1998 WNBA season

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1998 WNBA season
Duration May – September
Games 30
Teams 10
Total attendance 1,630,315
Average attendance 10,869
TV partner/s ESPN, NBC, Lifetime
Top draft pick Margo Dydek
Picked by Utah Starzz
Regular season
Season MVP Cynthia Cooper (Houston)
Stat leaders
    Points C. Cooper (22.7)
    Rebounds L. Leslie (10.2)
    Assists T. Penicheiro (7.5)
East champions none due to setup
  East runners-up   Cleveland Rockers
West champions Houston Comets, Phoenix Mercury
  West runners-up   none due to setup
Finals champions Houston Comets
  Runners-up   Phoenix Mercury
Finals MVP Cynthia Cooper (Houston)
WNBA seasons

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The 1998 WNBA season was the Women's National Basketball Association's second season. The 1998 season saw two expansion teams join the league, the Detroit Shock and Washington Mystics. The expansion teams allowed the defending champions Houston Comets to move to the Western Conference. The regular season was extended from 28 games to 30 games. The season ended with the Comets winning their second WNBA championship.

Regular season standings[edit]

Eastern Conference

Eastern Conference W L PCT Conf. GB
Cleveland Rockers x 20 10 .667 12–4
Charlotte Sting x 18 12 .600 11–5 2.0
New York Liberty o 18 12 .600 8–8 2.0
Detroit Shock o 17 13 .567 8–8 3.0
Washington Mystics o 3 27 .100 1–15 17.0

Western Conference

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 award winners[edit]

Award Winner Team
WNBA Finals MVP Award Cynthia Cooper Houston Comets
WNBA Most Valuable Player Award Cynthia Cooper Houston Comets
WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award Teresa Weatherspoon New York Liberty
WNBA Newcomer of the Year Award Suzie McConnell Serio Cleveland Rockers
WNBA Peak Performer Isabelle Fijalkowski Cleveland Rockers
WNBA Peak Performer Sandy Brondello Detroit Shock
WNBA Rookie of the Year Award Tracy Reid Charlotte Sting
WNBA Sportsmanship Award Suzie McConnell Serio Cleveland Rockers
WNBA Coach of the Year Award Van Chancellor Houston Comets


Main article: 1998 WNBA Playoffs
Main article: 1998 WNBA Finals

There were 10 teams in the league. For the playoffs, the four teams with the best record in the league were seeded one to four. Houston was switched to the Western Conference in 1997 so two Western Conference teams matched up in the WNBA Finals. Each round of the playoffs were played a best-of-three series.

WNBA Semi-Finals
Best of 3
WNBA Finals
Best of 3
W1 Houston 2
E2 Charlotte 0
W1 Houston 2
W2 Phoenix 1
W2 Phoenix 2
E1 Cleveland 1

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