The regular season of the WNBA kicked off on Friday and former Illinois prep athletes are already seeing huge success.
Here’s the latest headlines from the last few days:
- Carver’s Yolanda Griffith headed to the Hall of Fame.
- Naperville Central’s Candace Parker make a big splash for her hometown team.
- Bolingbrook’s Morgan Tuck is joining the Connecticut Sun’s front office.
Yolanda Griffith, Carver
Carver’s Yolanda Griffith was an All-American in high school and would go on to play at Palm Beach Community College and Florida Atlantic before entering the WNBA.
She was taken first round of the 1999 draft with the 2nd overall pick by the Sacramento Monarchs. Griffith did not need much time to make a name for herself in the league. During her rookie year (1999), she won the MVP, Newcomer of the Year, and Defense Player awards.
In 2005, she won a title with the Monarchs while winning the Finals MVP.
Griffith played 11 seasons for the Sacramento Monarch, Seattle Storm, and Indiana Fever. She played in 311 games (306 starts) and averaged 13.6 points on 50.6 percent shooting, 7.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1 block a game for her career. Besides the previously mentioned awards, she was also ALL-WNBA five times, All-Defensive two times, and an All-Star seven times.
She is currently an assistant at Boston College.
She and her fellow inductees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on September 11, 2021.
Candace Parker, Naperville Central
Naperville Central Candace Parker was the big splash by the Chicago Sky during the off-season. For Chicago fans, it’s extra special because of her ties to the area.
In her first regular season game, Parker helped lead the Sky to a 70-56 win over the Washington Mystics.
She finished with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, a steal, 3 blocks, and four turnovers on Saturday.
Morgan Tuck, Bolingbrook
Bolingbrook’s Morgan Tuck retired this past March but her time away from the league was brief. Tuesday, it was announced she is returning to the Connecticut Sun as the Director of Franchise Development.
Tuck played 5 seasons in the WNBA- 4 with Connecticut and 1 with Seattle Storm. She finished her career grabbing a title in the WNBA Bubble or also commonly called- WUBBLE.
In the Sun’s press release, Tuck said, “We are looking forward to creating and developing new innovative ways to improve the fan and community experience.”