WNBA Trivia Quiz Questions and Answers

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1: In what year was the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) founded?

A: 1992

B: 1994

C: 1996

D: 1998

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 1996

Correct Answer Explanation: The WNBA was founded on April 24, 1996, as a women’s counterpart to the NBA.

2: Which team has won the most WNBA championships as of 2024?

A: Los Angeles Sparks

B: Houston Comets

C: Minnesota Lynx

D: Both B and C

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: Both B and C

Correct Answer Explanation: The Houston Comets, Minnesota Lynx, and Seattle Storm all have four championships each.

3: Who is the current commissioner of the WNBA?

A: Val Ackerman

B: Donna Orender

C: Laurel J. Richie

D: Cathy Engelbert

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: Cathy Engelbert

Correct Answer Explanation: Cathy Engelbert has been the commissioner of the WNBA since 2019.

4: Which WNBA team shares an arena with the Brooklyn Nets?

A: Indiana Fever

B: New York Liberty

C: Phoenix Mercury

D: Los Angeles Sparks

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: New York Liberty

Correct Answer Explanation: The New York Liberty shares the Barclays Center with the Brooklyn Nets.

5: How many teams are currently in the WNBA as of the 2024 season?

A: 10

B: 12

C: 14

D: 16

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: 12

Correct Answer Explanation: The WNBA consists of 12 teams as of the 2024 season.

6: What is the name of the in-season tournament introduced by the WNBA in 2021?

A: The Silver Cup

B: The President’s Cup

C: The Commissioner’s Cup

D: The National Cup

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: The Commissioner’s Cup

Correct Answer Explanation: The Commissioner’s Cup is an in-season tournament that began in 2021.

7: Which television network in the United States broadcasts WNBA games?

A: NBC

B: ABC/ESPN

C: Fox Sports

D: TNT

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: ABC/ESPN

Correct Answer Explanation: WNBA games are broadcast on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 in the United States.

8: Who scored the first points in WNBA history?

A: Lisa Leslie

B: Sheryl Swoopes

C: Cynthia Cooper

D: Penny Toler

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: Penny Toler

Correct Answer Explanation: Penny Toler scored the league’s first point in 1997.

9: Which WNBA player has the record for the most career points?

A: Tamika Catchings

B: Diana Taurasi

C: Sue Bird

D: Lisa Leslie

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Diana Taurasi

Correct Answer Explanation: Diana Taurasi holds the record for most career points in the WNBA.

10: What year did the WNBA begin its first season?

A: 1995

B: 1997

C: 1999

D: 2001

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: 1997

Correct Answer Explanation: The WNBA began its first season on June 21, 1997.

11: Which WNBA team is directly associated with the Phoenix Suns NBA team?

A: Atlanta Dream

B: Las Vegas Aces

C: Phoenix Mercury

D: Chicago Sky

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Phoenix Mercury

Correct Answer Explanation: The Phoenix Mercury shares its market with the Phoenix Suns.

12: As of 2024, who won the WNBA championship in 2023?

A: Connecticut Sun

B: Chicago Sky

C: Las Vegas Aces

D: Seattle Storm

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Las Vegas Aces

Correct Answer Explanation: The Las Vegas Aces won the WNBA championship in 2023.

13: Which WNBA player is the first to have three regular-season MVP awards?

A: Diana Taurasi

B: Sheryl Swoopes

C: Lisa Leslie

D: Lauren Jackson

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Sheryl Swoopes

Correct Answer Explanation: Sheryl Swoopes was the first player to win three regular-season MVP awards.

14: Which team disrupted the Houston Comets’ early dominance by winning the 2001 WNBA Finals?

A: Los Angeles Sparks

B: Minnesota Lynx

C: New York Liberty

D: Phoenix Mercury

Correct Answer: A

Correct Answer Text: Los Angeles Sparks

Correct Answer Explanation: The Los Angeles Sparks won the championship in 2001, ending the Comets’ run.

15: In the WNBA, what is the duration of each quarter in a game?

A: 8 minutes

B: 10 minutes

C: 12 minutes

D: 15 minutes

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: 10 minutes

Correct Answer Explanation: Each quarter in a WNBA game is 10 minutes long.

16: Who was the first player signed to the WNBA?

A: Lisa Leslie

B: Rebecca Lobo

C: Sheryl Swoopes

D: Cynthia Cooper

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Sheryl Swoopes

Correct Answer Explanation: Sheryl Swoopes was the first player signed by the WNBA in 1996.

