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The WNBA Finals is the championship series of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), played under a best-of-five playoff format. The team winning the Eastern Conference Finals earns one of the two seeds in the championship round, with the other going to the team that wins the Western Conference Finals. This event has been played at the conclusion of every WNBA playoffs, the first being held in 1997. Image File history File links WNBAtrophy. ... WNBA team locations The Womens National Basketball Association or WNBA is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... Best-of-five playoff is a sport event which consists of a competition between two teams head-to-head which must win three games to win the series. ... WNBA team locations The Womens National Basketball Association or WNBA is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... A single-elimination tournament, also called a knockout or sudden death tournament, is a type of tournament where the loser of each match is immediately eliminated from winning the championship or first prize in the event. ... WNBA team locations The Womens National Basketball Association or WNBA is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... WNBA team locations The Womens National Basketball Association or WNBA is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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The WNBA Finals were originally a single championship game to decide the WNBA champion. However, in 1998, after the addition of two teams and the realignment of the league into divisions of teams, the WNBA Finals were turned into a best-of-three games series. In 2005, the WNBA Finals adopted a best-of-five format. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...

WNBA Championship Series
Year Championship Team Best of Result Opponent Finals MVP
1997 Houston Comets 1 1–0 New York Liberty Cynthia Cooper
1998 Houston Comets 3 2–1 Phoenix Mercury Cynthia Cooper
1999 Houston Comets 3 2–1 New York Liberty Cynthia Cooper
2000 Houston Comets 3 2–0 New York Liberty Cynthia Cooper
2001 Los Angeles Sparks 3 2–0 Charlotte Sting Lisa Leslie
2002 Los Angeles Sparks 3 2–0 New York Liberty Lisa Leslie
2003 Detroit Shock 3 2–1 Los Angeles Sparks Ruth Riley
2004 Seattle Storm 3 2–1 Connecticut Sun Betty Lennox
2005 Sacramento Monarchs 5 3–1 Connecticut Sun Yolanda Griffith

1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Houston Comets are a Womens National Basketball Association team. ... The New York Liberty is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in New York City. ... Cynthia Cooper on the Houston Comets Cynthia Lynne Cooper (born on April 14, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former basketball player who has played in college, the Olympics, and in professional leagues, most notably with the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... The Houston Comets are a Womens National Basketball Association team. ... The Phoenix Mercury are a Womens National Basketball Association team in Phoenix, Arizona that began in 1997 as one of the leagues original eight teams. ... Cynthia Cooper on the Houston Comets Cynthia Lynne Cooper (born on April 14, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former basketball player who has played in college, the Olympics, and in professional leagues, most notably with the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The Houston Comets are a Womens National Basketball Association team. ... The New York Liberty is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in New York City. ... Cynthia Cooper on the Houston Comets Cynthia Lynne Cooper (born on April 14, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former basketball player who has played in college, the Olympics, and in professional leagues, most notably with the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The Houston Comets are a Womens National Basketball Association team. ... The New York Liberty is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in New York City. ... Cynthia Cooper on the Houston Comets Cynthia Lynne Cooper (born on April 14, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois) is a former basketball player who has played in college, the Olympics, and in professional leagues, most notably with the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The Los Angeles Sparks are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Charlotte Sting are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Charlotte, North Carolina and they were one of the eight original teams that began to see action in 1997. ... Lisa Leslie after winning the WNBA Championship with the Los Angeles Sparks Lisa Leslie (born July 7, 1972 in Gardena, California) is an American Womens National Basketball Association player currently playing for the Los Angeles Sparks. ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ... The Los Angeles Sparks are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The New York Liberty is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in New York City. ... Lisa Leslie after winning the WNBA Championship with the Los Angeles Sparks Lisa Leslie (born July 7, 1972 in Gardena, California) is an American Womens National Basketball Association player currently playing for the Los Angeles Sparks. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... The Los Angeles Sparks are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Los Angeles, California. ... Ruth Ellen Riley (born August 28, 1979) is an American professional basketball player (a center) in the Womens National Basketball Association and the National Womens Basketball League. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Seattle Storm is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Seattle, Washington. ... The Connecticut Sun are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Uncasville, Connecticut. ... Betty Lennox (born Betty Bernice Lennox on December 4, 1976 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an allstar basketball player currently playing for the Seattle Storm of the WNBA. Her nicknames include Betty Basketball and B-Money. ... Template:Diffgggtgerent calendars 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Sacramento Monarchs is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Sacramento, California. ... The Connecticut Sun are a Womens National Basketball Association team based in Uncasville, Connecticut. ... Yolanda Evette Griffith (born March 1, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American professional basketball player currently playing for the Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA. She is sometimes called by her nicknames: Yo and Yo-Yo. // High School and College She attended George Washington Carver High School in the Chicago...

Trivia

  • The 2003 Finals was best known for rekindling a heated rivalry between the two teams' head coaches -- Los Angeles Sparks head coach Michael Cooper and Detroit Shock head coach Bill Laimbeer . Both coaches were fierce NBA competitors who played in the NBA Finals, and fans on both sides were rampant, knowing the history of the Lakers-Pistons rivalry of the late 1980's was back with their leaders. However, there was a new player invovled that no one had heard about. Her name was Julianne Noseworthy, a 6'4 monster from Ottawa Ontario. She helped the Shock to the win scoring 24 points in the first half.

Michael Jerome Cooper (born April 15, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is currently assistant coach of the NBAs Denver Nuggets, and a former NBA player who spent his entire playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers. ... Bill Laimbeer at the White House after winning the WNBA Championship with the Detroit Shock. ...

See also

WNBA coach of the year ... WNBA Championship Trophy The WNBA Finals is the championship series of the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA), played under a best-of-five playoff format. ... The WNBA Most Valuable Player is an annual award is given by the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) to the WNBA player who is the most valuable league-wide to her individual team in regular season competition. ... WNBA Defensive Player of the Year ... The WNBA Most Improved Player Award is an annual award given by the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) to the WNBA player whose play has improved the most since the previous season. ... The WNBA Rookie of the Year Award is given each year to the best rookie in the WNBA. Rookie of the Year Awards (1997 - Present) 1997 - No award 1998 - Tracy Reid, Charlotte Sting 1999 - Chamique Holdsclaw, Washington Mystics 2000 - Betty Lennox, Minnesota Lynx 2001 - Jackie Stiles, Portland Fire 2002 - Tamika... The Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award is an annual award is given by the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) to the WNBA player who has exhibited the best sportsmanship in the league during the season. ...

External links

  • WNBA.com

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WNBA Basketball - InsideHoops.com (4120 words)
Average attendance for the 2006 Finals was up +28% compared to a year ago (14,587 vs. 11,419 in 2005) while average attendance for the playoffs overall increased by +16% (9,738 vs. 8,397 in 2005).
A three-time WNBA All-Star and the daughter of former NBA star Karl Malone, she averaged 13.8 points and 11.3 rebounds for the Detroit Shock and helped them advance to the WNBA Finals.
Rebounding from a nine-point loss to Connecticut in Game 2 of the conference finals, the Shock were dominant from the opening tip Sunday night and routed the Sun 79-55 to earn their second trip to the WNBA finals.
WNBA Finals - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (261 words)
The WNBA Finals is the championship series of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), played under a best-of-five playoff format.
However, in 1998, after the addition of two teams and the realignment of the league into divisions of teams, the WNBA Finals were turned into a best-of-three games series.
In 2005, the WNBA Finals adopted a best-of-five format.
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