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|2010 WNBA season|
|League||Women's National Basketball Association|
|Duration||May 15 – September 16|
|Number of games||34|
|Number of teams||12|
|TV partner(s)||ABC, ESPN, NBA TV|
|Top draft pick|
|Picked by||Connecticut Sun|
|Eastern champions||Atlanta Dream|
|Eastern runners-up||New York Liberty|
|Western champions||Seattle Storm|
|Western runners-up||Phoenix Mercury|
|Finals champions||Seattle Storm|
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The top picks were:
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The top picks were:
|Washington Mystics x||22||12||.647||–||13–4||9–8||13–9|
|New York Liberty x||22||12||.647||–||13–4||9–8||14–8|
|Indiana Fever x||21||13||.618||1.0||13–4||8–9||13–9|
|Atlanta Dream x||19||15||.559||3.0||10–7||9–8||10–12|
|Connecticut Sun o||17||17||.500||5.0||12–5||5–12||9–13|
|Chicago Sky o||14||20||.412||8.0||7–10||7–10||7–15|
|Seattle Storm x||28||6||.824||–||17–0||11–6||20–2|
|Phoenix Mercury x||15||19||.441||13.0||9–8||6–11||13–9|
|San Antonio Silver Stars x||14||20||.412||14.0||8–9||6–11||11–11|
|Los Angeles Sparks x||13||21||.382||15.0||8–9||5–12||10–12|
|Minnesota Lynx o||13||21||.382||15.0||7–10||6–11||8–14|
|Tulsa Shock o||6||28||.176||22.0||4–13||2–15||4–18|
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.
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|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)
The following shows the leaders for each statistic during the 2010 regular season.
|Points per game||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury||22.6 PPG|
|Rebounds per game||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||11.7 RPG|
|Assists per game||Ticha Penicheiro||Los Angeles Sparks||6.9 APG|
|Steals per game||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||2.26 SPG|
|Blocks per game||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky||2.59 BPG|
|Field goal percentage||Candice Dupree||Phoenix Mercury||66.4% (231–348)|
|Three point FG percentage||Leilani Mitchell||New York Liberty||48.6% (72–148)|
|Free throw percentage||Becky Hammon||San Antonio Silver Stars||96.0% (97–101)|
|Points per game||Team Stat||Phoenix Mercury||93.88 PPG|
|Least points allowed||Team Stat||Washington Mystics||73.27 PPG|
|Field goal percentage||Team Stat||Phoenix Mercury||47.3%|
|Least FG% allowed||Team Stat||Seattle Storm||41.3%|
|2010 WNBA preseason|
|2010 WNBA regular season|
|2010 WNBA postseason|
Conference Semifinals (August 25–September 1)
Conference Finals (September 2–8)
WNBA Finals (September 12–21)
|Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|May 15, 2010||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|May 22, 2010||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|May 29, 2010||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky||Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|June 5, 2010||Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury|
|June 12, 2010||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||Seimone Augustus||Minnesota Lynx|
|June 19, 2010||Crystal Langhorne||Washington Mystics||Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|June 26, 2010||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky||Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|July 3, 2010||Iziane Castro Marques||Atlanta Dream||Candice Dupree||Phoenix Mercury|
|July 10, 2010||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|July 17, 2010||Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury|
|July 24, 2010||Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury|
|July 31, 2010||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||Lindsay Whalen||Minnesota Lynx|
|August 7, 2010||Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty||Tina Thompson||Los Angeles Sparks|
|August 14, 2010||Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty||Tina Thompson||Los Angeles Sparks|
|For games played||Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|May 2010||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm|
|June 2010||Crystal Langhorne||Washington Mystics|
|July 2010||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|August 2010||Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty||Tina Thompson||Los Angeles Sparks|
|For games played||Player||Team|
|May 2010||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun|
|Most Valuable Player Award||Lauren Jackson||Forward||Seattle Storm||323 out of 1002|
|Finals MVP Award||Lauren Jackson||Forward||Seattle Storm|
|Rookie of the Year Award||Tina Charles||Center||Connecticut Sun||39 out of 39|
|Most Improved Player Award||Leilani Mitchell||Guard||New York Liberty||29 out of 39|
|Defensive Player of the Year Award||Tamika Catchings||Forward||Indiana Fever||30 out of 39|
|Sixth Woman of the Year Award||DeWanna Bonner||Guard/Forward||Phoenix Mercury||16 out of 39|
|Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award||Tamika Catchings||Forward||Indiana Fever||10 out of 38|
|Peak Performer: Points||Diana Taurasi||Guard/Forward||Phoenix Mercury||22.6 PPG|
|Peak Performer: Rebounds||Tina Charles||Center||Connecticut Sun||11.7 RPG|
|Peak Performer: Assists||Ticha Penicheiro||Guard||Los Angeles Sparks||6.9 APG|
|Coach of the Year Award||Brian Agler||Coach||Seattle Storm||17 out of 39|
|All-WNBA First Team||Cappie Pondexter||Diana Taurasi||Tamika Catchings||Lauren Jackson||Sylvia Fowles|
|All-WNBA Second Team||Sue Bird||Katie Douglas||Angel McCoughtry||Crystal Langhorne||Tina Charles|
|All-Defensive First Team||Cappie Pondexter||Tanisha Wright||Tamika Catchings||Angel McCoughtry||Sylvia Fowles|
|All-Defensive Second Team|| Tully Bevilaqua |
|Lindsey Harding||Sancho Lyttle||Rebekkah Brunson||Lauren Jackson|
|All-Rookie Team||Epiphanny Prince||Kalana Greene||Monica Wright||Kelsey Griffin||Tina Charles|
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