2014 WNBA season

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2014 WNBA season
League Women's National Basketball Association
Sport Basketball
DurationMay 16 – September 12
Number of games34
Number of teams12
Total attendance1,545,890
Average attendance7,578
TV partner(s) ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV
Top draft pick Flag of the United States.svg Chiney Ogwumike
Picked by Connecticut Sun
Season MVP Flag of the United States.svg Maya Moore Minnesota
Eastern champions Chicago Sky
  Eastern runners-up Indiana Fever
Western champions Phoenix Mercury
  Western runners-up Minnesota Lynx
Finals champions Phoenix Mercury
  Runners-up Chicago Sky
Finals MVP Flag of the United States.svg Diana Taurasi (Phoenix)
WNBA seasons

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.

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Notable occurrences

TV and Internet coverage

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. [1] [2]

2014 WNBA Draft

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. [3] In the draft, held on April 14, the Sun made Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford University the top pick. [4]

Regular season

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. [5] The previous agreement expired during the 2013 WNBA Finals and a new CBA was reached on February 17, 2014. [6]

On February 6, 2014, the 2014 regular season schedule was announced. [7] 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. [8]

Team standings

Eastern Conference
# Eastern Conference
TeamWLPCTGBGP
1y- Atlanta Dream 1915.559-34
2x- Indiana Fever 1618.4713.034
3x-Washington Mystics 1618.4713.034
4x-Chicago Sky 1519.4414.034
5e-New York Liberty 1519.4414.034
6e-Connecticut Sun 1321.3826.034
Western Conference
# Western Conference
TeamWLPCTGBGP
1y-Phoenix Mercury 295.853-34
2x-Minnesota Lynx 259.7354.034
3x-San Antonio Stars 1618.47113.034
4x-Los Angeles Sparks 1618.47113.034
5e-Tulsa Shock 1222.35317.034
6e-Seattle Storm 1222.35317.034

Playoffs

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

Season award winners

Player of the Week award

For games
played beginning
Eastern ConferenceWestern Conference
PlayerTeamPlayerTeam
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

Player of the Month award

For games playedEastern ConferenceWestern Conference
PlayerTeamPlayerTeam
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

Rookie of the Month award

For games playedPlayerTeam
May 2014 Chiney Ogwumike Connecticut Sun
June 2014 Chiney Ogwumike Connecticut Sun
July 2014 Odyssey Sims Tulsa Shock
August 2014 Odyssey Sims Tulsa Shock

Postseason awards

AwardWinnerPositionTeamVotes/Statistic
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
TeamGuardGuardForwardForwardCenter
All-WNBA First Team Skylar Diggins Diana Taurasi Maya Moore Candace Parker Brittney Griner
All-WNBA Second Team Danielle Robinson
Lindsay Whalen
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

Coaches

Eastern Conference

Western Conference

See also

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