2013 WNBA season

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2013 WNBA season
Duration May – October
Games 34
Teams 12
Total attendance 1,536,259
Average attendance 7,531
TV partner/s ESPN on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV
Draft
Top draft pick United States Brittney Griner
Picked by Phoenix Mercury
Regular season
Season MVP United States Candace Parker Los Angeles
Stat leaders
    Points A. McCoughtry (21.5)
    Rebounds S. Fowles (11.5)
    Assists D. Robinson (6.7)
Playoffs
East champions Atlanta Dream
  East runners-up   Indiana Fever
West champions Minnesota Lynx
  West runners-up   Phoenix Mercury
Finals
Finals champions Minnesota Lynx
  Runners-up   Atlanta Dream
Finals MVP United States Maya Moore Minnesota
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The 2013 WNBA season was the 17th season of the Women's National Basketball Association. The regular season began on May 24, and playoffs concluded on October 10.[1] The Minnesota Lynx won their second league championship, defeating the Atlanta Dream three games to none in the 2013 WNBA Finals. The year represented a positive turning point for the long-struggling league. Both attendance and television viewership were up, driven by an influx of talented rookies, multiple teams reported that they were near a break-even point, and at least one franchise announced that it was profitable.[2]

2013 WNBA Draft[edit]

Main article: 2013 WNBA Draft

The WNBA Draft lottery was held on September 26, 2012. The lottery teams were the Washington Mystics, Phoenix Mercury, Tulsa Shock and Chicago Sky. The top pick was awarded to Phoenix Mercury. Center Brittney Griner was drafted first overall by the Phoenix Mercury.

TV and Internet coverage[edit]

About 70+ games were aired on ESPN2, ABC and NBA TV. WNBA LiveAccess will offer complement - approximately 190 live games.[3]

Regular season[edit]

The WNBA touted three exciting rookies -- Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury, Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky, and Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock -- as "three to see" going into the 2013 season.[4] Griner - a tall, athletic center who had been dominant in college -- was seen as such a potential game-changer that many picked the Mercury to win the WNBA championship.[5]

It was Delle Donne, however, who turned out to have the breakout season, leading the Sky to the best record in the Eastern Conference, and their first trip to the playoffs. Griner was hampered by injuries, but her Phoenix team finished third in the West, and made it to the conference finals.

The Minnesota Lynx finished with the best record in the WNBA for the third consecutive season, behind the play of Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen, and Maya Moore.

Joining the Sky in the playoffs were the defending WNBA champion Indiana Fever, who finished fourth after surviving a rash of injuries during the season; the Atlanta Dream, led by league scoring champion Angel McCoughtry; and the Washington Mystics, who were hoping to win their first playoff game since 2004.

The Los Angeles Sparks finished second in the West, behind the play of league MVP Candace Parker. They lost to Phoenix in the conference semifinals. Finally, the Seattle Storm surprised many by earning the final entry into the playoffs, allowing veteran and future hall-of-famer Tina Thompson to retire from a playoff team.

Standings[edit]

# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB GP
1 z-Chicago Sky 24 10 .706 - 34
2 x-Atlanta Dream 17 17 .500 7 34
3 x-Washington Mystics 17 17 .500 7 34
4 x-Indiana Fever 16 18 .471 8 34
5 e-New York Liberty 11 23 .324 13 34
6 e-Connecticut Sun 10 24 .294 14 34
# Western Conference
Team W L PCT GB GP
1 z-Minnesota Lynx 26 8 .765 - 34
2 x-Los Angeles Sparks 24 10 .706 2 34
3 x-Phoenix Mercury 19 15 .559 7 34
4 x-Seattle Storm 17 17 .500 9 34
5 e-San Antonio Silver Stars 12 22 .353 14 34
6 e-Tulsa Shock 11 23 .324 15 34

Playoffs and Finals[edit]

Main article: 2013 WNBA Playoffs

The opening round of the WNBA playoffs saw a rash of road team victories. Only the Minnesota Lynx and Indiana Fever went unbeaten on their home floors. The Chicago Sky, the top overall seed in the East, were swept by the Fever, while the Seattle Storm lost to the top-seeded Lynx in two games. In the Atlanta-Washington series, the road team won the first two games of the series, before Atlanta finally prevailed at home. Finally, in the matchup between the Phoenix Mercury and Los Angeles Sparks, the road teams went 3-0, with Phoenix advancing.

The conference finals were over quickly. Both the Atlanta Dream and Minnesota Lynx swept their opponents, setting up a rematch of the 2011 WNBA Finals. In the Finals, the Lynx once again swept the Dream, becoming the second WNBA team to sweep through the playoffs since the best-of-five finals format was adopted.

