#TBT: As WNBA playoffs unfold on ESPN Networks, here’s a snapshot of what the league looked like long ago

(Photo credit: Steve Friedman)
(Photo credit: Steve Friedman)

They’ve got next! When the likes of current WNBA stars such as Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, Maya Moore and Angel McCoughtry were schoolchildren, the women pictured above were paving the way for the league in its infancy. When this picture was taken in 1997, Robin Roberts (in white suit) was an ESPN commentator. Even as a Good Morning America anchor on ABC and espnW contributor today, she’s still an avid WNBA supporter.

In this vintage photo – selected for the debut of Front Row’s Throwback Thursday (#TBT) feature – Roberts is flanked by WNBA players (l-r) Bridgette Gordon, Michelle Edwards, Jennifer Gillom, Lady Hardman-Grooms, Andrea Stinson and Cynthia Cooper.

ESPN2’s exclusive coverage of the 2013 WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Finals Presented by Boost Mobile begins tonight at 7 p.m.

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