Miami Sol

The Miami 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.


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

Playoff Appearances: 2001

Conference Championships:

WNBA Championships:


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, their second season of existence. This was the first and last 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. While the other WNBA team in Florida, the Orlando Miracle, was able to find new ownership and relocate, the WNBA dissolved the Miami Sol before the start of the 2003 season. The team finished with a franchise record of 48 wins and 48 losses.

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.


  • The team's nickname, Sol, is Spanish for "sun". The name played off the city of Miami's Hispanic population and its parent NBA team, the Heat.

Season-by-season records

|- |colspan="6" align=center bgcolor="#990000" | Miami Sol |- |2000 || 13 || 19 || .406 || || |- |2001 || 20 || 12 || .625 || Lost First Round || New York 2, Miami 1 |- |2002 || 15 || 17 || .469 || || |- |Totals || 48 || 48 || .500 || || |- |Playoffs || 1 || 2 || .333 || || |}

Selected former players

Coaches and others

Head Coaches:

External links

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