History UsefulNotes / Basketball

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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, and is now the head women's coach at Loyola University Chicago. Will enter 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, and is now coaching; she had been the head women's coach at Loyola University Chicago.Chicago before being fired during the 2016 offseason amid allegations of mistreatment of players. Will enter the Naismith Hall in 2016, but not yet in the Women's Hall.



** '''Brittney Griner''': Center for the Phoenix Mercury, drafted from Baylor, where she was consensus NCAA player of the year in her last two seasons. The 6'8" (2.03 m) Griner, known in college for her dominant shot-blocking and as one of the few women who can routinely dunk, entered the league with as much hype as any player in years. Also made headlines in 2013 when she came out as lesbian. Had the league's top-selling jersey in her rookie season as well. Has since made more off-court headlines with her same-sex marriage in 2015 to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, followed less than a month later by Griner filing court papers for an annulment (which was denied; divorce proceedings continue).

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** '''Brittney Griner''': Center for the Phoenix Mercury, drafted from Baylor, where she was consensus NCAA player of the year in her last two seasons. The 6'8" (2.03 m) Griner, known in college for her dominant shot-blocking and as one of the few women who can routinely dunk, entered the league with as much hype as any player in years. Also made headlines in 2013 when she came out as lesbian. Had the league's top-selling jersey in her rookie season as well. Has since made more off-court headlines with her same-sex marriage in 2015 to fellow WNBA player Glory Johnson, followed less than a month later by Griner filing court papers for an annulment (which was denied; divorce proceedings continue).they ultimately divorced).
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* '''Lisa Leslie''': One of the cornerstones of the Los Angeles Sparks and the league, she was assigned to LA at the league's beginning- appropriate for an Angeleno who went to USC. For a fair chunk of the league's existence, she was one of the best players, and the best center, out there. A two-time champion, three-time MVP (in 2002, sweeping All-Star MVP, regular season MVP, and Finals MVP), many-time All-WNBA and All-Star, and member of the Naismith and Women's Halls of Fame. A BaseBreaker at her finest. There are those who call her Lisamort, and those who call her the Diva, and those... she has a lot of {{FanNickname}}s. Her number is retired and the Sparks' court is named after her; she's since bought into the team as a part owner.

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* '''Lisa Leslie''': One of the cornerstones of the Los Angeles Sparks and the league, she was assigned to LA at the league's beginning- appropriate for an Angeleno who went to USC. For a fair chunk of the league's existence, she was one of the best players, and the best center, out there. A two-time champion, three-time MVP (in 2002, sweeping All-Star MVP, regular season MVP, and Finals MVP), many-time All-WNBA and All-Star, and member of the Naismith and Women's Halls of Fame. A BaseBreaker at her finest. There are those who call her Lisamort, and those who call her the Diva, and those... she has a lot of {{FanNickname}}s. Her number is retired and the Sparks' court is named after her; she's since bought into the team as a part owner.



* '''Cappie Pondexter''': Guard for the Chicago Sky, who picked her up before the 2015 season in a trade with the New York Liberty. An explosive, offensive-minded guard, drafted #2 overall in 2006 out of Rutgers by Phoenix. She, Diana Taurasi, and the Mercury won two titles in three years... and then she demanded a trade, [[MultipleChoicePast either]] because she wanted to be on the Liberty or because of her fashion business. A BaseBreaker among New York's faithful before being dealt to Chicago, especially after making some unfortunate remarks after the earthquake/tsunami/meltdown in Japan.

