Harding won the 2007 Naismith Player of the Year award while at Duke. Harding wouldn’t be the first naturalized player to compete for another nation.June 21, 1997 The New York Liberty and the Los Angeles Sparks tip-off the first WNBA game at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles.
Winning streak comprises Lobos 35-0 senior season at the University of Connecticut, 60-0 as member of U. April 22, 1998 The league announces the addition of expansion teams in Orlando and Minnesota for the 1999 season, bringing the total number of teams to 12.
With an eye toward continued adaptability to the changing women's basketball environment and building upon the success of the USA Basketball Women's National Team program, USA Basketball on March 6, 2007, announced the first 21 members of the 2007-08 USA Women's National Team.
The initial group of seasoned veterans and rising stars, along with talented additions to the pool that expanded to 29 members by Oct.
29, 2007, would train together over the next two years in an effort to be fully prepared to defend the USA's string of three consecutive Olympic gold medals in Beijing.
Beginning with its 2007 Tour of Italy, the USA coaching staff, headed by then-Seattle Storm head coach Anne Donovan, and rounded out by University of Texas head coach Gail Goestenkors, University of South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley and Connecticut Sun head coach Mike Thibault, put their plan into place over the course of seven training camps that saw various versions of the USA National Team compete in Italy; Trenton, N.