Local WNBA player waiting for season to start

Posted at 6:30 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 21:30:03-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Erica McCall has called Bakersfield home all of her life. However, during basketball season, Kern County should not be where she resides. With the COVID-19 outbreak, McCall's WNBA season has been postponed and the team she plays with in Hungary had to end their season early.

“It was pretty sad," she said. "You know my teammates were pretty upset about us not being able to go to playoffs in Hungary, that’s something we’ve been working really hard towards. We thought we could win the championship so it was really tough.”

McCall plays for the Indiana Fever in the WNBA, whose May 19 season-opener was postponed and hasn't been rescheduled. For now, she's living at home and training. She's even showing her little brother Justin, a basketball player at Cal State Bakersfield, what it means to be a professional.

“We have a hoop in our backyard that I like to use so that I can get my handles right," she said. "Hoops not the best but I’ll be able to get a couple shots so. Two workouts a day trying to stay in shape so I hope he knows what the pro level work ethic is.”

McCall was a standout at Ridgeview High School before she went on to play at Stanford and eventually in the pros, but for now, she's back to living in Bakersfield.