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|2012 WNBA season|
|League||Women's National Basketball Association|
|Duration||May 18 – October 21|
|Number of games||34|
|Number of teams||12|
|TV partner(s)||ABC, ESPN, NBA TV|
|Top draft pick|
|Picked by||Los Angeles Sparks|
|Eastern champions||Indiana Fever|
|Eastern runners-up||Connecticut Sun|
|Western champions||Minnesota Lynx|
|Western runners-up||Los Angeles Sparks|
|Finals champions||Indiana Fever|
|Finals MVP||Tamika Catchings (Indiana)|
The 2012 WNBA season was the 16th season of the Women's National Basketball Association. The regular season began on May 18, 2012.
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The Tulsa Shock were a professional basketball team based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded in Detroit, Michigan before the 1998 WNBA season began; the team moved to Tulsa before the 2010 season. The team was owned by Tulsa Pro Hoops LLC, which is led by Bill Cameron and David Box. On July 20, 2015, Cameron announced that the franchise would move to Arlington, Texas for the 2016 WNBA season.
The Indiana Fever are a professional basketball team based in Indianapolis, Indiana, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded before the inaugural 2000 season began. The team is owned by Herb Simon, who also owns the Fever's NBA counterpart, the Indiana Pacers, and Simon Malls.
The WNBA Draft lottery was held on November 10, 2011. The lottery teams were the Tulsa Shock, Minnesota Lynx (from Wash.), Chicago Sky and Los Angeles Sparks. The top pick was awarded to Los Angeles.
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The 2012 WNBA Draft was held on April 16, 2012 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.
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Due to the 2012 Summer Olympics, there is no All-Star Game this season as the Olympiad causes a break from mid-July through August.
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|Connecticut Sun y||25||9||.735||–||12–5||13–4||18–4|
|Indiana Fever x||22||12||.647||3.0||13–4||9–8||15–7|
|Atlanta Dream x||19||15||.559||6.0||11–6||8–9||12–10|
|New York Liberty x||15||19||.441||10.0||9–8||6–11||10–12|
|Chicago Sky o||14||20||.412||11.0||7–10||7–10||8–14|
|Washington Mystics o||5||29||.147||20.0||4–13||1–16||3–19|
|Minnesota Lynx z||27||7||.794||–||16–1||11–6||17–5|
|Los Angeles Sparks x||24||10||.706||3.0||16–1||8–9||15–7|
|San Antonio Silver Stars x||21||13||.618||6.0||12–5||9–8||14–8|
|Seattle Storm x||16||18||.471||11.0||10–7||6–11||11–11|
|Tulsa Shock o||9||25||.265||18.0||6–11||3–14||5–17|
|Phoenix Mercury o||7||27||.206||20.0||3–14||4–13||4–18|
|Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|May 18, 2012||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|May 28, 2012||Epiphanny Prince||Chicago Sky||DeWanna Bonner||Phoenix Mercury|
|June 4, 2012||Epiphanny Prince||Chicago Sky||Nneka Ogwumike||Los Angeles Sparks|
|June 11, 2012||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|June 18, 2012||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|June 25, 2012||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Sophia Young||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|July 2, 2012||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||Becky Hammon||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|July 8, 2012||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|August 16, 2012||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|August 20, 2012||Sancho Lyttle||Atlanta Dream||Kristi Toliver||Los Angeles Sparks|
|August 27, 2012||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||DeWanna Bonner||Phoenix Mercury|
|September 3, 2012||Lindsey Harding||Atlanta Dream||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|September 10, 2012||Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty||Nneka Ogwumike||Los Angeles Sparks|
|September 17, 2012||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|For games played||Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|May 2012||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|June 2012||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|July 2012||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|August 2012||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||Kristi Toliver||Los Angeles Sparks|
|September 2012||Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|For games played||Player||Team|
|May 2012||Nneka Ogwumike||Los Angeles Sparks|
|June 2012||Samantha Prahalis||Phoenix Mercury|
|July 2012||Nneka Ogwumike||Los Angeles Sparks|
|August 2012||Nneka Ogwumike||Los Angeles Sparks|
|September 2012||Nneka Ogwumike||Los Angeles Sparks|
|Most Valuable Player Award||Tina Charles||Center||Connecticut Sun||345 out of 1,085|
|Finals MVP Award||Tamika Catchings||Forward||Indiana Fever|
|Rookie of the Year Award||Nneka Ogwumike||Forward||Los Angeles Sparks||Unanimous|
|Most Improved Player Award||Kristi Toliver||Guard||Los Angeles Sparks||24 out of 41|
|Defensive Player of the Year Award||Tamika Catchings||Forward||Indiana Fever||19 out of 41|
|Sixth Woman of the Year Award||Renee Montgomery||Guard||Connecticut Sun||23 out of 41|
|Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award||Kara Lawson||Guard||Connecticut Sun||18 out of 41|
|Peak Performer: Points||Angel McCoughtry||Guard/Forward||Atlanta Dream||21.4 PPG|
|Peak Performer: Rebounds||Tina Charles||Center||Connecticut Sun||10.5 RPG|
|Peak Performer: Assists||Lindsay Whalen||Guard||Minnesota Lynx||5.4 APG|
|Coach of the Year Award||Carol Ross||Coach||Los Angeles Sparks||15 of 41|
|All-WNBA First Team||Cappie Pondexter||Seimone Augustus||Candace Parker||Tamika Catchings||Tina Charles|
|All-WNBA Second Team||Kristi Toliver||Lindsay Whalen||Maya Moore||Sophia Young||Sylvia Fowles|
|All-Defensive First Team||Briann January||Alana Beard||Tamika Catchings||Sancho Lyttle||Sylvia Fowles|
|All-Defensive Second Team||Danielle Robinson||Armintie Price||Sophia Young||Candace Parker||Tina Charles|
|All-Rookie Team||Samantha Prahalis||Riquna Williams||Tiffany Hayes||Nneka Ogwumike||Glory Johnson|
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