La Salle Alumna Cheryl Reeve Ties WNBA Record with Fourth Championship
MINNEAPOLIS – La Salle alumna Cheryl Reeve coached the Minnesota Lynx to their fourth WNBA Championship on Wednesday night to tie Van Chancellor for most titles by a head coach in WNBA history.
The Lynx came out on top in a winner-take-all Game 5 at Williams Arena, clinching their fourth title in seven seasons with an 85-76 win over the Los Angeles Sparks. Minnesota became the second franchise in league history with four championships, matching the Houston Comets (1997-2000).
Reeve has taken Minnesota to six of the last seven WNBA Finals, and secured titles in 2011, 2013 and 2015. The 1988 La Salle graduate is a two-time WNBA Coach of the Year recipient (2011, 2016), and also helped Team USA to a gold medal as an assistant coach at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Reeve was a four-year starter in the backcourt for the Explorers, who won an incredible 89 games during her career that spanned from 1984-88. An All-MAAC Freshman Team selection in her first year at La Salle, Reeve broke the single-season assists record as a sophomore as the program earned its second trip to the NCAA Tournament.
As a senior, the New Jersey native captained the Explorers to a 25-5 record, a national ranking, and another berth into the NCAA Tournament while earning First Team All-MAAC and Second Team All-Big 5 accolades along the way.