|2003 WNBA season|
|League||Women's National Basketball Association|
|Duration||May 22 - September 16|
|Number of games||34|
|Number of teams||14|
|TV partner(s)||ABC, ESPN, Oxygen|
|2003 WNBA Draft|
|Top draft pick|
|Picked by||Cleveland Rockers|
|Eastern champions||Detroit Shock|
|Eastern runners-up||Connecticut Sun|
|Western champions||Los Angeles Sparks|
|Western runners-up||Sacramento Monarchs|
|Runners-up||Los Angeles Sparks|
The 2003 WNBA Season was the Women's National Basketball Association's seventh season. It was first season in which teams either folded or relocated, as well as the first to have teams that were not co-owned with NBA teams. The Orlando Miracle relocated to Connecticut and became the Connecticut Sun, the Utah Starzz relocated to San Antonio, Texas and became the San Antonio Silver Stars. Meanwhile, both the Miami Sol and the Portland Fire folded, while the Charlotte Sting became the second WNBA team without a brother NBA team. The schedule increased from 32 games per team to 34, where it stands to this day. The season ended with the Detroit Shock winning their first WNBA Championship.
|Detroit Shock x||25||9||.735||–||13–4||12–5||18–6|
|Charlotte Sting x||18||16||.529||7.0||13–4||5–12||12–12|
|Connecticut Sun x||18||16||.529||7.0||10–7||8–9||11–13|
|Cleveland Rockers x||17||17||.500||8.0||11–6||6–11||13–11|
|Indiana Fever o||16||18||.471||9.0||11–6||5–12||12–12|
|New York Liberty o||16||18||.471||9.0||11–6||5–12||11–13|
|Washington Mystics o||9||25||.265||16.0||3–14||6–11||7–17|
|Los Angeles Sparks x||24||10||.706||–||11–6||13–4||17–7|
|Houston Comets x||20||14||.588||4.0||14–3||6–11||14–10|
|Sacramento Monarchs x||19||15||.559||5.0||12–5||7–10||13–11|
|Minnesota Lynx x||18||16||.529||6.0||11–6||7–10||14–10|
|Seattle Storm o||18||16||.529||6.0||13–4||5–12||11–13|
|San Antonio Silver Stars o||12||22||.353||12.0||9–8||3–14||10–14|
|Phoenix Mercury o||8||26||.235||16.0||6–11||2–15||5–19|
|WNBA Finals MVP Award||Ruth Riley||Detroit Shock|
|WNBA Most Valuable Player Award||Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award||Sheryl Swoopes||Houston Comets|
|WNBA Most Improved Player Award||Michelle Snow||Houston Comets|
|WNBA Peak Performer||Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|WNBA Peak Performer||Chamique Holdsclaw||Washington Mystics|
|WNBA Rookie of the Year Award||Cheryl Ford||Detroit Shock|
|Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award||Edna Campbell||Sacramento Monarchs|
|WNBA Coach of the Year Award||Bill Laimbeer||Detroit Shock|
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