most Improved Player as she too is playing at an All-Star level. Mabrey, the No. 19 pick in the 2019 draft, altered the course of her career by breaking out with 10 points per game in 2020. She is now averaging 18.8 in 2021 and has joined Ogunbowale in making a number of clutch threes for the Wings.
Highlight: Mabrey (#3) and Ogunbowale (#24) make key plays late in a Dallas win
— Dallas Wings (@DallasWings) June 9, 2021
Buy the Marike T-shirt and stay tuned to see what Mabrey and Ogunbowale continue to accomplish for the Wings!
EMERALD CITY JEWELL
Jewell Loyd is one of the most exciting players to watch in the WNBA and has helped lead the defending champion Seattle Storm to a 7-1 start. On Friday night, she hit an incredible buzzer-beating three to defeat the Dallas Wings in overtime.
Right now, Loyd is at her best, averaging 20.1 points (sixth in the WNBA), 5.1 assists (sixth) and 1.6 steals (ninth), all career bests. Her 3-point percentage of 44 (12th) and her 2.8 made threes per game (fourth) are also career highs.
A former No. 1 overall pick and now seventh-year Storm star, Loyd is truly is part of the heartbeat of Seattle.
EUROSTEP HALFCOURT BALLGAME
Phoenix Mercury guard Kia Nurse was a big offseason acquisition and has not disappointed, shooting 41.5 percent from 3-point range so far this season. With time winding down against the Chicago Sky on Tuesday, Nurse hit a half-court shot to clinch a victory. The Mercury had been down by 10 points with 3:37 to play.
— Phoenix Mercury (@PhoenixMercury) June 2, 2021
Now you can celebrate Nurse’s incredible shot with this BreakingT T-shirt:
SEE YOU IN THE LOBBY
Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, also known as the WNBA’s GOAT, has a new shirt out in her honor that will amuse your friends when they see you.
Taurasi famously told a referee that she would see him in the lobby later on after getting called for a foul during last year’s wubble season.
The 2020 Bradenton wubble forced all refs and players from all teams to see each other on a regular basis. This oddity, which may never be repeated, opened the door for Taurasi’s funny remark.
PROUD TO BE A BIG BITCH
Las Vegas Aces center Liz Cambage responded to Curt Miller’s insensitive comments with the following video:
.@ecambage goes off on Connecticut Sun’s Head coach Curt Miller after his in game comments to an official about her weight didn’t go over well with her…
— WomensBasketball247 (@womensbball247) May 24, 2021
Now, Breaking T presents you with a T-shirt that has Cambage’s quote on the front. Cambage, who is from Australia is one of the best players in the WNBA and holds the league’s record for most points in a single game (53). Don’t miss out on the chance to rep one of basketball’s edgiest and most outspoken stars.
BETNIJAH IS A BUCKET
Betnijah Laney was only known for her defense not long ago, but scored 17.2 points per game in the Bradenton wubble en route to being named the WNBA’s Most Improved Player. This year, she has gotten even better, scoring at least 20 points in all six of her games with an average of 22.7. She’s doing it with a plethora of different shots in her repertoire, scoring at all three levels.
The Liberty were 2-20 last year, but are tied for first at 5-1 this year thanks to the addition of Laney.
WHY CAN’T OLD PEOPLE DREAM TOO?
Diana Taurasi inspired a T-shirt by saying this in the documentary “144,” which debuted on ESPN on Thursday and chronicled the 2020 WNBA season in the Bradenton, Fla. bubble. She added, “there’s no age limit to being great,” which also appears on the shirt.
Taurasi is former MVP, three-time champion and 14-time All-WNBA selection. She is often considered the greatest of all-time (GOAT) when it comes to women’s basketball and proved that she still had it at age 38 with 18.7 points and 4.5 assists per game in the bubble. She was named to the All-WNBA Second Team.
After the season, in December of 2020, Taurasi told ESPN that her “sole objective is to be on the court and to be badass” in 2021. She kicked of this season with a 14-point performance that included the game winning 3-pointer for her Phoenix Mercury with 1.1 seconds remaining.
“144” tells the incredible story of the WNBA players’ commitment to social justice while playing their 2020 season united at a single location. The film’s executive producer is Los Angeles Sparks forward/center Chiney Ogwumike.