In the build-up to the celebrations we look back at the history of the WNBL awards and the greats that have shaped the game in this country and around the world.
Today we take a look through the 1990s as the women’s game becomes a mainstream hit, with plenty of stars putting their hands up to considered the league’s best.
As we travelled through the mid-1990s the award changed hands year on year with Melbourne Tiger Alison Cook winning in 1993, Shelley Gorman from Sydney Flames taking the honour in 1994 and Brisbane Blazers’ Sandy Brondello the 1995 crown before the dominance of the Adelaide Lightning led to the coronation of Rachael Sporn.
Already a star of the Australian Opals 1996 Bronze Medal team, Sporn claimed back-to-back (1996-97) MVP awards in a period that saw Adelaide win four titles in five seasons between 1994 and 1998.
The Sydney Flames had their second MVP winner in 1998 as Michelle Griffiths claimed the award, before we saw the birth of arguably the most talented generation of Australian players take control of the award.
Look out for Part Three available on the WNBL Website tomorrow.
The Basketball Australia MVP Awards Night takes place on Monday 26 March at Crown Palladium, Melbourne.