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.Sparks guard Penny Toler scores the leagues first basket at . June 23, 1997 Utah Starzz becomes first team to pass the 100-point mark in a 102-89 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks. August 30, 1997 The Houston Comets become the first WNBA Champions, employing the unstoppable Cynthia Cooper and a suffocating defense for a 65-51 victory over the New York Liberty at The Summit.In Game 1 at Madison Square Garden, Cooper converts a crucial three-point play with 25.4 seconds remaining to push the Comets lead to five.In Game 2, she scores six of her 25 points in overtime and nine of Houstons final 18 points.July 17, 2000 The West defeats the East 73-61 at the 2000 WNBA All-Star Game, hosted by the Phoenix Mercury at America West Arena. August 25, 2000 Cleveland Rockers guard Suzie Mc Connell Serio is named the recipient of the first Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award presented by American General, named in honor of Houstons Kim Perrot, who died of cancer in 1999.August 26, 2000 Cynthia Cooper turns in a clutch performance to earn her fourth WNBA Finals MVP as the Houston Comets claim fourth straight title by defeating the New York Liberty.
July 7, 2001 Minnesota Lynx guard Katie Smith sets the WNBA single-game scoring record with a 46-point performance, including six three-pointers, in a 100-95 overtime loss to Los Angeles.
August 11, 2001 Los Angeles becomes the first team to go undefeated at home for an entire season, finishing 16-0 at the STAPLES Center.
August 27, 2001 The Charlotte Sting, after dropping the opener of the Eastern Conference Finals at home, go into Madison Square Garden and take both games against the Liberty to derail New Yorks hopes of making a third consecutive trip to the WNBA Finals.
September 4, 1999 New York Liberty guard Teresa Weatherspoon nails a shot from beyond the midcourt line with 2.4 seconds remaining to give the Liberty a 68-67 victory over the Houston Comets in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals.
The shot sends the series to a decisive Game 3, which the Comets win to claim their third straight WNBA title.