On April 24, 1996, women’s basketball announced “We Got Next” as the NBA Board of Governors approved the concept of a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) to begin play in June 1997. Since then, the WNBA has been the home for the best women’s basketball talent in the world. With the league about to enter its 20th season, take a look back at WNBA’s bright history.
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The Los Angeles Sparks capped another epic WNBA Finals — the second straight that came down to a winner-take-all Game 5 — with their first title in 14 years in October. They became the fourth WNBA franchise with at least three championships, joining the Houston Comets, Detroit Shock (now the Dallas Wings) and the team they defeated, the Minnesota Lynx.
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Minnesota’s Maya Moore put on a show at Mohegan Sun Arena and set a record for points (30) in an All-Star Game as the West defeated the East, 117-112. Moore went on to be named the WNBA All-Star Game 2015 MVP.
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The Seattle Storm landed the No. 1 pick for the second consecutive year in the 2016 WNBA Draft and added a potential franchise centerpiece in four-time UConn champ Breanna Stewart.
Nneka Ogwumike took her game to the next level in her fifth season, earning MVP honors after leading the Sparks to a 26-8 record. The forward ranked third in the league in both scoring (19.7 PPG) and rebounding (9.1 RPG), and her 66.5% shooting was the second-highest ever for a full season.
For 20 years the WNBA has featured the game’s best players and created some of the best moments in women’s basketball history. Take a look back at some of the teams and players that have left their mark on this league.