1997 Houston Comets season

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1997 Houston Comets season
Coach Van Chancellor
Arena Compaq Center
Attendance 9,703 per game
Results
Record 18–10 (.643)
Place 1st (Eastern)
Playoff finish Won WNBA Finals

The 1997 WNBA season was the first season for the Houston Comets. The Comets won the inaugural WNBA Finals.

Offseason[edit]

Initial Player Allocation[edit]

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team College/HS/Club Team
5 Sheryl Swoopes (F)  United States Houston Comets Texas Tech
6 Cynthia Cooper (G)  United States Houston Comets Southern California

[1]

WNBA Draft[edit]

Pick Player Nationality School/Club Team
1 Tina Thompson  United States Southern California

[2]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Conference W L PCT Conf. GB
Houston Comets x 18 10 .643 6–6
New York Liberty x 17 11 .607 8–4 1.0
Charlotte Sting x 15 13 .536 5–7 3.0
Cleveland Rockers o 15 13 .536 5–7 3.0

Season Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Record
June 21 @ Cleveland 76-56 Win 1-0
June 24 vs Phoenix 70-55 Win 2-0
June 26 vs New York 60-62 (OT) Loss 2-1
June 28 @ Utah 76-58 Win 3-1
June 30 vs Los Angeles 71-66 (OT) Win 4-1
July 2 @ New York 67-70 Loss 4-2
July 4 vs New York 58-65 Loss 4-3
July 7 vs Charlotte 74-56 Win 5-3
July 9 @ Phoenix 64-69 Loss 5-4
July 12 vs Sacramento 89-61 Win 6-4
July 14 vs Utah 79-56 Win 7-4
July 16 @ Los Angeles 52-77 Loss 7-5
July 18 @ Sacramento 82-60 Win 8-5
July 22 @ Phoenix 77-69 Win 9-5
July 25 @ Sacramento 86-76 Win 10-5
July 29 vs Cleveland 64-73 Loss 10-6
August 1 @ Los Angeles 81-57 Win 11-6
August 2 @ Utah 63-74 Loss 11-7
August 5 @ Cleveland 76-66 Win 12-7
August 7 vs Phoenix 74-70 Win 13-7
August 9 vs Los Angeles 72-71 Win 14-7
August 11 @ Charlotte 72-62 Win 15-7
August 12 vs Utah 76-56 Win 16-7
August 16 @ Charlotte 71-80 Loss 16-8
August 17 @ New York 70-55 Win 17-8
August 19 vs Charlotte 77-69 Win 18-8
August 21 vs Cleveland 75-76 Loss 18-9
August 24 vs Sacramento 58-68 Loss 18-10
August 28 (Playoffs) vs Charlotte 70-54 Win 1-0
August 30 (WNBA Finals) vs New York 65-51 Win 2-0

Player stats[edit]

  • Janeth Arcain ranked second in the WNBA in Free Throw Pct with .894
  • Cynthia Cooper ranked fifth in the WNBA in assists with 131.
  • Cynthia Cooper ranked sixth in the WNBA in Field Goal Percentage (.470)
  • Cynthia Cooper ranked third in the WNBA in Free Throw Pct with .864
  • Cynthia Cooper ranked first in the WNBA in field goals with 191.
  • Cynthia Cooper ranked first in the WNBA in points with 621.
  • Cynthia Cooper ranked fifth in the WNBA in minutes per game with 35.1
  • Cynthia Cooper ranked fifth in the WNBA in steals with 59.
  • Kim Perrot ranked ninth in the WNBA in assists with 88.
  • Kim Perrot ranked third in the WNBA in steals with 69.
  • Tina Thompson ranked ninth in the WNBA in points with 370 points.-
  • Tina Thompson ranked seventh in the WNBA in total rebounds with 184
  • Tina Thompson ranked ninth in the WNBA in points per game with 13.2
  • Tina Thompson ranked seventh in the WNBA in Free Throw Pct with .838
  • Tina Thompson tied for fifth in the WNBA in blocks with 28.

Playoffs[edit]

  • Won WNBA Finals (1-0) over New York Liberty
  • Won WNBA Semifinals (1-0) over Charlotte Sting

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Cynthia Cooper, WNBA Most Valuable Player Award
  • Cynthia Cooper, WNBA Finals MVP Award
  • Cynthia Cooper, Guard, All-WNBA First Team
  • Cynthia Cooper: Led WNBA, Field Goals 191[3]
  • Cynthia Cooper: Led WNBA, 3-Pt Field Goals, 67[3]
  • Cynthia Cooper: Led WNBA, Free Throws, 172[3]
  • Cynthia Cooper: Led WNBA, Free Throw Attempts, 199[3]
  • Cynthia Cooper: Led WNBA, Points, 621 [3]
  • Cynthia Cooper: Led WNBA, Points per game, 22.2 [3]
  • Cynthia Cooper: Ranked third in the WNBA in minutes played, 982
  • Wanda Guyton: Second in WNBA (tied), Offensive Rebounds, 76 [3]
  • Tina Thompson, Forward, All-WNBA First Team
  • Van Chancellor, Coach of the Year [4]

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