1997 Phoenix Mercury season

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1997 Phoenix Mercury season
Coach Cheryl Miller
Arena America West Arena
Attendance 13,703 per game
Results
Record 16–12 (.571)
Place 1st (Western)
Playoff finish Lost WNBA Semifinals

The 1997 WNBA season was the first for the Phoenix Mercury.

Offseason[edit]

Initial Player Allocation[edit]

Pick Player Nationality School
11 Michele Timms (G)  Australia Australia
12 Jennifer Gillom (C)  United States Mississippi

[1]

WNBA Elite Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality School
1 7 Bridget Pettis (F)  United States Florida
2 15 Nancy Lieberman-Cline (G)  United States Old Dominion

[2]

WNBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality School
1 7th Toni Foster Iowa
2 9 Tia Jackson (G/F)  United States Iowa

[2]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Conference W L PCT Conf. GB
Phoenix Mercury x 16 12 .571 9–3
Los Angeles Sparks o 14 14 .500 8–4 2.0
Sacramento Monarchs o 10 18 .357 4–8 6.0
Utah Starzz o 7 21 .250 3–9 9.0

Season Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Record
June 22 Charlotte 76-59 Win 1-0
June 24 @ Houston 55-70 Loss 1-1
June 28 @ Cleveland 68-63 Win 2-1
June 29 @ New York 57-65 Loss 2-2
July 3 @ Utah 77-55 Win 3-2
July 7 New York 69-50 Win 4-2
July 9 Houston 69-64 Win 5-2
July 12 @ Utah 51-52 Loss 5-3
July 13 @ Los Angeles 57-56 Win 6-3
July 16 Sacramento 84-67 Win 7-3
July 21 @ Sacramento 70-57 Win 8-3
July 22 Houston 69-77 Loss 8-4
July 25 Los Angeles 83-86 (OT) Loss 8-5
July 28 Cleveland 64-76 Loss 8-6
July 30 @ Charlotte 67-68 Loss 8-7
July 31 @ Cleveland 67-79 Loss 8-8
August 2 @ New York 70-78 Loss 8-9
August 4 Sacramento 83-60 Win 9-9
August 6 Utah 78-46 Win 10-9
August 7 @ Houston 70-74 Loss 10-10
August 9 @ Charlotte 59-79 Loss 10-11
August 12 New York 77-67 Win 11-11
August 14 Cleveland 61-55 Win 12-11
August 17 Utah 71-63 (OT) Win 13-11
August 18 @ Los Angeles 66-75 Loss 13-12
August 20 @ Sacramento 69-54 Win 14-12
August 22 Charlotte 78-63 Win 15-12
August 24 Los Angeles 73-68 (OT) Win 16-12
August 28 (WNBA Semifinal) New York 41-59 Loss 0-1

Player stats[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; FG = Field Goals; MIN= Minutes; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points

Player GP MIN FG REB AST STL BLK PTS
Jennifer Gillom 28 874 163 151 21 37 15 440
Bridget Pettis 28 842 107 107 78 49 12 352
Michele Timms 27 966 99 99 137 71 3 326
Toni Foster 28 736 246
Marlies Askamp 28 211
Umeki Webb 28 141
Tia Jackson 26 74
Nancy Lieberman-Cline 25 64
Tara Williams 12 37
Mikiko Hagiwara 12 33
Monique Ambers 19 14
Molly Tuter 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ryneldi Becenti 1 8 0 0 0 1 0 0

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  • Toni Foster ranked ninth in the WNBA in total rebounds with 172
  • Toni Foster was ranked ninth in the WNBA in steals with 53.
  • Toni Foster tied for seventh in the WNBA in blocks with 21.
  • Toni Foster ranked seventh in the WNBA in Field Goal Percentage (.468)
  • Jennifer Gillom ranked tenth in the WNBA in Free Throw Pct with .777
  • Jennifer Gillom ranked fourth in the WNBA in field goals with 163
  • Jennifer Gillom ranked fifth in the WNBA in points with 440 points.
  • Jennifer Gillom ranked fifth in the WNBA in points per game with 15.7
  • Bridget Pettis was tied for tenth in the WNBA in steals with 49.
  • Michele Timms ranked third in the WNBA in minutes per game with 35.8
  • Michele Timms ranked second in the WNBA in steals with 71.
  • Michele Timms ranked third in the WNBA in assists with 137.
  • Chantel Tremitiere ranked fourth in the WNBA in assists with 135.
  • Umeki Webb ranked fourth in the WNBA in steals with 68.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Jennifer Gillom, Center, All-WNBA Second Team [4]
  • Bridget Pettis: Led WNBA, Free Throw Percentage, .898 [5]
  • Michele Timms: Third in WNBA, 3-Pt Field Goals, 49

Playoffs[edit]

Lost WNBA Semifinals (1-0) to New York Liberty

References[edit]

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