2010 WNBA season

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2010 WNBA season
League Women's National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
Duration May 15 – September 16
Number of games 34
Number of teams 12
Total attendance 1,598,174
Average attendance 7,834
TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN, NBA TV
Top draft pick Flag of the United States.svg Tina Charles
Picked by Connecticut Sun
Season MVP Flag of Australia.svg Lauren Jackson (Seattle)
Eastern champions Atlanta Dream
  Eastern runners-up New York Liberty
Western champions Seattle Storm
  Western runners-up Phoenix Mercury
Finals champions Seattle Storm
  Runners-up Atlanta Dream
Finals MVP Flag of Australia.svg Lauren Jackson (Seattle)
WNBA seasons

The 2010 WNBA season was the 14th season of the Women's National Basketball Association. The regular season began with a televised (ESPN2) meeting between the defending champion Phoenix Mercury and the Los Angeles Sparks in Phoenix, Arizona on May 15. The Connecticut Sun hosted the 10th Annual All-Star Game which was broadcast live on ESPN on July 10. This year, it was a contest between Geno Auriemma's USA Basketball team and a single team of WNBA All-Stars. The Finals was a series between the Seattle Storm and the Atlanta Dream which Seattle won 3-0.

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.

<i>WNBA on ESPN</i> US television program

The WNBA on ESPN refers to the presentation of Women's National Basketball Association games on the ESPN family of networks. Under the title of WNBA Tuesday, games are broadcast throughout the WNBA season on Tuesday nights on ESPN2.

Phoenix Mercury Womens basketball team

The Phoenix Mercury is a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, 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; it is one of the eight original franchises. The team is owned by Robert Sarver, who also owns the Mercury's NBA counterpart, the Phoenix Suns.

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2009/2010 WNBA offseason

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Nolan Richardson American college basketball coach, professional basketball coach

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Transactions

Sacramento Monarchs dispersal draft

On December 14, 2009, the Sacramento Monarchs dispersal draft was held. Three former Monarchs players, Kara Lawson, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba and Ticha Penicheiro were free agents and therefore not eligible for this draft. Teams selected based inversely on their 2009 season finish.

Sacramento Monarchs Womens basketball team

The Sacramento Monarchs were a basketball team based in Sacramento, California. They played in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 until folding on November 20, 2009. They played their home games at ARCO Arena.

A dispersal draft is a process in professional sports for assigning players to a new team when their current team ceases to exist or is merged with another team. Since most sports drafts are held in North America, this is where most dispersal drafts are conducted as well.

Kara Lawson American professional womens basketball player

Kara Marie Lawson is a former American professional women's basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and a basketball television analyst for ESPN and the Washington Wizards. Lawson primarily played as a shooting guard. She won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Lawson retired from the WNBA in 2015 to focus on her broadcasting career.

The top picks were:

  1. Nicole Powell, New York Liberty
  2. Rebekkah Brunson, Minnesota Lynx
  3. DeMya Walker, Connecticut Sun

Four of the twelve teams making selections waived their picks.

2010 WNBA Draft

The WNBA Draft lottery was held on November 5, 2009. The lottery teams were the Sacramento Monarchs, Minnesota Lynx (from N.Y.), Minnesota Lynx, Connecticut Sun and Chicago Sky. The top pick was awarded to Minnesota. Since Sacramento folded after the lottery, all the teams following Sacramento in the draft simply moved up a pick. Minnesota subsequently traded the first overall pick to Connecticut.

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.

New York Liberty womens professional WNBA basketball team

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Connecticut Sun Womens basketball team

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The 2010 WNBA Draft was held on April 8, 2010, in Secaucus, New Jersey. Coverage of the first round was shown on ESPN2 (HD). Second and third round coverage was shown on ESPNU and NBA TV.

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The top picks were:

  1. Tina Charles, Connecticut Sun
  2. Monica Wright, Minnesota Lynx
  3. Kelsey Griffin, Minnesota Lynx
  4. Epiphanny Prince, Chicago Sky
  5. Jayne Appel, San Antonio Silver Stars

Regular season

Standings

Eastern Conference WLPCTGBHomeRoadConf.
Washington Mystics x2212.64713–49–813–9
New York Liberty x2212.64713–49–814–8
Indiana Fever x2113.6181.013–48–913–9
Atlanta Dream x1915.5593.010–79–810–12
Connecticut Sun o1717.5005.012–55–129–13
Chicago Sky o1420.4128.07–107–107–15
Western Conference WLPCTGBHomeRoadConf.
Seattle Storm x286.82417–011–620–2
Phoenix Mercury x1519.44113.09–86–1113–9
San Antonio Silver Stars x1420.41214.08–96–1111–11
Los Angeles Sparks x1321.38215.08–95–1210–12
Minnesota Lynx o1321.38215.07–106–118–14
Tulsa Shock o628.17622.04–132–154–18

All-Star Game

The 2010 WNBA All-Star Game was hosted by the Connecticut Sun on July 10 at Mohegan Sun Arena. Coverage of the game began at 3:30pm on ESPN. This marks the third time the Sun have hosted the annual event. Unlike in previous years, this game was a contest between Geno Auriemma's USA basketball team and a team of WNBA all-stars.

Mohegan Sun Arena

The Mohegan Sun Arena is a 10,000 seat multi-purpose arena in Uncasville, Connecticut located inside Mohegan Sun. The arena facility features 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) of configurable exhibition space and a 400-foot (120 m) clear span. It was built by the Perini Building Company, and opened in October 2001.

Geno Auriemma Italian-born American womens basketball coach

Luigi "Geno" Auriemma is an Italian-born American college basketball coach and the head coach of the University of Connecticut Huskies women's basketball team. He has led UConn to eleven NCAA Division I national championships, the most in women's college basketball history, and has won eight national Naismith College Coach of the Year awards. Auriemma was the head coach of the United States women's national basketball team from 2009 through 2016, during which time his teams won the 2010 and 2014 World Championships, and gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, going undefeated in all four tournaments.

ESPN (HD)
July 10
3:30pm
USA 99, WNBA 72
Scoring by quarter:29–19, 20–9, 26–16, 24–28
Pts: Fowles (23)
Rebs: Dupree, Fowles, Moore (8)
Asts: Pondexter (6)
Pts: Douglas (15)
Rebs: Harding (7)
Asts: Harding (4)
Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut
Attendance: 9,518
Referees: Michael Price, Cameron Inouye, Kurt Walker

Statistic leaders

The following shows the leaders for each statistic during the 2010 regular season.

Schedule

2010 WNBA preseason
2010 WNBA regular season
2010 WNBA postseason

Playoffs and Finals

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

Season award winners

Player of the Week award

Player of the Month award

Rookie of the Month award

Postseason awards

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

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