WNBA preseason is underway, and teams have to trim their rosters down to 12 players before the start of the season on May 6.
With many roster cuts to come over the next few weeks, Just Women’s Sports will be tracking who’s in and who’s out.
Tuesday, April 26 – Wings waive Jazz Bond and Chelsea Dungee
The Dallas Wings have waived Chelsea Dungee and Jazz Bond, the team announced Tuesday.
Dungee was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2021 WNBA draft, averaging 22.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals during her senior year with Arkansas.
Bond, a forward from North Florida, was selected in the third round of the 2022 WNBA Draft with the 31st overall pick.
Also on Tuesday, the Fever cut guard Haley Gorecki, while the Storm cut forward Lauren Manis.
Monday, April 25 – Mystics waive MeMe Jackson, Dream waive N’dea Jones
The Washington Mystics have waived MeMe Jackson, while the Atlanta Dream have waived N’dea Jones, per the WNBA transactions page.
Jackson appeared in Washington’s preseason game against the Dream on Sunday, notching three points in her 10 minutes on the court.
Jones was selected 23rd overall by the Seattle Storm in the 2021 WNBA draft before she was waived by the team during the preseason. The former Texas A&M player signed a deal to compete for a Dream roster spot back in February.
Friday, April 22 – Phoenix Mercury waives Macee Williams
IUPUI star Macee Williams has been waived by the Phoenix Mercury.
Williams was selected 32nd overall by Phoenix in the third round of the 2022 WNBA draft.
The all-time Jaguars leading scorer and rebounder, Williams was the first IUPUI player to be drafted to the WNBA. The 6-foot-2 forward notched ten double-doubles during the 2021-22 regular season and averaged a double-double with 18.7 points and 10.7 rebounds through 27 appearances.
Thursday, April 21 – Fever cut Ali Patberg, while Chelsey Perry, Bernadett Határ to miss season
Rookie draftee Ali Patberg was cut by the fever.
Patberg, who played her entire seven-year career at Indiana, was a third-round pick in the 2022 draft. She was one of seven players drafted by the team.
She averaged 11.6 points, 3.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds during the 2021-22 season and finished her career ranked ninth all-time in scoring at Indiana.
The Fever also announced that Chelsey Perry will miss the season for personal reasons, while Bernadett Határ suffered a torn ACL and inner lateral ligament in the final seconds of Sopron Basket’s EuroLeague title win on April 10, according to that club’s website. Határ had signed a training camp contract with the Fever in March.
Wednesday, April 20 – Mystics’ Christyn Williams out with season-ending injury, Fever and Sun make cuts
Christyn Williams, the Washington Mystics’ No. 14 overall pick out of UConn in this year’s WNBA draft, suffered a season-ending knee injury, the team announced. She will undergo surgery and there is no timetable for her return.
“We are heartbroken for Christyn and will miss her greatly,” Mystics coach and general manager Mike Thibault said in a statement. “She was off to a terrific start in training camp, and I know she will work diligently to make a comeback next season.”
The Mystics signed Maryland’s Katie Benzan to a training camp contract.
The Indiana Fever waived guard Micaela Kelly. A second-round pick in the 2021 draft, she was signed by the Fever on Feb. 19 to a training camp contract.
The Connecticut Sun announced their first round of cuts, parting ways with Alexus Dye, Delicia Washington and Keyona Hayes. Dye and Washington received training camp contracts as undrafted rookies, while Hayes has had a strong career in Europe after her finishing her college career at Miami in 2017.
Tuesday, April 19 – Aces waiver Faustine Aifuwa, Deja Winters
The Las Vegas Aces announced that they had waived two players: rookies Faustine Aifuwa and Deja Winters. Aifuwa was a third-round selection in the 2022 WNBA draft, while the team signed Winters as a rookie free agent.
Monday, April 18 – Aces waive Kalani Brown, Mercury pick up Emma Cannon
On just the second day of training camp, the Las Vegas Aces announced that they waived center Kalani Brown. Brown was picked up by the team during the Athletes Unlimited basketball season. She finished fifth on the leaderboard during the season, averaging 16.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She ranked second in the league in field goal percentage with 71.4 percent.
The seventh overall pick in the 2019 WNBA draft, Brown played 28 games with the Sparks as a rookie, averaging 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. She was then traded to Atlanta, where she played in 10 games before suffering an injury. Brown was then waived last season after appearing in one game.
According to a report from Khristina Williams of Girls Talk Sports TV, Brown has suffered a torn meniscus in her left leg and is expected to be sidelined for at least a month. Because she was signed to a training camp contract, Brown’s medical expenses will be covered, and she could have other expenses covered for up to eight weeks if she chooses to stay in Las Vegas.
With the loss of Brown, the Aces’ training camp roster now sits at 16 players.
The Phoenix Mercury announced Monday that they had signed forward Emma Cannon to a training camp contract. The power forward spent the overseas season with Elitzur Ramla of the Israeli League, averaging a double-double 20.6 points, 12.9 rebounds and 36.9 minutes in 30 games played.
She spent the 2021 season with the Las Vegas Aces, Connecticut Sun and the Indiana Fever, becoming the fifth athlete in WNBA history to play for three different teams in the same season. With the Fever, she averaged 6.9 points and 4.5 rebounds through 12 games.