2010 WNBA Playoffs

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2010 WNBA Playoffs
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Conference Conf. Champion Coach
East Atlanta Dream Marynell Meadors
West Seattle Storm Brian Agler
Dates: August 25 – September 16
Finals Champion: Seattle Storm (2nd title)
Attendance: 10,822 per game
Standings
Eastern Conference Western Conference
1st Washington 1st Seattle
2nd New York 2nd Phoenix
3rd Indiana 3rd San Antonio
4th Atlanta 4th Los Angeles
WNBA Playoffs

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The 2010 WNBA Playoffs is the postseason for the Women's National Basketball Association's 2010 season.

Format[edit]

  • The top 4 teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs.
    • All 4 teams are seeded by basis of their standings.
  • The series for rounds one and two are in a best-of-three format with Games 1 and 3 on the home court of the team with the higher seed. In previous years, the higher seed would play the first game on the road, then games 2 and (if needed) 3 at home.
  • The series for the WNBA Finals is in a best-of-five format with Games 1, 2 and 5 on the home court of the team with the higher seed.

Tiebreak procedures[edit]

Two-team tie[edit]

  1. Better record in head-to-head games.
  2. Better winning percentage within own conference.
  3. Better winning percentage against all teams with .500 or better record at the end of the season.
  4. Better point differential in games head-to-head.
  5. Coin toss.

Three or more-team tie[edit]

  1. Better winning percentage among all head-to-head games involving tied teams.
  2. Better winning percentage against teams within conference (for first two rounds of playoffs) or better record against teams in the opposite conference (for Finals).
  3. Better winning percentage against all teams with a .500 or better record at the end of the season.
  4. Better point differential in games involving tied teams.
  5. Coin toss.

Playoff qualifying[edit]

Eastern Conference[edit]

Seed Team W L Tiebreaker Clinched
Playoff berth Conf. Homecourt
1 Washington Mystics 22 12 3–2 vs. NYL August 15 August 22
2 New York Liberty 22 12 2–3 vs. WAS August 14
3 Indiana Fever 21 13 August 13
4 Atlanta Dream 19 15 August 14

Western Conference[edit]

Seed Team W L Tiebreaker Clinched
Playoff berth Playoffs Homecourt
1 Seattle Storm 28 6 July 22 August 10
2 Phoenix Mercury 15 19 August 13
3 San Antonio Silver Stars 14 20 August 22
4 Los Angeles Sparks 13 21 4–0 vs. MIN August 20

Bracket[edit]

Conference Semi-Finals
Best-of-3
Conference Finals
Best-of-3
WNBA Finals
Best-of-5
                 
E1 Washington 0
E4 Atlanta 2
E2 New York 0
Eastern Conference
E4 Atlanta 2
E2 New York 2
E3 Indiana 1
E4 Atlanta 0
W1 Seattle 3
W1 Seattle 2
W4 Los Angeles 0
W1 Seattle 2
Western Conference
W2 Phoenix 0
W2 Phoenix 2
W3 San Antonio 0

Note: italics denote home-court advantage; bold denotes series winner.

Eastern Conference[edit]

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Washington Mystics vs. (4) Atlanta Dream[edit]

August 25
7:00pm
Atlanta Dream 95, Washington Mystics 90
Scoring by quarter: 17–19, 31–14, 20–25, 27–32
Pts: McCoughtry (28)
Rebs: de Souza, Lyttle (9)
Asts: Price (8)
Pts: Coleman (18)
Rebs: Currie (11)
Asts: Harding (5)
Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
Attendance: 10,322
Referees: Michael Price, Tony Dawkins, Cameron Inouye
August 27
7:30pm
Washington Mystics 77, Atlanta Dream 101
Scoring by quarter: 21–17, 7–33, 15–25, 34–26
Pts: Ajavon (20)
Rebs: Currie, Langhorne (7)
Asts: Ajavon (3)
Pts: Castro Marques, McCoughtry (21)
Rebs: Lyttle (10)
Asts: Lehning (9)
Atlanta won the series 2–0
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Attendance: 7,890
Referees: Eric Brewton, Amy Bonner, Kevin Sparrock
Regular-season series

The Washington Mystics won 3–1 in the regular-season series:

June 5, 2010
Atlanta Dream 86, Washington Mystics 79
July 21, 2010
Atlanta Dream 72, Washington Mystics 82
August 3, 2010
Washington Mystics 86, Atlanta Dream 78
August 22, 2010
Washington Mystics 90, Atlanta Dream 81

(2) New York Liberty vs. (3) Indiana Fever[edit]

