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* '''Shoni Schimmel''': A point guard traded from the Atlanta Dream to the New York Liberty before the 2016 season, Schimmel was drafted #8 overall in 2014 out of Louisville, where she was the school's second-leading career scorer behind former Dream teammate [=McCoughtry=]. Although she has mainly been a bench player so far, she has relevance because of her backstory. Schimmel is a [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans Native American]][[note]]The pride of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, a group of three closely related tribes in northeast Oregon. She has a white father, but through her mother has more than enough Native American ancestry to qualify as a fully enrolled tribal member.[[/note]] who was born and raised on an Oregon reservation, leaving with her family for UsefulNotes/{{Portland}} in high school. By that time, she already had enough of a name that Creator/{{TLC}} did a documentary on her, appropriately titled ''Off the Rez''. Schimmel went on to become the breakout star of the 2013 NCAA tournament, leading Louisville to an improbable run to the championship game that included [[DavidVersusGoliath an epic upset]] of Griner's Baylor team. Known for a flashy playing style inspired by her reservation background.[[note]]Basketball has a following at many reservations in the American West comparable to that of [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football/soccer]] in most of the world. Reservation high schools are noted for a flashy, fast-paced style of play known as "rezball". However, it should be noted that Schimmel's pre-Portland high school wasn't on a reservation.[[/note]] Voted in as an All-Star starter in 2014 and 2015 despite only starting two games in each season leading up to the event... and ended up as the 2014 ASG MVP.[[note]]Not coincidentally, Schimmel has a ''huge'' Native American following. Native Americans from ''40 states'' came to watch her last scheduled home game for Louisville in 2014.[[/note]] Midway through her rookie season, she took over the #1 spot in jersey sales from Griner.

* '''Breanna Stewart''': Stretch four for the Seattle Storm, drafted #1 overall in 2016 out of [[OverusedRunningGag Connecticut]]. The 6'4" [[FanNickname Stewie]] came into the league as perhaps even more hyped than the "Three to See"—led the Huskies to NCAA titles in each of her four seasons in Storrs, also being named the Final Four MVP in all four seasons; consensus national player of the year in her last two seasons (also winning a major national award as a sophomore); becoming a fixture on Team USA while still at [=UConn=]... you get the picture. After leading the league's rookies in scoring, rebounding, blocks, and minutes per game in 2016 (co-leader among ''all'' players in minutes, and in the top six in the other three categories), Stewart was the runaway Rookie of the Year, receiving all but one vote.

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* '''Shoni Schimmel''': A point guard traded from the Atlanta Dream to the New York Liberty before the 2016 season, Schimmel was drafted #8 overall in 2014 out of Louisville, where she was the school's second-leading career scorer behind former Dream teammate [=McCoughtry=]. Although she has mainly been a bench player so far, she has relevance because of her backstory. Schimmel is a [[UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans Native American]][[note]]The pride of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, a group of three closely related tribes in northeast Oregon. She has a white father, but through her mother has more than enough Native American ancestry to qualify as a fully enrolled tribal member.[[/note]] who was born and raised on an Oregon reservation, leaving with her family for UsefulNotes/{{Portland}} in high school. By that time, she already had enough of a name that Creator/{{TLC}} did a documentary on her, appropriately titled ''Off the Rez''. Schimmel went on to become the breakout star of the 2013 NCAA tournament, leading Louisville to an improbable run to the championship game that included [[DavidVersusGoliath an epic upset]] of Griner's Baylor team. Known for a flashy playing style inspired by her reservation background.[[note]]Basketball has a following at many reservations in the American West comparable to that of [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football/soccer]] in most of the world. Reservation high schools are noted for a flashy, fast-paced style of play known as "rezball". However, it should be noted that Schimmel's pre-Portland high school wasn't on a reservation.[[/note]] Voted in as an All-Star starter in 2014 and 2015 despite only starting two games in each season leading up to the event... and ended up as the 2014 ASG MVP.[[note]]Not coincidentally, Schimmel has a ''huge'' Native American following. Native Americans from ''40 states'' came to watch her last scheduled home game for Louisville in 2014.[[/note]] Midway through her rookie season, she took over the #1 spot in jersey sales from Griner.

Griner, keeping the crown until the arrival of...

