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* '''Maya Moore''': Forward for the Minnesota Lynx, drafted #1 overall in 2011 out of Connecticut. She helped lead the Minnesota Lynx to their first WNBA championship in 2011, and won Rookie of the Year. Finished a close second to Candace Parker for the regular season MVP Award in 2013, but won the Finals MVP Award by helping lead Minnesota to their second title in franchise history. In 2015, she led the Lynx to a third WNBA title. And she still has her own shoe.

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* '''Maya Moore''': Forward for the Minnesota Lynx, drafted #1 overall in 2011 out of Connecticut.[[RunningGag Connecticut]]. She helped lead the Minnesota Lynx to their first WNBA championship in 2011, and won Rookie of the Year. Finished a close second to Candace Parker for the regular season MVP Award in 2013, but won the Finals MVP Award by helping lead Minnesota to their second title in franchise history. In 2015, she led the Lynx to a third WNBA title. And she still has her own shoe.



** Chiney, through her first season in the WNBA, was almost a mirror image of Nneka夕[RunningGag twice Pac-12 POY, #1 pick in the 2014 draft, an All-Star as a rookie, and Rookie of the Year]]. However, while at Stanford, she picked up one major honor that eluded her sister葉he Wooden Award, one of the three major NCAA POY awards. Unfortunately, she tore an ACL and missed the 2015 WNBA season; she came back fairly strong in 2016, but her scoring was down from her rookie season.

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** Chiney, through her first season in the WNBA, was almost a mirror image of Nneka夕[RunningGag twice Pac-12 POY, #1 pick in the 2014 draft, an All-Star as a rookie, and Rookie of the Year]]. However, while at Stanford, she picked up one major honor that eluded her sister葉he Wooden Award, one of the three major NCAA POY awards.awards in the women's game. Unfortunately, she tore an ACL and missed the 2015 WNBA season; she came back fairly strong in 2016, but her scoring was down from her rookie season.



* '''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"様ed 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.

* '''Diana Taurasi''': Guard for the Phoenix Mercury, drafted #1 overall in 2004 out of [[RunningGag 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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* '''Breanna Stewart''': Stretch four for the Seattle Storm, drafted #1 overall in 2016 out of [[RunningGag [[OverusedRunningGag Connecticut]]. The 6'4" [[FanNickname Stewie]] came into the league as perhaps even more hyped than the "Three to See"様ed 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.

* '''Diana Taurasi''': Guard for the Phoenix Mercury, drafted #1 overall in 2004 out of [[RunningGag [[OverusedRunningGag 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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* '''Candace Parker''': Forward for the Los Angeles Sparks, drafted #1 overall in 2008 out of Tennessee. Silky, smooth, and incredibly athletic... when not sidelined with injuries or pregnancy. Married to NBA journeyman Shelden Williams. She won the MVP Award in 2013. Kept out of the 2016 Olympics in Rio Brazil, in favor of Breanna Steward, which caused some controversy. She finished the year strong, however, by winning her first WNBA title and Finals MVP.

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* '''Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike''': Sisters and Stanford products who both play power forward, respectively for the Los Angeles Sparks and Connecticut Sun.
** Nneka, the older by two years and shorter by one inch (6'2"), was named Pac-10/Pac-12 Player of the Year twice, and went #1 in the 2012 draft. She made an immediate impact, earning Rookie of the Year honors, and has since gone on to make the All-Star Game in each year it's been held in her career.[[note]]The All-Star Game is not held in Olympic years.[[/note]] In 2016, she took her game to a new level, leading the league in field goal percentage and setting personal highs in scoring, rebounds, and assists, earning MVP honors while leading the Sparks to the title.
** Chiney, through her first season in the WNBA, was almost a mirror image of Nneka夕[RunningGag twice Pac-12 POY, #1 pick in the 2014 draft, an All-Star as a rookie, and Rookie of the Year]]. However, while at Stanford, she picked up one major honor that eluded her sister葉he Wooden Award, one of the three major NCAA POY awards. Unfortunately, she tore an ACL and missed the 2015 WNBA season; she came back fairly strong in 2016, but her scoring was down from her rookie season.

* '''Candace Parker''': Forward for the Los Angeles Sparks, drafted #1 overall in 2008 out of Tennessee. Silky, smooth, and incredibly athletic... when not sidelined with injuries or pregnancy. Married to NBA journeyman Shelden Williams. She won the MVP Award in 2013. Kept out of the 2016 Olympics in Rio Brazil, Rio, in favor of Breanna Steward, Stewart, which caused some controversy. She finished the year strong, however, by winning her first WNBA title and Finals MVP.
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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"様ed 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"様ed 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.
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.
20th Oct '16 8:51:19 PM Daylight
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* '''Candace Parker''': Forward for the Los Angeles Sparks, drafted #1 overall in 2008 out of Tennessee. Silky, smooth, and incredibly athletic... when not sidelined with injuries or pregnancy. Married to NBA journeyman Shelden Williams. She won the MVP Award in 2013. Kept out of the 2016 Olympics in Rio Brazil, in favor of Breanna Steward, which caused some controversy. She finished the year strong, however, by winning her first WNBA title.

