1998 Phoenix Mercury season

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1998 Phoenix Mercury season
Coach Cheryl Miller
Arena America West Arena
Attendance 13,765 per game
Results
Record 19–11 (.633)
Place 2nd (Western)
Playoff finish Lost WNBA Finals (2-1) to Houston Comets

The 1998 WNBA season was the second season for the Phoenix Mercury. The Mercury reached their first WNBA Finals, but championship hopes were denied when they lost to the Houston Comets in three games.

Offseason[edit]

Tara Williams was picked up by the Detroit Shock in the 1998 WNBA Expansion Draft.

WNBA Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Nationality School/Club Team
1 8 Maria Stepanova (C)  Russia Russia
2 18 Andrea Kuklova (G/F)  Slovakia Slovakia
3 28 Brandy Reed (F)  United States Southern Mississippi
4 38 Karen Wilkins (G/F)  United States Howard

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

Western Conference W L PCT Conf. GB
Houston Comets x 27 3 .900 15–1
Phoenix Mercury x 19 11 .633 10–6 8.0
Los Angeles Sparks o 12 18 .400 6–10 15.0
Sacramento Monarchs o 8 22 .267 5–11 19.0
Utah Starzz o 8 22 .267 4–12 19.0

Season schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Record
June 11 @ Sacramento 73-70 Win 1-0
June 14 Los Angeles 70-60 Win 2-0
June 15 Washington 69-54 Win 3-0
June 21 Charlotte 71-72 Loss 3-1
June 24 Houston 69-66 Win 4-1
June 26 Utah 96-63 Win 5-1
June 28 @ Washington 86-69 Win 6-1
June 29 @ New York 68-71 Loss 6-2
July 2 @ Cleveland 76-61 Win 7-2
July 4 @ Charlotte 66-68 Loss 7-3
July 8 @ Detroit 78-76 Win 8-3
July 10 Cleveland 76-60 Win 9-3
July 13 Los Angeles 72-62 Win 10-3
July 15 Detroit 73-60 Win 11-3
July 18 New York 63-69 Loss 11-4
July 20 Sacramento 88-67 Win 12-4
July 21 Houston 62-65 Loss 12-5
July 23 @ Los Angeles 68-70 Loss 12-6
July 27 @ Utah 80-90 Loss 12-7
July 28 @ Houston 62-72 Loss 12-8
July 31 @ Los Angeles 56-71 Loss 12-9
August 4 Washington 88-59 Win 13-9
August 6 @ Houston 64-75 Loss 13-10
August 8 Utah 68-62 Win 14-10
August 10 @ Cleveland 82-80 Win 15-10
August 11 @ New York 78-79 Loss 15-11
August 14 Detroit 84-59 Win 16-11
August 16 @ Sacramento 85-69 Win 17-11
August 17 @ Utah 75-64 Win 18-11
August 19 Sacramento 71-62 Win 19-11

Playoffs[edit]

Game Date Opponent Score Result Record
WNBA Semifinals
1 August 22 Cleveland 78-68 Win 1-0
2 August 24 @ Cleveland 66-67 Loss 1-1
3 August 25 @ Cleveland 71-60 Win 2-1
WNBA Finals
1 August 27 Houston 54-51 Win 3-1
2 August 29 @ Houston 69-74 (OT) Loss 3-2
3 September 1 @ Houston 71-80 Loss 3-3

Player stats[edit]

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS
Jennifer Gillom 30 219 42 50 10 624
Bridget Pettis 30 103 62 29 9 338
Michelle Brogan 30 133 41 44 5 275
Michele Timms 30 74 158 38 4 207
Umeki Webb 30 116 92 47 21 161
Marlies Askamp 26 85 12 12 7 139
Brandy Reed 24 78 20 18 7 124
Andrea Kuklova 29 37 31 18 4 97
Toni Foster 16 30 19 14 5 79
Kristi Harrower 30 21 52 15 3 70
Maria Stepanova 20 38 7 3 11 66
Mikiko Hagiwara 10 2 3 0 0 22
Pauline Jordan 6 5 4 0 0 15

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