|2014 WNBA season|
|League||Women's National Basketball Association|
|Duration||May 16 – September 12|
|Number of games||34|
|Number of teams||12|
|TV partner(s)||ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV|
|Top draft pick|
|Picked by||Connecticut Sun|
|Eastern champions||Chicago Sky|
|Eastern runners-up||Indiana Fever|
|Western champions||Phoenix Mercury|
|Western runners-up||Minnesota Lynx|
|Finals champions||Phoenix Mercury|
The 2014 WNBA season was the 18th season of the Women's National Basketball Association. The season started in May and concluded in September to accommodate the 2014 Women's World Championship.
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.
The 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, the 17th edition of FIBA's premier international tournament for women's national basketball teams, was held in Ankara and Istanbul, Turkey from 27 September to 5 October 2014.
The New York Liberty are a professional basketball team based in the New York metropolitan area, playing in the Eastern Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded in 1997 and is one of the eight original franchises of the league. The team is owned by Joe Tsai. For 2018, home games are primarily played at Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York, with occasional games at Madison Square Garden.
Madison Square Garden, colloquially known as The Garden or in initials as MSG, is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the New York City borough of Manhattan. Located in Midtown Manhattan between 7th and 8th Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, it is situated atop Pennsylvania Station. It is the fourth venue to bear the name "Madison Square Garden"; the first two were located on Madison Square, on East 26th Street and Madison Avenue, with the third Madison Square Garden (1925) further uptown at Eighth Avenue and 50th Street.
Prudential Center is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the central business district of Newark, New Jersey, United States. It was designed by HOK Sport, with the exterior designed by Morris Adjmi Architects. Opened in 2007, it is the home of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the men's basketball program of Seton Hall University, known as the Seton Hall Pirates. The arena officially seats 16,514 patrons for hockey games and up to 18,711 for basketball. Fans and sports writers have affectionately nicknamed the arena "The Rock" in reference to the Rock of Gibraltar, the corporate logo of Prudential Financial, a financial institution that owns the naming rights to the arena and is headquartered within walking distance of it. In December 2013, the arena ranked third nationally and ninth internationally for self-reported annual revenue.
Games aired on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and NBA TV. The Washington Mystics made history in May 2014 when they debuted Kiswe Mobile's Mystics Live and became the first U.S. professional sports team to stream live games within the venue via a mobile application.
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On December 12, 2013, the 2014 WNBA Draft Lottery took place. The Connecticut Sun, who had a league-worst record of 10-24 last season, won the draft lottery and had the right to pick first in the 2014 draft.In the draft, held on April 14, the Sun made Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford University the top pick.
The Connecticut Sun are a professional women's basketball team based in Uncasville, Connecticut that competes in the Eastern Conference of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Along with the Minnesota Lynx, the club was established in 1999 as part of the league's expansion from ten to twelve teams. The Miracle, the club's previous moniker, originated that year in Orlando, Florida, as the sister team to the NBA's Orlando Magic. Financial straits left the Miracle teetering on the brink of disbanding before the Mohegan Indian tribe purchased and relocated the team to Mohegan Sun, becoming the first Native American tribe to own a professional sports franchise. The derivative of the club's name comes from its affiliation with Mohegan Sun, while the team's logo is reflective of a modern interpretation of an ancient Mohegan symbol.
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Chinenye "Chiney" Ogwumike is an American professional basketball player for the Connecticut Sun of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She is 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and plays power forward. She played in three Final Fours with Stanford University. She holds the record for most rebounds in the history of Stanford Women's Basketball and the Pac-12 Conference, as of January 3, 2014. In 2014, Ogwumike signed an endorsement deal with Nike soon after being drafted first overall in the WNBA. As of 2016, Ogwumike was elected Vice-President of the WNBA Players Association, and signed an endorsement deal with Adidas. In May 2018, Ogwumike signed a multi-year contract with ESPN to become a full-time in-sports analyst.