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* '''Candace Parker''': Forward for the Los Angeles Sparks, drafted #1 overall in 2008 out of Tennessee. Silky, smooth, and incredibly athletic... when not sidelined with injuries or pregnancy. Married to NBA journeyman Shelden Williams. She won the MVP Award in 2013. Kept out of the 2016 Olympics in Rio Brazil, in favor of Breanna Steward, which caused some controversy. She finished the year strong, however, by winning her first WNBA title.
title and Finals MVP.
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* '''Candace Parker''': Forward for the Los Angeles Sparks, drafted #1 overall in 2008 out of Tennessee. Silky, smooth, and incredibly athletic... when not sidelined with injuries or pregnancy. Married to NBA journeyman Shelden Williams. She won the MVP Award in 2013. Won her first WNBA title in 2016.

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* '''Candace Parker''': Forward for the Los Angeles Sparks, drafted #1 overall in 2008 out of Tennessee. Silky, smooth, and incredibly athletic... when not sidelined with injuries or pregnancy. Married to NBA journeyman Shelden Williams. She won the MVP Award in 2013. Won Kept out of the 2016 Olympics in Rio Brazil, in favor of Breanna Steward, which caused some controversy. She finished the year strong, however, by winning her first WNBA title in 2016.
title.
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* ''2016'': The ''Los Angeles Sparks'' beat the Minnesota Lynx 3-2.



* '''Candace Parker''': Forward for the Los Angeles Sparks, drafted #1 overall in 2008 out of Tennessee. Silky, smooth, and incredibly athletic... when not sidelined with injuries or pregnancy. Married to NBA journeyman Shelden Williams. She won the MVP Award in 2013.

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* '''Candace Parker''': Forward for the Los Angeles Sparks, drafted #1 overall in 2008 out of Tennessee. Silky, smooth, and incredibly athletic... when not sidelined with injuries or pregnancy. Married to NBA journeyman Shelden Williams. She won the MVP Award in 2013. \n Won her first WNBA title in 2016.
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* '''Tamika Catchings''': A forward who spent her entire 15-season career with the Indiana Fever, Catchings was drafted #3 overall in 2001 out of Tennessee. She's one of the league's most decorated players由ookie of the Year in 2002 (she missed the 2001 season with a torn ACL), MVP in 2011, a record 10 All-Star appearances, five-time Defensive Player of the Year, Finals MVP in 2012, named to the league's All-Decade Team in 2006 and Top 15 Team for the league's 15th anniversary in 2011. Basically a "stretch four", much like her contemporary Lauren Jackson and more recent players such as Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker (all below). Catchings ended her career in 2016 as the league's all-time leader in rebounds and steals, and #2 scorer. And back in high school, she became the first known player to manage a ''quintuple''-double. (It's happened once more since.)

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* '''Tamika Catchings''': A forward who spent her entire 15-season career with the Indiana Fever, Catchings was drafted #3 overall in 2001 out of Tennessee. She's one of the league's most decorated players由ookie of the Year in 2002 (she missed the 2001 season with a torn ACL), MVP in 2011, a record 10 All-Star appearances, five-time Defensive Player of the Year, Finals MVP in 2012, named to the league's All-Decade Team in 2006 and Top 15 Team for the league's 15th anniversary in 2011. Basically a "stretch four", four" (i.e., power forward who shot threes well enough to force defenses to guard her beyond the arc), much like her contemporary Lauren Jackson and more recent players such as Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker (all below). Catchings ended her career in 2016 as the league's all-time leader in rebounds and steals, and #2 scorer. And back in high school, she became the first known player to manage a ''quintuple''-double. (It's happened once more since.)



* '''Lauren Jackson''': A versatile "stretch four" (i.e., power forward who shot threes well enough to force defenses to guard her beyond the arc) from Australia, she spent her entire WNBA career for the Seattle Storm, from her overall #1 selection in 2001 through 2012. An eight-time league MVP葉hree in the WNBA, four in the WNBL in her homeland, and one in the Korean league傭asketball's definitely InTheBlood for her. You may know her as [[MsFanService that blonde chick who posed naked in 2004]]. Despite her many accomplishments, she was still an example of WhatCouldHaveBeen, as she battled near-constant shin, ankle, and knee injuries throughout her career. Retired completely from basketball in 2016 after missing almost all of the previous two years to the aftereffects of a particularly bad knee injury.

* '''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. 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.

* '''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. Will enter the Naismith Hall in 2016, but not yet in the Women's Hall.

