|2015 WNBA season|
|League||Women's National Basketball Association|
|Duration||June 5 – October 14|
|Number of games||34|
|Number of teams||12|
|TV partner(s)||ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NBA TV|
|Top draft pick|
|Picked by||Seattle Storm|
|Eastern champions||Indiana Fever|
|Eastern runners-up||New York Liberty|
|Western champions||Minnesota Lynx|
|Western runners-up||Phoenix Mercury|
|Finals champions||Minnesota Lynx|
The 2015 WNBA season was the 19th season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The regular season started on June 5 and playoffs concluded on October 14.
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 Minnesota Lynx beat the Indiana Fever 69–52 in game five of the Finals on October 14 to clinch a third WNBA title in five years.
The 2015 WNBA Finals was the championship series for the 2015 WNBA season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). On August 26, vegasinsider.com projected that the Minnesota Lynx has the highest odds to win the series (11/10).
Games aired on ESPN (1 regular season game), ESPN2 (10 regular season games), ABC (All-Star Game) and NBA TV (47 regular season games).
ESPN is a U.S.-based sports television channel owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture owned by The Walt Disney Company (80%) and Hearst Communications (20%). The company was founded in 1979 by Bill Rasmussen along with his son Scott Rasmussen and Ed Egan.
ESPN2 is an American basic cable and satellite television network that is owned by ESPN Inc., a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and the Hearst Communications.
The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American commercial broadcast television network that is a flagship property of Disney–ABC Television Group, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building.
The Phoenix Mercury is a professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded before the league's inaugural 1997 season began; it is one of the eight original franchises. The team is owned by Robert Sarver, who also owns the Mercury's NBA counterpart, the Phoenix Suns.
Diana Lorena Taurasi is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. Taurasi has won three WNBA championships, one WNBA Most Valuable Player Award (2009), two WNBA Finals MVP Awards, four Olympic gold medals,, five scoring titles, and the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2004). She has also been selected to seven WNBA All-Star teams and nine All-WNBA teams. She is one of 10 women to win an Olympic Gold Medal, an NCAA Championship and a WNBA Championship. In 2011, she was voted by fans as one of the WNBA's Top 15 Players of All Time. On June 18, 2017, Taurasi became the WNBA all-time leading scorer.
BC UMMC Ekaterinburg is a Russian women's basketball team based in Yekaterinburg competing in the Russian Premier League and FIBA Europe's Euroleague. It has been a highly successful team in recent years.
On August 21, 2014, the 2015 WNBA Draft Lottery took place. The Seattle Storm, who had a league-worst record of 12–22 last season, won the draft lottery and had the right to pick first in the 2015 draft. In the draft, held on April 16, the Storm made Jewell Loyd of Notre Dame the top pick.
The Seattle Storm are a professional basketball team based in Seattle, Washington, playing in the Western Conference in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The team was founded by Ginger Ackerley and her husband Barry ahead of the 2000 season. The team is currently owned by Force 10 Hoops LLC, which is composed of three Seattle businesswomen: Dawn Trudeau, Lisa Brummel, and Ginny Gilder.
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.
Jewell Loyd is an American professional basketball player for Perfumerias Avenida of Spain's Liga Femenina de Baloncesto and the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted first overall in the 2015 WNBA Draft by the Seattle Storm. She played college basketball at Notre Dame.
