The window to organize was short, with the initial announcement released just two days before the actual event, but the timing allowed New York Liberty assistant coach Taj McWilliams-Franklin a chance to join former teammates Maya Moore and Monica Wright in spirit and testimony about their faith.
Jokes were shared over Minnesota pounding New York for a 29-point victory that night, but wins and losses had no meaning in this atmosphere.
"Anything that glorifies God is going to be something I'm excited about," Wright said. "It's a good opportunity to tell our fans about what we went through and how God got us through it."
Wright's relationship with religion solidified after her father suffered a heart attack two years ago. He recovered from that incident, and Wright's experience is now being used to bridge with fans who sometimes perceive the players as athletic deities.
"We go through the same trials and tribulations as a normal person. There is light on the other side. If you're able to see someone else get through it with the power of God, then you can do it too," she said.
Wright has found conversations with her followers rewarding, enforcing themes of hope and perseverance commonly found in Sunday sermons.
McWilliams-Franklin and Moore have also been gratified through this event, where they get a rare chance to reveal details of their own challenges without the usual glorification of championships, All-Star selections and statistical contributions. All three have maintained contact this season, sometimes conducting prayers over the phone.
As the 2013 closes and WNBA personnel prepare for their winter assignments, their friendships will continue thanks to a common devotion.