The 2019 WNBA season has been disappointing as scoring has gone down from previous years. There is also a huge hole at the top of the league with superstars, Breanna Stewart, Maya Moore and Skylar Diggins, all missing the year for various reasons.
As much as I enjoy watching Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics COOK teams, there aren’t as many reasons to watch in 2019 then a league with attendance issues would prefer.
The Seattle Storm are the defending champions and the reigning MVP tore her achilles because she needed to play in Europe in order to make more money than her WNBA salary provides her. Their hall of fame point guard, Sue Bird, is missing the whole season with a knee injury. Anddd Natasha Howard beat the shit out of her wife.
Tough 2019 for the WNBA.
Enter Arike Ogunbowale.
Arike Ogunbowale hasn’t scored less than 20 points since August 8th. Since then, she has dropped 20+ in 11 straight games including a recent stretch of dropping 30 points in 4 consecutive games.
We need this. Especially because her playing style is conducive to retweets. The WNBA is still a fairly new league and the women aren’t as skilled as their NBA counterparts.
I mean, they’re not dribbling like Bob Cousy’s bitch ass out there but there aren’t many clips of Kyrie Irving-esque crossovers and step backs.
But Arike gets buckets in ways that fill 1-minute Ball is Life mixtapes. We don’t see many 20 point games in this league mainly because the players don’t get to the basket as frequently as they do in the NBA so there are fewer fouls being called. Arike only averages 5.4 free throw attempts a game and that’s second in the league.
But during her home run stretch, Arike is averaging 9.9 attempts at the free throw line meaning she’s aggressively driving the lane and forcing her way to free points meanwhile Liz Cambage, the biggest woman on every court she walks onto, is afraid of contact and plays like she’s 5’9.
Ignore the fact that the Dallas Wings aren’t winning any of these games. Outside of Arike, this team is devoid of talent (shout out to my girl Megan Gustafson though) but as a rookie coming into this league and destroying, this should be encouraging for the future of the WNBA.
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