A Minnesota woman is hoping to win more than $500,000 by becoming the first female NBA player to take the court in the womens sports event, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced on Friday.
The announcement of the prize drew a loud applause from some in the crowd of more than 100,000 fans in the Twin Cities arena.
The $500 prize will be announced in the coming days and a winner will be chosen from the group of four women who made the cut.
It was a major step for a woman who has struggled with mental health issues.
The Minnesota native, who has spent the last decade battling bipolar disorder, is a four-time NBA All-Star who has appeared in every game since being drafted fourth overall by the Wolves in the 2012 NBA Draft.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound center scored more than 30 points in six of her first seven seasons in the league.
A native of South Minneapolis, Minnesota, the 26-year-old also played in the U.S. National Women’s Basketball League for the New York Knicks from 2013-15.
The Wolves have not released a timetable for when the women will be playing.