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* '''Lauren Jackson''': A versatile "stretch four" (i.e., power forward who shot threes well enough to force defenses to guard her beyond the arc) stretch four from Australia, she spent her entire WNBA career for the Seattle Storm, from her overall #1 selection in 2001 through 2012. An eight-time league MVP葉hree in the WNBA, four in the WNBL in her homeland, and one in the Korean league傭asketball's definitely InTheBlood for her. You may know her as [[MsFanService that blonde chick who posed naked in 2004]]. Despite her many accomplishments, she was still an example of WhatCouldHaveBeen, as she battled near-constant shin, ankle, and knee injuries throughout her career. Retired completely from basketball in 2016 after missing almost all of the previous two years to the aftereffects of a particularly bad knee injury.

* '''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, the league's all-time leading rebounder until Catchings passed her in her final season, and member of the Naismith and Women's Halls of Fame. 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.

* '''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. Will enter Entered the Naismith Hall in 2016, but not yet in the Women's Hall.
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* '''Tamika Catchings''': A forward who spent her entire 15-season career with the Indiana Fever, Catchings was drafted #3 overall in 2001 out of Tennessee. She's one of the league's most decorated players由ookie of the Year in 2002 (she missed the 2001 season with a torn ACL), MVP in 2011, a record 10 All-Star appearances, five-time Defensive Player of the Year, Finals MVP in 2012, named to the league's All-Decade Team in 2006 and Top 15 Team for the league's 15th anniversary in 2011. Basically a "stretch four", much like her contemporary Lauren Jackson and more recent players such as Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker (all below). Catchings ended her career in 2016 as the league's all-time leader in rebounds and steals, and #2 scorer. And back in high school, she became the first known player to manage a ''quintuple''-double. (It's happened once more since.)



* '''Tamika Catchings''': Forward for the Indiana Fever, drafted #3 overall in 2001 out of Tennessee. One of the league's most decorated players由ookie of the Year in 2002 (she missed the 2001 season with a torn ACL), MVP in 2011, a record 10 All-Star appearances, five-time Defensive Player of the Year, Finals MVP in 2012, named to the league's All-Decade Team in 2006 and Top 15 Team for the league's 15th anniversary in 2011. Basically a "stretch four", much like her contemporary Lauren Jackson (above) and more recent players such as Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker (both below). She's now #2 on the league's all-time scoring list. And back in high school, she became the first known player to manage a ''quintuple''-double. (It's happened once more since.) Has announced the 2016 season will be her last.
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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 who made his name with the Oklahoma City Thunder before being traded to the Orlando Magic in 2016.

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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 Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls and current power forward with the Chicago Bulls; San Antonio Spurs; 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 who made his name with the Oklahoma City Thunder before being traded to the Orlando Magic in 2016.



** National team-wise, the male "Boomers" have nothing on the female "Opals". The Australian women - which have included WNBA stars Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor, and Sandy Brondello (the last is currently a coach) - have won medals in all Olympics since 1996, and the 2006 World Championship.

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** National team-wise, the male "Boomers" have nothing on the female "Opals". The Australian women - which have included WNBA stars Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor, and Sandy Brondello (the last is currently a coach) - have won medals in all Olympics since 1996, from 1996 to 2012, and the 2006 World Championship.



The main national championships are the FIBA Basketball World Cup (renamed from "World Championship" after the 2010 edition) for men, the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup (renamed from "World Championship for Women" after the 2014 edition), and the Summer Olympics for both sexes. The 2016 Summer Olympics will be in Rio de Janeiro. The 2014 World Cup and World Championship for Women, respectively held in Spain and Turkey, were both won by Team USA. The next Women's World Cup will be in 2018, but the next men's World Cup will be in 2019 (FIBA is resetting the cycle so that its men's World Cup won't conflict with ''[[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup that other one]]'').

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The main national championships are the FIBA Basketball World Cup (renamed from "World Championship" after the 2010 edition) for men, the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup (renamed from "World Championship for Women" after the 2014 edition), and the Summer Olympics for both sexes. The 2016 Summer Olympics will be in Rio de Janeiro. The 2014 World Cup and World Championship for Women, respectively held in Spain and Turkey, and both competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro were both won by Team USA. The next Women's World Cup will be in 2018, but the next men's World Cup will be in 2019 (FIBA is resetting the cycle so that its men's World Cup won't conflict with ''[[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup that other one]]''). The next Summer Olympics will be in 2020 in Tokyo.



''Spain'': Also not a historic powerhouse, but came out of nowhere to win their group and take silver at the 2014 World Championship. Again, stay tuned.

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''Spain'': Also not a historic powerhouse, but came out of nowhere to win their group and take silver at the 2014 World Championship. Again, stay tuned.
Following a silver at the 2016 Olympics, they now look to be emerging as the next European power.
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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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