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There is another tournament, the National Invitation Tournament, a 32-team tournament played at home arenas, with semifinals and championship game always played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The NIT is one year older than the NCAA tournament and was once its equal. But now, it's a tournament for teams that don't make the Big Dance, with its winner being derisively called the "69th best team in the country".[[note]]However, it is argued that an NIT winner could probably best some of the teams which only made it in the Big Dance as conference champions.[[/note]] There are also three other tournaments, the College Basketball Invitational (16-team field), the [=CollegeInsider.com=] Postseason Tournament (32-team field), and the Vegas 16 (new for the 2015–16 season; it has an [[ArtifactTitle 8-team]] field, but were aiming for 16); collectively, all four of them are pretty much college basketball's equivalent to those otherwise useless bowl games whose only purpose are to give Creator/{{ESPN}} and friends something to do in late December. The majority of fans never take them seriously, and teams turn down those bids regularly (the NIT is generally considered to be the better of these four, and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane have frequently promoted their two NIT wins as being part of their "championship tradition").

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There is another tournament, the National Invitation Tournament, a 32-team tournament played at home arenas, with semifinals and championship game always played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The NIT is one year older than the NCAA tournament and was once its equal. But now, it's a tournament for teams that don't make the Big Dance, with its winner being derisively called the "69th best team in the country".[[note]]However, it is argued that an NIT winner could probably best some of the teams which only made it in the Big Dance as conference champions.[[/note]] There are also three two other tournaments, the College Basketball Invitational (16-team field), field) and the [=CollegeInsider.com=] Postseason Tournament (32-team field), and field). In the 2015–16 season, there was yet another tournament called the Vegas 16 (new for the 2015–16 season; it has (it had an [[ArtifactTitle 8-team]] field, but were was aiming for 16); collectively, 16), but that event folded after only one edition. Collectively, all four of them are pretty much college basketball's equivalent to those otherwise useless bowl games whose only purpose are to give Creator/{{ESPN}} and friends something to do in late December. The majority of fans never take them seriously, and teams turn down those bids regularly (the NIT is generally considered to be the better best of these four, tournaments, and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane have frequently promoted their two NIT wins as being part of their "championship tradition").
19th Mar '17 10:58:07 PM KYCubbie
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[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters About 350 schools' teams]] make up Division I, the top level of the NCAA.[[note]]351 on the men's side, and 349 women's teams: Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel, being predominantly male [[MilitaryAcademy military academies]], don't have women's teams.[[/note]] All of them[[note]]The only independent in the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons was NJIT, or the New Jersey Institute of Technology, which [[TheScrappy got left behind]] in the early-2010s conference realignment shuffle. They [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap finally found a home]] in the Atlantic Sun Conference.[[/note]] play in one of 32 conferences. After each team has played somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 games each season, each conference except the UsefulNotes/IvyLeague has its own tournament, and the champion of each conference tournament is assured a place in the NCAA tournament. Through the 2015–16 season, the Ivies granted their automatic bid to the team with the best record,[[note]]though occasionally one-game playoffs were needed when there was a tie, as in 2011 and 2015[[/note]] but the Ivy League started holding its own conference tournament in 2016–17.

