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2010 WNBA Finals

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The 2010 WNBA Finals was the championship series of the 2010 season of the Women's National Basketball Association WNBA and the conclusion of the season's playoffs The champions of the Eastern Conference, the Atlanta Dream, faced the champions of the Western Conference, the Seattle Storm

The WNBA Finals were under a 2–2–1 rotation, with the Storm holding home-court advantage as they had a better regular season record 28–6 than the Dream 19–15 This was the 1st time the teams have met in the championship round The Dream made their first ever appearance in the Finals while the Storm made their second appearance, after winning the 2004 championship series

This was the second straight year in which neither team advancing to the Finals had been there the previous season Seattle had not won a playoff series since their Finals victory in 2004, when they defeated the Connecticut Sun 2–1 Betty Lennox, who played with Atlanta after leaving the Storm now with LA was named series MVP in 2004 Only two players remain from the championship roster–all-stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson To advance to the Finals, the Storm defeated Diana Taurasi and the defending champion Phoenix Mercury 2–0 in the Western Conference Finals

This was the first WNBA Finals appearance for both head coaches Each coach had been with their respective team since the 2008 season Seattle's Brian Agler had been involved with the WNBA since 1999, when he was head coach of the Minnesota Lynx Atlanta's Marynell Meadors was one of the league's original eight head coaches, leading the Charlotte Sting to a 15–13 record in their inaugural season This was the first ever Finals series to feature the two most recent Coach of the Year award winners; Meadors won the award in 2009 and Agler won in 2010

This series featured 9 international players most notably Lauren Jackson from 6 different backgrounds Seattle's roster boasted five foreign-born players hailing from Australia, the Czech Republic and Russia Atlanta had four, representing Belarus, Brazil and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines This was a WNBA record for the championship series; eight international players were featured in the 1998 Finals

The series ended with the Storm beating the Dream in Atlanta in a three-game sweep This was only the second time in WNBA history that a team won the Finals three games to none previously done by Detroit in 2008


  • 1 Background
    • 11 2010 WNBA Playoffs
    • 12 Regular season series
    • 13 Atlanta Dream
    • 14 Seattle Storm
  • 2 Game summaries
    • 21 Game 1
    • 22 Game 2
    • 23 Game 3
  • 3 Awards
  • 4 Rosters
  • 5 References


2010 WNBA Playoffsedit

Main article: 2010 WNBA Playoffs
Seattle Storm Atlanta Dream
28–6 824
1st West, 1st overall
Regular season 19–15 559
4th East, 5th overall
Defeated the 4 Los Angeles Sparks, 2–0 Conference Semifinals Defeated the 1 Washington Mystics, 2–0
Defeated the 2 Phoenix Mercury, 2–0 Conference Finals Defeated the 2 New York Liberty, 2–0

Regular season seriesedit

The Storm won the regular season series:

June 1, 2010
Pts: McCoughtry 16
Rebs: Lyttle 6
Atlanta Dream 72, Seattle Storm 90
Pts: Jackson 32
Rebs: Jackson 10
KeyArena, Seattle, WA
Attendance: 7,586
August 10, 2010
Pts: Jackson, Wright 14
Rebs: Jackson 8
Seattle Storm 80, Atlanta Dream 70
Pts: McCoughtry 16
Rebs: Lyttle 17
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Attendance: 6,042

Atlanta Dreamedit

Main article: 2010 Atlanta Dream season

The Atlanta Dream finished the regular season with a 19–15 record As the No 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Dream eliminated the No 1 seeded Washington Mystics in two games during the conference playoff semifinals In the Eastern Conference finals, the Dream went on to eliminate the New York Liberty in two games In reaching the Finals, the Dream became the second team in WNBA history to do so as a four seed; the Charlotte Sting coached by Liberty coach Anne Donovan advanced to the 2001 WNBA Finals as a No 4 seed Also, the Dream became the second team in Eastern Conference history to reach the Finals after sweeping their opponents in the first two rounds, after the Connecticut Sun did it in 2005

