The WNBA continues to rally together for the release of Phoenix Mercury Guard Brittney Griner, as her detainment in Russia surpasses 100 days. Griner was first detained on Feb. 17 earlier this year at a Moscow Airport because security found a cartridge with cannabis oil in it. Cannabis is illegal in Russia, and officials say that Griner’s earliest possible release date is June 18.
“You say she’s top priority, but I want to see it,” said Cherelle Griner, Brittney’s wife, on Good Morning America. “I feel like to see it would be to see BG back on U.S. soil… I just keep hearing that, you know, [President Biden] has the power. She’s a political pawn, so if they’re holding her because they want you to do something, then I want you to do it.”
The Indiana Fever have relieved Head Coach Marianne Stanley of her position and former assistant coach Carlos Knox will be serving in her place until a full-time replacement is found.
It has also come out that Los Angeles Sparks star Liz Cambage had directed a racial slur to players on Nigeria’s national team prior to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Cambage, who represents Australia, withdrew from the Olympics to "take care of myself mentally and physically.”
The Orlando Pride and Racing Louisville FC have announced that they will play a game at the historic Daytona Speedway, with a special concert from musician Chance the Rapper, the event is one of the first of its kind for the NWSL.
Additionally, fans, players, and coaches alike have not been happy with some of the officiating in the NWSL games. Washington Spirit head coach Kris Ward spoke out about the referees in a press conference, saying that he believes his players have been failed by them throughout the season thus far. Missing calls can lead to injuries, especially if a game gets too out of hand. Ward was fined for what he said, according to the NWSL.
The University of North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse team took home its third national championship trophy after a close win against Boston College, capping off an undefeated season. The Tar Heels are the first team since 2017 to go undefeated all the way to the championship game.
Northwestern’s Leah Holmes won the NCAA’s Elite 90 award, which is given out to the student-athlete competing in the final four with the highest cumulative grade point average (3.985).
In college softball, The University of Texas upset Arkansas and secured a ticket to the Women’s College Softball World Series. Leading the charge for the Longhorns is freshman pitcher Sophia Simpson.