* '''Breanna Stewart''': Stretch four for the Seattle Storm, drafted #1 overall in 2016 out of [[OverusedRunningGag Connecticut]]. The 6'4" [[FanNickname Stewie]] came into the league as perhaps even more hyped than the "Three to See"—led the Huskies to NCAA titles in each of her four seasons in Storrs, also being named the Final Four MVP in all four seasons; consensus national player of the year in her last two seasons (also winning a major national award as a sophomore); becoming a fixture on Team USA while still at [=UConn=]... you get the picture. After leading the league's rookies in scoring, rebounding, blocks, and minutes per game in 2016 (co-leader among ''all'' players in minutes, and in the top six in the other three categories), Stewart was the runaway Rookie of the Year, receiving all but one vote.
vote. As noted earlier, now has the league's top-selling jersey.
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''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including two winning streaks of at least 90 games that each encompassed parts of three seasons (the second of these is still going at 96). They've won the last four titles; the second of the streak in 2014 took them past rival Tennessee for the most in women's college basketball, and the fourth in 2016 gave coach Geno Auriemma his 11th national title, taking him past John Wooden for the most Division I titles by a head coach in either the men's or women's game. Auriemma is basically UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} distilled into a short first-generation Italian-American. Calling them Lady Huskies is pure FlameBait. They have a web page dedicated to their history of churning out WNBA stars.

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''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including two winning streaks of at least 90 and ''100'' games that each encompassed parts of three seasons (the second of these is still going at 96).going). They've won the last four titles; the second of the streak in 2014 took them past rival Tennessee for the most in women's college basketball, and the fourth in 2016 gave coach Geno Auriemma his 11th national title, taking him past John Wooden for the most Division I titles by a head coach in either the men's or women's game. Auriemma is basically UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} distilled into a short first-generation Italian-American. Calling them Lady Huskies is pure FlameBait. They have a web page dedicated to their history of churning out WNBA stars.
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* '''Sheryl Swoopes''': One of the game's greats, originally assigned to the Houston Comets, later with the Seattle Storm and, after a two-year retirement, the Tulsa Shock for one final season in 2011. A brilliant defensive player and incredible slasher in her prime. Her marriage to her high school sweetheart and pregnancy with son Jordan was [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday heavily marketed by the league]]. [[SuddenlySexuality Revealed]] in 2005 that she was gay and in a relationship with her former assistant coach Alisa Scott. [[BiTheWay Now remarried to a man.]] If you're having trouble keeping up, you're not the only one. After retiring for good, she went into coaching; she had been the head coach at Loyola University Chicago before being fired during the 2016 offseason amid allegations of mistreatment of players. Entered the Naismith Hall in 2016, but not yet in the Women's Hall.

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* '''Sheryl Swoopes''': One of the game's greats, originally assigned to the Houston Comets, later with the Seattle Storm and, after a two-year retirement, the Tulsa Shock for one final season in 2011. A brilliant defensive player and incredible slasher in her prime. Her marriage to her high school sweetheart and pregnancy with son Jordan was [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday heavily marketed by the league]]. [[SuddenlySexuality Revealed]] in 2005 that she was gay and in a relationship with her former assistant coach Alisa Scott. [[BiTheWay Now remarried to a man.]] If you're having trouble keeping up, you're not the only one. After retiring for good, she went into coaching; she had been the head coach at Loyola University Chicago before being fired during the 2016 offseason amid allegations of mistreatment of players. Entered the Naismith Hall in 2016, but not yet in 2016 and will enter the Women's Hall.
Hall in 2017.
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*** For the first few years of her WNBA career, she was one of the very few high-profile WNBA players who never played overseas. (She has [[WordOfGod publicly stated]] that she normally stays in the States to help care for her disabled older sister; her family ties were seen as playing a big part in her desire to move to Washington.) EDD did join a Chinese team for that country's 2017 playoffs, but a flareup of Lyme disease[[note]](in 2008, she contracted the disease, which was initially misdiagnosed; she's dealt with the aftereffects ever since)[[/note]] forced her to return prematurely to the States. With disability causes so close to her heart, she's also a high-profile ambassador for Special Olympics, and is also heavily involved with Lyme disease charities.

