WNBA commissioner Laurel Richie hopes the U.S. women's basketball team winning gold means more eyes will be on her league in the second half of the season and into the playoffs.
Abby Wambach's heroics. Lexi Thompson's breakthrough. Minnesota's revival. Those are just a few of our top sports moments from 2011.
Lindsay Whalen is at the height of her basketball skills and has had an MVP-type of year in the WNBA. And after returning home to Minnesota in 2010, she again breathed life into the state -- and women's basketball.