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[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters About 350 schools' teams]] make up Division I, the top level of the NCAA.[[note]]351 on the men's side, and 349 women's teams: Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel, being predominantly male [[MilitaryAcademy military academies]], don't have women's teams.[[/note]] All of them[[note]]The only independent in the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons was NJIT, or the New Jersey Institute of Technology, which [[TheScrappy got left behind]] in the early-2010s conference realignment shuffle. They [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap finally found a home]] in the Atlantic Sun Conference.[[/note]] play in one of 32 conferences. After each team has played somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 games each season, each conference except the UsefulNotes/IvyLeague has its own tournament, and the champion of each conference tournament is assured a place in the NCAA tournament. Through the 2015–16 season, the Ivies UsefulNotes/IvyLeague granted their its automatic bid to the team with the best record,[[note]]though occasionally one-game playoffs were needed when there was a tie, as in 2011 and 2015[[/note]] but the Ivy League Ivies started holding its their own conference tournament in 2016–17.
19th Mar '17 10:47:40 PM KYCubbie
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[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters About 350 schools' teams]] make up Division I, the top level of the NCAA.[[note]]351 on the men's side, and 349 women's teams: Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel, being predominantly male [[MilitaryAcademy military academies]], don't have women's teams.[[/note]] All of them[[note]]The only independent in the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons was NJIT, or the New Jersey Institute of Technology, which [[TheScrappy got left behind]] in the early-2010s conference realignment shuffle. They [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap finally found a home]] in the Atlantic Sun Conference.[[/note]] play in one of 32 conferences. After each team has played somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 games each season, each conference except the UsefulNotes/IvyLeague has its own tournament, and the champion of each conference tournament is assured a place in the NCAA tournament. Through the 2015–16 season, the Ivies granted their automatic bid to the team with the best record,[[note]]though occasionally one-game playoffs were needed when there was a tie, as in 2011 and 2015[[/note]] but starting with the 2016–17 season, the Ivy League will begin holding its own conference tournament.

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[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters About 350 schools' teams]] make up Division I, the top level of the NCAA.[[note]]351 on the men's side, and 349 women's teams: Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel, being predominantly male [[MilitaryAcademy military academies]], don't have women's teams.[[/note]] All of them[[note]]The only independent in the 2013–14 and 2014–15 seasons was NJIT, or the New Jersey Institute of Technology, which [[TheScrappy got left behind]] in the early-2010s conference realignment shuffle. They [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap finally found a home]] in the Atlantic Sun Conference.[[/note]] play in one of 32 conferences. After each team has played somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 games each season, each conference except the UsefulNotes/IvyLeague has its own tournament, and the champion of each conference tournament is assured a place in the NCAA tournament. Through the 2015–16 season, the Ivies granted their automatic bid to the team with the best record,[[note]]though occasionally one-game playoffs were needed when there was a tie, as in 2011 and 2015[[/note]] but starting with the 2016–17 season, the Ivy League will begin started holding its own conference tournament.
tournament in 2016–17.
15th Mar '17 10:17:46 AM nightkiller
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After 68 teams are chosen to play and the announcement of the field is made one Sunday in mid-March on CBS, it's time for people from across America from all walks of life--up to and including [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama our current president]][[note]]Not terribly surprising, given that he's known to play basketball himself to blow off steam--often against his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who led the Harvard Crimson in the late '80s and played pro ball in Australia for four years[[/note]]--to pick the teams they think will win each game by "filling out the bracket." This is done for fun, but some play betting games and hold office pools, which the NCAA looks down on. The study of the bracket is often referred to as "bracketology."

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After 68 teams are chosen to play and the announcement of the field is made one Sunday in mid-March on CBS, it's time for people from across America from all walks of life--up to and including a certain [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama our current former president]][[note]]Not terribly surprising, given that he's known to play basketball himself to blow off steam--often against his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who led the Harvard Crimson in the late '80s and played pro ball in Australia for four years[[/note]]--to pick the teams they think will win each game by "filling out the bracket." This is done for fun, but some play betting games and hold office pools, which the NCAA looks down on. The study of the bracket is often referred to as "bracketology."
12th Mar '17 3:40:32 PM KYCubbie
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** '''Elena Delle Donne''': Perhaps the most positionally versatile player ever in the women's game, the Delaware 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—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.

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** '''Elena Delle Donne''': Perhaps the most positionally versatile player ever in the women's game, the Delaware 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—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]], swingman, stretch four, point forward[[note]]a forward who can handle the ball well enough to run a team's offense[[/note]], forward, combo guard[[note]]combination of point guard and shooting guard[[/note]]...guard... 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.
12th Mar '17 3:32:13 PM KYCubbie
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'''North Carolina Tar Heels''' - First and foremost, famous for being UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan's alma mater. The Tar Heels are five-time NCAA tournament winners, and Dean Smith, their coach from 1962 to 1997, coached them to two of those. Along with Kansas (see below), they also have the longest streak ever of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances at 27, making every tournament from 1975 to 2001. The Carolina women have one national title to their credit (1994).

