SportsNation Blog Archives Briann January
The 2014 WNBA playoffs open Thursday, and if the past is any indication, we're about to see some special moments. But before we forge ahead, we ask: Which are the best moments in league history? Here's espnW's top 10; now it's your turn:
Rank: WNBA Playoff Moments
Spoon's 'prayer' answered
New York's Teresa Weatherspoon banks in a half-court heave at the buzzer to keep the series alive against Houston in the 1999 WNBA Finals.
3 for 10
The Houston Comets defeat the New York Liberty for the franchise's third consecutive league championship and dedicate the win teammate Kim Perrot, who died from cancer a few weeks before the Finals in 1999.
L.A. rookie seals the deal
With the score tied against the Liberty, Sparks rookie Nikki Teasley sinks a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left to help Los Angeles repeat at WNBA champion in 2002.
Shock's worst to first
After having the worst record in the league in 2002, the Shock bounce back after the hiring of coach Bill Laimbeer and beat the two-time defending champion L.A. Sparks in the 2003 WNBA Finals.
B-Money comes up big
Betty Lennox lives up to her "B-Money" nickname, dropping 27 points to help lead the Storm to a 67-65 victory over the Sun in Game 2 of the 2004 WNBA Finals.
San Antonio's Sophia Young knocks down a 14-foot turnaround jumper at the buzzer to help keep the Stars' playoff hopes alive against the Sparks in Game 2 of the 2008 WNBA Western Conference finals.
Phoenix and Indiana launched the 2009 WNBA Finals with the highest-scoring game in league history, with the Mercury prevailing 120-116 in overtime.
Angel outduels Cappie
Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry and New York's Cappie Pondexter both put on superstar shows, combining for a total of 78 points in Game 2 of the 2010 Eastern Conference finals. McCoughtry's Dream prevailed 105-93 to make the franchise's first trip to the WNBA Finals.
Indiana's Briann January misses a transition layup in the closing seconds of Game 2 of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals, but saves the ball to Shavonte Zellous, who drills a game-winning shot to tie the series.
Minnesota's Maya Moore scored 23 points in the Game 3 of the 2013 WNBA Finals, beating Atlanta and securing the Lynx's second title in the same arena where Moore had won three state high school championships.