WNBA Finals

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The WNBA Finals is the championship series of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the conclusion of the league's postseason each fall. The series was named the WNBA Championship until 2002.

The series is played between the winners of the Western Conference and the Eastern Conference. At the conclusion of the championship round, the winner of the WNBA Finals is presented the championship trophy. The WNBA Finals has been played at the conclusion of every WNBA season in history, the first being held in 1997.

Since 2005, the winner of the WNBA Finals has been determined through a 2–2–1 format. The first, second, and fifth games of the series are played at the arena of the team who earned home court advantage by having the better record during the regular season.

History[edit]

Further information: WNBA Playoffs

The WNBA Finals were originally a single championship game to decide the WNBA champion. However, in 1998, after the addition of two teams, the WNBA Finals were turned into a best-of-three games series. In 2005, the WNBA Finals adopted a best-of-five format. This finale series was known as the WNBA Championship from 1997 to 2001, before changing to reflect its NBA counterpart.

YearWinnerResultLoserFinals MVP
1997Houston Comets [a]65-51New York LibertyCynthia Cooper
1998Houston Comets2–1Phoenix Mercury[b]Cynthia Cooper
YearWestern championResultEastern championFinals MVP
1999Houston Comets2–1New York LibertyCynthia Cooper
2000Houston Comets2–0New York LibertyCynthia Cooper
2001Los Angeles Sparks2–0Charlotte StingLisa Leslie
2002Los Angeles Sparks2–0New York LibertyLisa Leslie
2003Los Angeles Sparks1–2Detroit ShockRuth Riley
2004Seattle Storm2–1Connecticut SunBetty Lennox
2005Sacramento Monarchs3–1Connecticut SunYolanda Griffith
2006Sacramento Monarchs2–3Detroit ShockDeanna Nolan
2007Phoenix Mercury3–2Detroit ShockCappie Pondexter
2008San Antonio Silver Stars0–3Detroit ShockKatie Smith
2009Phoenix Mercury3–2Indiana FeverDiana Taurasi
2010Seattle Storm3–0Atlanta DreamLauren Jackson
2011Minnesota Lynx3–0Atlanta DreamSeimone Augustus
2012Minnesota Lynx1–3Indiana FeverTamika Catchings
2013Minnesota Lynx3–0Atlanta DreamMaya Moore
2014Phoenix Mercury3–0Chicago SkyDiana Taurasi
  1. ^ Due to the WNBA's playoff structure in 1997, two Eastern Conference teams met in the championship game
  2. ^ Due to the WNBA's playoff structure in 1998, two Western Conference teams met in the championship series

Highlights[edit]

Finals appearances[edit]

Statistics below refer to series wins and losses, not individual game wins and losses.

Active franchises with no Finals appearances[edit]

Records[edit]

This table shows a list of records through the history of the WNBA Finals.

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