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* '''Cappie Pondexter''': Guard for the Chicago Sky, who picked her up before the 2015 season in a trade with the New York Liberty. An explosive, offensive-minded guard, drafted #2 overall in 2006 out of Rutgers by Phoenix. She, Diana Taurasi, and the Mercury won two titles in three years... and then she demanded a trade, [[MultipleChoicePast either]] because she wanted to be on the Liberty or because of her fashion business. A BaseBreaker Controversial among New York's faithful before being dealt to Chicago, especially after making some unfortunate remarks after the earthquake/tsunami/meltdown in Japan.
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''Tennessee'': The Lady Vols have been a consistent powerhouse in women's basketball for thirty years and counting. Legendary head coach Pat Summitt[[note]]yes, Tyler's mom[[/note]] racked up over a thousand wins, including eight titles, since taking over as a grad student in 1972 and is the first coach in the Division I college game, men's or women's, to have over 1,000 wins (since joined by Coach K). Known for her DeathGlare. The 'Lady' is a bit of a requirement,[[note]]enough so that the women's basketball team remains "Lady Volunteers" after all other Tennessee women's teams dropped "Lady" starting in 2015–16[[/note]] or Summitt will glare at you from beyond the grave. After Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in 2011, she coached one final season before retiring in 2012 and being succeeded by longtime assistant Holly Warlick.

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''Tennessee'': The Lady Vols have been a consistent powerhouse in women's basketball for thirty years and counting. Legendary head coach Pat Summitt[[note]]yes, Tyler's mom[[/note]] racked up over a thousand wins, including eight titles, since taking over as a grad student in 1972 and is the first coach in the Division I college game, men's or women's, to have over 1,000 wins (since joined by Coach K). Known for her DeathGlare. The 'Lady' is a bit of a requirement,[[note]]enough so that the women's basketball team remains "Lady Volunteers" after all other Tennessee women's teams dropped "Lady" starting in 2015–16[[/note]] or Summitt will glare at you from beyond the grave. After Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in 2011, 2011 (which would ultimately claim her life in 2016), she coached one final season before retiring in 2012 and being succeeded by longtime assistant Holly Warlick.
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''Tennessee'': The Lady Vols have been a consistent powerhouse in women's basketball for thirty years and counting. Legendary head coach Pat Summitt[[note]]yes, Tyler's mom[[/note]] racked up over a thousand wins, including eight titles, since taking over as a grad student in 1972 and is the first coach in the Division I college game, men's or women's, to have over 1,000 wins (since joined by Coach K). Known for her DeathGlare. The 'Lady' is a bit of a requirement,[[note]]enough so that the women's basketball team remains "Lady Volunteers" after all other Tennessee women's teams dropped "Lady" starting in 2015–16[[/note]] or Summitt will glare at you. After Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in 2011, she coached one final season before retiring in 2012 and being succeeded by longtime assistant Holly Warlick.

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''Tennessee'': The Lady Vols have been a consistent powerhouse in women's basketball for thirty years and counting. Legendary head coach Pat Summitt[[note]]yes, Tyler's mom[[/note]] racked up over a thousand wins, including eight titles, since taking over as a grad student in 1972 and is the first coach in the Division I college game, men's or women's, to have over 1,000 wins (since joined by Coach K). Known for her DeathGlare. The 'Lady' is a bit of a requirement,[[note]]enough so that the women's basketball team remains "Lady Volunteers" after all other Tennessee women's teams dropped "Lady" starting in 2015–16[[/note]] or Summitt will glare at you.you from beyond the grave. After Summitt was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's in 2011, she coached one final season before retiring in 2012 and being succeeded by longtime assistant Holly Warlick.
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* '''Breanna Stewart''': Stretch four for the Seattle Storm, drafted #1 overall in 2016 out of [[RunningGag 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.

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* '''Breanna Stewart''': Stretch four for the Seattle Storm, drafted #1 overall in 2016 out of [[RunningGag 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...[=UConn=]... you get the picture.
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* Spain: Won the 2006 World Championship and the last two European Championships -in which they have made it at least into the semifinals for the last 8 tournaments- and lost against the U.S.A. in the last two Olympic Games Finals. Country of Pau Gasol, ex-forward of the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers and current power forward with the Chicago Bulls; his brother Marc Gasol, ex-forward of the Lakers and current forward-center of the Grizzlies; Ricky Rubio, who may very well be the star of the future for the Minnesota Timberwolves; and Serge Ibaka (born in the Republic of the Congo but naturalized in Spain), shot-blocking wizard for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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* Spain: Won the 2006 World Championship and the last two European Championships -in which they have made it at least into the semifinals for the last 8 tournaments- and lost against the U.S.A. in the last two Olympic Games Finals. Country of Pau Gasol, ex-forward of the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Lakers and current power forward with the Chicago Bulls; his brother Marc Gasol, ex-forward of the Lakers and current forward-center of the Grizzlies; Ricky Rubio, who may very well be the star of the future for the Minnesota Timberwolves; and Serge Ibaka (born in the Republic of the Congo but naturalized in Spain), shot-blocking wizard for who made his name with the Oklahoma City Thunder.Thunder before being traded to the Orlando Magic in 2016.



