Naismith Hall of Famers and WNBA Stars to Serve as Coaches at Women’s College All-Star Game

Naismith Hall of Famers and WNBA Stars to Serve as Coaches at Women’s College All-Star Game

March 14, 2024

CLEVELAND, Ohio (March 14, 2024) – Six of basketball’s most influential names will serve as coaches at the Women’s College All-Star Game, offering their personal experiences and elite basketball acumen to a collection of 20 college seniors on the cusp of their professional careers.

The Women’s College All-Star, which will be held at the Wolstein Center in downtown Cleveland, is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on April 6 and will be televised by ESPN2. Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be secured by visiting

Naismith Hall of Famers Nancy Lieberman and Cheryl Miller will serve as head coaches for Team Lieberman and Team Miller, respectively. Lieberman will be joined on her staff by Olympic Gold Medalist and former Cleveland Rocker Janice Lawrence-Braxton and WNBA All-Star and All-League honoree Satou Sabally. Miller’s staff will be rounded out by fellow Naismith Hall of Famer and longtime college coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and WNBA All-Star, two-time WNBA Champion and All-League performer Kelsey Plum.

“This will be a rare opportunity to see the next generation of basketball stars all in one place,” Lieberman said of the Women’s College All-Star Game. “These players are so deserving of this platform, the best weekend in the sport, and I am very excited for them to showcase their talents on the biggest stage. I can’t wait to be part of it.”

“This is long, long overdue,” Miller said. “What better time than now to showcase our game and the next generation of professional athletes. It will be must-see TV and I’m excited to play a part in this incredible event.”

Intersport, owner and operator of the Women’s College All-Star Game, also announced today that it is extending its longstanding partnerships with the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) and the McLendon Foundation as each will serve as strategic partners for the Women’s College All-Star Game.

The McLendon Foundation was established in 1999 by National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACDA) to honor the legacy of Hall of Fame coach John McLendon. The McLendon Foundation’s mission is to create access and opportunities for historically excluded talent who aspire to impact the sports industry. McLendon, who spent nearly 30 years in coaching, concluded his college coaching career at Cleveland State, the site of the 2024 Women’s College All-Star Game.

Founded in 1992, the NBRPA serves former professional basketball players in their transition into life after basketball. It is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, and WNBA with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. Lieberman is a longtime member of the NBRPA Board of Directors, currently serving as Treasurer.

National brands have committed to the event and will activate through the experience through product distribution and other engagement opportunities, including State Farm,, Skechers and Under Armour.

Final rosters and more details will be available on the event’s website and by following @IntersportHoops on Instagram and X in the coming days and weeks.

Team Lieberman Coaches
Nancy Lieberman

• Three-time All-American and two-time National Player of the Year at Old Dominion, helping the program to two AIAW national championships and one WNIT title
• Became the youngest basketball player in Olympic history when at 18 she helped Team USA to a silver medal at the 1976 Olympics
• Played in numerous professional basketball leagues, including the Women’s Pro Basketball League, the Women’s American Basketball Association and men’s professional United States Basketball League
• Was a member of the Phoenix Mercury during the inaugural WNBA season in 1997 before embarking on her coaching and front office career the following year with the Detroit Shock
• Became the first woman to coach a professional men’s basketball team in 2009 when she took over the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League, then became the second woman to serve as an assistant coach in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings in 2015
• Member of the Naismith Basketball and Women’s Basketball Halls of Fame, among others

Janice Lawrence-Braxton
• Four-year star at Louisiana Tech, helping the program to national championships in 1981 and 1982 and earned All-America honors in 1983 and 1984
• Was named MVP of the 1982 NCAA Tournament, finishing as the tournament’s leading scorer
• Won National Player of the Year honors in 1984 after averaging better than 21 points per game
• Soon after graduation, was part of the Team USA squad that took home the 1984 Olympic Gold Medal, one of three international gold medals she won in her time with USA Basketball
• Enjoyed a long professional career, including 13 seasons in Europe and three years (1997-1999) with the WNBA’s Cleveland Rockers
• Enshrined into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006

Satou Sabally
• Enjoyed her most successful professional season in 2023 with the Dallas Wings, earning first-team All-WNBA accolades – and WNBA Most Improved Player – after averaging 18.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game
• Was named to the 2021 and 2023 WNBA All-Star Games
• Was drafted second overall by the Wings in the 2020 WNBA Draft and was named to the WNBA All-Rooke Team after averaging 13.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game
• Was one of the top players in the Pac-12 in each of her three seasons with the Oregon Ducks, earning numerous All-Conference and national honors
• Was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in 2018 and was a first-team All-Conference and WBCA honorable mention All-American in 2019
• Won the Cheryl Miller Award as the nation’s top small forward and was an WBCA First-Team All-American in 2020 as the Ducks finished the year ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press rankings

