The NBA and NHL champions of the 2018 calendar year have long been determined, the MLB is over a month away from the playoffs and the NFL is still in preseason.
But all is not quiet in the world of professional sports.
Tuesday night, three former North Carolina women's basketball players were in action in the WNBA playoffs. Jessica Breland and the Atlanta Dream defeated LaToya Pringle-Sanders and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt of the Washington Mystics, 78-75, at McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, G.A. The Dream's victory tied the best-of-five semifinal series at 1-1.
Pringle-Sanders, who has had arguably the most successful season of the three athletes, has had a big role in the Mystics’ playoff run. She has been a consistent starter for Washington, and her all-around game has given the team a boost throughout the postseason.
The forward posted eight points, nine rebounds and three blocks in game one on Sunday to help the Mystics take game one away from their home floor. She followed that up with an 11-point performance in Tuesday's loss.
Her teammate, Ruffin-Pratt, has been quiet, posting seven points Tuesday night and going scoreless Sunday.
Sanders’ breakout moment of the playoffs came in Thursday’s 96-64 rout of the Los Angeles Sparks. Sanders stuffed the stat sheet, putting up 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks, all in less than 30 minutes of game time.
It's worth taking a moment to read that stat line again.
The former Tar Heel came close to a five-by-five, an exceedingly rare feat in which a player totals at least five marks in five different statistical categories.