|x - New York Liberty||23||11||.676||–||12–5||11–6||13–9|
|x - Chicago Sky||21||13||.618||2||13–4||8–9||14–8|
|x - Indiana Fever||20||14||.588||3||11–6||9–8||13–9|
|x - Washington Mystics||18||16||.529||5||11–6||7–10||10–12|
|e - Atlanta Dream||15||19||.441||8||9–8||6–11||10–12|
|e - Connecticut Sun||15||19||.441||8||8–9||7–10||6–16|
|z - Minnesota Lynx||22||12||.647||–||13–4||9–8||16–6|
|x - Phoenix Mercury||20||14||.588||2||13–4||7–10||15–7|
|x - Tulsa Shock||18||16||.529||4||12–5||6–11||11–11|
|x - Los Angeles Sparks||14||20||.412||8||9–8||5–12||10–12|
|e - Seattle Storm||10||24||.294||12||8–9||2–15||8–14|
|e - San Antonio Stars||8||26||.235||14||7–10||1–16||6–16|
Bold Series winner
italics Team with home-court advantage
|Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|June 5, 2015||Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky||DeWanna Bonner||Phoenix Mercury|
|June 15, 2015||Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky||Skylar Diggins||Tulsa Shock|
|June 22, 2015||Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky||Lindsay Whalen||Minnesota Lynx|
|June 29, 2015||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||Nneka Ogwumike||Los Angeles Sparks|
|July 6, 2015||Cappie Pondexter||Chicago Sky||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|July 13, 2015||Tina Charles||New York Liberty||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|July 20, 2015||Tina Charles||New York Liberty||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|August 3, 2015||Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky||Brittney Griner||Phoenix Mercury|
|August 10, 2015||Epiphanny Prince||New York Liberty||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|August 17, 2015||Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|August 24, 2015||Epiphanny Prince||New York Liberty||Odyssey Sims||Tulsa Shock|
|August 31, 2015||Courtney Vandersloot||Chicago Sky||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|September 7, 2015||Kelsey Bone||Connecticut Sun||Monique Currie||Phoenix Mercury|
|For games played||Eastern Conference||Western Conference|
|June 2015||Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky||Skylar Diggins||Tulsa Shock|
|July 2015||Tina Charles||New York Liberty||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|August 2015||Epiphanny Prince||New York Liberty||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|For games played||Player||Team|
|June 2015||Natalie Achonwa||Indiana Fever|
|July 2015||Jewell Loyd||Seattle Storm|
|August 2015||Kiah Stokes||New York Liberty|
|Most Valuable Player Award||Elena Delle Donne||Forward / Guard||Chicago Sky||385 out of 999|
|Finals MVP Award||Sylvia Fowles||Center||Minnesota Lynx|
|Rookie of the Year Award||Jewell Loyd||Guard||Seattle Storm||21 out of 39|
|Most Improved Player Award||Kelsey Bone||Center||Connecticut Sun||14 out of 39|
|Defensive Player of the Year Award||Brittney Griner||Center||Phoenix Mercury||33 out of 39|
|Sixth Woman of the Year Award||Allie Quigley||Guard||Chicago Sky||24 out of 39|
|Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award||DeLisha Milton-Jones||Forward||Atlanta Dream||11 out of 39|
|Peak Performer: Points||Elena Delle Donne||Forward / Guard||Chicago Sky||23.4 PPG|
|Peak Performer: Rebounds||Courtney Paris||Center||Tulsa Shock||9.3 RPG|
|Peak Performer: Assists||Courtney Vandersloot||Guard||Chicago Sky||5.8 APG|
|Coach of the Year Award||Bill Laimbeer||Coach||New York Liberty||23 out of 39|
|All-WNBA First Team||DeWanna Bonner||Angel McCoughtry||Elena Delle Donne||Maya Moore||Tina Charles|
|All-WNBA Second Team||Epiphanny Prince||Courtney Vandersloot||Candace Parker||Tamika Catchings||Brittney Griner|
|All-Defensive First Team||Briann January||Angel McCoughtry||Nneka Ogwumike||Tamika Catchings||Brittney Griner|
|All-Defensive Second Team||Tanisha Wright||DeWanna Bonner||Sancho Lyttle||Tina Charles||Kiah Stokes|
|All-Rookie Team|| Jewell Loyd |
|Brittany Boyd||Ramu Tokashiki||Natalie Achonwa||Kiah Stokes|
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