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Head coach Sandy Brondello of the Phoenix Mercury celebrates with teammates after defeating the Minnesota Lynx 96-78 in game three of the WNBA Western Conference Finals. Phoenix went on to win the WNBA title for 2014.

BASKETBALL: Four-time Olympian Sandy Brondello claimed a slice of basketball history, becoming the first Australian coach to win a WNBA championship

Penny Taylor shoots for the basket during an International Basketball Friendly match.

BASKETBALL: A star-studded Australian women's basketball squad descended on Canberra on Sunday, with several big names welcomed into camp for the first time in preparation for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women.

Penny Taylor of the Opals in action during the International Basketball Friendly match between the Australian Opals and Brazil at Sydney Entertainment Centre on July 30, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.

The gold medal hopes of Australia's women's basketball team have suffered a huge setback with star forward Penny Taylor ruled out of the London Olympics.

Penny Taylor #13 of the Phoenix Mercury celebrates after scoring against the Indiana Fever in Game Five of the 2009 WNBA Finals at US Airways Center on October 9, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Mercury defeated the Fever 94-86.

Australia's Penny Taylor again displayed her big match pedigree to help Phoenix win their second WNBA championship in the deciding game five against Indiana on Saturday (AEDT).Taylor scored 14 points, including two crucial free-throws in the final minute, as the Mercury rallied from a 2-1 series deficit to claim the title with a 94-86 game-five victory at a sold-out American Airways Center.