2009 WNBA season

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2009 WNBA season
League Women's National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
DurationJune 6 – October 9
Number of games34
Number of teams13
Total attendance1,776,536
Average attendance8,039
TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN, NBA TV
2009 WNBA Draft
Top draft pick Flag of the United States.svg Angel McCoughtry
Picked by Atlanta Dream
Regular season
Season MVP Flag of the United States.svg Diana Taurasi (Phoenix)
Playoffs
Eastern champions Indiana Fever
  Eastern runners-up Detroit Shock
Western champions Phoenix Mercury
  Western runners-up Los Angeles Sparks
Finals
Champions Phoenix Mercury
  Runners-up Indiana Fever
Finals MVP Flag of the United States.svg Diana Taurasi
WNBA seasons

The 2009 WNBA Season was the 13th season of the Women's National Basketball Association. It is the first WNBA season without a Houston franchise, the Comets having folded in December 2008. The season ended with the Phoenix Mercury winning their second championship in three years.

The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league in the United States. It is currently composed of twelve teams. The league was founded on April 24, 1996, as the women's counterpart to the National Basketball Association (NBA), and league play started in 1997. The regular season is played from May to September with the All Star game being played midway through the season in July and the WNBA Finals at the end of September until the beginning of October.

Houston City in Texas, United States

Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States. Located in Southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is the seat of Harris County and the principal city of the Greater Houston metropolitan area, which is the fifth most populous metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the United States and the second most populous in Texas after the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA. With a total area of 627 square miles (1,620 km2), Houston is the eighth most expansive city in the United States. It is the largest city in the United States by total area, whose government is similarly not consolidated with that of a county or borough. Though primarily in Harris County, small portions of the city extend into Fort Bend and Montgomery counties.

Houston Comets basketball team

The Houston Comets were a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Houston, Texas, United States. Formed in 1997, the team was one of the original eight WNBA teams and won the first four championships of the league's existence. They are one of two teams in the WNBA that are undefeated in the WNBA Finals; the Seattle Storm are the other. The Comets were the first dynasty of the WNBA and are tied with the Minnesota Lynx for the most championships of any WNBA franchise. The team was folded and disbanded by the league in 2008 because new ownership could not be found.

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The regular season began with a televised (ABC) meeting between the defending champion Detroit Shock and the Los Angeles Sparks in Los Angeles on June 6. The Connecticut Sun hosted the 9th Annual All-Star Game which was broadcast live on ABC (HD) on July 25.

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Detroit Shock Womens basketball team

The Detroit Shock were a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. They were the 2003, 2006, and 2008 WNBA champions.

Los Angeles Sparks Womens basketball team

The Los Angeles Sparks are a professional basketball team based in Los Angeles, California, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded before the league's inaugural 1997 season began. Like some other WNBA teams, the Sparks have the distinction of not being affiliated with an NBA counterpart, even though the market is shared with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers. As of 2015, the Sparks are the last franchise to win back-to-back titles.

2008/2009 WNBA offseason

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Washington Mystics Womens basketball team

The Washington Mystics are a professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C., playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded prior to the 1998 season, and is owned by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which also owns the Mystics' NBA counterpart, the Washington Wizards. Sheila C. Johnson, co-founder of BET and ex-wife of Charlotte Sting owner Robert L. Johnson, is the managing partner.

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On December 8, 2008, the Houston Comets dispersal draft was held. Five former Comets players, Latasha Byears, Mwadi Mabika, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba, Michelle Snow and Tina Thompson were free agents and therefore not eligible for this draft. Teams selected based inversely on their 2008 regular season records.

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The top picks were:

  1. Sancho Lyttle, Atlanta Dream
  2. Matee Ajavon, Washington Mystics
  3. Mistie Bass, Chicago Sky

Six of the thirteen teams making selections waived their picks.

2009 WNBA Draft

The WNBA Draft lottery was held on December 9, 2008. The Atlanta Dream received the first overall selection. The Washington Mystics received the number two selection. The Chicago Sky came up with the third overall selection, followed by the Minnesota Lynx at four and the Phoenix Mercury at number five. For the first time in WNBA history, the lottery balls were chosen exactly according to odds.

