TikTok introduces hashtag in support of WNBA

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The New York Liberty have played well to begin the WNBA season, as they’re now 5-1.

Gia Arnold, Guest Writer

TikTok recently launched the now trending hashtag, #WNBAIsBack.

Many people have used this trend to create videos representing how the WNBA has evolved over the years. In the description provided by TikTok, it said, “The WNBA is back and better than ever! In its 25th season, the W is celebrating its journey over the last 25 years and where it is headed for the next 25. So show up how far you’ve come in your own personal journey with #WNBAIsBack.”

The number one video using this hashtag was done by the official WNBA TikTok account (@wnba). Their video was reflecting on the past seasons and the previous WNBA champions. It said, “The WNBA’s first dynasty: 4x WNBA Champs, Houston Comets.”

The Golden State Warriors (@warriors) used the hashtag on a video about the WNBA captioned: THE GAME JUST KEEPS GROWING. The text in the background said, “Girls basketball is excitingly new, it offers one of the rare opportunities left to be there at the very beginning.”

Throughout the video it shows images representing how the game has grown and evolved over the years.

The official Brooklyn Nets TikTok account (@brooklynnets) used the hashtag to show their support for the WNBA as their season started. The caption stated, “Good luck to the @nyliberty as they kick off their season at @barclayscenter tonight!!!”

Another account (@blue_wire) used this hashtag to share her prediction that the Aces will win the upcoming WNBA season. She said, “They have Liz Cambage, they have last year’s MVP Aja Wilson, I think they redeem their finals scruff last year and they win it.”

The account (@blue_wire) also used this hashtag to share her prediction of who will win MVP at the end of the season. She said, “I think it’s Stewie’s trophy to lose, I know that that is a bold statement, I think there are some players that are gonna be gunning for it, I think that Napheesa Collier might go for it, who knows? Regardless, it’s going to be a really really great season.”

This hashtag was additionally used to highlight different WNBA players and their past accomplishments. The official WNBA account created a video showing Lisa Leslie, who was the first woman to dunk in the WNBA.

Another video created by the WNBA TikTok account shows a memorable half court shot by Teresa Wheatherspoon in game two of the 1999 championship series and a half court shot by Dearica Hamby known as “The Hamby Heave” in game three of the second round matchup versus the Chicago Sky in 2019. The video is captioned, “Two iconic shots in WNBA history. Stitch with your favorite halfcourt shot!”

This hashtag was used by many TikTok accounts to recognize, reflect, and get excited about the WNBA as they began their 25th season on May 5th.