The 2019 WNBA season will be remembered for many things: A record number of season-ending injuries, several instances of “travel-gate,” the hiring of the first league commissioner and the emergence of rookie Arike Ogunbowale, who set the league on fire and rewrote its history books while doing so.
In short, 2019 was the Year of Arike.
“Obviously, she brings such a talent to this league,” WNBA commissioner Cathy Englebert told The Athletic during her Sunday visit to Dallas. “She brings an energy, a capability, a style of play that is fun to watch and I think is fabulous, and that’s why people are drawn to her.
“If we’re trying to broaden our fan base and attract new fans, Arike is someone to come watch.”
Englebert, in town for the last stop of her 12-team tour, had a front-row seat as the Rookie of the Year frontrunner added another 20-point performance to the books, finishing with a game-high 25 points in the Wings’ season...
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