* Italy & France: Countries with ups and downs. Italy was the silver medal winner in the 2004 Olympics, losing to Argentina in the Gold Medal game. France is currently the nationality second most represented in the NBA (after the U.S.A. itself). Tony Parker is also famous for his [[strike:wife]] [[Series/DesperateHousewives ex-wife]], and Joakim Noah (born in New York City and mostly raised in the US) is also famous for his dad, former tennis star and current French pop star Yannick Noah.

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* Italy & France: Countries with ups and downs. Italy was the silver medal winner in the 2004 Olympics, losing to Argentina in the Gold Medal game. France is currently the nationality second most represented in the NBA (after the U.S.A. itself). Tony Parker is also famous for his [[strike:wife]] [[Series/DesperateHousewives ex-wife]], and Joakim Noah (born in New York City and mostly raised in the US) is also famous for his dad, former tennis star and current French pop star Yannick Noah.



''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 as head coach 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 as head coach 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.



* '''Diana Taurasi''': Guard for the Phoenix Mercury, drafted #1 overall in 2004 out of [[RunningGag Connecticut]]. [[ArsonMurderAndLifesaving Hot-headed, foul-mouthed, charismatic, and exceedingly talented]]. Has gotten in a little bit of trouble, caught DUI in 2009 and implicated in steroid use (turned out to be a false positive from a sketchy lab). Sat out the 2015 WNBA season at the request of the Russian team she plays for during the traditional basketball season, which offered her [[MoneyDearBoy a bonus well in excess of her WNBA salary]] to sit out.[[note]]To put the financial decision in perspective, she was making slightly under the WNBA maximum salary of $107,000. Her Russian team was paying her $1.5 million a season, not including the aforementioned bonus.[[/note]][[note]]In Taurasi's defense, she turned 33 during the 2015 WNBA season, and hadn't had an offseason since she was at [=UConn=]. This wasn't the first time that Taurasi had been offered a bonus to sit out a WNBA season, and several other WNBA players have reportedly been offered similar bonuses; she's just the first player who's accepted such an offer.[[/note]]

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* '''Breanna Stewart''': Stretch four for the Seattle Storm, drafted #1 overall in 2016 out of [[RunningGag 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.

* '''Diana Taurasi''': Guard for the Phoenix Mercury, drafted #1 overall in 2004 out of [[RunningGag Connecticut]].UConn]]. [[ArsonMurderAndLifesaving Hot-headed, foul-mouthed, charismatic, and exceedingly talented]]. Has gotten in a little bit of trouble, caught DUI in 2009 and implicated in steroid use (turned out to be a false positive from a sketchy lab). Sat out the 2015 WNBA season at the request of the Russian team she plays for during the traditional basketball season, which offered her [[MoneyDearBoy a bonus well in excess of her WNBA salary]] to sit out.[[note]]To put the financial decision in perspective, she was making slightly under the WNBA maximum salary of $107,000. Her Russian team was paying her $1.5 million a season, not including the aforementioned bonus.[[/note]][[note]]In Taurasi's defense, she turned 33 during the 2015 WNBA season, and hadn't had an offseason since she was at [=UConn=]. This wasn't the first time that Taurasi had been offered a bonus to sit out a WNBA season, and several other WNBA players have reportedly been offered similar bonuses; she's just the first player who's accepted such an offer.[[/note]]
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'''Kentucky Wildcats''' - Coached by the great Adolph Rupp from 1931 to 1972. Won eight NCAA tournaments, including four under Rupp. The Wildcats are the only program to have won national titles under five different coaches—Rupp, his successor Joe B. Hall, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith, and current coach John Calipari. They were the program that lost the 1966 final to the considerably less prestigious Texas Western (now Texas-El Paso, or UTEP), and that's the story in the movie ''Film/GloryRoad''. They are the all-time winningest team in college basketball, and have won more Southeastern Conference titles than any of the other teams... combined. Recently, the Kentucky women's team has been making some strides as well.