August 26
7:00pm
Indiana Fever 73, New York Liberty 85
Scoring by quarter: 22–21, 25–27, 12–18, 14–19
Pts: Catchings (18)
Rebs: Davenport (8)
Asts: Catchings (6)
Pts: Pondexter (28)
Rebs: McWilliams-Franklin (10)
Asts: McCarville (7)
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Attendance: 14,624
Referees: Sue Blauch, Jeff Smith, Daryl Humphrey
August 29
8:00pm
New York Liberty 67, Indiana Fever 75
Scoring by quarter: 8–21, 19–18, 19–25, 21–11
Pts: Pondexter (24)
Rebs: McCarville (11)
Asts: Mitchell, Pondexter (2)
Pts: Catchings (17)
Rebs: Catchings (13)
Asts: Douglas (5)
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 7,535
Referees: Kurt Walker, Roy Gulbeyan, Felicia Grinter
September 1
7:30pm
Indiana Fever 74, New York Liberty 77
Scoring by quarter: 26–21, 21–25, 19–17, 8–14
Pts: Douglas (24)
Rebs: Catchings (6)
Asts: Douglas (4)
Pts: Pondexter (30)
Rebs: McWilliams-Franklin (11)
Asts: McWilliams-Franklin, Mitchell, Pondexter (4)
New York won the series 2–1
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Attendance: 16,682
Referees: Eric Brewton, Denise Brooks, Lamont Simpson
Regular-season series

The teams were tied 2–2 in the regular-season series:

June 5, 2010
New York Liberty 73, Indiana Fever 78
July 18, 2010
Indiana Fever 84, New York Liberty 81
August 3, 2010
New York Liberty 82, Indiana Fever 72
August 17, 2010
Indiana Fever 57, New York Liberty 78

Conference Finals[edit]

(2) New York Liberty vs. (4) Atlanta Dream[edit]

September 5
7:00pm
Atlanta Dream 81, New York Liberty 75
Scoring by quarter: 27–21, 17–18, 12–17, 25–19
Pts: McCoughtry (21)
Rebs: Lyttle (13)
Asts: Lehning (5)
Pts: Pondexter (24)
Rebs: McWilliams-Franklin (11)
Asts: Mitchell (6)
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
Attendance: 14,248
Referees: Michael Price, Cameron Inouye, Clarke Stevens
September 7
7:30pm
New York Liberty 93, Atlanta Dream 105
Scoring by quarter: 21–32, 23–23, 29–18, 30–32
Pts: Pondexter (36)
Rebs: McWilliams-Franklin (6)
Asts: Pondexter (9)
Pts: McCoughtry (42)
Rebs: de Souza (6)
Asts: Castro Marques (5)
Atlanta won the series 2–0
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Attendance: 9,045
Referees: Sue Blauch, Scott Twardoski, Lamont Simpson
Regular-season series

The teams were tied 2–2 in the regular season series

May 23, 2010
Atlanta Dream 86, New York Liberty 77
June 11, 2010
Atlanta Dream 79, New York Liberty 91
July 25, 2010
New York Liberty 75, Atlanta Dream 82
August 13, 2010
New York Liberty 90, Atlanta Dream 83

Western Conference[edit]

Conference Semifinals[edit]

(1) Seattle Storm vs. (4) Los Angeles Sparks[edit]

August 25
11:00pm
Los Angeles Sparks 66, Seattle Storm 79
Scoring by quarter: 15–25, 18–18, 15–16, 18–20
Pts: Ferdinand-Harris (18)
Rebs: Milton-Jones (8)
Asts: Toliver (5)
Pts: Cash (20)
Rebs: Jackson (9)
Asts: Bird (12)
KeyArena, Seattle, WA
Attendance: 10,589
Referees: Lamont Simpson, Denise Brooks-Clauser, Roy Gulbeyan
August 28
3:00pm
Seattle Storm 81, Los Angeles Sparks 66
Scoring by quarter: 15–20, 27–16, 22–18, 17–12
Pts: Jackson (24)
Rebs: Jackson (9)
Asts: Cash (5)
Pts: Thompson (18)
Rebs: Milton-Jones (9)
Asts: Thompson (5)
Seattle won the series 2–0
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 8,326
Referees: Michael Price, Cameron Inouye, Tom Mauer
Regular-season series

The Seattle Storm won 5–0 in the regular-season series:

May 16, 2010
Los Angeles Sparks 67, Seattle Storm 81
June 5, 2010
Seattle Storm 79, Los Angeles Sparks 75
June 11, 2010
Los Angeles Sparks 60, Seattle Storm 82
July 3, 2010
Seattle Storm 75, Los Angeles Sparks 62
August 21, 2010
Los Angeles Sparks 75, Seattle Storm 76

(2) Phoenix Mercury vs. (3) San Antonio Silver Stars[edit]