Team Miller Coaches
Cheryl Miller
• A four-time All-American, three-time National Player of the Year and two-time NCAA Champion, Miller boasts one of the most complete college resumes in college basketball history and was the first player in USC basketball history, man or woman, to have their jersey retired
• Won five international gold medals with USA Basketball, including the 1984 Olympic Gold in Los Angeles
• Injuries derailed her post-collegiate career, but she pivoted to a long career as a coach and broadcaster
• From 1986-91 she was an assistant coach at her alma mater before taking over for two seasons, posting a 42-14 record
• Was named head coach and general manager of the Phoenix Mercury from 1997-2000, then returned to the college game in 2014 at Langston University and Cal State Los Angeles from 2016-19
• Member of the Naismith Basketball, Women’s Basketball and FIBA Halls of Fame, among others

Cynthia Cooper-Dyke
• Enjoyed one of the most successful WNBA careers in history, winning four championships, earning two WNBA MVP honors and claiming three league scoring titles in her first four seasons
• Guided the Houston Comets to championships in each of the first four seasons of the WNBA (1997-2000)
• Was a four-year letterwinner at USC from 1982-86, helping the program to a pair of national championships alongside teammate Cheryl Miller
• After a 15-year professional career, that also saw her enjoy international success by winning the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal, she began a long run as a collegiate head coach that included stops at Prairie View A&M, UNC Wilmington, Texas Southern and USC
• Helped her teams to six conference championships and eight postseason appearances
• She is a member of the Naismith Basketball and Women’s Basketball Halls of Fame

Kelsey Plum
• Was the No. 1 pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft by the then San Antonio Stars, which became the Las Vegas Aces in 2018, and has spent her entire six-year career with the franchise
• Helped the Aces to back-to-back WNBA championships in 2022 and 2023 and was named a first-team All-WNBA performer in 2022
• She has twice earned honors as a WNBA All Star, including winning game MVP honors in 2022
• Enjoyed one of the most prolific collegiate careers of all-time, ending her career at Washington as the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer with 3,527 points
• Was the unanimous National Player of the Year in 2017 after averaging 31.7 points per game, helping the Huskies to as high as No. 7 in the national polls and a regional semifinal appearance
• Has also enjoyed a successful international career with USA Basketball, highlighted by four gold medals, including the first Olympic Gold Medal in 3×3 Basketball at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

About Intersport

Intersport is an award-winning agency and leader in the creation of ideas, content and experiences that attract and engage passionate audiences. Its industry-leading team offers expert insights in content marketing, customer engagement, experiential marketing, hospitality, production and sponsorship consulting. The Chicago-based agency also owns and operates events across the professional and collegiate sports landscape, including basketball, football, golf, pickleball and volleyball. Intersport has been headquartered in Chicago since its inception in 1985, with additional offices in Boston, Detroit and New York. Learn more at and on social media (LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook).

About the Women’s College All-Star Game

Twenty-five years after launching a national women’s college basketball all-star event, Intersport has re-introduced the Women’s College All-Star Game as an annual showcase spotlighting the country’s elite players. These standouts, who will be exhausting their collegiate eligibility and are on the precipice of hearing their names called in the WNBA Draft, will have one final opportunity to represent their programs and be recognized against the backdrop of the sport’s championship weekend. Intersport launched the inaugural Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Star Challenge in 1998, which the WBCA operated through 2006.  Additional information on the event is available at

About McLendon Foundation
The McLendon Foundation, established in 1999, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded and administered by NACDA. The Foundation honors the legacy of Hall of Fame coach John McLendon who was a pioneer in the field of athletics, the game of basketball, and the civil rights arena. Its mission is to create access and opportunities for historically excluded talent who aspire to impact the sports industry. The Foundation is committed to empowering and developing the next generation of executive leaders in sports through financial resources, a robust educational curriculum and an engaged community of principled leaders. All organizational planning for the Foundation directly aligns with the values of Coach McLendon: Integrity, Education, Leadership and Mentorship. More information regarding the McLendon Foundation can be found at and @McLendonScholar.

 About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, and WNBA. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Legends Care is the charitable initiative of the NBRPA that positively impacts youth and communities through basketball. Scott Rochelle is President and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Charles “Choo” Smith, Vice Chairman Shawn Marion, Treasurer Nancy Lieberman, Secretary C.J. Kupec, Spencer Haywood, Eddie Gill, Rushia Brown, Bob Elliott, Mike Bantom, Caron Butler, Clarence “Chucky” Brown and Dave Bing. Learn more at