As part of the WNBA's celebration of its 15-year history, a panel of league executives has picked out the 15 greatest moments. They will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Friday on NBA-TV.
Fans will be able to vote on their favorite on wnba.com through Sept. 13. Moments finishing Nos. 15 through 6 will be shown during the first two rounds of the playoffs, moments Nos. 5-1 during the WNBA finals, starting Oct. 2.
Who are these execs? I want to know. No Lynx highlights. What an outrage.
OK, the Lynx don't exactly how a rich WNBA history. They have appeared in the playoffs only twice in 12 years and won one playoff game in their history.
But they have been involved in the highest scoring WNBA game which ended in regulation. It was with Phoenix this season. The Mercury beat the Lynx 112-105 on July 13 at Target Center.
The Lynx also had two players reach 3,000 points in the same game, Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen. Teammates have never done before. It happened Aug. 9 in an 85-80 loss at Phoenix.
Listed in chronological order are the 15 nominees for the greatest moment in WNBA history:
Jun. 21, 1997: The WNBA tips-off its first game. A national TV audience sees the Los Angeles Sparks host the New York Liberty. Guard Penny Toler of the Sparks records the first basket in WNBA history.
Aug. 16, 1999: In an emotional game, Houston Comet Cynthia Cooper scores 42 vs. Utah as her friend and teammate, Kim Perrot, was nearing the end of her battle with cancer.
Sep. 4, 1999: Teresa Weatherspoon of the Liberty hits a miraculous, half-court shot at the buzzer to win Game 2 of The Finals, sending the series to a deciding game.
Jul. 30, 2002: Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie throws down the first dunk in WNBA history in the first half of a game vs. the Miami Sol.
Aug. 13, 2002: Edna Campbell of the Sacramento Monarchs makes a triumphant return to the court after battling breast cancer. Her first basket on a fast break is a truly inspirational moment.
Aug. 31, 2002: Nikki Teasley, a Los Angeles Sparks rookie, hits a game-winning, 3-point shot in the final seconds to give LA the 2002 WNBA championship over the New York Liberty at Staples Center.
Jul. 12, 2003: During the WNBA All-Star Game, Seattle’s Sue Bird caps off a fast break with a spectacular, no-look pass between her legs to Lauren Jackson, who scores an uncontested lay-up.
Sep. 16, 2003: In Game 3 of The WNBA Finals, Detroit’s Deanna Nolan’s 3-pointer in the final minute vs. the Los Angeles Sparks seals the title for the Shock, who complete a “worst- to- first” turnaround in just one season.
Jul. 10, 2006: Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi scores a WNBA record 47 points in a 111-110 triple-overtime victory over the Houston Comets.
Sep. 27, 2008: San Antonio forward Sophia Young hits a shot at the buzzer to lift the Silver Stars to a 67-66 win over the visiting Los Angeles Sparks and force a deciding Game 3 in the Western Conference Finals.
Oct. 3, 2008: Los Angeles Sparks forward/center Candace Parker is named league MVP, the first time in the WNBA's 12 seasons that a rookie earns the award. Parker also won Rookie of the Year honors the same day.
Sep. 29, 2009: In Game 1 of The WNBA Finals, Phoenix defeats Indiana 120-116. The 236 combined points makes it the highest scoring WNBA game to that point in history.
Aug. 1, 2010: United States President Barack Obama attends a Washington Mystics game at the Verizon Center with daughter Sasha. It marks the first time a U.S. President attends a WNBA game.
Aug. 8, 2010: Los Angeles Sparks forward Tina Thompson breaks Lisa Leslie's WNBA career scoring record. Thompson surpassed Leslie's career total of 6,263 points with a 16-foot jump shot vs. San Antonio.
Sep. 7, 2010: In the Eastern Conference Finals, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry nets a playoff record 42 points. The 36 points by New York’s Cappie Pondexter make it is the most points by two players in a WNBA postseason game.
Which event would you rate as the greatest moment?
It's tough to pick one great moment. My top three:
1. Detroit going from worst to first in 2003
2. Angel McCoughtry scoring a WNBA playoff record 42 points as Atlanta beat NY Liberty 105-93; Cappie Pondexter of the Liberty scored 36 points.
3. Taurasi's 47 points in a triple-OT win for Phoenix