August 26
9:00pm
San Antonio Silver Stars 93, Phoenix Mercury 106
Scoring by quarter: 16–25, 23–21, 24–31, 30–29
Pts: Hammon (19)
Rebs: Young (9)
Asts: Snow, Hammon (4)
Pts: Dupree (32)
Rebs: Dupree (8)
Asts: Taurasi (10)
US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
Attendance: 8,927
Referees: Scott Twardoski, Kurt Walker, Brenda Pantoja
August 28
1:00pm
Phoenix Mercury 92, San Antonio Silver Stars 73
Scoring by quarter: 30–15, 18–15, 20–21, 24–22
Pts: Taurasi (23)
Rebs: Dupree (11)
Asts: Taylor (12)
Pts: Hammon (21)
Rebs: Young (9)
Asts: Hammon (7)
Phoenix won the series 2–0
AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
Attendance: 6,763
Referees: Clarke Stevens, Daryl Humphrey, Sue Blauch
Regular-season series

The teams were tied 2–2 in the regular-season series:

June 18, 2010
San Antonio Silver Stars 108, Phoenix Mercury 105
August 3, 2010
Phoenix Mercury 103, San Antonio Silver Stars 92
August 6, 2010
San Antonio Silver Stars 87, Phoenix Mercury 103
August 22, 2010
Phoenix Mercury 82, San Antonio Silver Stars 83

Conference Finals[edit]

(1) Seattle Storm vs. (2) Phoenix Mercury[edit]

September 2
10:00pm
Phoenix Mercury 74, Seattle Storm 82
Scoring by quarter: 14–23, 19–24, 22–17, 19–18
Pts: Taylor (16)
Rebs: Dupree (11)
Asts: Johnson (7)
Pts: Jackson (23)
Rebs: Jackson (17)
Asts: Bird (10)
KeyArena, Seattle, WA
Attendance: 9,686
Referees: Sue Blauch, Daryl Humphrey, Kurt Walker
September 5
3:00pm
Seattle Storm 91, Phoenix Mercury 88
Scoring by quarter: 22–24, 18–24, 21–23, 30–17
Pts: Cash (23)
Rebs: Cash, Jackson, Little (8)
Asts: Bird (8)
Pts: Taurasi (28)
Rebs: Smith (7)
Asts: Johnson (12)
Seattle won the series 2–0
US Airways Center, Phoenix, AZ
Attendance: 9,010
Referees: Eric Brewton, Denise Brooks, Roy Gulbeyan
Regular-season series

The Seattle Storm won 5–0 in the regular-season series:

May 22, 2010
Seattle Storm 95, Phoenix Mercury 89
June 6, 2010
Phoenix Mercury 74, Seattle Storm 97
July 14, 2010
Seattle Storm 111, Phoenix Mercury 107
July 27, 2010
Phoenix Mercury 85, Seattle Storm 91
August 20, 2010
Seattle Storm 78, Phoenix Mercury 73

WNBA Finals[edit]

Seattle Storm vs. Atlanta Dream[edit]

Main article: 2010 WNBA Finals
September 12
3:00pm
Atlanta Dream 77, Seattle Storm 79
Scoring by quarter: 17–22, 22–17, 14–20, 24–20
Pts: McCoughtry, Marques (19)
Rebs: Lyttle (14)
Asts: Price (3)
Pts: Jackson (26)
Rebs: Little (11)
Asts: Bird (8)
KeyArena, Seattle, WA
Attendance: 15,084
Referees: Daryl Humphrey, Denise Brooks, Michael Price
September 14
9:00pm
Atlanta Dream 84, Seattle Storm 87
Scoring by quarter: 21–19, 26–30, 18–20, 19–18
Pts: McCoughtry, Marques (21)
Rebs: McCoughtry (9)
Asts: Miller (8)
Pts: Jackson (26)
Rebs: Little (9)
Asts: Bird (5)
KeyArena, Seattle, WA
Attendance: 13,898
Referees: Eric Brewton, Cameron Inouye, Scott Twardoski
September 16
8:00pm
Seattle Storm 87, Atlanta Dream 84
Scoring by quarter: 28–24, 15-20, 24-16, 20-24
Pts: Cash (18)
Rebs: Jackson (9)
Asts: Bird (7)
Pts: McCoughtry (35)
Rebs: de Souza (14)
Asts: C. Miller (5)
Seattle won the series 3–0
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Attendance: 10,522
Referees: Sue Blauch, Lamont Simpson, Kurt Walker
Regular-season series

The Seattle Storm won 2–0 in the regular-season series:

June 1, 2010
Atlanta Dream 72, Seattle Storm 90
August 10, 2010
Seattle Storm 80, Atlanta Dream 70

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