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.
The Minnesota Lynx captured their third title in five years by defeating the Indiana Fever in five games in the WNBA Finals 2015. This was the first time since 2009 that the WNBA Finals went to five games. The Lynx joined the Houston Comets, Detroit Shock and Phoenix Mercury as the only franchises with at least three WNBA titles.
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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.
All-Star History: 2015
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, now the Dallas Wings, took Swedish center Amanda Zahui B. second overall.
Seattle landed the No. 1 pick again this year and added a potential franchise centerpiece in four-time UConn champ Breanna Stewart.
Elena Delle Donne capped off a historic individual season with her first MVP award. EDD averaged a career high 23.4 points and 8.4 rebounds on the year.
For 19 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.