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'''North Carolina Tar Heels''' - First and foremost, famous for being UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan's alma mater. The Tar Heels are five-time NCAA tournament winners, and Dean Smith, their coach from 1962 to 1997, coached them to two of those. Along with Kansas (see below), they also have The Heels had the longest streak ever of consecutive NCAA tournament appearances at 27, making every tournament from 1975 to 2001.2001, before Kansas (see below) passed them in 2017. The Carolina women have one national title to their credit (1994).



Honorable mention goes to the '''Kansas Jayhawks''', '''UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}} State Spartans''', '''Gonzaga Bulldogs'''[[note]]unofficially known as "Zags"[[/note]], and '''Wisconsin Badgers''', which, with the aforementioned Blue Devils, are in the midst of the five longest current March Madness (for which see below) appearance streaks (at 27 years for the Jayhawks, 21 for the Blue Devils, 19 for the Spartans, and 18 for both the Bulldogs and Badgers). Two teams in this group deserve special honorable mentions. The first goes to Kansas for tying North Carolina for the longest-ever streak of appearances (and being a lock to set a new record in 2017), and also winning at least a share of the Big 12 Conference regular-season title for 13 straight seasons and counting, tying the record set by UCLA during the Wooden era. The other goes to Gonzaga, even though it's the only team in the group that hasn't won a national title[[note]]or, for that matter, made the Final Four[[/note]], for two reasons—first, it plays in the decidedly mid-major West Coast Conference,[[note]]meaning that in some of those years, they wouldn't have made it to the NCAA tournament without winning the conference tournament[[/note]] and second, it's done it without the benefit of any revenue from football (Gonzaga hasn't had a football team since 1941).[[note]]Significant because football programs often subsidize other sports at a school. Although men's basketball makes money at many schools, it very often benefits from the money and exposure that the football team gets.[[/note]] Another special honorable mention goes to the 1965-66 Texas Western College team, for being the only college men's team to ''ever'' get into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (mainly due to the fact they were the first all-black starting team to ever win the NCAA Tournament).[[note]]For several years, they were the only college team in the Hall, but the Immaculata women of 1972–1974 joined them in 2014.[[/note]]

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Honorable mention goes to the '''Kansas Jayhawks''', '''UsefulNotes/{{Michigan}} State Spartans''', '''Gonzaga Bulldogs'''[[note]]unofficially known as "Zags"[[/note]], and '''Wisconsin Badgers''', which, with the aforementioned Blue Devils, are in the midst of the five longest current March Madness (for which see below) appearance streaks (at 27 28 years for the Jayhawks, 21 22 for the Blue Devils, 19 20 for the Spartans, and 18 19 for both the Bulldogs and Badgers). Two teams in this group deserve special honorable mentions. The first goes to Kansas for tying North Carolina for the longest-ever streak of appearances (and being a lock to set setting a new record in 2017), streak of NCAA appearances, and also winning at least a share of the Big 12 Conference regular-season title for 13 straight seasons and counting, tying the record set by UCLA during in the Wooden era. post-Wooden years.[[note]]Wooden ended his career with nine straight conference titles; his two successors extended the streak to 13.[[/note]] The other goes to Gonzaga, even though it's the only team in the group that hasn't won a national title[[note]]or, for that matter, made the Final Four[[/note]], for two reasons—first, it plays in the decidedly mid-major West Coast Conference,[[note]]meaning that in some of those years, they wouldn't have made it to the NCAA tournament without winning the conference tournament[[/note]] and second, it's done it without the benefit of any revenue from football (Gonzaga hasn't had a football team since 1941).[[note]]Significant because football programs often subsidize other sports at a school. Although men's basketball makes money at many schools, it very often benefits from the money and exposure that the football team gets.[[/note]] Another special honorable mention goes to the 1965-66 Texas Western College team, for being the only college men's team to ''ever'' get into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (mainly due to the fact they were the first all-black starting team to ever win the NCAA Tournament).[[note]]For several years, they were the only college team in the Hall, but the Immaculata women of 1972–1974 joined them in 2014.[[/note]]



