The WNBA20-themed issue of ESPN The Magazine

On June 21, 1997, Los Angeles hosted New York at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California, in the first game in WNBA history, a 67-57 Liberty victory.

Since then, the WNBA has grown from "We Got Next" to the best women's professional basketball league in the world. And now, the WNBA is turning 20.

As the 2016 season nears, espnW will continue to look back at the league's history and focus on the current stars and storylines.

Check back for all the latest profiles, and be sure to pick up the WNBA20-themed issue of ESPN The Magazine, on sale May 13. The season tips off May 14 (ESPN, 7:30 p.m. ET).