The timing of the 2014 WNBA schedule and the draft were not finalized at its normal timeframe, as the league and players were negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement during the 2013 season.The previous agreement expired during the 2013 WNBA Finals and a new CBA was reached on February 17, 2014.
On February 6, 2014, the 2014 regular season schedule was announced.The regular season schedule began on May 16 and concluded on August 17.
It was announced on January 22 that the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game would take place on July 19 at 3:00 PM EDT in Phoenix, Arizona.
|1||y- Atlanta Dream||19||15||.559||-||34|
|2||x- Indiana Fever||16||18||.471||3.0||34|
|5||e-New York Liberty||15||19||.441||4.0||34|
|3||x-San Antonio Stars||16||18||.471||13.0||34|
|4||x-Los Angeles Sparks||16||18||.471||13.0||34|
|Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|May 16, 2014||Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|May 26, 2014||Briann January||Indiana Fever||Lindsay Whalen||Minnesota Lynx|
|June 2, 2014||Erika de Souza||Atlanta Dream||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury|
|June 9, 2014||Alex Bentley||Connecticut Sun||Skylar Diggins||Tulsa Shock|
|June 16, 2014||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Brittney Griner||Phoenix Mercury|
|June 23, 2014||Sancho Lyttle||Atlanta Dream||Nneka Ogwumike||Los Angeles Sparks|
|June 30, 2014||Tina Charles||New York Liberty||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury|
|July 7, 2014||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|July 14, 2014||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|July 21, 2014||Ivory Latta||Washington Mystics||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|July 28, 2014||Tina Charles||New York Liberty||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|August 4, 2014||Allie Quigley||Chicago Sky||Brittney Griner||Phoenix Mercury|
|August 11, 2014||Shoni Schimmel||Atlanta Dream||Kristi Toliver||Los Angeles Sparks|
|For games played||Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|May 2014||Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|June 2014||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury|
|July 2014||Tina Charles||New York Liberty||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|August 2014||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|For games played||Player||Team|
|May 2014||Chiney Ogwumike||Connecticut Sun|
|June 2014||Chiney Ogwumike||Connecticut Sun|
|July 2014||Odyssey Sims||Tulsa Shock|
|August 2014||Odyssey Sims||Tulsa Shock|
|Most Valuable Player Award||Maya Moore||Forward||Minnesota Lynx||371 out of 883|
|Finals MVP Award||Diana Taurasi||Guard||Phoenix Mercury|
|Rookie of the Year Award||Chiney Ogwumike||Forward||Connecticut Sun||23 out of 38|
|Most Improved Player Award||Skylar Diggins||Guard||Tulsa Shock||29 out of 38|
|Defensive Player of the Year Award||Brittney Griner||Center||Phoenix Mercury||31 out of 38|
|Sixth Woman of the Year Award||Allie Quigley||Guard||Chicago Sky||26 out of 38|
|Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award||Becky Hammon||Guard||San Antonio Stars||24 out of 37|
|Peak Performer: Points||Maya Moore||Forward||Minnesota Lynx||23.9 PPG|
|Peak Performer: Rebounds||Courtney Paris||Center||Tulsa Shock||10.2 RPG|
|Peak Performer: Assists||Diana Taurasi||Guard||Phoenix Mercury||5.6 APG|
|Coach of the Year Award||Sandy Brondello||Coach||Phoenix Mercury||33 out of 38|
|All-WNBA First Team||Skylar Diggins||Diana Taurasi||Maya Moore||Candace Parker||Brittney Griner|
|All-WNBA Second Team|| Danielle Robinson |
|Seimone Augustus||Angel McCoughtry||Nneka Ogwumike||Tina Charles|
|All-Defensive First Team||Briann January||Tanisha Wright||Angel McCoughtry||Sancho Lyttle||Brittney Griner|
|All-Defensive Second Team||Danielle Robinson||Alana Beard||Maya Moore||Tamika Catchings||Sylvia Fowles|
|All-Rookie Team||Odyssey Sims||Bria Hartley||Kayla McBride||Alyssa Thomas||Chiney Ogwumike|
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