2012 WNBA Finals

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2012 WNBA Finals
2012 WNBA Finals Logo.jpg
Team Coach Wins
Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve 1
Indiana Fever Lin Dunn 3
Dates: October 14 – 21
MVP: United States Tamika Catchings
Television: ESPN, ESPN2 (HD)
East Finals: Indiana defeated Connecticut, 2–1
West Finals: Minnesota defeated Los Angeles, 2–0
WNBA Finals

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The 2012 WNBA Finals was the series for the 2012 season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the conclusion of the season's playoffs.[1] The Minnesota Lynx, champions of the Western Conference, faced the Indiana Fever, champions of the Eastern Conference. The Fever defeated the Lynx three games to one becoming only the second Eastern Conference franchise to capture a WNBA title.

The WNBA Finals were under a 2–2–1 rotation. The Lynx held home-court advantage as they had a better regular season record (27–7) than the Fever (22–12). The Lynx were defending their 2011 WNBA Championship. The Fever appeared in the 2009 Finals.[2]

Background[edit]

2012 WNBA Regular Season[edit]

Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Connecticut Sun y 25 9 .735 12–5 13–4 18–4
Indiana Fever x 22 12 .647 3.0 13–4 9–8 15–7
Atlanta Dream x 19 15 .559 6.0 11–6 8–9 12–10
New York Liberty x 15 19 .441 10.0 9–8 6–11 10–12
Chicago Sky o 14 20 .412 11.0 7–10 7–10 8–14
Washington Mystics o 5 29 .147 20.0 4–13 1–16 3–19
Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Minnesota Lynx z 27 7 .794 16–1 11–6 17–5
Los Angeles Sparks x 24 10 .706 3.0 16–1 8–9 15–7
San Antonio Silver Stars x 21 13 .618 6.0 12–5 9–8 14–8
Seattle Storm x 16 18 .471 11.0 10–7 6–11 11–11
Tulsa Shock o 9 25 .265 18.0 6–11 3–14 5–17
Phoenix Mercury o 7 27 .206 20.0 3–14 4–13 4–18

2012 WNBA Playoffs[edit]

Minnesota Lynx Indiana Fever
27–7 (.794)
1st West, 1st overall
Seeding 22–12 (.647)
2nd East, 4th overall
Defeated the (4) Seattle Storm, 2–1 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (3) Atlanta Dream, 2–1
Defeated the (2) Los Angeles Sparks, 2–0 Conference Finals Defeated the (1) Connecticut Sun, 2–1

Indiana Fever[edit]

The Indiana Fever finished 22–12, good for second place in the Eastern Conference. The Fever lost their first playoff game against the Atlanta Dream, but rallied to win two straight elimination games, setting up a conference final against the Connecticut Sun. Once again, Indiana lost the first game of the series, but rallied to win two straight to reach the finals for the second time in four years.

Minnesota Lynx[edit]

The Minnesota Lynx finished with the best record in the WNBA for the second straight year, finishing with a 27–7 record. The Lynx were taken to three games by the Seattle Storm, winning Game 3 by one point. The Lynx then swept the Los Angeles Sparks in the Western Conference Finals, which gave them a chance to defend their 2011 WNBA title.

Regular-season series[edit]

The Minnesota Lynx won the season series 2–0:

September 14, 2012
Minnesota Lynx 66, Indiana Fever 64
September 17, 2012
Indiana Fever 79, Minnesota Lynx 86

Series summary[edit]

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4).

Game 1[edit]

October 14
8:00pm ET
Indiana Fever 76, Minnesota Lynx 70
Scoring by quarter: 25–20, 18–20, 13–18, 20–12
Pts: Catchings (20)
Rebs: Larkins (15)
Asts: January (6)
Pts: Augustus (23)
Rebs: Brunson, Moore (10)
Asts: Whalen (4)
Indiana lead series, 1–0
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 14,322
Referees: #4 Sue Blauch, #18 Kurt Walker, #45 Tom Mauer

Game 2[edit]

October 17
8:00pm ET
Indiana Fever 71, Minnesota Lynx 83
Scoring by quarter: 18–11, 15–20, 22–29, 16–23
Pts: Catchings (27)
Rebs: Catchings (8)
Asts: Phillips (4)
Pts: Augustus (27)
Rebs: Brunson (7)
Asts: McWilliams-Franklin, Moore, Whalen (4)
Series tied 1–1
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 13,478
Referees: #39 Michael Price, #42 Roy Gulbeyan, #43 Brenda Pantoja

Game 3[edit]

October 19
8:00pm ET
Minnesota Lynx 59, Indiana Fever 76
Scoring by quarter: 16–21, 11–24, 11–25, 21–6
Pts: Brunson (12)
Rebs: Brunson (9)
Asts: Wiggins (3)
Pts: Zellous (30)
Rebs: Larkins (12)
Asts: Davenport (4)
Indiana lead series, 2–1
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 18,165
Referees: #9 Denise Brooks, #38 Lamont Simpson, #55 Eric Brewton

