|2011 WNBA season|
|League||Women's National Basketball Association|
|Duration||June 3 – October 7|
|Number of games||34|
|Number of teams||12|
|TV partner(s)||ABC, ESPN, NBA TV|
|Top draft pick||Maya Moore|
|Picked by||Minnesota Lynx|
|Season MVP||Tamika Catchings (Indiana)|
|Eastern champions||Atlanta Dream|
|Eastern runners-up||Indiana Fever|
|Western champions||Minnesota Lynx|
|Western runners-up||Phoenix Mercury|
|Finals champions||Minnesota Lynx|
|Finals MVP||Seimone Augustus (Minnesota)|
The 2011 WNBA season was the 15th season of the Women's National Basketball Association.The regular season began on June 3 with the Los Angeles Sparks hosting the Minnesota Lynx, featuring 2011 WNBA Draft top pick Maya Moore, in a game televised on NBA TV. Four games followed the next day, with the marquee matchup, televised on ABC, featuring the defending champion Seattle Storm and the Phoenix Mercury in Seattle.
The Minnesota Lynx finished the regular season with the best record in the league at 27-7, and were the top seed in the Western Conference. The Indiana Fever were the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Lynx ultimately advanced to face the Atlanta Dream in the 2011 WNBA Finals.
On August 22, 2011, the WNBA announced a league-wide marquee sponsorship with Boost Mobile.The deal would allow the Boost Mobile logo to be placed on ten of the 12 teams' jerseys (excluding Phoenix and San Antonio) in addition to branding on the courts and in arenas. A source said the deal is worth "roughly $10 million over its four years" and is the richest in league history.
The WNBA Draft lottery was held on November 2, 2010. The lottery teams were the Tulsa Shock, Minnesota Lynx, Chicago Sky and Minnesota Lynx (from Conn.). The top pick was awarded to Minnesota.
The 2011 WNBA Draft was held on April 11, 2011, in Bristol, Connecticut. Coverage of the first round was shown on ESPN (HD). Second and third round coverage was shown on ESPNU and NBA TV.
The top picks were:
|Indiana Fever x||21||13||.618||–||13–4||8–9||13–9|
|Connecticut Sun x||21||13||.618||–||15–2||6–11||14–8|
|Atlanta Dream x||20||14||.588||1.0||11–6||9–8||14–8|
|New York Liberty x||19||15||.559||2.0||12-5||7–10||11–11|
|Chicago Sky o||14||20||.412||7.0||10–7||4–13||10–12|
|Washington Mystics o||6||28||.176||15.0||4–13||2–15||4–18|
|Minnesota Lynx x||27||7||.794||–||14–3||13–4||18–4|
|Seattle Storm x||21||13||.618||6.0||15–2||6–11||15–7|
|Phoenix Mercury x||19||15||.559||8.0||11–6||8–9||11–11|
|San Antonio Silver Stars x||18||16||.529||9.0||9–8||9–8||11–11|
|Los Angeles Sparks o||15||19||.441||12.0||10–7||5–12||10–12|
|Tulsa Shock o||3||31||.088||24.0||2–15||1–16||1–21|
The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game was hosted by the San Antonio Silver Stars on July 23 at the AT&T Center. Coverage of the game began at 3:30pm (ET) on ABC. This marks the first time the Silver Stars have hosted the annual event. This is only the second time in league history that the showcase was played on the court of a Western Conference team.
3:30 pm EDT
|East 118, West 113|
|Scoring by quarter: 33–36, 32–30, 27–26, 26–21|
| Pts: Cappie Pondexter (17)|
Rebs: Angel McCoughtry (10)
Asts: Cappie Pondexter (7)
|Pts: Swin Cash (21)|
Rebs: Swin Cash (12)
Asts: Diana Taurasi (7)
The following shows the leaders for each statistic during the 2011 regular season.