Awards[edit]

Players of the Week[edit]

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week.

Week Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
01May 24 – Jun. 2 McCoughtry, AngelAngel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream) (1/3) Parker, CandaceCandace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) (1/3) [6]
02Jun. 3 – Jun. 9 Latta, IvoryIvory Latta (Washington Mystics) (1/2) Brunson, RebekkahRebekkah Brunson (Minnesota Lynx) (1/1) [7]
03Jun. 10 – Jun. 16 McCoughtry, AngelAngel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream) (2/3) Taurasi, DianaDiana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) (1/2) [8]
04Jun. 17 – Jun. 23 McCoughtry, AngelAngel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream) (3/3) Johnson, GloryGlory Johnson (Tulsa Shock) (1/1) [9]
05Jun. 24 – Jun. 30 Delle Donne, ElenaElena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky) (1/4) Taurasi, DianaDiana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) (2/2) [10]
06Jul. 1 – Jul. 7 Delle Donne, ElenaElena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky) (2/4) Parker, CandaceCandace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) (2/3) [11]
07Jul. 8 – Jul. 14 Fowles, SylviaSylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) (1/2) Parker, CandaceCandace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) (3/3) [12]
08Jul. 15 – Jul. 21 Catchings, TamikaTamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) (1/1) Cambage, LizLiz Cambage (Tulsa Shock) (1/2) [13]
09Jul. 22 – Jul. 28 Latta, IvoryIvory Latta (Washington Mystics) (2/2) Thompson, TinaTina Thompson (Seattle Storm) (1/1) [14]
10Jul. 29 – Aug. 4 Charles, TinaTina Charles (Connecticut Sun) (1/1) Cambage, LizLiz Cambage (Tulsa Shock) (2/2) [15]
11Aug. 5 – Aug. 11 Delle Donne, ElenaElena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky) (3/4) Moore, MayaMaya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) (1/2) [16]
12Aug. 12 – Aug. 18 Fowles, SylviaSylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) (2/2) Toliver, KristiKristi Toliver (Los Angeles Sparks) (1/1) [17]
13Aug. 19 – Aug. 25 Delle Donne, ElenaElena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky) (4/4) Moore, MayaMaya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) (2/2) [18]

Players of the Month[edit]

The following players were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month.

Month Eastern Conference Western Conference Ref.
1June McCoughtry, AngelAngel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream) (1/1) Taurasi, DianaDiana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury) (1/1) [19]
2July Fowles, SylviaSylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) (1/3) Parker, CandaceCandace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) (1/1) [20]
3August Fowles, SylviaSylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) (2/3) Moore, MayaMaya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) (1/2) [21]
4September Fowles, SylviaSylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) (3/3) Moore, MayaMaya Moore (Minnesota Lynx) (2/2) [22]

Rookie of the Month[edit]

The following players were named the Rookie of the Month.

Month Player Ref.
1June Delle Donne, ElenaElena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky) (1/4) [23]
2July Delle Donne, ElenaElena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky) (2/4) [24]
3August Delle Donne, ElenaElena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky) (3/4) [25]
3September Delle Donne, ElenaElena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky) (4/4) [26]

Postseason awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2013 WNBA Schedule and Results - Women's National Basketball Association - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2013-05-14. Retrieved 2013-05-21. 
  2. ^ WNBA's 15th Season Delivers Increased Attendance and TV Viewership
  3. ^ https://liveaccess.wnba.com/wnbala/help.jsp#FAQ
  4. ^ Honing in on the fall
  5. ^ How the Minnesota Lynx swept the Phoenix Mercury to advance to the 2013 WNBA Finals
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  14. ^ "Mystic's Ivory Latta, Storm's Tina Thompson Named WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week". WNBA.com. July 29, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
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  16. ^ "Minnesota's Moore, Chicago's Delle Donne Named WNBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week". WNBA.com. August 12, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Chicago Sky's Sylvia Fowles and LA Sparks' Kristi Toliver Named WNBA Players of the Week". WNBA.com. August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
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  21. ^ "Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles named WNBA Players of the Month". LoveWomensBasketball.com. September 5, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles named WNBA Players of the Month". LoveWomensBasketball.com. September 18, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Chicago's Elena Delle Donne Named June Rookie of the Month". WNBA.com. July 1, 2013. Retrieved August 27, 2013. 
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  25. ^ "Elena Delle Donne named Rookie of the Month of August". September 3, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Elena Delle Donne named WNBA Rookie of the Month for the fourth time". WNBA.com. September 17, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 

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