Miami Sol

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Miami Sol
Miami Sol logo
Conference Eastern
Founded 2000
Folded 2002
Arena American Airlines Arena
City Miami, Florida
Team colors Fiery Red, Yellow, Black, White
Championships None
Conference titles None
Official website

The Miami Sol (usually stylized in all caps as SOL) was a women's basketball team which joined the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) in 2000. They played their games at American Airlines Arena. The team folded after the 2002 season because of financial problems. They were the former sister team to the Miami Heat.

Uniforms[edit]

Fiery red, with the team name emblazoned in white on the chest and a WNBA ball in place of the hole in the letter "O". The home jerseys featured the same design, only with the colors inverted.

Playoff history[edit]

Playoff Appearances: 2001

Conference Championships:

WNBA Championships:

History[edit]

In their short history, the Miami Sol put together a talented roster of players. Coached for three seasons by Ron Rothstein, their combination of veteran leadership in Debbie Black, Elena Baranova and Sandy Brondello as well youth in Ruth Riley and Sheri Sam, lead them to the playoffs in 2001, but lost in the first round to the New York Liberty in 3 games. This was the only playoff appearance for the Sol.

After losing to the New York Liberty in the playoffs, the Miami Sol finished the 2002 season with a 15-17 record. This season proved to be the Sol's last. Citing the inability to raise enough funds to continue operation under the WNBA's new restructuring agreement, the organization ceased operations. The team finished with a franchise record of 48 wins and 48 losses.

The other Florida team, the Orlando Miracle, also folded at the end of the 2002 season.

A new team, the Connecticut Sun, joined the league in 2003 with a nickname and logo which were extremely reminiscent of the Miami Sol. However, the new Connecticut Sun franchise was actually the successor to the Orlando Miracle, who managed to find new ownership.

Since the folding of the Miami Sol, former members of the team have found success elsewhere. After being reassigned to the Detroit Shock, Ruth Riley won two WNBA championships in 2003 and 2006. Betty Lennox and Sandy Brondello won a WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm in 2004, with Lennox winning the WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player award.

Trivia[edit]

  • The team's nickname, Sol, is Spanish and Portuguese for "sun". The name played off the Miami area's large Hispanic population and its "brother" NBA team, the Heat.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Notable players[edit]

Coaches and others[edit]

Head Coaches:

External links[edit]