Until 1975, only the conference champions proceeded to the NCAA tournament, until #2 NC State beat #4 Maryland in the 1974 ACC tournament, where only one could advance. It was realized that many very good teams were being left out, and at-large invitations began being added (this also led to the decline of the NIT). Since then, the base of the tournament structure has involved up to 68 teams divided into four groups and seeded within each group (Originally 32 teams, in 1979 it was expanded to 48 teams, expanded to 64 in 1984, 65 in 2001, and the current 68 in 2011. Number 1 plays number 16, 2 plays 15, and so on. The tournament added a play-in game, in which two small schools play for a 16th seed, in 2001. Since 2011, there has been a new series of four games, the First Four, held in Dayton, Ohio. Two of the games feature the four lowest-ranked conference champions playing for #16 seeds. The other two involve the four lowest-ranked at-large entries; they most often play for #11 seeds (7 times through 2016), though in the past they have played for #12 (three times), #13 (once), and #14 seeds (once). Confused yet here? (The VCU Rams made history in the very first year of the First Four's existence, going all the way from the First Four to the Final Four.)

The first two rounds (which were called the second and third rounds from 2011–2015) are hosted by eight different cities, including some with NBA teams, in traditional arenas. Four more cities host the Sweet Sixteen and the Elite Eight, and one more hosts the Final Four, which consists of the semifinals and the championship game. Nearly universally, games from the Sweet Sixteen down are hosted in cities with indoor football stadiums converted to host a basketball game with 70,000+ seats. From 1946 to 1981, there was also a third-place game.

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Until 1975, only the conference champions proceeded to the NCAA tournament, until #2 NC State beat #4 Maryland in the 1974 ACC tournament, where only one could advance. It was realized that many very good teams were being left out, and at-large invitations began being added (this also led to the decline of the NIT). Since then, the base of the tournament structure has involved up to 68 teams divided into four groups and seeded within each group (Originally 32 teams, in 1979 it was expanded to 48 teams, expanded to 64 in 1984, 65 in 2001, and the current 68 in 2011. Number 1 plays number 16, 2 plays 15, and so on. The tournament added a play-in game, in which two small schools play for a 16th seed, in 2001. Since 2011, there has been a new series of four games, the First Four, held in Dayton, Ohio. Two of the games feature the four lowest-ranked conference champions playing for #16 seeds. The other two involve the four lowest-ranked at-large entries; they most often play for #11 seeds (7 (9 times through 2016), 2017), though in the past they have played for #12 (three times), #13 (once), and #14 seeds (once). Confused yet here? (The VCU Rams made history in the very first year of the First Four's existence, going all the way from the First Four to the Final Four.)

The first two rounds (which were called the second and third rounds from 2011–2015) are hosted by eight different cities, including some with NBA teams, in traditional arenas. Four more cities host the Sweet Sixteen and the Elite Eight, and one more hosts the Final Four, which consists of the semifinals and the championship game. Nearly universally, games from the Sweet Sixteen down are hosted in cities with indoor football stadiums converted to host a basketball game with 70,000+ seats. From 1946 to 1981, there was also a third-place game, and until 1975 each ''regional'' also had a third-place game.



''University of Southern California'': USC, or the Women of Troy. At their peak in the mid-80s, their stars included the [=McGee=] twins, Pamela and Paula (if you're an NBA geek, you might recognize Pamela's son [=JaVale=]), Cheryl Miller (if you follow basketball at all, you probably recognize her kid brother Reggie), and Cynthia Cooper. They had a renaissance in the mid-90s, then faded out. Cooper was their head coach for four seasons until resigning after the 2016–17 season.

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''University of Southern California'': USC, or the Women of Troy. At their peak in the mid-80s, their stars included the [=McGee=] twins, Pamela and Paula (if you're an NBA geek, you might recognize Pamela's son [=JaVale=]), Cheryl Miller (if you follow basketball at all, you probably recognize her kid brother Reggie), and Cynthia Cooper. They had a renaissance in the mid-90s, then faded out. Cooper was their head coach for four seasons until resigning stepping down after the 2016–17 season.



