One of my favorite memories of my time at Purdue was our only NCAA Tournament Championship in school history when Stephanie White and Ukari Figgs led the Boilermakers to a near perfect NCAA crown my freshman year. Just two years later Katie Douglas almost earned a second title as Purdue came up two points short of beating Notre Dame in the 2001 championship game in St. Louis.
Douglas (as a player), White (as a coach) and Lin Dunn (head coach) who was Purdue's head coach during the Boilers' first Final Four run in 1994 each won their first WNBA title tonight as the Indiana Fever won three games to one over the Minnesota Lynx in a mild upset.
Coming in the Lynx were the defending champs and had the best record in the league at 27-7 during the regular season. Some called them the best WNBA team of all-time, but you really need to win a title to claim that.
Seriously though, Congratulations are definitely in order for Douglas and White, who are perhaps the two best players in school history. Dunn also left Purdue under unfortunate circumstances, but she was the one who laid the groundwork for our program to become one of the best in the country.
It's always a good day when a Boiler becomes a champion