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*** For the first few years of her WNBA career, she was one of the very few high-profile WNBA players who never played overseas. (She has [[WordOfGod publicly stated]] that she normally stays in the States to help care for her disabled older sister; her family ties were seen as playing a big part in her desire to move to Washington.Washington, which is the closest WNBA team to her Delaware home.) EDD did join a Chinese team for that country's 2017 playoffs, but a flareup of Lyme disease[[note]](in 2008, she contracted the disease, which was initially misdiagnosed; she's dealt with the aftereffects ever since)[[/note]] forced her to return prematurely to the States. With disability causes so close to her heart, she's also a high-profile ambassador for Special Olympics, and is also heavily involved with Lyme disease charities.
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''Louisiana Tech'': The Lady Techsters were another superpower of the 80s, with four players who went on to the Women's Hall—Pam Kelly, Janice Lawrence Braxton, Kim Mulkey (now the head coach at Baylor), and Teresa Weatherspoon (see WNBA section below). They also had two Hall of Fame coaches in Sonja Hogg (Women's) and Leon Barmore (Naismith and Women's). LA Tech remained a national force into the 90s, and strongly competitive into the 21st century, but faded in the later years of Weatherspoon's tenure as head coach (2009–2014). LA Tech then fired Weatherspoon and replaced her with Tyler Summitt, the then 23-year-old son of a famous coach any women's basketball fan should know. After two seasons, things only got worse for the Lady Techsters, as Summitt abruptly resigned shortly after the end of the 2015–16 season after admitting to an "inappropriate relationship".[[note]]Said relationship was widely reported to be an extramarital affair with a player.[[/note]]

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''Louisiana Tech'': The Lady Techsters were another superpower of the 80s, with four players who went on to the Women's Hall—Pam Kelly, Janice Lawrence Braxton, Kim Mulkey (now the head coach at Baylor), and Teresa Weatherspoon (see WNBA section below). They also had two Hall of Fame coaches in Sonja Hogg (Women's) and Leon Barmore (Naismith and Women's). LA Tech remained a national force into the 90s, and strongly competitive into the 21st century, but faded in the later years of Weatherspoon's tenure as head coach (2009–2014). LA Tech then fired Weatherspoon and replaced her with Tyler Summitt, the then 23-year-old son of a famous coach any women's basketball fan should know. After two seasons, things only got worse for the Lady Techsters, as Summitt abruptly resigned shortly after the end of the 2015–16 season after admitting to an [[NeverLiveItDown "inappropriate relationship".relationship"]].[[note]]Said relationship was widely reported to be an extramarital affair with a player.[[/note]]



''Chicago Sky'': Founded in 2006, notable for being the first franchise to be founded without NBA ties. Named for the Chicago skyline. They made an especially strong run in 2011, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut but never made a playoff appearance]] until picking up college superstar Elena Delle Donne in 2013. Now, since [[FanNickname EDD's]] arrival, their flameouts have come in the playoffs (first-round exit, swept in the Finals, first-round exit, second-round exit, semifinals). And now EDD is off to Washington...

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''Chicago Sky'': Founded in 2006, notable for being the first franchise to be founded without NBA ties. Named for the Chicago skyline. They made an especially strong run in 2011, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut but never made a playoff appearance]] until picking up college superstar Elena Delle Donne in 2013. Now, since [[FanNickname EDD's]] arrival, their flameouts have come in the playoffs (first-round exit, swept in the Finals, first-round exit, second-round exit, semifinals).exit). And now EDD is off to Washington...
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''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including two winning streaks of at least 90 games that each encompassed parts of three seasons (the second of these is still going at 95). They've won the last four titles; the second of the streak in 2014 took them past rival Tennessee for the most in women's college basketball, and the fourth in 2016 gave coach Geno Auriemma his 11th national title, taking him past John Wooden for the most Division I titles by a head coach in either the men's or women's game. Auriemma is basically UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} distilled into a short first-generation Italian-American. Calling them Lady Huskies is pure FlameBait. They have a web page dedicated to their history of churning out WNBA stars.

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''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including two winning streaks of at least 90 games that each encompassed parts of three seasons (the second of these is still going at 95).96). They've won the last four titles; the second of the streak in 2014 took them past rival Tennessee for the most in women's college basketball, and the fourth in 2016 gave coach Geno Auriemma his 11th national title, taking him past John Wooden for the most Division I titles by a head coach in either the men's or women's game. Auriemma is basically UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} distilled into a short first-generation Italian-American. Calling them Lady Huskies is pure FlameBait. They have a web page dedicated to their history of churning out WNBA stars.



''Baylor'': The Lady Bears rose to national prominence early in the current century with the aforementioned Kim Mulkey as head coach. When she took over in 2000, Baylor was coming off a last-place Big 12 finish. She took them to the NCAA tournament the next season, and they've only missed the NCAA once since. Their first national title in 2005 saw Mulkey become the first woman to win D-I national titles as a player and coach[[note]](Dean Smith and Bob Knight are the only men to have matched the feat)[[/note]], and their second championship team in 2012 was the first NCAA team of either sex to go 40–0 in a season. Baylor's WNBA alumni include Sophia Young from the first title team and Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims from the second.

