Throughout the WNBA season, I’ll be highlighting players who’ve made their mark each week, off and on the court. Utilizing the Down Low Database, my collection of player profiles, we’ll learn all about the athletes who often don’t receive enough coverage in major outlets.
Week 3: The Buzzer Beaters
How They Made Their Mark This Week
There’s no getting around it, this was the week of the buzzer-beaters. Provided your team was not on the other end of one of these miraculous last second shots, that means it was an incredible week to be a WNBA fan. Let’s take these chronologically.
First up, we have Courtney Williams draining a three at the end of overtime to beat the New York Liberty. Williams, already a walking bucket, credited her teammates for negging her into making the final shot.
Just the next day, Layshia Clarendon drained a shot at the end of regulation and led the Lynx to victory over the Connecticut Sun. So technically, this one didn’t count as they got the shot off just slightly too late, but the Lynx did win in overtime. And for me and other Layshia fans, this was a moral victory. In a heartbreaking move, Layshia was recently cut from the New York Liberty. Watching them bounce back on the Lynx and immediately prove how much they can contribute to a WNBA team was incredibly exciting to watch. His new teammates seemed pretty excited too.
Reluctantly, as a Sky fan in attendance, I must now report that Kia Nurse sank a euro-step buzzer-beater at the end of regulation to give the Sky their 5th home loss in a row and cause me to mute the word Kia on Twitter. There is now merch.
Finally, the week ended with a classic overtime buzzer-beater win from Jewell Loyd of the Storm. I say classic here, because she’s only the fourth player in WNBA history with multiple buzzer-beating game-winners. Jewell herself described it as just a “normal” shot.
The Basics & What You Need to Know
Listen, featuring the buzzer-beating shots that are already making the rounds on major outlets may seem counterintuitive, given my mission of adding shine to players who don’t always get the overage they are due. But all these players deserve attention for much more than their highlight plays this week. Let me tell you why.
- 5’8 guard for the Atlanta Dream, previously on the Connecticut Sun.
- WNBA First Team All-Personality.
- Created the best hype-up video of all time.
- Has a hilarious YouTube channel with her girlfriend.
- Dad Don Williams competes with Mama Loyd for the best cheerleader on the internet.
- 5’9 guard for the Minnesota Lynx, recently cut from the New York Liberty.
- Definition of a “lead by example” person.
- First openly trans player in the WNBA.
- Has superpowers.
- Surprisingly good trash talker.
- 6’0 guard for the Phoenix Mercury, previously on the New York Liberty.
- Olympian and Canadian hero.
- Secret talent is she sings opera and no she won’t sing for you.
- Created some of the best Wubble content with roommates Kiah Stokes and Amanda Zahui B.
- 5’10 guard for the Seattle Storm.
- Nicknamed the gold mamba by Kobe Bryant.
- Seeks to be a role model for others who have struggled with learning disabilities.
- Mom Gwen Loyd competes with Papa Williams for the best cheerleader on the internet.
For more on the Buzzer Beaters, check out their profiles on the Down Low Database.
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Photo credit: Minnesota Lynx