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The Women's National Basketball Association or WNBA 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.

2003 teams:

Eastern Conference
Charlotte Sting
Cleveland Rockers
Connecticut Sun
Detroit Shock
Indiana Fever
New York Liberty
Washington Mystics

Western Conference
Houston Comets
Los Angeles Sparks
Minnesota Lynx
Phoenix Mercury
Sacramento Monarchs
San Antonio Silver Stars
Seattle Storm

Defunct Teams
Miami Sol
Orlando Miracle
Portland Fire
Utah Starzz

Table of contents

WNBA Championship Game

WNBA Championship Series Best of 3 Games

WNBA Presidents

  • Val Ackerman...........1997-

See also : Coco and Kelly Miller, Burge sisters, Amanda Levens, Pat Summitt, NBA.

External Links

Official website (http://www.wnba.com)



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