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''Baylor'': The Lady Bears rose to national prominence early in the current century with the aforementioned Kim Mulkey as head coach. When she took over in 2000, Baylor was coming off a last-place Big 12 finish. She took them to the NCAA tournament the next season, and they've only missed the NCAA once since. Their first national title in 2005 saw Mulkey become the first woman to win D-I national titles as a player and coach[[note]](Dean Smith and Bob Knight are the only men to have matched the feat)[[/note]], and their second championship team in 2012 was the first NCAA team of either sex to go 40–0 in a season. Baylor's WNBA alumni include Sophia Young from the first title team and Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims from the second.
second. Also notable for the [[CurbStompBattle most one-sided win]] in D-I women's history, a 140–32 annihilation of Winthrop in 2016.



''Chicago Sky'': Founded in 2006, notable for being the first franchise to be founded without NBA ties. Named for the Chicago skyline. They made an especially strong run in 2011, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut but never made a playoff appearance]] until picking up college superstar Elena Delle Donne in 2013. Now, since [[FanNickname EDD's]] arrival, their flameouts have come in the playoffs (first-round exit, swept in the Finals, first-round exit, second-round exit).

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''Chicago Sky'': Founded in 2006, notable for being the first franchise to be founded without NBA ties. Named for the Chicago skyline. They made an especially strong run in 2011, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut but never made a playoff appearance]] until picking up college superstar Elena Delle Donne in 2013. Now, since [[FanNickname EDD's]] arrival, their flameouts have come in the playoffs (first-round exit, swept in the Finals, first-round exit, second-round exit).
exit, semifinals). And now EDD is off to Washington...



** '''Elena Delle Donne''': Perhaps the most positionally versatile player ever in the women's game, the Delaware product is listed as a guard and forward for the Chicago Sky—despite being the size of most WNBA centers (6'5"/1.96 m). Center, power forward, small forward, shooting guard, point guard, swingman[[note]]frequently used term for her listed positional combination[[/note]], stretch four, point forward[[note]]a forward who can handle the ball well enough to run a team's offense[[/note]], combo guard[[note]]combination of point guard and shooting guard[[/note]]... you name it, [[FanNickname EDD]] can play it. With her arrival, the Sky [[TookALevelInBadass took multiple levels in badass]] and became legitimate title contenders... until the Fever swept them out in the first round. In 2013, EDD was the first rookie ever to be the top vote-getter for the All-Star Game, and was also the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year. While she's been named to three All-Star teams so far, also being the top vote-getter in 2015, the 2015 game was the first she actually got to play in.[[note]]She missed the 2013 game to a concussion and the 2014 game to the aftereffects of Lyme disease.[[/note]] In 2015, she also set an all-time league record for free-throw percentage (unheard of for center-sized players),[[note]]EDD shot 94.95% that season. Only five ''NBA'' players have shot for a better percentage in a season. All five were guards, and the tallest of these, Ray Allen, is listed at the same height as EDD.[[/note]] led the league in scoring, and earned MVP honors.
*** For the first few years of her WNBA career, she was one of the very few high-profile WNBA players who never played overseas. (She has [[WordOfGod publicly stated]] that she normally stays in the States to help care for her disabled older sister.) EDD did join a Chinese team for that country's 2017 playoffs, but a flareup of Lyme disease[[note]](in 2008, she contracted the disease, which was initially misdiagnosed; she's dealt with the aftereffects ever since)[[/note]] forced her to return prematurely to the States. With disability causes so close to her heart, she's also a high-profile ambassador for Special Olympics, and is also heavily involved with Lyme disease charities.

