2004 Los Angeles Sparks season

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2004 Los Angeles Sparks season
Head Coach Michael Cooper
Karleen Thompson and Ryan Weisenberg (co-interim coaches)
Arena Staples Center
Attendance 10,428 per game
Results
Record 25–9
(.735)
Place 1st (Western)
Playoff Finish Lost First Round (2-1) to Sacramento Monarchs
Los Angeles Sparks seasons
< 2003 2005 >

The 2004 WNBA season was the eighth for the Los Angeles Sparks. The Sparks' head coach, Michael Cooper, left the team during the season. Despite with that, the team finished in first place in the West, but they were unable to make another playoff run, losing in the opening round to the Sacramento Monarchs.

Offseason[edit]

Dispersal Draft[edit]

Based on the Sparks' 2003 record, they would pick 2nd in the Cleveland Rockers dispersal draft. The Sparks picked Isabelle Fijalkowski.

WNBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality College/School/Team
1 12 Christi Thomas (F)  United States Georgia
2 25 Doneeka Lewis (G)  United States LSU

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Los Angeles Sparks x 25 9 .735 15–2 10–7 16–6
Seattle Storm x 20 14 .588 5.0 13–4 7–10 13–9
Minnesota Lynx x 18 16 .529 7.0 11–6 7–10 12–10
Sacramento Monarchs x 18 16 .529 7.0 10–7 8–9 12–10
Phoenix Mercury o 17 17 .500 8.0 10–7 7–10 11–11
Houston Comets o 13 21 .382 12.0 9–8 4–13 7–15
San Antonio Silver Stars o 9 25 .265 16.0 6–11 3–14 6–16

Season schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Record
May 22 @ Seattle 67-93 Loss 0-1
May 25 @ Washington 95-79 Win 1-1
May 27 @ Connecticut 73-82 Loss 1-2
May 29 @ Detroit 63-60 Win 2-2
June 1 Seattle 73-70 Win 3-2
June 3 @ Sacramento 51-68 Loss 3-3
June 5 @ Houston 71-75 Loss 3-4
June 9 Charlotte 82-68 Win 4-4
June 11 Minnesota 69-55 Win 5-4
June 14 Connecticut 76-74 (OT) Win 6-4
June 18 @ Phoenix 76-74 Win 7-4
June 20 @ Charlotte 63-68 (OT) Loss 7-5
June 22 @ New York 65-49 Win 8-5
June 25 @ Indiana 67-71 Loss 8-6
June 27 @ Minnesota 83-67 Win 9-6
June 29 New York 69-65 (OT) Win 10-6
July 2 San Antonio 87-80 (OT) Win 11-6
July 7 Phoenix 73-71 Win 12-6
July 9 @ San Antonio 66-61 Win 13-6
July 10 @ Houston 59-56 Win 14-6
July 17 Sacramento 70-79 Loss 14-7
July 19 Indiana 82-51 Win 15-7
July 21 Washington 96-76 Win 16-7
July 23 Houston 70-67 Win 17-7
July 29 @ Sacramento 85-80 (OT) Win 18-7
July 31 @ San Antonio 79-67 Win 19-7
September 1 San Antonio 77-69 Win 20-7
September 3 Seattle 82-81 Win 21-7
September 8 @ Phoenix 58-72 Loss 21-8
September 9 Detroit 81-63 Win 22-8
September 12 Sacramento 65-52 Win 23-8
September 14 Phoenix 73-60 Win 24-8
September 17 Minnesota 66-78 Loss 24-9
September 18 @ Seattle 83-80 Win 25-9

Playoffs[edit]

Game Date Opponent Score Result Record
Western Conference Semifinals
1 September 24 @ Sacramento 52-72 Loss 0-1
2 September 26 Sacramento 71-57 Win 1-1
3 September 28 Sacramento 58-73 Loss 1-2

Awards and honors[edit]

Player stats[edit]

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS
Lisa Leslie 34 336 88 50 98 598
Mwadi Mabika 31 122 75 36 3 445
Nikki Teasley 34 116 207 43 7 336
Tamecka Dixon 32 110 112 36 1 311
Tamika Whitmore 34 106 17 12 5 210
DeLisha Milton-Jones 19 90 31 23 10 186
Christi Thomas 31 120 23 18 14 165
Laura Macchi 25 61 14 21 6 152
Doneeka Lewis 24 22 16 10 2 43
Raffaella Masciadri 17 5 8 1 0 28
Teresa Weatherspoon 34 29 32 12 1 17
Monique Coker 3 1 3 0 1 3
Mfon Udoka 3 3 0 0 0 1

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