- On April 22, 1998, the WNBA announced they would add two expansion teams (Minnesota and the Orlando Miracle) for the 1999 season. The team was officially named the Minnesota Lynx on December 5, 1998. The Lynx started their inaugural season in 1999 with 12,122 fans in attendance to watch the first regular-season game against the Detroit Shock at Target Center. The Lynx defeated ...
- The 2011 WNBA season is the 15th season of the Women’s National Basketball Association. The regular season began on June 3 with the Los Angeles Sparks hosting the Minnesota Lynx, featuring 2011 WNBA Draft top pick Maya Moore, in a game televised on NBA TV. Four games followed the next day, with the marquee matchup, televised on ABC, featuring the defending champion Seattle Storm and the Phoenix Mercury in Seattle. The Minnesota Lynx finished the regular season ...
- The 2013 WNBA season was the 17th season of the Women’s National Basketball Association. The regular season began on May 24, and playoffs concluded on October 10. The Minnesota Lynx won their second league championship, defeating the Atlanta Dream three games to none in the 2013 WNBA Finals. The year represented a positive turning point for the long-struggling league. Both ...
- The 2015 WNBA season was the 19th season of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The regular season started on June 5 and playoffs concluded on October 14. The Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 69–52 in game five of the Finals on October 14 to clinch a third WNBA title in five years.
- The 2017 WNBA season was the 21st season of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Its regular season began on May 13 with three games, highlighted by the defending WNBA champion Los Angeles Sparks hosting the Seattle Storm. It concluded on September 3. The playoffs began on September 6, and concluded on October 4, with the Minnesota Lynx defeating the Sparks in five games to win their fourth WNBA ...
History of the Lynx
The Minnesota Lynx is a professional Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) basketball team. Founded in 1999, the Lynx has become one of the WNBA's most successful teams. With six conference titles and four championships, they are among only two teams to win multiple championships since 2000.
Since their inception, the Minnesota Lynx have been led by some of women’s basketball’s biggest names. The first head coach was Brian Agler, who served from 1999-2002 and won two conference titles with them. He was followed by Suzie McConnell Serio, who coached for seven years from 2003-2009 and took home three more conference titles and a championship title during her time with them. From 2011-2018 Cheryl Reeve became head coach, leading her team to five straight playoff appearances, including four consecutive finals appearances which resulted in three additional championship wins, making it an impressive total of four overall championships for this historic franchise!
Under Head Coach Ryan Saunders, at just 30 years old, he is officially tied with Reeve as the youngest coach ever hired into league history! Since then, Saunders has continued building up this already successful franchise, bringing back veterans such as Sylvia Fowles and adding new talent to build upon what has already been established within these past twenty-plus years! As we look forward to future seasons, there is no doubt that fans can expect nothing less than greatness out of their beloved Minnesota Lynx organization each year in the future.
1999 – Present / Women’s National Basketball Association
1999 – Present / Minnesota Lynx
Lynx – The Minnesota Lynx are among the most successful teams in the WNBA, having won four championships since their inception in 1999. But where did they get their name? It turns out that it has some exciting origins!
The team’s original owner, Harvey Ratner, chose “Lynx” as a tribute to Minnesota's rich Native American heritage. The lynx is an animal native to North America and was seen by many of its indigenous peoples as a symbol of strength and power. This idea resonated with Ratner, who wanted his team to be decisive on the court just like its namesake animal was powerful off it!
In addition to being symbolic for Native Americans, the lynx also had special meaning for Minnesotans at large: when settlers first came into contact with local Ojibwe tribes during fur trading expeditions in 17th-century Canada-Minnesota borderlands regions (including present-day Wisconsin), they observed how these people hunted using packs composed entirely of female animals—namely wolves and lynxes—to track down prey more effectively than if males were included. So not only does this nickname have historical significance but also practical hunting applications, which makes it even more unique!
Since then, Lynxs fans have embraced their nickname proudly – both because it honors Minnesota's proud history while simultaneously representing power on the basketball court today – making them one of WNBA's most iconic franchises ever since 1999.
WNBA Championships 4
2017, 2015, 2013, 2011
1999 – Present / Target Center
2016 – 2017 / Xcel Energy Center
1999 – Present / Glen Taylor
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