The Las Vegas Aces begin play in May
The WNBA announced in mid-December that Las Vegas is getting a professional women basketball team, the Aces.
The team was founded in Salt Lake City, Utah, as the Utah Starzz in the leagues inaugural 1997 season, then moved to San Antonio before the 2003 season and became the San Antonio Silver Stars, and then the San Antonio Stars in 2014. The Las Vegas Aces, as they are now called, will be playing their home games at the Mandalay Bay Events Center starting Sunday, May 27th.
This news is amazing, as I have been a fan of the WNBA since its start in 1997 and a fan of women’s basketball for even longer. I first started watching women’s college basketball in the mid-90’s and was a huge fan of the Tennessee Lady Vols. Pat Summitt was their coach and always had a powerhouse groups of players. One of my favorites included “the three meeks”, Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings, and Semeka Randall.They led Tennessee to a record of 39-0 and won the national championship in 1998. It was spectacular team to watch.
When the WNBA started I became a fan of the Houston Comets. This team was loaded with talent. Some of my favorite players on the team were Tina Thompson, Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes, and Janeth Arcain. The Comets was unstoppable. They won the WNBA championship the first four years of the league existence.
I loved watching the WNBA so much that I used to pay for a league pass on cable tv to watch every game. It was great. I continued the league pass subscription for a few years and truly enjoyed it.
Unfortunately, things started to change. I began to raise a family and and could not afford to pay for the league pass anymore. At this point in my life, every dollar mattered. Because of this, I did not have the opportunity to watch many WNBA games. Also, the Houston Comets lost some of my favorite players and were no longer dominating like they used to. Shortly after, I began to lose interest in the WNBA.
Luckily, I still had women’s college basketball and the Lady Vols to watch. They always had great seasons and seemed to battling against Connecticut for the championship every year.
However, things changed, again.
Pat Summitt, the legendary college basketball coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, who accrued 1,098 career wins, the most in NCAA basketball history, stopped coaching in 2012 because of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. The team lost their excitement and many more games after Summitt stepped down from her coaching duties. Sadly, Pat Summitt passed away in 2016. The team has not been the same without her.
I did find new excitement in women’s college basketball last year. The UConn women’s Huskies were blowing teams out and were on a 111 game winning streak winning streak until it ended in the Final Four by Mississippi State. Although I can not say I am a fan of the Huskies because they were rivals of the Lady Vols, I can say appreciate their undefeated streak and was glad that I had an opportunity to watch a few of the wins.
The photos in this blog post are a few items that I have collected featuring the Houston Comets from the WNBA. It is amazing that those cereal boxes are over 20 years old, yet a bit disturbing because the cereal is still inside. Yuck!
I welcome the Aces and look forward to you playing in Vegas. I hope that having a WNBA team in Las Vegas will rekindle the love I previously had for the WNBA and women’s basketball.