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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 19th season, take a look back at WNBA’s bright history.

CHAMPIONS

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The Phoenix Mercury capped off a historic season by defeating the Chicago Sky in three games to win the 2014 WNBA title. Led by Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, this 2014 Phoenix Mercury forever etched their name in the record books. This was the franchise’s third-ever championship.

More: Taurasi Shoots Herself into History

Playoff History: 2013 | 2011 | 2010

 

WNBA ALL-STAR

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Rookie guard Shoni Schimmel, of the Atlanta Dream, earned WNBA All-Star Game MVP honors in 2014 after a record-setting performance. Schimmel battled Skylar Diggins throughout much of the game, putting on a show on her way to an All-Star game record 29 points. She also tallied eight assists.

More: Schimmel Outduels Diggins | 2014 WNBA All-Star All-Access

All-Star History: 2014 | 2013 | 2011

WNBA DRAFT

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The Seattle Storm ushered in a new era with the 2015 WNBA Draft as the rebuilding franchise selected Jewell Loyd with the first pick. The Tulsa Shock took Swedish center Amanda Zahui B. second overall.

More: Emerald City: Loyd Goes #1 | WNBA Draft All-Access

Draft History: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011

SEASON AWARDS

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Maya Moore capped off the best statistical year of her career by being named the WNBA Most Valuable Player in 2014. Moore averaged 23.9 points and 8.1 rebounds during the 2014 season.

More: Maya Moore Presented with WNBA MVP Trophy | Maya Moore 2014 Season Highlights

History: Postseason Awards

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For 19 years the WNBA has featured the game’s best players and created some of the best moments in women’s basketball history. From triple-doubles to dunks to dynasties, the WNBA has featured all you can ask for and more.

More: The History of WNBA Dynasties | History of the WNBA | Triple-Doubles And Dunks

All-Time Leaders: Points