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** '''Elena Delle Donne''': Perhaps the most positionally versatile player ever in the women's game, the Delaware product product, who spent her first four WNBA seasons with the Chicago Sky before being dealt to the Washington Mystics in the 2017 offseason, is listed as a guard and forward for the Chicago Sky—despite forward—despite being the size of most WNBA centers (6'5"/1.96 m). Center, power forward, small forward, shooting guard, point guard, swingman[[note]]frequently used term for her listed positional combination[[/note]], stretch four, point forward[[note]]a forward who can handle the ball well enough to run a team's offense[[/note]], combo guard[[note]]combination of point guard and shooting guard[[/note]]... you name it, [[FanNickname EDD]] can play it. With her arrival, the Sky [[TookALevelInBadass took multiple levels in badass]] and became legitimate title contenders... until the Fever swept them out in the first round. In 2013, EDD was the first rookie ever to be the top vote-getter for the All-Star Game, and was also the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year. While she's been named to three All-Star teams so far, also being the top vote-getter in 2015, the 2015 game was the first she actually got to play in.[[note]]She missed the 2013 game to a concussion and the 2014 game to the aftereffects of Lyme disease.[[/note]] In 2015, she also set an all-time league record for free-throw percentage (unheard of for center-sized players),[[note]]EDD shot 94.95% that season. Only five ''NBA'' players have shot for a better percentage in a season. All five were guards, and the tallest of these, Ray Allen, is listed at the same height as EDD.[[/note]] led the league in scoring, and earned MVP honors.
*** For the first few years of her WNBA career, she was one of the very few high-profile WNBA players who never played overseas. (She has [[WordOfGod publicly stated]] that she normally stays in the States to help care for her disabled older sister.sister; her family ties were seen as playing a big part in her desire to move to Washington.) EDD did join a Chinese team for that country's 2017 playoffs, but a flareup of Lyme disease[[note]](in 2008, she contracted the disease, which was initially misdiagnosed; she's dealt with the aftereffects ever since)[[/note]] forced her to return prematurely to the States. With disability causes so close to her heart, she's also a high-profile ambassador for Special Olympics, and is also heavily involved with Lyme disease charities.
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''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including two winning streaks of at least 90 games that each encompassed parts of three seasons (the second of these is still going at 92). They've won the last four titles; the second of the streak in 2014 took them past rival Tennessee for the most in women's college basketball, and the fourth in 2016 gave coach Geno Auriemma his 11th national title, taking him past John Wooden for the most Division I titles by a head coach in either the men's or women's game. Auriemma is basically UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} distilled into a short first-generation Italian-American. Calling them Lady Huskies is pure FlameBait. They have a web page dedicated to their history of churning out WNBA stars.

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''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including two winning streaks of at least 90 games that each encompassed parts of three seasons (the second of these is still going at 92).95). They've won the last four titles; the second of the streak in 2014 took them past rival Tennessee for the most in women's college basketball, and the fourth in 2016 gave coach Geno Auriemma his 11th national title, taking him past John Wooden for the most Division I titles by a head coach in either the men's or women's game. Auriemma is basically UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} distilled into a short first-generation Italian-American. Calling them Lady Huskies is pure FlameBait. They have a web page dedicated to their history of churning out WNBA stars.
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*** Also notable as one of the very few high-profile WNBA players who's never played overseas. She has [[WordOfGod publicly stated]] that she stays in the States to help care for her disabled older sister. With disability causes so close to her heart, she's also a high-profile ambassador for Special Olympics, and is also heavily involved with Lyme disease charities.[[note]]In 2008, she contracted the disease, which was initially misdiagnosed; she's dealt with the aftereffects ever since.[[/note]]
** '''Skylar Diggins''': Was a superstar point guard at Notre Dame, where she graduated as the school's second-leading career scorer. Known for her charisma and good looks, Diggins was hyped as the next great WNBA point guard after she was drafted by the then-Tulsa Shock in 2013. She got off to a slow start in her debut rookie season, however, shooting way below her points average from college. Lived up to expectations in 2014, being named first-team All-WNBA and the league's most improved player, as well as being an All-Star starter. Missed most of the 2015 season to a torn ACL. Like EDD, she's never played overseas, in her case because she has enough endorsement and outside business income to not need it, although she was considering playing in China in 2015–16 before her ACL injury.

