Women call the shots at WNBA finals

Bill was great for me. I was so comfortable being myself. I could say whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to say it, without repercussions. I didn’t always have that. I kind of got conditioned away from that. The flood gates opened. Now I am who I am.”

After a rough first season filled with injuries, Reeve won coach of the year honors this year for leading the Lynx on a dominant run. They beat San Antonio and Phoenix in the playoffs to get to the finals, where more than 15,000 fans cheered them to victory in Game 1.

“She’s tough,” Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen said. “You can tell the type of player that she was, tough, hard-nosed. That’s how we play. We really feed off of her and wait for her key. We’re always following her lead and she’s definitely tough. We all love playing for her.”

Reeve said the fact that both teams are coached by women “is a nice aside” to the main story of the championship, but Dream guard Lindsey Harding said not so fast.

“That’s how it should be!” Harding hollered playfully. “I think it’s great. 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.

“For young girls to not only see us on the court playing, but to know that they have the opportunity, whether they play or not, that they could learn the game well enough to teach it at a professional level, that’s huge.”


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