The Women's National Basketball Association
is an organization governing a professional basketball
league for women in the United States
. Formed in 1996
, the league started play in 1997
. Creation of this league was announced at a press conference with Rebecca Lobo[?]
, Lisa Leslie
and Sheryl Swoopes[?]
. Penny Toler[?]
was the first woman to score a point in the league, and Lisa Leslie was the first one to make a dunk basket.
The WNBA started with eight teams its first season. They added two more in 1998,two more in 1999 and four in 2000. The teams and league were collectively owned by the NBA. After the 2002 season the NBA sold the WNBA teams either to their NBA counterparts or a third party. This lead to two teams moving and two teams folding before the 2003 season.
On March 9, 2003, the league announced it might have to suspend it's 2003 season if the teams did not agree on a salary cap by April 16. However, a deal was worked and the 2003 season saved.
New York Liberty
Los Angeles Sparks
San Antonio Silver Stars
WNBA Championship Game
WNBA Championship Series Best of 3 Games
- Val Ackerman...........1997-
- See also : Coco and Kelly Miller, Burge sisters, Amanda Levens, Pat Summitt, NBA.
Official website (http://www.wnba.com)
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