Cal women’s basketball alumni making strides in 2018 WNBA season

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While the Golden State Warriors’ 4-0 sweep against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals has claimed much of the attention of the Bay Area’s basketball fans, strides are being made by Cal alumni in the WNBA as the 2018 season kicks into gear.

Layshia Clarendon, who is currently with the Atlanta Dream, and Brittany Boyd, who is a member of the New York Liberty, are looking to keep up their success in the league.

The league’s tipoff game on May 18 marked the beginning of the sixth consecutive season in which former Bears have made WNBA opening rosters. The league’s season has quickly progressed as the nation’s top teams match up against each other in a series of close games, with Clarendon starting the season off strong as she begins her sixth campaign since being drafted by the Indiana Fever five years ago.

Dominating the court as point guard for the Atlanta Dream, the No. 2 team in the Eastern Conference standings with a current record of 5-3, Clarendon boasts an impressive 2017 season that she will look to build on. Last year she started 33 out of 34 games for the Dream, averaging 10.7 points per game and finishing second in the league with 6.6 assists, and made her All-Star team debut.

In the Dream’s win over the Seattle Storm, Clarendon put up 8 points in her 18 minutes on the court while also contributing 4 rebounds and 2 assists.

Another former Bear, Boyd, is back on the court after suffering a torn Achilles tendon that caused her to sit out all but two games during the 2017 season.

As Boyd eases her way back into playing point guard for the New York Liberty, which is currently ranked No. 4 in the Eastern Conference, she already has three games under her belt. These wins include the Liberty’s Sunday night win against the Indiana Fever, during which she scored 3 points and dished out 3 assists.

Deana Kajmakovic covers basketball. Contact her at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @DeanaKajmakovic

A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Mikayla Cowling would be beginning this WNBA season with the Connecticut Sun. In fact, Cowling is not with the team.