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.