|Points per game||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury||21.6 PPG|
|Rebounds per game||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||11.0 RPG|
|Assists per game||Lindsay Whalen||Minnesota Lynx||5.9 APG|
|Steals per game||Sancho Lyttle||Atlanta Dream||2.36 SPG|
|Blocks per game||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky||2.00 BPG|
|Field goal percentage||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky||59.1% (263–445)|
|Three point FG percentage||Jeanette Pohlen||Indiana Fever||46.8% (29–62)|
|Free throw percentage||DeWanna Bonner||Phoenix Mercury||90.9% (90–99)|
|Points per game||Team Stat||Phoenix Mercury||88.97 PPG|
|Least points allowed||Team Stat||Seattle Storm||69.85 PPG|
|Field goal percentage||Team Stat||Phoenix Mercury||46.1%|
|Least FG% allowed||Team Stat||Minnesota Lynx||41.3%|
|2011 WNBA preseason|
|2011 WNBA regular season|
|2011 WNBA postseason|
|Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|June 3, 2011||Katie Douglas||Indiana Fever||Rebekkah Brunson||Minnesota Lynx|
|June 13, 2011||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||Candice Dupree||Phoenix Mercury|
|June 20, 2011||Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty||Penny Taylor||Phoenix Mercury|
|June 27, 2011||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||Swin Cash||Seattle Storm|
|July 4, 2011||Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty||Sue Bird||Seattle Storm|
|July 11, 2011||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky||Rebekkah Brunson||Minnesota Lynx|
|July 18, 2011||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Seimone Augustus||Minnesota Lynx|
|July 25, 2011||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Becky Hammon||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|August 1, 2011||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||Seimone Augustus||Minnesota Lynx|
|August 8, 2011||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury|
|August 15, 2011||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|August 22, 2011||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky||Seimone Augustus||Minnesota Lynx|
|August 29, 2011||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||DeWanna Bonner||Phoenix Mercury|
|September 5, 2011||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Katie Smith||Seattle Storm|
|For games played||Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|June 2011||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||Rebekkah Brunson||Minnesota Lynx|
|July 2011||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Seimone Augustus||Minnesota Lynx|
|August 2011||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky||Lindsay Whalen||Minnesota Lynx|
|For games played||Player||Team|
|June 2011||Danielle Adams||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|July 2011||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|August 2011||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|Most Valuable Player Award||Tamika Catchings||Forward||Indiana Fever||292 out of 1,071|
|Finals MVP Award||Seimone Augustus||Guard/Forward||Minnesota Lynx||Unanimous|
|Rookie of the Year Award||Maya Moore||Forward||Minnesota Lynx||38 out of 40|
|Most Improved Player Award||Kia Vaughn||Center||New York Liberty||15 out of 40|
|Defensive Player of the Year Award||Sylvia Fowles||Center||Chicago Sky||19 out of 40|
|Sixth Woman of the Year Award||DeWanna Bonner||Forward||Phoenix Mercury||20 out of 40|
|Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award|| Sue Bird |
| Seattle Storm |
San Antonio Silver Stars
|8 out of 39|
|Peak Performer: Points||Diana Taurasi||Guard/Forward||Phoenix Mercury||21.6 PPG|
|Peak Performer: Rebounds||Tina Charles||Center||Connecticut Sun||11.0 RPG|
|Peak Performer: Assists||Lindsay Whalen||Guard||Minnesota Lynx||5.9 APG|
|Coach of the Year Award||Cheryl Reeve||Coach||Minnesota Lynx||36 out of 40|
|All-WNBA First Team||Lindsay Whalen||Diana Taurasi||Angel McCoughtry||Tamika Catchings||Tina Charles|
|All-WNBA Second Team||Sue Bird||Cappie Pondexter||Penny Taylor||Seimone Augustus||Sylvia Fowles|
|All-Defensive First Team||Tanisha Wright||Angel McCoughtry||Tamika Catchings||Rebekkah Brunson||Sylvia Fowles|
|All-Defensive Second Team||Katie Douglas||Armintie Price||Swin Cash||Sancho Lyttle||Tina Charles|
|All-Rookie Team||Courtney Vandersloot||Danielle Robinson||Maya Moore||Danielle Adams||Liz Cambage|
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