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 celebrating its 22nd season in 2018, take a look back at WNBA’s bright history.
The Minnesota Lynx capped a thrilling season with victory in a winner-take-all Game 5 against the Los Angeles Sparks. They joined the Houston Comets as the only franchises with four WNBA titles. Regular season MVP Sylvia Fowles also earned Finals MVP honors.
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For the second straight All-Star Game, Maya Moore earned MVP with a spectacular performance. The Minnesota Lynx star led the West in scoring with 23 points, leading her team to a 130-121 victory over the East.
With their first draft pick since their move to Las Vegas, the Aces selected South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson No. 1 overall in WNBA Draft 2018 at the Nike New York Headquarters.
Behind Sylvia Fowles, the Minnesota Lynx went 27-7 and earned the No. 1 seed in the 2017 WNBA Playoffs. A four-time WNBA All-Star and three-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, Fowles ranked fifth in the WNBA in scoring (18.9 ppg), second in rebounding (10.4 rpg) and tied for second in blocked shots (1.97 bpg) in 2017.
WNBA20 VIDEO VAULT
To celebrate the league’s 20th season in 2016, WNBA.com gathered elements of the rich history, from the classic games and plays to the iconic players on and off the court. Launch Video Vault
For 21 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.