WNBA, Boost Mobile Tip Off Voting for Top 15 Moments in WNBA History
-- Fan Voting Starts Today via WNBA.com; NBA TV to Feature Special Presentation with Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi, Teresa Weatherspoon, and Others --
-- Top Moments to be Unveiled During WNBA Playoffs and Finals Presented by Boost Mobile --
NEW YORK, August 23, 2011 – As part of the ongoing celebration of its 15th season, the WNBA today announced the launch of the “WNBA Top 15 Moments Presented by Boost Mobile.” Fans will have an opportunity to view and rank 15 special moments, which will include outstanding plays and events in WNBA history that were selected by a panel of league executives.
All 15 moments will be showcased during an NBA TV special presentation scheduled to air on Aug. 26 at 7:30 pm ET and will feature WNBA Top 15 Players of All Time: Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird, Teresa Weatherspoon, and others reflecting on the most memorable moments that have defined the league. The moments will also be highlighted during select national telecasts of WNBA games and on WNBA.com.
Fans will be able to rank their favorite moments on WNBA.com through Tuesday, Sept. 13, with their vote solely determining the final results. Moments 15 through six will be unveiled on WNBA.com during the playoffs. The top five greatest moments will then be revealed during ESPN2 telecasts of the WNBA Finals Presented by Boost Mobile beginning Oct. 2.
Recently, the WNBA and no-contract wireless provider Boost Mobile entered a landmark multiyear marketing partnership making Boost Mobile the first league wide marquee partner of the WNBA. As the marquee partner of the WNBA, Boost Mobile is the league’s most prominent marketing partner and is tied closely to the WNBA brand on a national level.
Listed in chronological order are the nominees for the greatest moment in WNBA history:
Jun. 21, 1997: The WNBA tips-off its first game. A national TV audience sees the Los Angeles Sparks host the New York Liberty. Guard Penny Toler of the Sparks records the first basket in WNBA history.
Aug. 16, 1999: In an emotional game, Houston Comet Cynthia Cooper scores 42 vs. Utah as her friend and teammate, Kim Perrot, was nearing the end of her battle with cancer.
Sep. 4, 1999: Teresa Weatherspoon of the Liberty hits a miraculous, half-court shot at the buzzer to win Game 2 of The Finals, sending the series to a deciding game.
Jul. 30, 2002: Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie throws down the first dunk in WNBA history in the first half of a game vs. the Miami Sol.
Aug. 13, 2002: Edna Campbell of the Sacramento Monarchs makes a triumphant return to the court after battling breast cancer. Her first basket on a fast break is a truly inspirational moment.
Aug. 31, 2002: Nikki Teasley, a Los Angeles Sparks rookie, hits a game-winning, 3-point shot in the final seconds to give LA the 2002 WNBA championship over the New York Liberty at Staples Center.
Jul. 12, 2003: During the WNBA All-Star Game, Seattle’s Sue Bird caps off a fast break with a spectacular, no-look pass between her legs to Lauren Jackson, who scores an uncontested lay-up.
Sep. 16, 2003: In Game 3 of The WNBA Finals, Detroit’s Deanna Nolan’s 3-pointer in the final minute vs. the Los Angeles Sparks seals the title for the Shock, who complete a “worst- to- first” turnaround in just one season.
Jul. 10, 2006: Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi scores a WNBA record 47 points in a 111-110 triple-overtime victory over the Houston Comets.
Sep. 27, 2008: San Antonio forward Sophia Young hits a shot at the buzzer to lift the Silver Stars to a 67-66 win over the visiting Los Angeles Sparks and force a deciding Game 3 in the Western Conference Finals.
Oct. 3, 2008: Los Angeles Sparks forward/center Candace Parker is named league MVP, the first time in the WNBA's 12 seasons that a rookie earns the award. Parker also won Rookie of the Year honors the same day.
Sep. 29, 2009: In Game 1 of The WNBA Finals, Phoenix defeats Indiana 120-116. The 236 combined points makes it the highest scoring WNBA game to that point in history.
Aug. 1, 2010: United States President Barack Obama attends a Washington Mystics game at the Verizon Center with daughter Sasha. It marks the first time a U.S. President attends a WNBA game.
Aug. 8, 2010: Los Angeles Sparks forward Tina Thompson breaks Lisa Leslie's WNBA career scoring record. Thompson surpassed Leslie's career total of 6,263 points with a 16-foot jump shot vs. San Antonio.
Sep. 7, 2010: In the Eastern Conference Finals, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry nets a playoff record 42 points. The 36 points by New York’s Cappie Pondexter make it is the most points by two players in a WNBA postseason game.