2007 WNBA season

The 2007 WNBA Season was the Women's National Basketball Association's 11th season. On January 3, 2007 The Charlotte Sting folded. Three months later on April 4, the WNBA held their annual draft in Cleveland, Ohio. Lindsey Harding of Duke University was selected number one by the Phoenix Mercury. The Duke point guard was traded later to the Minnesota Lynx for Tangela Smith. The San Antonio Silver Stars selected Ohio State University center, Jessica Davenport. Davenport was traded to the New York Liberty for Becky Hammon. The season kicked off on May 19, with a rematch of the 2006 WNBA Finals between the Sacramento Monarchs and the Detroit Shock. The Shock defeated the Monarchs 75-68. On July 15 The All Star Game was played at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.. The Eastern All Stars defeated the Western All Stars 103-99. Detroit Shock center, Cheryl Ford won the MVP of the game. Playing 27 minutes contributing 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 assists for the Eastern All Stars victory. The 2007 WNBA regular season ended on August 19. Lauren Jackson of the Seattle Storm was named league MVP. Dan Hughes of the San Antonio Silver Stars was named Coach of the Year. Armintie Price of the Chicago Sky was named Rookie of The Year. The 2007 WNBA season officially ended on September 16 when the Phoenix Mercury won the season WNBA Championship. The Mercury defeated the Detroit Shock 3 games to 2. Mercury guard Cappie Pondexter was named Finals MVP.

2007 WNBA season
LeagueWomen's National Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationMay 19 – September 16
Number of games34
Number of teams13
Total attendance1,727,939
Average attendance7,819
TV partner(s)ABC, ESPN, NBA TV
2007 WNBA Draft
Top draft pickUnited States Lindsey Harding
Picked byMinnesota Lynx
Regular season
Season MVPAustralia Lauren Jackson (Seattle)
Playoffs
Eastern championsDetroit Shock
  Eastern runners-upIndiana Fever
Western championsPhoenix Mercury
  Western runners-upSan Antonio Silver Stars
Finals
ChampionsPhoenix Mercury
  Runners-upDetroit Shock
Finals MVPUnited States Cappie Pondexter (Phoenix)

Regular season standings

Eastern Conference

Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Detroit Shock x 24 10 .706 12–5 12–5 14–6
Indiana Fever x 21 13 .618 3.0 12–5 9–8 12–8
Connecticut Sun x 18 16 .529 6.0 8–9 10–7 10–10
New York Liberty x 16 18 .471 8.0 10–7 6–11 10–10
Washington Mystics o 16 18 .471 8.0 8–9 8–9 8–12
Chicago Sky o 14 20 .412 10.0 6–11 8–9 6–14

Western Conference

Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Phoenix Mercury x 23 11 .676 12–5 11–6 17–5
San Antonio Silver Stars x 20 14 .588 3.0 9–8 11–6 13–9
Sacramento Monarchs x 19 15 .559 4.0 12–5 7–10 12–10
Seattle Storm x 17 17 .500 6.0 12–5 5–12 11–11
Houston Comets o 13 21 .382 10.0 7–10 6–11 10–12
Minnesota Lynx o 10 24 .294 13.0 7–10 3–14 8–14
Los Angeles Sparks o 10 24 .294 13.0 5–12 5–12 6–16

Season award winners

Award Winner Team
WNBA Finals MVP Award Cappie Pondexter Phoenix Mercury
WNBA Most Valuable Player Award Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm
WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm
WNBA Most Improved Player Award Janel McCarville New York Liberty
WNBA Peak Performer (Points) Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm
WNBA Peak Performer (Rebounds) Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm
WNBA Peak Performer (Assists) Becky Hammon San Antonio Silver Stars
WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Award Plenette Pierson Detroit Shock
WNBA Rookie of the Year Award Armintie Price Chicago Sky
Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award Tully Bevilaqua Indiana Fever
WNBA Coach of the Year Award Dan Hughes San Antonio Silver Stars

Playoffs

First Round
Best of 3
Conference Finals
Best of 3
WNBA Finals
Best of 5
         
E1 Detroit 2
E4 New York 1
E1 Detroit 2
Eastern Conference
E2 Indiana 1
E2 Indiana 2
E3 Connecticut 1
E1 Detroit 2
W1 Phoenix 3
W1 Phoenix 2
W4 Seattle 0
W1 Phoenix 2
Western Conference
W2 San Antonio 0
W2 San Antonio 2
W3 Sacramento 1

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

External links

2007 Chicago Sky season

The 2007 Chicago Sky season was the 2nd season in the WNBA for the Chicago Sky.

2007 Connecticut Sun season

The 2007 WNBA season was their ninth season and their fifth in Connecticut. The Sun attempted to return to the postseason for the fifth consecutive season and were successful.

2007 Detroit Shock season

The 2007 WNBA season was the 10th for the Detroit Shock. The Shock qualified for the WNBA Finals for the second consecutive year, losing to the Phoenix Mercury in 5 games.

2007 Houston Comets season

The 2007 WNBA season was the 11th season for the Houston Comets. The team started the season 0-10, finishing 13-11 in the remainder part of the season, and missing the playoffs for the first time in four years. It was also their last year playing at the Toyota Center.

2007 Indiana Fever season

The 2007 Indiana Fever season was their 8th season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). They finished 2nd in the Eastern Conference with 21 wins and 13 losses on the season. The season marked the third consecutive season that the Fever earned a playoff berth. They eliminated the Connecticut Sun, 2–1, in the First Round of the playoffs but then in turn were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals, 2–1, by the Detroit Shock.

