The 2014 WNBA Finals begin Sunday when the Chicago Sky visits the Phoenix Mercury for Game 1 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC) of a best-of-five series.
No doubt the stars of the Sky and Mercury will supply plenty of show-stopping plays. But what have been the best moments in WNBA playoff history?
Sixteen previous WNBA postseasons have provided a number of incredible behind-the-back passes, come-from-behind victories and games for the ages. Choosing just 10 to compose espnW’s Top 10 WNBA Playoff Moments took a collaborative effort with ESPN’s television production team working in coordination with the espnW editorial staff.
Former New York Liberty star Teresa Weatherspoon’s game-winning, half-court heave during the 1999 WNBA Finals (see video above) is just one example of the dramatic moments the league’s postseason has provided.
The idea for a Top 10 Moments started with senior coordinating producer Barry Sacks. ESPN Vice President, Multimedia Strategy & Integration, Carol Stiff, then used her vast WNBA knowledge to select some standout moments. For Stiff, picking some of the top moments in WNBA history was easy; whittling them down to just 10 proved to be a more difficult task.
“I’ve been a part of the WNBA on ESPN going all the way back to the first season in 1997,” said Stiff. “There have been many outstanding moments. [espnW general editor] Melanie Jackson and I collaborated in choosing approximately a dozen plays that really stood out to us, which we then shared with a few of our espnW writers for their input. Together we were able to find the top 10 playoff moments.”
The best part? espnW left it up to the fans to vote on the top three, which will be revealed during The Finals, beginning with Game 1.
Rachel Siegal contributed to this post