Not even three months ago, Lynx forward Napheesa Collier gave birth to her first child, daughter Mila. On Sunday, she returned to the court to start in a WNBA game with playoff implications.
Her team won, 81-71, over another playoff hopeful Dream team, with Collier scoring six points including a 3-pointer with two rebounds in 20 minutes.
That’s… unbelievably impressive.
Napheesa Collier made her season debut tonight less than three months after giving birth to her daughter 👏
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 8, 2022
“I came here with the goal of playing with them again — and especially Syl[via Fowles],” Collier said after the game, per Business Insider. “I’ve made that no secret, so it felt so good to be on the court at the same time as her for this last season.”
Wife. Daughter. Gold Medalist. All-Star.
but most importantly, MOM 💙 pic.twitter.com/6nIfAgGjdf
— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) August 8, 2022
Even her fiance, Alex Bazzell, didn’t know what to expect from her in her first game, saying he had only seen her play once since February. But Collier’s addition could be huge for Minnesota.
The Lynx are in the middle of a battle for the final two playoff spots in the W with five teams separated by just one game with three to play. If they’re able to secure a spot, their All-Star, who averaged 16.2 points 6.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists last season is sure to be a part of the reason why.
The Lynx’s final three games are on the road against the Mercury, at home against the Storm, and in Connecticut against the Sun.