Seattle Stormedit

Main article: 2010 Seattle Storm season

The Seattle Storm finished the regular season as the Western Conference champion with a 28–6 record As the No 1 seed in the conference, the Storm eliminated the No 4 seeded Los Angeles Sparks in two games in the first round; the Sparks had eliminated the Storm from the playoffs in three of the previous five seasons In the Western Conference Finals against the Phoenix Mercury, the Storm won Game 1 but trailed by as many as 19 points in Game 2 They rallied back and Sue Bird made a 3-pointer with under three seconds left to win the series on Phoenix's home floor This is the first time since their 2004 championship season in which the Storm were not eliminated in the first round of the playoffs

Game summariesedit

All times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time

Game 1edit

September 12
Scoring by quarter: 17–22, 22–17, 14–20, 24–20Pts: McCoughtry, Marques 19
Rebs: Lyttle 14
Asts: Price 3
Stls: Lyttle 5
Atlanta Dream 77, Seattle Storm 79
Pts: Jackson 26
Rebs: Little 11
Asts: Bird 8
3PFGs: Jackson 4–8
Seattle leads the series 1–0
KeyArena, Seattle, WA
Attendance: 15,084
#8 Daryl Humphrey
#9 Denise Brooks
#39 Michael Price

Sue Bird made a tiebreaking jumper from the foul line with 26 seconds left and the Storm beat the Dream 79-77 Angel McCoughtry had a last-second try for the Dream, but her long 3-pointer from the left side did not connect

League MVP Lauren Jackson had 26 points and eight rebounds for Seattle Bird finished with 14 points and Camille Little had 18 points and 11 rebounds

McCoughtry and Iziane Castro Marques had 19 points apiece for Atlanta Sancho Lyttle added 10 points and 14 rebounds

Jackson made a 3-pointer late in the third quarter to give Seattle the lead for good at 52-49 and the Storm led by six going into the fourth quarter

Atlanta trailed by nine in the fourth before rallying, tying it at 77 on Castro Marques' old-fashioned three-point play with a minute left

Each team had to deal with foul trouble for one of its star players Seattle forward Swin Cash picked up two in the first minute of the game and was whistled for her third foul before the half-way mark of the first quarter McCoughtry had three early fouls and sat out the second quarter; she later missed much of the third quarter after knocking heads with Seattle's Jana Vesela

Game 2edit

September 14
Scoring by quarter:21–19, 26–30, 18–20, 19–18Pts: McCoughtry, Marques 21
Rebs: McCoughtry 9
Asts: Miller 8
FGs: Castro Marques 10–20
Atlanta Dream 84, Seattle Storm 87
Pts: Jackson 26
Rebs: Little 9
Asts: Bird 5
Stls: Wright 5
Seattle leads the series 2–0
KeyArena, Seattle, WA
Attendance: 13,898
#55 Eric Brewton
#13 Cameron Inouye
#17 Scott Twardoski

League MVP Lauren Jackson scored 26 points, Swin Cash added 19 and the Seattle Storm moved one step closer to the title with an 87-84 win over the Atlanta Dream in Game 2 of the finals

Seattle improved to 21-0 at home this season and is hoping it won't need another game at KeyArena The Storm had plenty of reasons to be pleased after winning two rough and ragged games in Seattle

Iziane Castro Marques, who kept Atlanta close with 21 points Tuesday night, might have broken her nose for the second time in two months after a first-quarter collision kept her on the bench for a chunk of the second quarter with an ice bag on her nose Angel McCoughtry, the Dream's leading scorer, wore a Band-Aid over her left eye, the result of a collision in Game 1 that required stitches

McCoughtry was off in Game 2, making just seven of 23 shots on her way to 21 points She tried to salvage the shaky performance, scoring five quick points in the final 30 seconds to help Atlanta close to 87-84

Cash missed two free throws with 22 seconds left but Atlanta could not get off a potential tying shot

"I just missed some shots You're going to have bad days," McCoughtry said "I had good looks Usually I knock them down I just didn't knock them down today I just gotta stay more focused"