17: Where was the first WNBA game played?

A: Houston

B: New York

C: Los Angeles

D: Chicago

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Los Angeles

Correct Answer Explanation: The first WNBA game was played in Los Angeles where the New York Liberty faced the Los Angeles Sparks.

18: How many games do WNBA teams play in a regular season?

A: 28

B: 34

C: 36

D: 40

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: 40

Correct Answer Explanation: Each WNBA team plays a total of 40 games in the regular season starting from 2023.

19: Who became the first player to dunk in a WNBA game?

A: Candace Parker

B: Brittney Griner

C: Lisa Leslie

D: Tamika Catchings

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Lisa Leslie

Correct Answer Explanation: Lisa Leslie made history by becoming the first player to dunk in a WNBA game on July 30, 2002.

20: In what year did the WNBA introduce the shot clock reduction from 30 seconds to 24 seconds?

A: 2000

B: 2003

C: 2006

D: 2010

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 2006

Correct Answer Explanation: The WNBA adopted the 24-second shot clock in 2006 to match the NBA and international standards.

21: Which WNBA player finished a season averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in 2021?

A: Sylvia Fowles

B: Breanna Stewart

C: A’ja Wilson

D: Liz Cambage

Correct Answer: A

Correct Answer Text: Sylvia Fowles

Correct Answer Explanation: Sylvia Fowles became the second player in WNBA history to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game.

22: As of 2024, what team will join the WNBA as the 13th team in 2025?

A: Portland Fire

B: San Francisco Valkyries

C: Denver Diamonds

D: Toronto Huskies

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: San Francisco Valkyries

Correct Answer Explanation: The league announced that the San Francisco Valkyries would begin play in 2025.

23: What is the full salary provided to WNBA players on maternity leave?

A: $10,000

B: $25,000

C: Full salary

D: Half salary

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Full salary

Correct Answer Explanation: Players receive their full salary while on maternity leave as part of the new CBA agreement.

24: When did the WNBA reach its significant milestone of existing for ten consecutive seasons?

A: 2006

B: 2008

C: 2010

D: 2012

Correct Answer: A

Correct Answer Text: 2006

Correct Answer Explanation: The WNBA celebrated its ten consecutive seasons of existence in 2006.

25: Name the first team to have their games broadcast on LifeLock-branded jerseys?

A: Dallas Wings

B: Phoenix Mercury

C: Connecticut Sun

D: Atlanta Dream

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Phoenix Mercury

Correct Answer Explanation: The Phoenix Mercury was the first WNBA team to wear branded jerseys with LifeLock in 2009.

26: Which player won the WNBA MVP award in 2023?

A: Breanna Stewart

B: A’ja Wilson

C: Candace Parker

D: Sylvia Fowles

Correct Answer: A

Correct Answer Text: Breanna Stewart

Correct Answer Explanation: Breanna Stewart won the MVP award in 2023 for the New York Liberty.

27: What year did the WNBA start using a unified game clock/shot clock system by Tissot?

A: 2012

B: 2013

C: 2015

D: 2017

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: 2017

Correct Answer Explanation: The WNBA began using Tissot as the official timekeeper in 2017.

28: Which team was the first WNBA team to be invited to the White House Rose Garden?

A: Los Angeles Sparks

B: New York Liberty

C: Houston Comets

D: Minnesota Lynx

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Houston Comets

Correct Answer Explanation: The Houston Comets were the first team invited to the White House in May 2000.

29: Who set the league record for most points in a single WNBA game with 53 points?

A: Diana Taurasi

B: Breanna Stewart

C: Liz Cambage

D: A’ja Wilson

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Liz Cambage

Correct Answer Explanation: Liz Cambage scored a record-setting 53 points in a game in 2018.

30: Who became the first person to earn both NBA and WNBA championship rings as a coach?

A: Bill Laimbeer

B: Van Chancellor

C: Michael Cooper

D: Paul Westhead

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: Paul Westhead

Correct Answer Explanation: Paul Westhead became the first person to earn both NBA and WNBA championship rings as a coach.

31: Who was the first WNBA president?

A: Laurel J. Richie

B: Val Ackerman

C: Donna Orender

D: Lisa Borders

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Val Ackerman

Correct Answer Explanation: Val Ackerman was the first president of the WNBA from 1996 to 2005.

