Sabreena Merchant: Bringing Stories of Women’s Basketball to Life

Three and a half years ago, I took on what was then the journalistic role of my life. the athlete launched at the national level WNBA coverage, and I was assigned to report on my hometown, Los Angeles sparks. When the athlete It launched in Los Angeles the previous season, I even declined to sign up until a Sparks writer was hired to board, and now that job is mine.

I’ve never had the chance to cover a team like this. I spent most of my college years in the newsroom and contracted in a few places after that, but most of my assignments were game-based. You’ve gotten really good at analyzing why a Blue Devils He couldn’t get the ball to Chante Black or what skills to watch out for from Jordan Clarkson in garbage time as the Lakers stumbled toward another lottery finish. I valued those experiences, and I carry that analytical background with me today. I just wanted more.

the athlete It was the only place I ever worked that gave me the creative freedom to start my term by selecting a file Training camp player who did not make it to the final listBecause her trip was beneficial to the plight of women’s basketball players. I have to write about Musical side hustle assistant coacha The rookie who had to Google her coach After she was recruited, all the while I dismantled Stylistic changes to one of the league’s historical franchises in year 1 under Unproven head coach. Any idea was welcomed, and I tried to chase down as many of them as I could. It’s the kind of environment I’ve been looking for ever since.

As it turns out, the place to tell these kinds of stories has always been here. It felt like a freelancer, and it’s what led me to come back here full time to join the expanding women’s basketball team. the athlete More committed to covering women’s sports – you’ve clearly seen it with Meg Linehan And the Steve Yang on me football side And I wanted to be in a place that appreciated the people and teams I wanted to cover the way I wanted to.

It wasn’t that long ago that I was actually afraid to write about women’s sports because I didn’t want to be trapped in that space as a woman; I wanted to have the option to follow any beat, be it men or women. But I came here now to this position as a women’s basketball national writer after making that choice myself: I’m specifically interested in covering sports because of the bonds we share as women. I find that their journeys reflect the larger narrative arc of the community, and it is both a challenge and a privilege to uncover and share those stories.

Women’s basketball is having a moment. With the NIL, team players are more visible than ever, drawing more attention to the NCAA tournament that delivers year after year. There is no shortage of turbulence – Lauren Jensen Taking down her former team at Iowa Stadium is a moment I won’t soon forget – but fans continually witness the greatness at the same time. Who knows what Boston Aliyah still has in store?

The WNBA just produced one of the most dynamic individual postseason tournaments of all time, and Chelsea Gray That torch was carried around the world just days later as Team USA ushered in a new era. Three-on-three basketball is taking the world by storm, Athletes Unlimited is starting Season 2, EuroLeague is in full swing – there are countless ways to watch women play the sport at all times.

And as long as the athletes do their job, we will do our homework. That’s why I want to be here to make sure the most important women’s basketball stories are told. I’m glad to join Chantelle Jennings And the Ben Beckman, two phenomenal writers, in this quest. The support and resources we have here will allow us to pursue truly exciting projects. I know I’m going to have a blast. I hope you, readers, will too.

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(Photo: Courtesy of the Los Angeles Sparks)

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