The Rise of Aging Rookies: Meet the WNBA’s Veteran Debutants

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Sports Illustrated

By Ben Pickman This season has seen seven rookies who are at least 26 years old, all veterans of the game finally getting the chance to play Stateside. Rebekah Gardner had been in the United States for just four days when she was inserted into the Sky’s starting lineup last Wednesday against the Liberty. The 6’1″ guard had recently wrapped up her overseas season with Uni Girona in Spain, missing all of Chicago’s training camp and logging just two practices with the reigning WNBA champions before suiting up against New York. The abrupt turnaround is why on the morning of the Sky’s eventual 83–5…

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