The WNBA begain in 1997 with 8 teams, New York Liberty, Los Angeles Sparks, Charlotte Bobcats, Clevland Rockets, Utah Starzz, Sacramento Monarchs, Phoenix Mercury and the Washington Mystics. all the teams where affiliated with the NBA clubs in the same city.
THe Houston Comets won the first four WNBA Chmapionships behind Cheryl Swoops, Tina Thompson, and Cynthia Cooper. the Los Angeles Sparks won the next two behind Lisa Leslie, and Detroit the latest one behind Ruth Riley, Swin Cash, and Cheryl Ford.
Two WNBA allstars have had father who played in the NBA, Indiana Fever's Natalie Williams who's father Nat Williams played for the Indiana Pacers, and Utah Jazz, and who was head coach of the Sacramento Kings; and Detroits standout Chery Ford, who's father is NBA Legend and Hall-of-Famer Karl Malone.
The WNBA has had financial struggles in the last few years with several teams relocating or disbanding. The future of the league is still undecided but it could last for several more seasons.
Many people do not realize that long before there was the WNBA, there was a woman who attempted to join the ranks of professional basketball. six-foot-three Lusia Harris of Delta State University was taken in the seventh round of the 1977 NBA draft by the New Orleans Jazz. The pick was well deserving. Harris is still one of the greatest center to ever play women's college basketball.
She was a three-time All American at Delta State,Four-time All-State, All-Region, team MVP and team high scorer. She set a then record of 58 points in a game.