There was a bump in the road en route to the WNBA semifinals when several players from the Seattle Storm had inconclusive COVID-19 test results. Game one was postponed, but after they were put in isolation, retested and all the players cleared, they were able to take part in the playoffs. Knowing they were already two days behind, the Storm players brought it right from the start and swept the Minnesota Lynx in three games.

“These are the best players in the world…and we have a chance to be the best team in the world this year,” said Storm coach Gary Kloppenburg. “This historical moment that we’re in with the situation in the world, I think they really want to come out and be ready and bring a championship back to Seattle. Also, be great representatives for progress of the league and for humanity.”

It was a huge game for forward Breanna Stewart, 2018 WNBA MVP, who had 31 points. Veteran point guard Sue Bird contributed 16 points. Brooklyn native/former New York Liberty guard Epiphanny Prince contributed nine points and four assists.

“When you come into any season, people always have expectations and we had high expectations for ourselves,” said Stewart, who missed the 2019 season due to injury and expressed gratitude for being able to play at a high level. “To finally get past the semis and onto the finals, we’re excited and we know this is why we came here.”

It went down to the wire for the Las Vegas Aces and the Connecticut Sun, with the Aces prevailing 66–63 in game five. League MVP A’ja Wilson had 23 points and 11 rebounds. It was also a huge game for veteran forward Angel McCoughtry with 20 points. This is McCoughtry’s first season with the Aces after playing her entire WNBA career with the Atlanta Dream and missing the 2019 season due to injury.

Post-season honors continue to be announced. Veteran forward/center Candace Parker, in her 13th season with the Los Angeles Sparks, was named WNBA Defensive Player of the year. This was the first Defensive Player of the Year honor for the two-time league MVP. Most Improved player went to Rutgers alum Betnijah Laney, a forward/guard with the Atlanta Dream.

Lynx forward Crystal Dangerfield was named Rookie of the Year and leads the 2020 WNBA All-Rookie Team. New York Liberty guard Jazmine Jones, selected by the Liberty in the first round of the 2020 WNBA Draft, was named to the All-Rookie Team, a promise to the future of the team.

WNBA Finals action commences on Friday, Oct. 2.