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2004 WNBA Finals

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The 2004 WNBA Finals was the championship series of the 2004 WNBA season, and the conclusion of the season's playoffs The Seattle Storm, second-seeded champions of the Western Conference, defeated the Connecticut Sun, top-seeded champions of the Eastern Conference, two games to one in a best-of-three series This was Seattle's first title

The Storm made their first appearance in the Finals in franchise history The Sun made their first appearance in the Finals in franchise history

Going into the series, neither team had won a WNBA championship The Houston Comets hold the record with four championships won

The Storm had a 20-14 record 588, good enough to receive home-court advantage over the Sun 18-16

The 2004 Finals was the last time two teams had entered the series without having participated in them before

Contents

  • 1 Road to the finals
    • 11 Regular season series
  • 2 Game summaries
    • 21 Game 1
    • 22 Game 2
    • 23 Game 3
  • 3 Awards
  • 4 Rosters
  • 5 External links

Road to the finalsedit

Seattle Storm Connecticut Sun
20–14 588
2nd West, 2nd overall
Regular season 18–16 529
1st East, 3rd overall
Defeated the 3 Minnesota Lynx, 2–0 Conference Semifinals Defeated the 4 Washington Mystics, 2–1
Defeated the 4 Sacramento Monarchs, 2–1 Conference Finals Defeated the 2 New York Liberty, 2–0

Regular season seriesedit

The Sun and the Storm split the regular season series:

June 11
Recap
Connecticut Sun 63, Seattle Storm 68
KeyArena, Seattle
September 12
Recap
Seattle Storm 64, Connecticut Sun 71
Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut

Game summariesedit

All times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time

Game 1edit

ESPN2
October 8
7:00pm
Recap
Scoring by half: 29-35, 33-35Pts: Lennox 17
Rebs: Edwards, Lennox 8
Asts: Bird 4
Seattle Storm 64, Connecticut Sun 68
Pts: Douglas 18
Rebs: Sales 9
Asts: Whalen 9
Mohegan Sun Arena, Connecticut
Attendance: 9,341
Referees:
  • Courteau
  • Mattingly
  • Price

Katie Douglas and the Connecticut Sun took care of business at home to open the WNBA Finals Douglas overcame an early ankle injury to score 18 points as the Sun held on for a 68-64 victory over the Seattle Storm, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three championship series The win was Connecticut's fifth straight after opening the postseason with a loss

Douglas, who suffered a minor ankle sprain in the first half, nailed three 3-pointers and hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to finish the scoring

Wendy Palmer had 16 points and Lindsay Whalen chipped in 11 and a franchise playoff-record nine assists for the Sun, who used a 14-7 run to close the first half to grab a 33-29 lead at intermission

Connecticut built its edge to 63-47 on a bucket by Asjha Jones with 7:20 remaining and survived a late 16-5 run by the Storm to get a win in its WNBA Finals debut

Betty Lennox scored 17 points and Lauren Jackson had 16 for Seattle Lennox nailed a 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining to pull the Storm to within two points, but they failed to convert their final three shots before the final buzzer

Game 2edit

ESPN2
October 10
7:00 pm
Recap
Scoring by half: 30-35, 35-32Pts: Sales 32
Rebs: McWilliams-Franklin 7
Asts: Whalen 7
Connecticut Sun 65, Seattle Storm 67
Pts: Lennox 27
Rebs: Jackson 11
Asts: Sam 3
KeyArena, Seattle
Attendance: 17,072
Referees:
  • Bell
  • Napier
  • Trammell

Betty Lennox won her shootout with Nykesha Sales and extended the WNBA Finals to a decisive game

Lennox scored 27 points as the Seattle Storm survived a record-setting performance by Sales and held on for a 67-65 victory over the Connecticut Sun that evened the WNBA Finals at one game each

Lennox made 11-of-16 shots She scored 16 points in the second half, when the Sun - who never led - erased a 13-point deficit and tied the game

Sales, who set a WNBA Finals record with 32 points, sank a jumper that evened it, 57-57, with 5:20 to go Lennox answered with four points in a 6-0 burst that gave the Storm the lead for good

Katie Douglas made a 3-pointer to halve the deficit before Lennox made a jumper at the 1:41 mark Sales had a steal and layup, but Lennox's foul line jumper pushed the lead to 67-62 with 51 seconds remaining

Sales made a 3-pointer before Lennox missed a jumper and Connecticut forced a jump ball The Sun gained possession with 31 seconds left and ran a play for Sales, who hit the side of the backboard with a potential game-winning 3-pointer from the right corner

Lauren Jackson had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Sue Bird scored 10 points for the Storm, who improved to 4-0 at home in the postseason They drew 17,072 to KeyArena for this one

Douglas scored 14 points for the Sun, who had won five straight playoff games but stumbled early in this one They fell behind, 22-10, midway through the first half and trailed, 35-30, at halftime

Game 3edit

ESPN2
October 12
9:00 pm
Recap
Scoring by half: 36-37, 24-37Pts: Sales 18
Rebs: McWilliams-Franklin, Sales 6
Asts: Douglas, McWilliams-Franklin, Whalen 2
Connecticut Sun 60, Seattle Storm 74
Pts: Lennox 23
Rebs: Jackson 7
Asts: Bird 6
KeyArena, Seattle
Attendance: 17,072
Referees:
  • Corteau
  • Gulbeyun
  • Mattingly

The Seattle Storm got to the WNBA Finals behind stars Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird They won their first title behind a player picked off the scrap heap

