In 1998: The Starzz draft Margo Dydek, the tallest player in WNBA history at 7 ft. 2 in., with the first overall pick in the WNBA Draft. They also draft Olympia Scott, LaTonya Johnson and Tricia Bader. They trade Lady Hardmon to Sacramento for Chantel Tremitiere and Karen Booker to Houston for Fran Harris. They improve slightly to an 8-22 ...
In 1999: The Starzz make some changes to their coaching staff, hiring Fred Williams as their head coach and Candi Harvey as their assistant coach. They also sign free agent Jennifer Azzi, a former Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion. They draft Natalie Williams, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and former Utah native, with the third overall pick in the ...
In 2000: The Starzz continue to improve, finishing with an 18-14 record, their first winning season in franchise history. They make the playoffs for the first time as the fifth seed in the Western Conference. They face the Los Angeles Sparks in the first round, but lose two games to none. Williams is named to the All-WNBA First Team for ...
In 2001: The Starzz have another successful season, finishing with a 19-13 record, their best ever. They make the playoffs for the second time as the third seed in the Western Conference. They face the Sacramento Monarchs in the first round, but are swept two games to none. Williams is named to the All-WNBA Second Team
No local ownership was found, so in 2002, the Starzz announced their intentions to move out of Salt Lake City. On December 5, 2002, the Utah Starzz was bought by Spurs Sports & Entertainment, and it was announced that the Starzz would move immediately to San Antonio and change their nickname to the Silver Stars.
History of the Starzz
The Utah Starzz has a long and storied history in the WNBA. The team was founded in 1997 during the league's inaugural season. It became one of its original eight teams alongside some now-legendary franchises like the Houston Comets and New York Liberty.
Since then, they've had their fair share of success on the court - making it to playoffs three times between 1998 and 2002 under head coach Denise Taylor. They also made waves off the court with several high-profile signings, such as Margo Dydek (the first international player signed by any WNBA franchise) and Natalie Williams (who became an All-Star).
Sadly for fans, things didn't last forever; after just seven seasons playing out from Salt Lake City's Delta Center Arena, financial difficulties forced them to relocate to San Antonio before 2003, where they were rebranded as the Silver Stars for another four years before eventually folding altogether in 2007 due largely due lackluster attendance figures at home games.
Nevertheless though, despite their short lifespan Utah Starzz remain an essential part of women’s basketball history - serving not only as trailblazers but also inspiring other upstart teams who followed behind them over subsequent decades such that today we can enjoy watching top-level female athletes compete around North America every summer!
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1997 – Present / Women’s National Basketball Association
2018 – Present / Las Vegas Aces
2014 – 2017 / San Antonio Stars
2002 – 2013 / San Antonio Silver Stars
1997 – 2002 / Utah Starzz
Starzz – As a sports fan, you may be familiar with the Utah Starzz of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). But do you know where their nickname comes from? The name “Starzz” has an interesting origin story rooted in basketball and astronomy.
When the team was first established as part of WNBA expansion in 1997, they were known as the Utah Starzz—a nod to their home state's connection to space exploration. This made sense given that nearby Salt Lake City houses several major astronomical research facilities, including NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Brigham Young University and The University of Utah Astronomy Department. In addition, many people associate stars with success or excellence – something all teams aspire for!
The logo also reflects this theme: it features three stars arranged into a triangle shape which represent each player on a basketball court working together towards victory; while also paying homage to Salt Lake City’s position among other celestial cities such as Los Angeles and Phoenix who are represented by star-shaped logos too! Finally, when viewed from above, these three points form an even larger star—a symbol of hope within our community here in Utah.
So next time you cheer on your favorite team - whether professional or amateur - take some time to appreciate how much thought went into creating its unique identity! Who knows what kind of inspiration lies behind those creative nicknames we often hear?
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2018 – Present / Mandalay Bay Events Center
2003 – 2017 / AT&T Center
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1997 – 2002 / Delta Center
2018 – Present / MGM Resorts International
2003 – 2017 / Peter Holt
1997 – 2002 / Larry H. Miller
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