2004 WNBA season

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2004 WNBA season
Duration May 20 - October 12
Games 34
Teams 13
Total attendance 1,903,427
Average attendance 8,613
TV partner/s ABC, ESPN
Draft
Top draft pick United States Diana Taurasi
Picked by Phoenix Mercury
Regular season
Season MVP United States Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles)
Stat leaders
    Points L. Jackson (20.5)
    Rebounds L. Leslie (9.9)
    Assists N. Teasley (6.1)
Playoffs
East champions Connecticut Sun
  East runners-up   New York Liberty
West champions Seattle Storm
  West runners-up   Sacramento Monarchs
Finals
Finals champions Seattle Storm
  Runners-up   Connecticut Sun
Finals MVP United States Betty Lennox (Seattle)
WNBA seasons

← 2003

2005 →

The 2004 WNBA Season was the Women's National Basketball Association's eighth season. The league had one fewer team than in 2003 as the Cleveland Rockers folded after the 2003 season. The season ended with the Seattle Storm winning their first WNBA Championship, as their head coach Anne Donovan became the first female coach to win a WNBA championship.

Regular season standings[edit]

Eastern Conference

Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Connecticut Sun x 18 16 .529 10–7 8–9 14–6
New York Liberty x 18 16 .529 11–6 7–10 10–10
Detroit Shock x 17 17 .500 1.0 8–9 9–8 11–9
Washington Mystics x 17 17 .500 1.0 11–6 6–11 9–11
Charlotte Sting o 16 18 .471 2.0 10–7 6–11 8–12
Indiana Fever o 15 19 .441 3.0 10–7 5–12 8–12

Western Conference

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 award winners[edit]

Award Winner Team
WNBA Finals MVP Award Betty Lennox Seattle Storm
WNBA Most Valuable Player Award Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks
WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks
WNBA Most Improved Player Award Kelly Miller/ Wendy Palmer (co-winners) Indiana Fever/ Connecticut Sun
WNBA Peak Performer Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm
WNBA Peak Performer Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks
WNBA Rookie of the Year Award Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury
Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award Teresa Edwards Minnesota Lynx
WNBA Coach of the Year Award Suzie McConnell Serio Minnesota Lynx

Playoffs[edit]

Main article: 2004 WNBA Playoffs
Main article: 2004 WNBA Finals
First Round
Best of 3
Conference Finals
Best of 3
WNBA Finals
Best of 3
                 
E1 Connecticut 2
E4 Washington 1
E1 Connecticut 2
Eastern Conference
E2 New York 0
E2 New York 2
E3 Detroit 1
E1 Connecticut 1
W2 Seattle 2
W1 Los Angeles 1
W4 Sacramento 2
W4 Sacramento 1
Western Conference
W2 Seattle 2
W2 Seattle 2
W3 Minnesota 0

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