''Note'': The first year of the WNBA had only one championship game, where winner takes all. After that, the WNBA had a best of three series until 2005, where the championship is won in a best of five series. Also, keep in mind that the WNBA begins their season in the middle of the year.

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''Note'': The first year of the WNBA had only one championship game, where winner takes all. After that, the WNBA had a best of three best-of-three series until 2005, where when the championship is won in a best of five series. series became best-of-five. Also, keep in mind that the WNBA begins their season in the middle of the year.
year. Also, since 2016, the league has not used conference affiliation to determine playoff spots; the top eight teams in the regular season, regardless of conference, make the playoffs. (The 2016 playoffs, the first under the current system, saw two Western Conference teams make the finals.)
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* Point forward – A forward who has strong enough ballhandling skills and basketball IQ to be able to run a team's offense.
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* Stretch four – Combination of power forward and small forward. The concept is that of a power forward ("four") able to "stretch" a defense by being able to sink three-pointers.

There's a lot more to this than can be gone into depth - [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} TheOtherWiki]] has a long, detailed article on basketball's history.

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* Stretch four – Combination of power forward and small forward. The concept is that of a power forward ("four") able to "stretch" a defense by being able to sink three-pointers.

shoot from outside; all leagues award three points instead of the standard two for shots taken behind a designated line on the floor.

There's a lot more to this than can be gone into depth - [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} TheOtherWiki]] The Other Wiki]] has a long, detailed article on basketball's history.
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Basketball is played with five people on each team: the Point Guard, the Shooting Guard, the Center, the Small Forward, and the Power Forward.

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Basketball is played with five people on each team: team. Canonically, the positions are Point Guard, the Shooting Guard, the Center, the Small Forward, and the Power Forward.
Forward. In play diagrams, these individuals are often designated by numbers—point guard 1, shooting guard 2, small forward 3, power forward 4, center 5. However, the boundaries between many of these positions have become increasingly blurred in recent years. Many teams below the professional level choose to play three or even four guards, with the remaining player(s) considered simply "frontcourt" players. The most common positional "blurs" are:
* Swingman or wing – Combination of small forward and shooting guard.
* Forward-center – Almost ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin; this is almost always someone who can play power forward or center.
* Combo guard or lead guard – Capable of playing both guard positions.
* Stretch four – Combination of power forward and small forward. The concept is that of a power forward ("four") able to "stretch" a defense by being able to sink three-pointers.



* '''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—Rookie 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" (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.)

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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—Rookie 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" (i.e., power forward who shot threes well enough to force defenses to guard her beyond the arc), 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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''University of Southern California'': USC, or the Women of Troy. At their peak in the mid-80s, their stars included the [=McGee=] twins, Pamela and Paula (if you're an NBA geek, you might recognize Pamela's son [=JaVale=]), Cheryl Miller (if you follow basketball at all, you probably recognize her kid brother Reggie), and Cynthia Cooper. They had a renaissance in the mid-90s, then faded out. Cooper is now their head coach.

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''University of Southern California'': USC, or the Women of Troy. At their peak in the mid-80s, their stars included the [=McGee=] twins, Pamela and Paula (if you're an NBA geek, you might recognize Pamela's son [=JaVale=]), Cheryl Miller (if you follow basketball at all, you probably recognize her kid brother Reggie), and Cynthia Cooper. They had a renaissance in the mid-90s, then faded out. Cooper is now was their head coach.
coach for four seasons until resigning after the 2016–17 season.



''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including winning streaks of 90 and ''100'' games that each encompassed parts of three seasons (the second of these is still 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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''Connecticut'': The [=UConn=] Huskies hit the national scene like a freight train in 1995 with an undefeated season—the first of six, including winning streaks of 90 and ''100'' ''over 100'' games that each encompassed parts of three seasons (the second of these is still 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.



''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). 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 During [[FanNickname EDD's]] arrival, time in Chicago, their flameouts have come came in the playoffs (first-round exit, swept in the Finals, first-round exit, second-round exit). And now EDD is she's off to Washington...



