WNBA 2013 season preview
Indiana Fever win 2012 WNBA championship
The Indiana Fever won the first WNBA Championship in franchise history with an 87-78 victory over the Minnesota Lynx. The Fever won the best-of-five WNBA Finals in four games, preventing a winner-take-all-game in Minnesota.
Tamika Catchings, who was the MVP of the Finals, finally won her long-awaited WNBA championship. She averaged 24.8 points in the series. Indiana held Minnesota below 40 percent shooting in all three wins. The Fever won even though No. 2 scorer Katie Douglas missed most of the series with a severely sprained left ankle.
Minnesota was trying to become the first team to repeat since Los Angeles in 2001 and 2002. "It was hard being the hunted, as we all know," Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. "There's a reason this hasn't been done in over 10 years."
|Connect. - Indiana||1 : 2|
|Indiana - Atlanta||2 : 1|
|Connect. - New York||2 : 0|
|Minnesota - LA Sparks||2 : 0|
|Minnesota - Seattle||2 : 1|
|LA Sparks - San Ant.||2 : 0|
2013 key dates
- April 15 : WNBA Draft
- May 10 : Preseason begin
- May 24 : Regular season starts
- July 27 : WNBA All-Star game
- September 15 : Regular season ends
- September 19: Playoffs begin
The preseason odds for the outright winner
These are odds to win WNBA 2013 Championship published by online bookmakers before the start of the season:
|Minnesota Lynx||4||San Antonio Silver Stars||12|
|Indiana Fever||5||New York Liberty||15|
|Connecticut Sun||6||Tulsa Shock||16|
|Phoenix Mercury||7||Atlanta Dream||18|
|Los Angeles Sparks||10||Seattle Storm||19|
|Chicago Sky||12||Washington Mystics||50|
The Minnesota Lynx entered their 2012 season as defending champions. They once again had a dominant regular season and made their second straight Finals appearance. However, they were unable to defend their championship, losing three games to one against an Indiana Fever. They looks to continue their dominance in the Western Conference by trying to win the conference title for a third straight year led by one of the most dominant starting lineups in recent history.
The Indiana Fever has made the playoffs for eight straight seasons dating back to the 2005 WNBA season. In addition, the Fever has won at least 20 games for each of the last four seasons, won the Eastern Conference twice, and won the WNBA Finals this past year in 2012 led by franchise forward Tamika Catchings, guard Katie Douglas, and a collection of solid players behind them who hit their stride at just the right time. For 2013, the Fever will try to win it all again. Can they do this without the perceived star power that some Western Conference teams have?
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The 2012 Connecticut Sun had a 25-9 regular season record and reached the Eastern Conference Finals, led by center Tina Charles who was the league MVP. After the season, the Sun fired head coach Mike Thibault primarily because he was unable to lead the team to the championship, and replaced him with Anne Donovan in early January. Though she will inherit a roster that is ready to contend for this season, the Sun will play without forward Asjha Jones and guard Danielle McCray who will sit out due to injury.
The Phoenix Mercury suffered a setback season in 2012 due to injury, but they did manage to develop some younger players who figure to be in the team's future plans with guard Samantha Prahalis and center Krystal Thomas. How will they and Brittney Griner, the #1 pick in the 2013 Draft mesh with the team's veteran stars?
