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Rookies helping run the show in WNBA

Updated: August 3, 2002, 11:29 AM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

No offense to Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes, but the WNBA's last two draft classes represent the next evolution of women's basketball. The existing stars have earned their place in history by getting the league off the ground, and many of them will be headlining all-star teams for seasons to come.

But the rookies of 2001 and 2002 are the first generation born and bred on the WNBA. Mere days before Jackie Stiles arrived in Springfield, Mo., for her freshman year at Southwest Missouri State, ...

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