2007 Los Angeles Sparks season

The 2007 WNBA season was the eleventh for the Los Angeles Sparks.

2007 Minnesota Lynx season

The 2007 WNBA season was the ninth season for the Minnesota Lynx. The Lynx tied their franchise-worst record from 2006 and never reached the playoff race.

2007 New York Liberty season

The 2007 WNBA season was the 11th for the New York Liberty. The Liberty reached the playoffs, but they later fell to eventual conference champion Detroit Shock.

2007 Phoenix Mercury season

The 2007 WNBA season was the 11th for the Phoenix Mercury. The Mercury won their first WNBA championship.

2007 Sacramento Monarchs season

The 2007 WNBA season was the 11th for the Sacramento Monarchs. The Monarchs qualified for the playoffs, but later fell to the San Antonio Silver Stars in three games.

2007 San Antonio Silver Stars season

The 2007 WNBA season was the 11th season for the franchise and their 5th season in San Antonio. The team went to the playoffs for the first time in five years, losing in the conference finals to eventual champion Phoenix Mercury.

2007 Seattle Storm season

The 2007 WNBA season was the eighth for the Seattle Storm. The Storm struggled through the season, but they were able to reach the playoffs, falling in the first round to eventual champion, Phoenix Mercury.

2007 WNBA All-Star Game

The 2007 WNBA All-Star Game was played on July 15, 2007 at Verizon Center in Washington D.C., home of the Washington Mystics. The game was the 8th annual WNBA All-Star Game. This was the second time Washington has hosted the basketball showcase, after previously hosting the 2002 game.

2007 WNBA Finals

The 2007 WNBA Finals was the championship series of the 2007 WNBA season, and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Phoenix Mercury, top-seeded champions of the Western Conference, defeated the Detroit Shock, top-seeded champions of the Eastern Conference, three games to two in a best-of-five series. This was Phoenix's first ever title.

2007 marked the first time in WNBA history that the series was won on the opponent's home floor. The Mercury beat the Shock in Detroit. The Shock made their third appearance in the Finals in five years. The Mercury appeared in the Finals for the second time since in franchise history.

Going into the series, the Shock had won two championships, tied with the Los Angeles Sparks for second most in WNBA history. The now defunct Houston Comets hold the record with four championships won.

The Shock's 24-10 record gave them home court advantage over Phoenix (23–11). It did not matter, however, as the Mercury won game five on the Shock's home floor and were named champions of the WNBA.

2007 WNBA Playoffs

The 2007 WNBA Playoffs was the postseason for the Women's National Basketball Association's 2007 season which ended with the Western Conference champion Phoenix Mercury defeating the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Shock 3-2.

2007 WNBA draft

The 2007 WNBA Draft was the league's annual process for determining which teams receive the rights to negotiate with players entering the league.

The first phase, held January 8, 2007 via conference call, was a dispersal draft from the roster of the Charlotte Sting, which folded on January 3. This was the first dispersal draft since before the 2004 season, after the Cleveland Rockers folded. The teams selected in inverse order of their 2006 won-loss record, without regard to the results of the WNBA draft lottery. All Sting players were available except for unrestricted free agents Allison Feaster and Tammy Sutton-Brown.The main draft was held on April 4, 2007, inside the Renaissance Hotel on Cleveland's Public Square, the day after the 2007 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament ended.The previous year's draft was held in Boston the night before the championship game of the 2006 NCAA women's basketball tournament, which was also in Boston. This marked the first WNBA draft ever held outside of New Jersey.

A lottery was held on October 26, 2006 among the teams with the worst records in the previous season to determine the order of the top six picks in the first round of the draft. As in the NBA Draft, the teams' chances were weighted so that the team with the worst record, in this case the Chicago Sky, had the best chance of receiving the top pick. The lottery was used to determine only the top two picks, with picks 3 through 6 going to the other lottery teams in inverse order of record. The Phoenix Mercury, despite having the best record of the six teams involved and thus the worst mathematical chance of winning, drew the top pick. It was the first time since the institution of the lottery for the 2002 Draft that the top pick was earned by the team with the worst mathematical chance of winning. Also for the first time, the team with the second-worst odds of earning the top pick, in this case the San Antonio Silver Stars, received the second pick. The remaining first-round picks, plus all picks in the second and third rounds, are allocated in inverse order of regular-season record, without regard to playoff results (as in the NBA Draft).

2007 Washington Mystics season

The 2007 WNBA season was the tenth for the Washington Mystics. The Mystics fell short for the playoffs, losing in a tiebreaker to the New York Liberty.

2008 WNBA Playoffs

The 2008 WNBA Playoffs was the postseason for the Women's National Basketball Association's 2008 season which ended with the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Shock defeating the Western Conference champion San Antonio Silver Stars 3-0.

WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Award

The Women's National Basketball Association's Sixth Woman of the Year Award is an annual Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) award given since the 2007 WNBA season to the league's most valuable player for her team coming off the bench as a substitute (or sixth woman). A panel of sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States votes on the recipient. Each judge casts a vote for first, second and third place selections. Each first-place vote is worth five points; each second-place vote is worth three points; and each third-place vote is worth one point. The player with the highest point total, regardless of the number of first-place votes, wins the award. To be eligible for the award, a player must come off the bench in more games than she starts.

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