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*** Also notable as For the first few years of her WNBA career, she was one of the very few high-profile WNBA players who's who never played overseas. She (She has [[WordOfGod publicly stated]] that she normally stays in the States to help care for her disabled older sister. sister.) EDD did join a Chinese team for that country's 2017 playoffs, but a flareup of Lyme disease[[note]](in 2008, she contracted the disease, which was initially misdiagnosed; she's dealt with the aftereffects ever since)[[/note]] forced her to return prematurely to the States. With disability causes so close to her heart, she's also a high-profile ambassador for Special Olympics, and is also heavily involved with Lyme disease charities.[[note]]In 2008, she contracted the disease, which was initially misdiagnosed; she's dealt with the aftereffects ever since.[[/note]]
charities.
** '''Skylar Diggins''': Was a superstar point guard at Notre Dame, where she graduated as the school's second-leading career scorer. Known for her charisma and good looks, Diggins was hyped as the next great WNBA point guard after she was drafted by the then-Tulsa Shock in 2013. She got off to a slow start in her debut rookie season, however, shooting way below her points average from college. Lived up to expectations in 2014, being named first-team All-WNBA and the league's most improved player, as well as being an All-Star starter. Missed most of the 2015 season to a torn ACL. Like EDD, she's never played Another rare example of a WNBA star who doesn't play overseas, in her case because she has enough endorsement and outside business income to not need it, although she was considering playing in China in 2015–16 before her ACL injury.
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''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including two separate 90-game winning streaks, the second of which is ongoing, that each encompassed parts of three seasons. They've won the last four titles; the second of the streak in 2014 took them past rival Tennessee for the most in women's college basketball, and the fourth in 2016 gave coach Geno Auriemma his 11th national title, taking him past John Wooden for the most Division I titles by a head coach in either the men's or women's game. Auriemma is basically UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} distilled into a short first-generation Italian-American. Calling them Lady Huskies is pure FlameBait. They have a web page dedicated to their history of churning out WNBA stars.

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''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including two separate 90-game winning streaks, the second streaks of which is ongoing, at least 90 games that each encompassed parts of three seasons.seasons (the second of these is still going at 92). They've won the last four titles; the second of the streak in 2014 took them past rival Tennessee for the most in women's college basketball, and the fourth in 2016 gave coach Geno Auriemma his 11th national title, taking him past John Wooden for the most Division I titles by a head coach in either the men's or women's game. Auriemma is basically UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} distilled into a short first-generation Italian-American. Calling them Lady Huskies is pure FlameBait. They have a web page dedicated to their history of churning out WNBA stars.



''Chicago Sky'': Founded in 2006, notable for being the first franchise to be founded without NBA ties. Named for the Chicago skyline. They made an especially strong run in 2011, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut but never made a playoff appearance]] until picking up college superstar Elena Delle Donne in 2013. Now, since [[FanNickname EDD's]] arrival, their flameouts have come in the playoffs (first-round exit, swept in the Finals, first-round exit).

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''Chicago Sky'': Founded in 2006, notable for being the first franchise to be founded without NBA ties. Named for the Chicago skyline. They made an especially strong run in 2011, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut but never made a playoff appearance]] until picking up college superstar Elena Delle Donne in 2013. Now, since [[FanNickname EDD's]] arrival, their flameouts have come in the playoffs (first-round exit, swept in the Finals, first-round exit, second-round exit).



*** Also notable as one of the very few high-profile WNBA players who's never played overseas. She has [[WordOfGod publicly stated]] she stays in the States to help care for her disabled older sister. With disability causes so close to her heart, she's also a high-profile ambassador for Special Olympics, and is also heavily involved with Lyme disease charities.[[note]]In 2008, she contracted the disease, which was initially misdiagnosed; she's dealt with the aftereffects ever since.[[/note]]

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*** Also notable as one of the very few high-profile WNBA players who's never played overseas. She has [[WordOfGod publicly stated]] that she stays in the States to help care for her disabled older sister. With disability causes so close to her heart, she's also a high-profile ambassador for Special Olympics, and is also heavily involved with Lyme disease charities.[[note]]In 2008, she contracted the disease, which was initially misdiagnosed; she's dealt with the aftereffects ever since.[[/note]]
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''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including a 90-game winning streak that encompassed parts of three seasons. They've won the last four titles; the second of the streak in 2014 took them past rival Tennessee for the most in women's college basketball, and the fourth in 2016 gave coach Geno Auriemma his 11th national title, taking him past John Wooden for the most Division I titles by a head coach in either the men's or women's game. Auriemma is basically UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} distilled into a short first-generation Italian-American. Calling them Lady Huskies is pure FlameBait. They have a web page dedicated to their history of churning out WNBA stars.

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''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including a two separate 90-game winning streak streaks, the second of which is ongoing, that each encompassed parts of three seasons. They've won the last four titles; the second of the streak in 2014 took them past rival Tennessee for the most in women's college basketball, and the fourth in 2016 gave coach Geno Auriemma his 11th national title, taking him past John Wooden for the most Division I titles by a head coach in either the men's or women's game. Auriemma is basically UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} distilled into a short first-generation Italian-American. Calling them Lady Huskies is pure FlameBait. They have a web page dedicated to their history of churning out WNBA stars.
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