They ended up trading Tracy Reid, who they really like, but they feel comfortable with what they got in return. The Miami Sol were a professional women's basketball team that was based in Miami, Florida and entered the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) in 2000. The name played off the Miami area's large Hispanic population and its "brother" NBA team, the Miami Heat. October 14, 1999 ESPN analyst Nancy Lieberman: "The Sol had a great draft, getting Tamara Moore and Lindsey Yamasaki. September 30, 1999 Forward Sharon Manning announces her WNBA retirement after four years in the WNBA and one year with the SOL. June 1, 2000 SOL firsts include: first points by Shantia Owens with an eight-foot jumper, three-point shot by Debbie Black, assist by Black to Marlies Askamp, foul by Umeki Webb, turnover by Shantia Owens, free throw by Katrina Colleton, steal by Askamp, substitution by Milena Flores replacing Black and double-double by Askamp with 13 points and 10 rebounds. September 24, 2001 This is a veteran team with Sheri Sam, Debbie Black, Sandy Brondello and Elena Baranova (although it's still uncertain if she'll be playing this summer). General Manager and Head Coach Ron Rothstein names Tony Fiorentino and Jenny Boucek as assistant coaches and Marynell Meadors as director of scouting. The Miami WNBA acquires its first players through four draft picks and two trades during the WNBA Expansion Draft. ". The oatmeal and orange WNBA basketball is incorporated inside the letter "O." Guard Sheri Sam, who was waived by the Orlando Miracle May 28th, is picked up by SOL prior to game time. The team name -- SOL -- is from the Spanish word meaning "sun." The SOL opens the 2000 season with its first regular season game and first ever home game, facing the expansion Indiana Fever at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The team finished with a franchise record of 48 wins and 48 losses. July 11, 2001 The SOL announces its inaugural season schedule, opening with a nationally televised game against the Indiana Fever on June 1. Miami Sol of the WNBA: Folded But Not Forgotten The Birth of the Miami Sol and First Game in Team History. Players such as Debbie Black, Elena Baranova, Sandy Brondello, Ruth Riley, and Sheri Sam led them to the playoffs in 2001, but lost in the first round to the New York Liberty in three games, the only playoff appearance in franchise history. They got that in Pollyanna Johns Kimbrough. accessing any information beyond this page, you agree to abide by the The Sol really need Brondello and Sam to carry the burden of scoring and to get some additional production on the boards, especially if they lose Baranova, who was last year's leading rebounder. Forward Elena Baranova records 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for the Eastern Conference in her All-Star game debut. HOW THEY'LL WIN: The Sol have a lot of weapons. WHAT THEY NEED: Lieberman: "Miami's needs were a backup point who could score and the Sol tried to accomplish that by trading for Claudia Maria das Neves, who can stretch the defense. May 3, 2000 May 13, 2000 April 25, 2000 The SOL logo uses the traditional Miami HEAT red and yellow to develop the sun with an accent of black for the word "Miami" and around the word "SOL." Miami becomes the only expansion team from 2000 to qualify for the playoffs. The SOL completes its second regular season with a 20-12 record. June 8, 1999 In a nationally televised game on Lifetime, the SOL falls 57-54. The league was founded on April 22, 1996, as the women's "counterpart" to the National Basketball Association (NBA), and league play started in 1997. October 1, 1999 The SOL celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day with players and staff hosting more than 300 students from Miami-Dade County at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The SOL becomes the first 2000 expansion team to reach 10 wins with a 64-51 victory over the Seattle Storm. C. ... Miami will look for someone to fill the void for their All-Star and last season's Bud Light Shooting champion at the free throw line. Riley should step right into the starting five spot and should have a breakout year. The SOL holds open tryouts at Barry University in Miami Shores. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account. Six SOL players visit nine different businesses on "Take Your Daughter to Work Day." Meet the SOL at The Shops at Sunset Place is held for fans to meet with players and coaches, as well as receive autographs. Since the folding of the Miami Sol, former members of the team have found success elsewhere. As a special Father's Day gift to South Florida, the WNBA announces that all baby girls born on Sunday, June 20, in South Florida will receive two season tickets to the inaugural 2000 season. The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league in the United States.It is currently composed of twelve teams. A ring of $5 season tickets encircling the entire lower bowl of the AmericanAirlines Arena is made available to fans looking for the best value in South Florida team sports. Miami Sol. They played their games at American Airlines Arena as the sister team to the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Copyright 2003 WNBA Enterprises, LLC. The SOL plays its first exhibition game in franchise history at Gund Arena against the Cleveland Rockers, dropping a 75-66 decision. November 7, 2000 June 23, 2000 April 14, 2000 Supporters paid $1 per free throw and for every shot they made -- up to five per person -- the Miami WNBA donated $5 to Cancer Link. Guards Debbie Black and Sandy Brondello and forwards Elena Baranova, Lesley Brown, Sharon Manning and Yolanda Moore become the first six Miami WNBA players. Rasmussen should also be ready to play after a stint overseas. If Baranova returns, she will get the start over Kristen Rasmussen at the four. The historic announcement is made at The Old Schoolhouse in Coral Gables where the first female schoolteacher in Miami -- Flora McFarlane -- taught starting in 1889.