At the end of each year we tend to look back at the highs and lows of the past year, what inspired and upset us as fans, and who were the standouts for whatever the reason.
While 2016 certainly had its downside, with the passing of icons in entertainment, and distressing social and political events, women's basketball had a pretty phenomenal year, one where one could easily honor many achievements.
There were great coaching performances (Geno Auriemma winning NCAA and Olympic titles, Brian Agler winning WNBA title), college performances (Breanna Stewart leading UConn to its fourth title, Kelsey Plum dominating the 2016-17 season), international successes (Diana Taurasi's three-point barrages in the Olympics), and professional success (Minnesota and Los Angeles giving us an epic WNBA final).
Here at Dishin & Swishin, we spent our year end look back time searching for something more; something or rather someone, that went beyond on the court success. We asked the question, who is the person that surpassed court performance to impact people with their persona and aura. In other words who is the 2016 "Ambassador of Women's Basketball," the person that we want representing the game to anyone we would want to introduce or discuss women's basketball with.
The answer came quickly and easily: WNBA MVP and Champion Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks, our first Dishin & Swishin Ambassador of Women's Basketball.
On the court, Ogwumike was phenomenal. A quiet confidence and determination that was finely tuned by years competing against the best in high school, college, and both international and WNBA play. She was third in the league in scoring, third in rebounding, and first in field goal percentage. Agler's system encouraged Ogwumike to spread her wings, become the number one option on offense despite having talented teammates like Candace Parker and Kristi Tolliver, and stretch her game to include three-point shooting and ball hand