Becky Hammon Reflects on WNBA’s Popularity and the Legacy of Women Before Caitlin Clark

The Las Vegas Aces continued their strong start to the 2024 WNBA season with a decisive 80-66 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Wednesday, improving their record to 4-1. The victory showcased the Aces’ dominance and featured an extraordinary performance by A’Ja Wilson.

Wilson was a force on both ends of the court, scoring 29 points on 11 of 23 shooting, pulling down 15 rebounds, and contributing three assists. Her defensive agility was equally impressive, as she recorded four blocks and two steals, setting the tone for the Aces’ defense. Kelsey Plum added 10 points and six assists, further solidifying the team’s offensive efforts.

Becky Hammon on Caitlin Clark

After the game, Aces head coach Becky Hammon sat down with Wilson for a postgame interview, where the conversation turned to the current state of the WNBA and its increasing business and popularity. When asked about the impact of rising star Caitlin Clark on the league’s popularity, Hammon offered a broader perspective.

“Well, I think there are a lot of good players in this league,” Hammon remarked. “If you’re just a recent follower of women’s basketball, this has been brewing for a while. Women’s basketball has been at this boiling point. Building, building, building. And, you know, our arena was sold out long before Caitlin Clark was coming into the league.”

Indeed, the Aces have sold out 15 of their 20 home games this season, the most in the league, highlighting the growing fan base and enthusiasm for women’s basketball. Hammon emphasized that the rise in popularity is the result of many factors and contributions from various players over the years.

“I think women’s basketball has just been building,” Hammon continued. “She’s (Clark) a part of the tipping point. She’s coming in at this time where it was ready to tip over and her presence has tipped some things over. But there have been a lot of other things going on behind the scenes to get us to this point by a lot of other people.”

Caitlin Clark, who transitioned from a standout career with the Iowa Hawkeyes to become a superstar with the Indiana Fever, has undeniably played a significant role in attracting new fans and boosting viewership numbers for the WNBA. Her dynamic play and charismatic presence have captivated millions.

Becky Hammon acknowledged Clark’s understanding of the broader context and her respect for the pioneers who paved the way for the current success of women’s basketball. “I think Caitlin is very gracious to mention those names too and understanding that the women that came before her paved the way for this tipping point and this great time to be a women’s basketball player,” Hammon concluded.

As the Aces continue their impressive run, the contributions of players like Wilson and the leadership of coaches like Hammon underscore the collective effort that has propelled women’s basketball to new heights. The future of the WNBA looks bright, with a blend of seasoned stars and emerging talents driving the league forward.

Kishan Singh is the Visionary Founder and Driving Force Behind Crazy Hoops. With a Deep Passion for Basketball and Talent of Storytelling, his background in Sports Journalism and Digital media allows him to Create engaging and informative content that resonates with Readers.

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