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'''Kentucky Wildcats''' - Coached by the great Adolph Rupp from 1931 to 1972. Won eight NCAA tournaments, including four under Rupp. The Wildcats are the only program to have won national titles under five different coaches—Rupp, his successor Joe B. Hall, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith, and current coach John Calipari. They were the program that lost the 1966 final to the considerably less prestigious Texas Western (now Texas-El Paso, or UTEP), and that's the story in the movie ''Film/GloryRoad''. They are the all-time winningest team in college basketball, and have won more Southeastern Conference titles than any of the other teams... combined. Recently, the Kentucky women's team has had been making some strides as well.
well, but the 2015–16 school year saw huge upheaval in the program—seven players left the program with eligibility remaining, five recruits rescinded their commitments to play for UK, and all three assistant coaches departed.



''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]]This 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 "inappropriate relationship".[[note]]This [[note]]Said relationship was widely reported to be an extramarital affair with a player.[[/note]]


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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 as head coach 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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''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]]Early reports are that said relationship was 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 "inappropriate relationship".[[note]]Early reports are that said [[note]]This relationship was widely reported to be an extramarital affair with a player.[[/note]]



*** Also notable as perhaps the only high-profile WNBA player today who's never played overseas. A big part of it is her extreme charitable involvement during the traditional basketball season. EDD is a high-profile ambassador for Special Olympics[[note]]a cause close to her heart; her older sister has multiple disabilities[[/note]] and Lyme disease charities,[[note]]in 2008, she caught Lyme disease, which was initially misdiagnosed; she's suffered the aftereffects ever since[[/note]] and is involved in many other causes.
** '''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.

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*** Also notable as perhaps one of the only very few high-profile WNBA player today players who's never played overseas. A big part of it is her extreme charitable involvement during the traditional basketball season. EDD is a high-profile ambassador for Special Olympics[[note]]a cause close to her heart; her older sister has multiple disabilities[[/note]] and Lyme disease charities,[[note]]in 2008, she caught Lyme disease, which was initially misdiagnosed; she's suffered the aftereffects ever since[[/note]] and is involved in many other causes.
** '''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.
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.



The USA was late to the party when it came to founding a stable league, and still competes with European leagues for the full attention of elite players.[[note]]Unless your name is Elena Delle Donne.[[/note]] Most players spend their winters in Europe to supplement their incomes and stay sharp. Between 1981 and 1996, Europe, Asia, and South America offered the only options for a woman who wanted to keep playing. The pecking order of leagues is fluid; currently the most prestigious and lucrative include Russia and Turkey. You can also find W players, alumnae, and hopefuls in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Israel, Australia, and other countries.

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The USA was late to the party when it came to founding a stable league, and still competes with European leagues for the full attention of elite players.[[note]]Unless your name is Elena Delle Donne.Donne or Skylar Diggins.[[/note]] Most players spend their winters in Europe to supplement their incomes and stay sharp. Between 1981 and 1996, Europe, Asia, and South America offered the only options for a woman who wanted to keep playing. The pecking order of leagues is fluid; currently the most prestigious and lucrative include Russia and Turkey. You can also find W players, alumnae, and hopefuls in Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Israel, Australia, and other countries.
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* '''Shoni Schimmel''': Backup point guard for the Atlanta Dream, drafted #8 overall in 2014 out of Louisville, where she was the school's second-leading career scorer behind 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.

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* '''Shoni Schimmel''': Backup A point guard for traded from the Atlanta Dream, 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.
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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]]Early reports are that said relationship was an extramarital affair with a player, who reportedly got pregnant by Summitt.[[/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 "inappropriate relationship".[[note]]Early reports are that said relationship was an extramarital affair with a player, who reportedly got pregnant by Summitt.player.[[/note]]
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