Sport WNBA star Breanna Stewart and wife Marta Xargay Casademont welcome first child, Ruby
The W25: Nneka Ogwumike is undeniably on WNBA's top-25 players list
The list was made for Nneka Ogwumike, and Nneka Ogwumike made the list. The only player to meet all seven of the requirements for the WNBA's "The W25" list of the top 25 players in the league's 25 seasons, Ogwumike was one of 10 current players on the list, the league announced during halftime of the Las Vegas Aces-Chicago Sky game on Sunday. The Los Angeles Sparks forward was the only one on the 72-player initial list who has won the season-long Community Assist Award. The season-long award began in 2017 and only Ogwumike ('18) and Natalie Achonwa ('19) have won individually. The New York Liberty won in 2017 and the entire WNBA won in 2020.
In the last month, Breanna Stewart has earned a lot of titles:, Tokyo Olympics gold medalist, FIBA's Olympics MVP.
Now, she can add mother to that list.
The Seattle Storm star and her fiancée, Marta Xargay Casademont, welcomed their first child, a daughter named Ruby, via a surrogate on Aug. 9. They announced the birth today on social media.
"Ruby's arrival has been the best part of 2021 and easily one of the best moments of my life," said Stewart. "Becoming a mom is bigger than anything else that I've done and I look forward to every beautiful and challenging moment as a family of three."
Biden praises WNBA champs for social justice activism
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden honored the 2020 WNBA champions Seattle Storm on Monday, celebrating their success on the court and hailing the four-time title holders for changing lives with their activism. The visit marked the first time that an NBA or WNBA team has visited the White House since the Cleveland Cavaliers were feted by Barack Obama in 2016. Presidents typically host college and major league sports champions for a White House ceremony. But the two big basketball leagues skipped such celebrations during Donald Trump's administration as several prominent players and coaches were outspoken about their opposition to Trump's rhetoric and policies.
Xargay, who is from Spain, is also a professional basketball player. She previously spent two seasons with the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and most recently competed in her home country for Spar Girona and the Spanish women's national team.
Xargay and Stewartand were married at a casual ceremony in July. They opened up about their relationship and growing their family .
"Explaining the whole situation about how it's a little different how we started it, using a surrogate, I think is one of the experiences that makes it kind of cool for people to see other sides more than just traditionally having a baby," Stewart said in the documentary.
A'ja Wilson, Jonquel Jones among five players who could make WNBA's 30 greatest players list in five years
The WNBA announced its 25 greatest players earlier this monthThe latest was the release of the "W25," the league's official list of its 25 greatest players. Headlining the list were retired legends like Cynthia Cooper, Lisa Leslie and Tamika Catchings, as well as current stars like Candace Parker, Diana Taurasi and Breanna Stewart.
Stewart revealed in the documentary that she flew home from Tokyo on Aug. 8, the day after the Olympic gold medal game Aug. 7, in order to be present for Ruby's birth. She then flew from Idaho where their surrogate was located to Phoenix in time for theon Aug. 12.
Stewart was critical toat the Tokyo Olympics, averaging more than 30 minutes and 15 points per game. Just days after returning home from the Games, she led the Seattle Storm to victory in the first-ever WNBA Commissioner's Cup final.
The WNBA returned Sunday from its Olympic break, and the Storm are facingfive straight away games that began with a loss to the Chicago Sky Sunday night. Stewart and Olympic teammate Sue Bird both sat out against the Sky, but it is likely that both will return for the Storm's next game against the New York Liberty on Aug. 18.
The Storm Are Primed for Another WNBA Title Run
They’re coming off a dominant Commissioner’s Cup win and the Tokyo Olympics. © Provided by Sports Illustrated Barry Gossage/NBAE/Getty Images Each Thursday this season, Sports Illustrated’s Ben Pickman is diving deep into the WNBA story lines you need to know. He’s off this week, so teammate Wilton Jackson is filling in. Nearly two weeks ago, the Storm’s Breanna Stewart, Sue Bird and Jewell Loyd stood next to their teammates on Team USA women’s basketball with big smiles on their faces, holding a sunflower in one hand and clutching their gold medals in the other.
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Breanna Stewart's basketball resume just got a little wilder with the Storm's WNBA Commissioner's Cup win .
Breanna Stewart is the Thanos of basketball. She's really just out here collecting trophies and accolades like they're Infinity Stones. She added another one to her gauntlet on Thursday with the Seattle Storm's 79-57 win over the Connecticut Sun for the WNBA's very…She added another one to her gauntlet on Thursday with the Seattle Storm’s 79-57 win over the Connecticut Sun for the WNBA’s very first Commissioner’s Cup championship game.