Betty Lennox scored 16 of her 23 points in the second half as the Storm won the WNBA championship with a 74-60 triumph over the Connecticut Sun in the decisive third game

Acquired in the dispersal draft from the defunct Cleveland Rockers, Lennox outshined Jackson, acknowledged as the best player in the world, and Bird, a star point guard Lennox averaged 223 points in the series to earn Most Valuable Player honors

Jackson collected 13 points and seven rebounds while Bird added eight - all in the second half - and six assists

Playing in front of their second straight sellout crowd of 17,072, the Storm improved to a perfect 5-0 at KeyArena in the postseason They won their last two series after losing the opener on the road

After Nykesha Sales hit two free throws to cut Seattle's lead to 51-46 with 13:05 left, the Storm went on a 13-2 run capped by Lennox's driving layup with 6:15 to go

Led by center Kamila Vodichkova, who scored 12 of her 14 points in the opening half, Seattle never trailed, opening a 26-14 lead with 10:17 left Connecticut answered with a 15-3 surge over the next seven minutes to tie the game

But the Sun went cold in the second half, missing 18 of 23 shots Shooting guard Katie Douglas characterized the team's poor shooting, finishing 0-of-11 from the floor She scored just six points after averaging 16 in the first two games

Seattle coach Anne Donovan made history by becoming the first female coach to guide a team to the WNBA title

Awardsedit

  • 2004 WNBA Champion: Seattle Storm
  • Finals MVP: Betty Lennox

Rostersedit

2004 Seattle Storm Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos # Nat Name Height Weight From
40 !F 32 USA ! Barnes, Adia 7000180340000000000♠5 ft 11 in 180 m 165 lb 75 kg Arizona
15 !G 44 AUS ! Bevilaqua, Tully 7000170180000000000♠5 ft 7 in 170 m 140 lb 64 kg Australia
15 !G 10 USA ! Bird, Sue 7000175260000000000♠5 ft 9 in 175 m 150 lb 68 kg Connecticut
60 !C 33 USA ! Burse, Janell 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in 196 m 199 lb 90 kg Tulane
60 !C 4 USA ! Edwards, Simone 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in 193 m 164 lb 74 kg Iowa
40 !F 50 USA ! Frierson, Trina  7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in 188 m 186 lb 84 kg Louisiana Tech
15 !G 20 USA ! Greco, Michelle 7000175260000000000♠5 ft 9 in 175 m 145 lb 66 kg UCLA
55 !F/C 15 Australia ! Jackson, Lauren 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in 196 m 187 lb 85 kg Australia
15 !G 22 USA ! Lennox, Betty 7000172720000000000♠5 ft 8 in 173 m 143 lb 65 kg Louisiana Tech
25 !G/F 55 USA ! Sam, Sheri 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in 183 m 160 lb 73 kg Vanderbilt
40 !F 43 USA ! Thompson, Alicia 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in 185 m 180 lb 82 kg Texas Tech
55 !F/C 7 Czech Republic ! Vodichkova, Kamila 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in 193 m 185 lb 84 kg Czech Republic
Head coach
  • Anne Donovan Old Dominion
Assistant coaches
  • Jenny Boucek Virginia
  • Jessie Kenlaw Savannah State
Athletic trainer
  • Annmarie Henkel George Washington


Legend
  • C Team captain
  • FA Free agent
  • IN Inactive
  • S Suspended
  • Injured
2004 Connecticut Sun Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos # Nat Name Height Weight From
15 !G 24 USA ! Black, Debbie 7000160020000000000♠5 ft 3 in 160 m 124 lb 56 kg St Joseph's University
40 !F 22 USA ! Brungo, Jessica 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in 185 m 165 lb 75 kg Penn State
15 !G 34 USA ! Derevjanik, Jennifer 7000177800000000000♠5 ft 10 in 178 m 140 lb 64 kg George Mason
25 !G/F 32 USA ! Douglas, Katie 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in 183 m 165 lb 75 kg Purdue
15 !G 12 USA ! Futrell, Candace 7000167640000000000♠5 ft 6 in 168 m 135 lb 61 kg Texas
60 !C 12 Poland ! Dydek, Margo 7000218440000000000♠7 ft 2 in 218 m 223 lb 101 kg Poland
40 !F 15 USA ! Jones, Asjha 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in 188 m 196 lb 89 kg Connecticut
55 !F/C 11 USA ! McWilliams-Franklin, Taj 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in 188 m 184 lb 83 kg St Edward's College
40 !F 3 USA ! Palmer, Wendy 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in 188 m 165 lb 75 kg Virginia
25 !G/F 42 USA ! Sales, Nykesha 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in 183 m 175 lb 79 kg Connecticut
15 !G 13 USA ! Whalen, Lindsay 7000172720000000000♠5 ft 8 in 173 m 150 lb 68 kg Minnesota
40 !F 43 USA ! Willingham, Le'Coe 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in 183 m 200 lb 91 kg Auburn
40 !F 21 USA ! Wyckoff, Brooke  7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in 185 m 183 lb 83 kg Florida State
Head coach
  • Mike Thibault St Martin's
Assistant coaches
  • Scott Hawk Nebraska-Omaha
  • Bernadette Mattox Georgia
Athletic trainer
  • Jen Brodeur
Strength and conditioning coach
  • Lisa Ciaravella Lynn University
Legend
  • C Team captain
  • FA Free agent
  • IN Inactive
  • S Suspended
  • Injured

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