32: In what year did the WNBA first sign a contract extension with ESPN, which included rights fees?

A: 2005

B: 2007

C: 2009

D: 2011

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: 2007

Correct Answer Explanation: The WNBA signed its first contract extension with ESPN, including rights fees, in 2007.

33: Which WNBA player holds the record for the most assists in a career?

A: Tamika Catchings

B: Sue Bird

C: Lindsay Whalen

D: Courtney Vandersloot

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Sue Bird

Correct Answer Explanation: Sue Bird holds the record for the most career assists in the WNBA.

34: What is the prize pool awarded to the winning team of the Commissioner’s Cup?

A: $100,000

B: $250,000

C: $500,000

D: $1,000,000

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: $500,000

Correct Answer Explanation: The prize pool for the Commissioner’s Cup is $500,000, with players on the winning team receiving a minimum bonus of $30,000 each.

35: As of the 2024 season, how many WNBA teams will share an arena with their NBA counterparts?

A: 3

B: 4

C: 5

D: 6

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: 6

Correct Answer Explanation: Six WNBA teams share an arena with their NBA counterparts.

36: Who is the most recent team to join the WNBA before the 2025 expansion?

A: San Antonio Stars

B: Las Vegas Aces

C: Dallas Wings

D: Atlanta Dream

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: Atlanta Dream

Correct Answer Explanation: The Atlanta Dream joined the WNBA as an expansion team in 2008 before the planned 2025 expansion.

37: What year did the much-publicized 2013 WNBA draft take place?

A: 2011

B: 2012

C: 2013

D: 2014

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 2013

Correct Answer Explanation: The much-publicized 2013 WNBA draft featured top picks like Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne, and Skylar Diggins.

38: Which of the following is a major domestic cup competition in the WNBA?

A: Silver Trophy

B: Commissioner’s Cup

C: President’s Cup

D: National Cup

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Commissioner’s Cup

Correct Answer Explanation: The Commissioner’s Cup is a major domestic competition in the WNBA.

39: How many teams did the WNBA originally start with in 1997?

A: 6

B: 8

C: 10

D: 12

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: 8

Correct Answer Explanation: The WNBA began with eight teams in its inaugural season in 1997.

40: As of 2024, which country outside the United States has a television partner broadcasting WNBA games?

A: Brazil

B: Canada

C: Germany

D: Australia

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Canada

Correct Answer Explanation: Canada broadcasts WNBA games through TV partners like TSN and Sportsnet.

41: Who set a league record for most blocks in a career with 877 blocks?

A: Margo Dydek

B: Lisa Leslie

C: Sylvia Fowles

D: Brittney Griner

Correct Answer: A

Correct Answer Text: Margo Dydek

Correct Answer Explanation: Margo Dydek holds the record for most blocked shots in her WNBA career.

42: In which year did the Atlanta Dream first play their regular season game?

A: 2006

B: 2007

C: 2008

D: 2009

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 2008

Correct Answer Explanation: The Atlanta Dream played their first regular-season game in 2008.

43: What is the minimum number of services a veteran player must work to become a WNBA coach without a salary limit?

A: 3 years

B: 5 years

C: 7 years

D: 10 years

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: 5 years

Correct Answer Explanation: The new CBA allows veteran players who have served at least five years to work as coaches in the NBA without a salary limit.

44: Name the player who led her team, the Phoenix Mercury, to a WNBA championship with her high-scoring offense in 2007.

A: Diana Taurasi

B: Cappie Pondexter

C: Penny Taylor

D: All of the above

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: All of the above

Correct Answer Explanation: The Phoenix Mercury’s “Big Three” of Diana Taurasi, Cappie Pondexter, and Penny Taylor led the team to a championship in 2007.

45: When did the first WNBA game take place?

A: May 21, 1997

B: June 21, 1997

C: July 21, 1997

D: August 21, 1997

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: June 21, 1997

Correct Answer Explanation: The first WNBA game took place on June 21, 1997.

46: Which team won the WNBA championship in the league’s inaugural season?

A: New York Liberty

B: Los Angeles Sparks

C: Phoenix Mercury

D: Houston Comets

Correct Answer: D

Correct Answer Text: Houston Comets

Correct Answer Explanation: The Houston Comets won the WNBA championship in the league’s inaugural season in 1997.

47: As of 2024, who holds the record for the most rebounds in a WNBA career?

