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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.
24th Sep '16 12:44:55 AM KYCubbie
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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).
29th Jun '16 4:28:39 PM Anddrix
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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 201516[[/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 201516[[/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 201516[[/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 201516[[/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"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...[=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 400 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 400 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"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.

* '''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由upp, 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由upp, 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 201516 school year saw huge upheaval in the program耀even 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猶am 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 (20092014). 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 201516 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猶am 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 (20092014). 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 201516 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 400 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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