2000 New York Liberty season

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2000 New York Liberty season
Head Coach Richie Adubato
Arena Madison Square Garden
Attendance 14,498 per game
Results
Record 20–12
(.625)
Place 1st (Eastern)
Playoff Finish Lost WNBA Finals (2-0) to Houston Comets
New York Liberty seasons
< 1999 2001 >

The 2000 WNBA season was the 4th season for the New York Liberty. The team reached the WNBA Finals for the third time, but they were swept by the Houston Comets.

Offseason[edit]

Expansion Draft[edit]

The team lost Sophia Witherspoon and Ciquese Washington to the Seattle Storm and the Portland Fire, respectively.

WNBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/School/Team
1 13 Olga Firsova (C)  Ukraine Kansas State
2 29 Desiree Francis (F)  United States Iowa State
3 45 Jessica Bibby (G)  Australia Dandenong Rangers (WNBL)
4 61 Natalie Porter (F)  Australia Australia

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Conference W L PCT Conf. GB
New York Liberty x 20 12 .625 14–7
Cleveland Rockers x 17 15 .531 13–8 3.0
Orlando Miracle x 16 16 .500 13–8 4.0
Washington Mystics x 14 18 .438 13–8 6.0
Detroit Shock o 14 18 .438 10–11 6.0
Miami Sol o 13 19 .406 9–12 7.0
Indiana Fever o 9 23 .281 7–14 11.0
Charlotte Sting o 8 24 .250 5–16 12.0

Season schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Record
May 29 @ Houston 68-84 Loss 0-1
May 31 @ Phoenix 48-51 Loss 0-2
June 3 Utah 87-76 Win 1-2
June 4 @ Washington 67-79 Loss 1-3
June 7 @ Detroit 73-69 Win 2-3
June 9 Sacramento 56-77 Loss 2-4
June 10 @ Indiana 70-62 Win 3-4
June 13 Washington 56-57 Loss 3-5
June 18 Miami 58-52 Win 4-5
June 21 Detroit 63-67 Loss 4-6
June 23 @ Indiana 69-60 Win 5-6
June 25 Los Angeles 67-72 Loss 5-7
June 28 Phoenix 82-69 Win 6-7
June 30 Indiana 72-70 Win 7-7
July 1 @ Orlando 57-69 Loss 7-8
July 3 @ Cleveland 65-66 Loss 7-9
July 5 Portland 62-45 Win 8-9
July 7 @ Minnesota 76-70 Win 9-9
July 8 Miami 63-51 Win 10-9
July 12 Charlotte 84-70 Win 11-9
July 14 @ Orlando 55-51 Win 12-9
July 19 @ Seattle 78-55 Win 13-9
July 20 @ Los Angeles 66-82 Loss 13-10
July 23 Houston 69-64 Win 14-10
July 24 @ Washington 78-64 Win 15-10
July 28 @ Charlotte 66-56 Win 16-10
July 29 Cleveland 81-67 Win 17-10
July 31 Charlotte 81-56 Win 18-10
August 4 Orlando 70-57 Win 19-10
August 6 @ Miami 41-57 Loss 19-11
August 8 Cleveland 57-44 Win 20-11
August 9 @ Detroit 63-66 Loss 20-12

Playoffs[edit]

Game Date Opponent Score Result Record
Eastern Conference Semifinals
1 August 12 @ Washington 72-63 Win 1-0
2 August 14 Washington 78-57 Win 2-0
Eastern Conference Finals
1 August 17 @ Cleveland 43-56 Loss 2-1
2 August 20 Cleveland 51-45 Win 3-1
3 August 21 Cleveland 81-67 Win 4-1
WNBA Finals
1 August 24 Houston 52-59 Loss 4-2
2 August 26 @ Houston 73-79 Loss 4-3

Player stats[edit]

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS
Tari Phillips 31 247 28 59 21 427
Vickie Johnson 31 137 77 22 5 380
Becky Hammon 32 64 58 29 1 351
Tamika Whitmore 32 105 20 17 17 277
Crystal Robinson 27 68 48 23 10 238
Teresa Weatherspoon 32 109 205 65 5 205
Sue Wicks 32 149 21 26 39 156
Marina Ferragut 23 17 4 0 2 50
Shea Mahoney 15 30 4 2 1 27
Jessica Bibby 17 5 11 3 0 19
Olga Firsova 9 4 1 0 1 12
Desiree Francis 1 0 0 0 0 0

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