A: Lisa Leslie

B: Sylvia Fowles

C: Tamika Catchings

D: Tina Charles

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Sylvia Fowles

Correct Answer Explanation: Sylvia Fowles holds the record for the most rebounds in WNBA history.

48: Who was the first-ever WNBA Finals MVP?

A: Cynthia Cooper

B: Lisa Leslie

C: Sheryl Swoopes

D: Rebecca Lobo

Correct Answer: A

Correct Answer Text: Cynthia Cooper

Correct Answer Explanation: Cynthia Cooper was named the WNBA Finals MVP in the league’s inaugural season.

49: In 2024, what Google Doodle was released to celebrate the start of the WNBA season?

A: A Women’s Soccer World Cup Doodle

B: A Women’s Tennis Grand Slam Doodle

C: A WNBA Season Doodle

D: An Olympic Games Doodle

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: A WNBA Season Doodle

Correct Answer Explanation: A Google Doodle was released on May 14, 2024, celebrating the start of the WNBA season.

50: Who is the all-time WNBA career leader in steals?

A: Sue Bird

B: Tamika Catchings

C: Lisa Leslie

D: Sheryl Swoopes

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Tamika Catchings

Correct Answer Explanation: Tamika Catchings holds the all-time record for the most steals in WNBA history.

51: Which team experienced boosts from star players like Angel McCoughtry and reached their first WNBA Finals in 2010?

A: Seattle Storm

B: Atlanta Dream

C: Connecticut Sun

D: Washington Mystics

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Atlanta Dream

Correct Answer Explanation: Led by Angel McCoughtry, the Atlanta Dream reached their first WNBA Finals in 2010.

52: As of 2024, which network is part of the WNBA’s TV partnership in turkey?

A: Fox Sports

B: Eurosport

C: S Sport 2

D: BeIN Sports

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: S Sport 2

Correct Answer Explanation: WNBA games are broadcast on S Sport 2 in Turkey.

53: When was the WNBA’s first-ever All-Star Game held?

A: 1997

B: 1998

C: 1999

D: 2000

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 1999

Correct Answer Explanation: The WNBA held its first All-Star Game in 1999.

54: What rule was introduced to the WNBA in 2007 to align more closely with NBA standards?

A: 24-second shot clock

B: Three-point shooting

C: 8-second backcourt violation

D: Personal foul limit

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 8-second backcourt violation

Correct Answer Explanation: The WNBA introduced the 8-second backcourt violation rule in 2007.

55: Name the player who set a record by scoring 24 rebounds in a WNBA game.

A: Sylvia Fowles

B: Candace Parker

C: Chamique Holdsclaw

D: Tina Charles

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Chamique Holdsclaw

Correct Answer Explanation: Chamique Holdsclaw set the record with 24 rebounds in a game on May 23, 2003.

56: How much is the annual childcare stipend provided to WNBA players in the new CBA?

A: $2,000

B: $3,000

C: $5,000

D: $10,000

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: $5,000

Correct Answer Explanation: The new CBA provides an annual childcare stipend of $5,000 per player.

57: Where was the first outdoor professional basketball game in North America played, featuring the WNBA?

A: Los Angeles

B: New York City

C: Chicago

D: Houston

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: New York City

Correct Answer Explanation: The first outdoor professional basketball game in North America was played at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York City.

58: As of 2024, how many teams are planned to be in the WNBA by 2026?

A: 12

B: 13

C: 14

D: 16

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: 14

Correct Answer Explanation: The WNBA plans to expand to 14 teams by 2026.

59: Who was WNBA’s first President, later becoming President of USA Basketball?

A: Cathy Engelbert

B: Val Ackerman

C: Laurel J. Richie

D: Donna Orender

Correct Answer: B

Correct Answer Text: Val Ackerman

Correct Answer Explanation: Val Ackerman was the first President of the WNBA and later served as President of USA Basketball.

60: Which WNBA player, starting in 2019, could work as an NBA coach without a salary limit due to a new CBA provision?

A: Breanna Stewart

B: Elena Delle Donne

C: Kristi Toliver

D: Sylvia Fowles

Correct Answer: C

Correct Answer Text: Kristi Toliver

Correct Answer Explanation: Kristi Toliver could work as an NBA coach without a salary limit due to a new provision in the 2019 CBA.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_National_Basketball_Association

https://www.wnba.com/

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