Comeback of Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner opens her 1st WNBA season since Russian detainment

Griner spent  10 months in a Russian prison. Days after her release. she was freed  in a U.S.-Russia prisoner exchange in December. Griner declared her  intention to play this season for the Mercury.

Griner hit her first shot of the 2023 season, a long two-pointer near  the elbow which was assisted by now-19-year veteran Diana Taurasi.

The boisterous crowd of 10,396, full of young fans, some wearing “We Are  BG’’ pins in honor of Griner, gave her a long and loud standing  ovation.