|2004 WNBA season|
|League||Women's National Basketball Association|
|Duration||May 20 - October 12|
|Number of games||34|
|Number of teams||13|
|TV partner(s)||ABC, ESPN|
|2004 WNBA Draft|
|Top draft pick|
|Picked by||Phoenix Mercury|
|Eastern champions||Connecticut Sun|
|Eastern runners-up||New York Liberty|
|Western champions||Seattle Storm|
|Western runners-up||Sacramento Monarchs|
The 2004 WNBA Season was the Women's National Basketball Association's eighth season. The league had one fewer team than in 2003 as the Cleveland Rockers folded after the 2003 season. The season ended with the Seattle Storm winning their first WNBA Championship, as their head coach Anne Donovan became the first female coach to win a WNBA championship.
|Connecticut Sun x||18||16||.529||–||10–7||8–9||14–6|
|New York Liberty x||18||16||.529||–||11–6||7–10||10–10|
|Detroit Shock x||17||17||.500||1.0||8–9||9–8||11–9|
|Washington Mystics x||17||17||.500||1.0||11–6||6–11||9–11|
|Charlotte Sting o||16||18||.471||2.0||10–7||6–11||8–12|
|Indiana Fever o||15||19||.441||3.0||10–7||5–12||8–12|
|Los Angeles Sparks x||25||9||.735||–||15–2||10–7||16–6|
|Seattle Storm x||20||14||.588||5.0||13–4||7–10||13–9|
|Minnesota Lynx x||18||16||.529||7.0||11–6||7–10||12–10|
|Sacramento Monarchs x||18||16||.529||7.0||10–7||8–9||12–10|
|Phoenix Mercury o||17||17||.500||8.0||10–7||7–10||11–11|
|Houston Comets o||13||21||.382||12.0||9–8||4–13||7–15|
|San Antonio Silver Stars o||9||25||.265||16.0||6–11||3–14||6–16|
|WNBA Finals MVP Award||Betty Lennox||Seattle Storm|
|WNBA Most Valuable Player Award||Lisa Leslie||Los Angeles Sparks|
|WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award||Lisa Leslie||Los Angeles Sparks|
|WNBA Most Improved Player Award||Kelly Miller/ Wendy Palmer (co-winners)||Indiana Fever/ Connecticut Sun|
|WNBA Peak Performer||Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|WNBA Peak Performer||Lisa Leslie||Los Angeles Sparks|
|WNBA Rookie of the Year Award||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury|
|Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award||Teresa Edwards||Minnesota Lynx|
|WNBA Coach of the Year Award||Suzie McConnell Serio||Minnesota Lynx|
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