Game 4[edit]

October 21
8:00pm ET
Minnesota Lynx 78, Indiana Fever 87
Scoring by quarter: 18–25, 24–22, 16–18, 20–24
Pts: Whalen (22)
Rebs: Augustus (7)
Asts: Whalen (8)
Pts: Catchings (28)
Rebs: Larkins (13)
Asts: Catchings (8)
Indiana win series, 3–1
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 15,213
Referees: #4 Sue Blauch, #39 Michael Price, #42 Roy Gulbeyan

Rosters[edit]

Minnesota Lynx roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From Yrs
C 1 United States Adair, Jessica 6' 4" (1.93m) 197 lb (89kg) 12-19-1986 George Washington 2
G/F 33 United States Augustus, Seimone 6' 0" (1.83m) 165 lb (75kg) 04-30-1984 LSU 6
F 32 United States Brunson, Rebekkah 6' 2" (1.88m) 184 lb (83kg) 12-11-1981 Georgetown 8
F 6 United States Harris, Amber 6' 5" (1.96m) 202 lb (92kg) 01-16-1988 Xavier 1
F/C 8 United States McWilliams-Franklin, Taj 6' 2" (1.88m) 195 lb (88kg) 08-20-1970 St. Edward's 13
F 23 United States Moore, Maya 6' 0" (1.83m) 175 lb (79kg) 06-11-1989 Connecticut 1
F 14 United States Peters, Devereaux 6' 2" (1.88m) 170 lb (77kg) 10-08-1989 Notre Dame R
G 5 United States Thorn, Erin 5' 9" (1.75m) 145 lb (66kg) 05-19-1981 Brigham Young 9
G 13 United States Whalen, Lindsay 5' 9" (1.75m) 160 lb (73kg) 05-09-1982 Minnesota 8
G 11 United States Wiggins, Candice 5' 11" (1.8m) 147 lb (67kg) 02-14-1987 Stanford 4
G/F 22 United States Wright, Monica 5' 10" (1.78m) 171 lb (78kg) 07-15-1988 Virginia 2



East: ATLCHICONINDNYWAS | West: LAMINPHOSASEATUL
Head coach
United States Cheryl Reeve (La Salle)
Assistant coaches
United States Shelley Patterson (Washington State)
United States Jim Petersen (Minnesota)
Athletic trainer
United States Chuck Barta (Wisconsin-La Crosse)
Assistant trainer
United States Keith Uzpen (Minnesota State-Mankato)

Legend
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • Injured Injured

WNBA roster page
Transactions

Indiana Fever roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight DOB From Yrs
F 24 United States Catchings, Tamika 6' 1" (1.85m) 167 lb (76kg) 07-21-1979 Tennessee 10
G/F 11 United States Christmas, Karima 6' 0" (1.83m) 180 lb (82kg) 09-11-1989 Duke 1
C 50 United States Davenport, Jessica 6' 5" (1.96m) 215 lb (98kg) 06-21-1985 Ohio State 5
G/F 23 United States Douglas, Katie 6' 0" (1.83m) 165 lb (75kg) 05-07-1979 Purdue 11
F 45 United States Goodlett, Sasha 6' 5" (1.96m) 239 lb (108kg) 08-09-1990 Georgia Tech R
G 20 United States January, Briann 5' 8" (1.73m) 144 lb (65kg) 01-11-1987 Arizona State 3
F 2 United States Larkins, Erlana 6' 1" (1.85m) 202 lb (92kg) 04-02-1986 North Carolina 2
G 13 Australia Phillips, Erin 5' 8" (1.73m) 165 lb (75kg) 05-19-1985 Australia 4
G 32 United States Pohlen, Jeanette 6' 0" (1.83m) 179 lb (81kg) 05-02-1989 Stanford 1
C 8 Canada Sutton-Brown, Tammy 6' 4" (1.93m) 199 lb (90kg) 01-27-1978 Rutgers 11
G 1 United States Zellous, Shavonte 5' 10" (1.78m) 155 lb (70kg) 08-28-1986 Pittsburgh 3



East: ATLCHICONINDNYWAS | West: LAMINPHOSASEATUL
Head coach
United States Lin Dunn (Tennessee-Martin)
Assistant coaches
United States Mickie DeMoss (Louisiana Tech)
United States Stephanie White (Purdue)
Athletic trainer
United States Todd Champlin (Daemen)
Strength and conditioning coach
United States Emily Novitsky (Slippery Rock)

Legend
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • Injured Injured

WNBA roster page
Transactions

References[edit]