2011 Minnesota Lynx
2010 Seattle Storm
2009 Phoenix Mercury
2008 Detroit Shock
2007 Phoenix Mercury
2006 Detroit Shock
2005 Sacramento Monarchs
2003 Detroit Shock
2002 Los Angeles
2001 Los Angeles
2000 Houston Comets
1999 Houston Comets
1998 Houston Comets
1997 Houston Comets
Centers: Yelena Leuchanka; Forwards: Cathrine Kraayeveld, Sancho Lyttle, Le'coe Willingham, Erika de Souza, Aneika Henry; Guards: Alex Bentley, Sydney Carter, Courtney Clements, Tiffany Hayes, Jasmine Thomas, Anne Marie Armstrong, Armintie Herrington, Angel McCoughtry
Centers: Sylvia Fowles, Ruth Riley, Carolyn Swords; Forwards: Michelle Campbell, Swin Cash, Tamera Young; Guards: Eshaya Murphy, Epiphanny Prince, Allie Quigley, Courtney Vandersloot, Sharnee' Zoll, Elena Delle Donne
Centers: Tina Charles, Latoya Williams; Forwards: Mistie Bass, Kelsey Griffin, Ashley Walker; Guards: Kelly Faris, Kalana Greene, Allison Hightower, Natasha Lacy, Kara Lawson, Renee Montgomery, Tan White, Johannah Leedham
Centers: Jessica Davenport, Sasha Goodlett; Forwards: Jessica Breland, Tamika Catchings, Jasmine Hassell, Erlana Larkins, Bernice Mosby; Guards: Layshia Clarendon, Briann January, Erin Phillips, Jeanette Pohlen, Shavonte Zellous, Karima Christmas, Katie Douglas
Los Angeles Sparks
Centers: Jantel Lavender; Forwards: Farhiya Abdi, Alyssia Brewer, Ebony Hoffman, Nneka Ogwumike, Candace Parker; Guards: Briana Gilbreath, Lindsey Harding, A'dia Mathies, Jenna O'Hea, Kristi Toliver, Alana Beard, Marissa Coleman, Alina Iagupova
Centers: Shawnice Wilson; Forwards: Rebekkah Brunson, Amber Harris, Rachel Jarry, Maya Moore, Devereaux Peters, Janel McCarville; Guards: Jacki Gemelos, Chucky Jeffery, Lindsey Moore, Sugar Rodgers, Lindsay Whalen, Seimone Augustus, Monica Wright
New York Liberty
Centers: Kelley Cain, Kara Braxton; Forwards: Cheryl Ford, Toni Young, Kelsey Bone, Plenette Pierson, Essence Carson; Guards: Leilani Mitchell, Cappie Pondexter, Katie Smith, Shenneika Smith, Kamiko Williams, Alex Montgomery
Centers: Jessica Adair, Brittney Griner, Krystal Thomas; Forwards: Candice Dupree, Megan Frazee, Charde Houston, Ify Ibekwe, Lynetta Kizer, Penny Taylor, Nikki Greene; Guards: Alexis Hornbuckle, Samantha Prahalis, Diana Taurasi, Erin Thorn, DeWanna Bonner
San Antonio Silver Stars
Centers: Kayla Alexander, Jayne Appel, Ziomara Morrison; Forwards: Shameka Christon, Christine Flores, DeLisha Milton-Jones, Sophia Young, Danielle Adams; Guards: Becky Hammon, Shenise Johnson, Jia Perkins, Danielle Robinson, Yvonne Turner, Davellyn Whyte, Julie Wojta
Centers: Ewelina Kobryn, Chay Shegog, Nakia Sanford; Forwards: Cierra Bravard, Alysha Clark, Tianna Hawkins, Camille Little, Chelsea Poppens, Tina Thompson, Lauren Jackson, Shekinna Stricklen; Guards: Sue Bird, Temeka Johnson, Noelle Quinn, Tanisha Wright
Centers: Chante Black, Courtney Paris; Forwards: Amber Holt, Tiffany Jackson-Jones, Glory Johnson, Jennifer Lacy, Kayla Pedersen, Nicole Powell; Guards: Skylar Diggins, Scholanda Dorrell, Angel Goodrich, Roneeka Hodges, Candice Wiggins, Riquna Williams, Brittany Spears
Centers: Emma Meesseman, Michelle Snow, Kia Vaughn; Forwards: Monique Currie, Crystal Langhorne, Jessica Moore; Guards: Matee Ajavon, Tayler Hill, Ivory Latta, Nadirah McKenith, Shey Peddy, Tierra Ruffin-Pratt