2002 Orlando Miracle season

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2002 Orlando Miracle season
Head Coach Dee Brown
Arena TD Waterhouse Centre
Attendance 7,115 per game
Results
Record 16–16
(.500)
Place 5th (Eastern)
Playoff Finish Did Not Qualify
Team Leaders
Points Shannon Johnson (16.1)
Rebounds Wendy Palmer (5.8)
Assists Shannon Johnson (5.3)
Orlando Miracle seasons
< 2001 2003 >

The 2002 WNBA season was their 4th season and their last in Orlando. The Miracle missed out of the playoffs by losing in a tiebreaker to the Indiana Fever. It was also the final season in Orlando.

Offseason[edit]

WNBA Draft[edit]

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Transactions[edit]

  • May 24: The Miracle waived Andrea Congreaves and Anna Zimerle.
  • May 22: The Miracle waived E.C. Hill and Saundra Jackson.
  • May 18: The Miracle waived Tawona Alhaleem and Tomeka Brown.
  • May 12: The Miracle waived Jaclyn Johnson.
  • May 5: The Miracle waived Naomi Mulitauaopele, Alissa Murphy and Monika Roberts.
  • May 4: The Miracle waived Darene Thomas.
  • April 18: The Miracle acquired Clarisse Machanguana from the Charlotte Sting in exchange for a first round pick (seventh overall) in the 2002 Draft.

[2]

Roster[edit]

Orlando Miracle roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight From
F 50 United States Cunningham, Davalyn 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 187 lb (85 kg) Rutgers
C 28 Brazil dos Santos, Cintia 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 187 lb (85 kg) Brazil
G/F 32 United States Douglas, Katie 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Purdue
F/C 7 United States Hicks, Jessie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Maryland
G 31 United States Johnson, Adrienne 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 154 lb (70 kg) Ohio State
G 14 United States Johnson, Shannon 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 152 lb (69 kg) South Carolina
C 00 Mozambique Machanguana, Clarisse 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Old Dominion
G/F 12 United States McCain, Tiffany 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 167 lb (76 kg) Kentucky
F 10 United States McGhee, Carla 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 179 lb (81 kg) Tennessee
F/C 11 United States McWilliams, Taj (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 184 lb (83 kg) St. Edward's College
F 3 United States Palmer-Daniel, Wendy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Virginia
G/F 42 United States Sales, Nykesha (C) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Connecticut
F 21 United States Wyckoff, Brooke 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 183 lb (83 kg) Florida State
Head coach
Assistant coaches




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

Season standings[edit]

Eastern Conference W L PCT Conf. GB
New York Liberty x 18 14 .563 11–10
Charlotte Sting x 18 14 .563 12–9
Washington Mystics x 17 15 .531 12–9 1.0
Indiana Fever x 16 16 .500 12–9 2.0
Orlando Miracle o 16 16 .500 13–8 2.0
Miami Sol o 15 17 .469 11–10 3.0
Cleveland Rockers o 10 22 .312 7–14 8.0
Detroit Shock o 9 23 .281 6–15 9.0

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Record
1 May 11 Miami W 67-59 1-0
2 May 19 Los Angeles L 75-85 1-1
3 May 21 @ Houston W 61-56 2-1

Regular season[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Record
1 May 30 Detroit W 80-66 1-0
2 June 1 @ Washington L 82-93 1-1
3 June 4 @ Miami W 71-69 2-1
4 June 8 Cleveland W 103-99 (3OT) 3-1
5 June 11 Indiana L 69-75 3-2
6 June 15 Miami L 65-69 3-3
7 June 18 @ New York W 71-62 4-3
8 June 19 @ Cleveland W 66-62 5-3
9 June 21 @ Detroit W 80-59 6-3
10 June 23 New York W 77-65 7-3
11 June 26 @ Portland L 57-64 7-4
12 June 27 @ Seattle L 71-73 7-5
13 June 29 @ Minnesota L 59-67 7-6
14 July 3 Indiana W 79-71 (OT) 8-6
15 July 6 Phoenix W 72-70 9-6
16 July 8 Washington L 51-63 9-7
17 July 12 Charlotte L 67-72 9-8
18 July 13 @ Miami L 56-70 9-9
19 July 17 @ Charlotte L 62-89 9-10
20 July 19 Utah W 84-73 10-10
21 July 21 @ Sacramento L 60-62 10-11
22 July 22 @ Los Angeles L 84-92 10-12
23 July 25 Seattle L 76-79 10-13
24 July 28 @ Cleveland W 76-70 (OT) 11-13
25 July 30 @ Washington W 70-55 12-13
26 August 1 Charlotte W 65-63 13-13
27 August 3 @ Houston L 62-69 13-14
28 August 4 Portland W 63-61 14-14
29 August 7 @ Indiana L 63-70 14-15
30 August 8 @ Sacramento L 72-82 14-16
31 August 11 Detroit W 71-58 15-16
32 August 13 New York W 70-63 16-16

Playoffs[edit]

The Miracle tied for fourth place with the Indiana Fever. However, the Miracle lost two of the three regular season meetings with the Fever and therefore, the Fever took fourth place and advanced to the postseason for the first time ever.

Depth[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Inactive
C Clarisse Machanguana Jessie Hicks -- Cintia dos Santos
PF Taj McWilliams-Franklin Wendy Palmer-Daniel Davalyn Cunningham
SF Katie Douglas Brooke Wyckoff Carla McGhee
SG Nykesha Sales Adrienne Johnson
PG Shannon Johnson Tiffany McCain

Player stats[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Shannon Johnson and Nykesha Sales were named to the WNBA All-Star team.
  • Shannon Johnson was named WNBA Player of the Week for the week of June 9.
  • Nykesha Sales was named WNBA Player of the Week for the week of June 23.
  • Shannon Johnson was named to the All-WNBA Second Team for the third time in her career.

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