WNBA First: Female Coaches Face Off in Finals

Only one woman-led team has taken the title in league history.

By Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

She coaches, she scores!

For the first time ever, the teams in the WNBA championship series are both led by a female coach, meaning a team coached by a woman will win the league title for only the second time in the WNBA's 14-year history, the Associated Press reports.

Cheryl Reeve’s Minnesota Lynx lead the series 1-0, over Marynell Meadors’ Atlanta Dream. Game 2 of the best-of-five series is tonight.

“It tells you exactly how far the women's game has come and how far the women that are in this league as head coaches or assistant coaches have come, because it used to be all men,” Meadors says to the AP.

Lindsey Harding, a guard for the Dream, tells the news service this is just as it should be.

“I think it's great,” she says. “You have two strong women who know the game extremely well and have worked hard to bring these programs up. I'd like to say it doesn't matter, because it doesn't. But as a woman, myself, I'm proud of that.”

We are too. Game on!

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First Published October 5, 2011

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