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WNBA season wrap: 2016 showcased league's talent

The WNBA's 20th anniversary season opened with a lot of reflection, but 2016 will most be remembered for how it ended, with a thrilling WNBA Finals and a successful new playoff format.

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WNBA players turn to N. Ogwumike as union prez

New WNBA players' union president Nneka Ogwumike succeeds Tamika Catchings, who held the role since 2004 before retiring from the league at the end of this past season.

Parker on title: 'This is for Pat' (0:27)
Ogwumike dedicates WNBA title to Parker (1:07)
Magic had words of wisdom for Sparks before Game 5 (1:26)
Nneka on what motivated her this season (3:26)
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Louisville leads way in early recruiting class rankings

First thing you need to know: These rankings are far from final. But with three weeks to go until the NCAA early signing period for women's basketball, Louisville, Stanford and Connecticut are looking good.

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Parker, Ogwumike power Sparks past Lynx

Once they became Sparks teammates, Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike believed they could help each other win a title. Friday, their 45 points put L.A. a victory away from a WNBA championship.

Sparks' Beard hits game-winning jumper to take Game 1 of finals (0:30)
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Maya Moore: Leader of the pack

Maya Moore - a fan of Lecrae and Twitter and the 'dancing woman' emoji, is with her Lynx in back-to-back WNBA Finals

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Lynx take aim at history, fourth WNBA title

The Comets have always been the standard-bearer in the WNBA after winning the first four titles in league history. But Minnesota can match Houston if it gets by L.A. in the 2016 WNBA Finals.

NY Liberty team with anti-domestic violence campaign (0:30)