Atlanta Dream Womens basketball team

The Atlanta Dream are a professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded before the 2008 WNBA season began. The team is owned by Dream Too LLC, which is composed of two Atlanta businesswomen: Mary Brock, and Kelly Loeffler. Like some other WNBA teams, the Dream is not affiliated with an NBA counterpart, even though the Dream share the market with the Atlanta Hawks.

Chicago Sky Womens basketball team

The Chicago Sky are an American professional basketball team based in Chicago, playing in the Eastern Conference of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The franchise was founded before the 2006 WNBA season began. It is owned by Michael J. Alter and Margaret Stender. The team experienced a period of success from 2013 to 2016, making four playoff appearances and playing in the 2014 WNBA Finals.

Minnesota Lynx womens basketball team

The Minnesota Lynx are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team won the WNBA title in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017.

The 2009 WNBA Draft was held on April 9 in Secaucus, New Jersey. Coverage of the first round was shown on ESPN2 (in HD for the first time ever) at 3:00pm. Second and third round coverage was shown on ESPNU and NBA TV at 4:00pm.

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ESPN2 is an American basic cable and satellite television network that is owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Communications.

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The top draft picks were as follows:

  1. Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream
  2. Marissa Coleman, Washington Mystics
  3. Kristi Toliver, Chicago Sky
  4. Renee Montgomery, Minnesota Lynx
  5. DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix Mercury

Regular season

Standings

Eastern Conference WLPCTGBHomeRoadConf.
Indiana Fever x2212.64714–38–917–5
Atlanta Dream x1816.5294.012–56–1110–12
Detroit Shock x1816.5294.011–67–1011–11
Washington Mystics x1618.4716.011–65–1210–12
Chicago Sky o1618.4716.012–54–1310–12
Connecticut Sun o1618.4716.012–54–139–12
New York Liberty o1321.3829.08–95–128–13
Western Conference WLPCTGBHomeRoadConf.
Phoenix Mercury x2311.67612–511–613–7
Seattle Storm x2014.5883.013–47–1013–7
Los Angeles Sparks x1816.5295.011–67–1011–9
San Antonio Silver Stars x1519.4418.010–75–1210–10
Minnesota Lynx o1420.4129.09–85–127–13
Sacramento Monarchs o1222.35311.07–105–126–14

All-Star Game

The 2009 WNBA All-Star Game was hosted by the Connecticut Sun on July 25 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Coverage of the game began at 3:30pm on ABC. This marked the second time the Sun had hosted the annual event.

ABC (HD)
July 25
3:30 p.m.
Western Conference 130, Eastern Conference 118
Scoring by quarter: 25-27, 38-33, 36-33, 31-25
Pts: Swin Cash (22)
Rebs: Cappie Pondexter (9)
Asts: Sue Bird (10)
Pts: Sylvia Fowles (17)
Rebs: Érika de Souza (9)
Asts: Asjha Jones (6)
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Attendance: 9,518
Referees:
  1. 44 Felicia Grinter, #42 Roy Gulbeyan, #53 Jeff Smith

Statistic leaders

The following shows the leaders for each statistic during the 2009 regular season.

Schedule

2009 WNBA Preseason
2009 WNBA Regular Season
2009 WNBA Postseason

Playoffs and Finals

Conference Semi-Finals
Best-of-3
Conference Finals
Best-of-3
WNBA Finals
Best-of-5
         
E1 Indiana 2
E4 Washington 0
E1 Indiana 2
Eastern Conference
E3 Detroit 1
E2 Atlanta 0
E3 Detroit 2
E1 Indiana 2
W1 Phoenix 3
W1 Phoenix 2
W4 San Antonio 1
W1 Phoenix 2
Western Conference
W3 Los Angeles 1
W2 Seattle 1
W3 Los Angeles 2

2009 WNBA season summary

Season highlights

End-of-season business report

Retirements

Season award winners

Player of the Week award

Postseason awards

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

See also

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