''Washington Mystics'': Founded in 1998, named for the Washington Wizards. The FanNickname Mystakes has come up for their incredible knack for screwing things up. Despite this, they have a pretty strong attendance record (several "Attendance Championship" banners were once raised on their arena's rafters). Home of a very BrokenBase.


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''Washington Mystics'': Founded in 1998, named for the Washington Wizards. The FanNickname Mystakes has come up for their incredible knack for screwing things up. Despite this, they have a pretty strong attendance record (several "Attendance Championship" banners were once raised on their arena's rafters). Home of a very BrokenBase.

BrokenBase, though EDD's arrival plus other roster upgrades for the 2017 season are starting to give the fans hope.




''Los Angeles Sparks'': DesignatedAntagonist for many fans. One of the inaugural franchises, founded in 1997. The only one with a NonIndicativeName of any kind, as their name comes from a secretary watching a welder (and the lack of a feminine equivalent to Lakers). Sometimes called [[FanNickname Sporks or Sharks]] by opposing fans. Two-time champions. This team was captained by basketball legend Lisa Leslie, who made WNBA history in 2011 by becoming the first alumna to become part owner of a team.

''Minnesota Lynx'': Founded in 1999, named as a counterpart to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Survived several rough seasons to stockpile approximately a metric crapton of young talent that is as of 2011 paying dividends. Once they picked up collegiate superstar Maya Moore and hometown hero Lindsay Whalen, [[TookALevelInBadass momentum immediately began to shift in their direction]]. Finally won a title in 2011. They made it back to the Finals in 2013 and won their second title by beating the same team they faced in 2011, the Atlanta Dream. They won their third title in five years when they beat the Indiana Fever in 2015, officially becoming a dynasty.

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''Los Angeles Sparks'': DesignatedAntagonist for many fans. One of the inaugural franchises, founded in 1997. The only one with a NonIndicativeName of any kind, as their name comes from a secretary watching a welder (and the lack of a feminine equivalent to Lakers). Sometimes called [[FanNickname Sporks or Sharks]] by opposing fans. Two-time Three-time and currently reigning champions. This team was captained by basketball legend Lisa Leslie, who made WNBA history in 2011 by becoming the first alumna to become part owner of a team.

''Minnesota Lynx'': Founded in 1999, named as a counterpart to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Survived several rough seasons to stockpile approximately a metric crapton of young talent that is as of 2011 paying dividends.has paid dividends since 2011. Once they picked up collegiate superstar Maya Moore and hometown hero Lindsay Whalen, [[TookALevelInBadass momentum immediately began to shift in their direction]]. Finally won a title in 2011. They made it back to the Finals in 2013 and won their second title by beating the same team they faced in 2011, the Atlanta Dream. They won their third title in five years when they beat the Indiana Fever in 2015, officially becoming a dynasty.



* '''Cynthia Cooper''': The league's first MVP and a member of both the Naismith and Women's Halls of Fame. A sixth woman at USC, she honed her skills in Italy before being assigned to the Houston Comets and proceeding to heck everyone's garbage up on her way to four straight titles before retiring in 2000. Her single-game scoring record (44) in the inaugural season stood for ten years. An all-around threat, though not a great pro coach. After coaching at a number of other colleges, she is now the head coach at her alma mater of USC.

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* '''Cynthia Cooper''': The league's first MVP and a member of both the Naismith and Women's Halls of Fame. A sixth woman at USC, she honed her skills in Italy before being assigned to the Houston Comets and proceeding to heck everyone's garbage up on her way to four straight titles before retiring in 2000. Her single-game scoring record (44) in the inaugural season stood for ten years. An all-around threat, though not a great pro coach. After coaching at a number of other colleges, she is now the head coach She's since gone into college coaching, most recently at her alma mater of USC.
USC before stepping down after the 2016–17 season.



* '''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. As noted earlier, now has the league's top-selling jersey.

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* '''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. As noted earlier, now Now has the league's top-selling jersey.
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