Game 3edit

September 16
Scoring by quarter:28–24, 15–20 , 24–16, 20–24Pts: Cash 18
Rebs: Jackson 9
Asts: Bird 7
3PFGs: Cash 3–5
Seattle Storm 87, Atlanta Dream 84
Pts: McCoughtry 35
Rebs: de Souza 14
Asts: C Miller 5
FGs: McCoughtry 13–23
Seattle wins the series 3–0
Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
Attendance: 10,522
#4 Sue Blauch
#38 Lamont Simpson
#18 Kurt Walker

After losing in the first round of the playoffs five straight years following their first title, Sue Bird, Lauren Jackson and the Seattle Storm are champions again

"I guess now I can be honest," Bird said "Losing in the first round has been terrible It's something I took personally and something a lot of us took personally I judge myself by winning, so to not win in five years really, really hurt"

The Storm made up for the long gap between titles by dominating the 2010 season Seattle was 28-6 during the regular season - tying the league record for wins - before sweeping each of its three postseason series

Bird and Jackson are the only players remaining from the Storm's 2004 title team

"I think the roads have been completely different," said Jackson of the two championships "After the last six years, it definitely has taken a long time to get here"

Jackson, who had 26 points in each of the Storm's first two wins in the series, had 15 points and nine rebounds and was selected MVP of the finals

Swin Cash scored 18 points to lead a balanced offense as Seattle overcame 35 points by Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry

The Dream star, who set a WNBA playoff record with 42 points in the Eastern Conference finals clinching win over the New York Liberty, tried to rally Atlanta with nine points in the final 2:30 But McCoughtry and Coco Miller missed 3-pointers in the final 6 seconds, setting off a celebration by Seattle's players

The Dream rallied in the final minute after trailing 82-70

McCoughtry's three-point play with 46 seconds remaining cut Seattle's lead to 85-80 Seattle's Tanisha Wright missed two free throws and McCoughtry was fouled by Cash while missing a 3 McCoughtry made two of three free throws to cut the lead to three points with 31 seconds remaining

Bird dribbled away the shot clock before missing a shot to set up a basket by Atlanta's Iziane Castro Marques with 69 seconds left McCoughtry immediately fouled Camille Little, who made two free throws to give Seattle an 87-84 lead McCoughtry missed a 3-pointer but the rebound went to Atlanta before Coco Miller also missed a last-second 3

"I think we have grown up quite a bit this season," said Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors "Maybe another minute on the clock might have made a difference in the outcome of this game and the same thing with the two games in Seattle"


  • 2010 WNBA Champions: Seattle Storm
  • Finals MVP: Lauren Jackson Seattle


2010 Seattle Storm Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos # Nat Name Height Weight From
25 !G/F 25 RUS ! Abrosimova, Svetlana 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in 188 m 169 lb 77 kg Connecticut
10 !PG 10 USA ! Bird, Sue 7000175260000000000♠5 ft 9 in 175 m 150 lb 68 kg Connecticut
40 !F 5 AUS ! Bishop, Abby 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in 191 m 191 lb 87 kg Australia
30 !SF 2 USA ! Cash, Swin 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in 185 m 162 lb 73 kg Connecticut
55 !F/C 15 AUS ! Jackson, Lauren 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in 196 m 187 lb 85 kg Australia
15 !G 40 AUS ! Lacey, Alison 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in 183 m 159 lb 72 kg Iowa State
45 !PF 20 USA ! Little, Camille 7000187960000000000♠6 ft 2 in 188 m 180 lb 82 kg North Carolina
60 !C 43 USA ! Robinson, Ashley 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in 193 m 180 lb 82 kg Tennessee
40 !F 7 CZE ! Veselá, Jana 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in 191 m 195 lb 88 kg Czech Republic
45 !PF 34 USA ! Willingham, Le'coe 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in 183 m 200 lb 91 kg Auburn
10 !PG 30 USA ! Wright, Tanisha 7000180340000000000♠5 ft 11 in 180 m 165 lb 75 kg Penn State
Head coach
  • Brian Agler Wittenberg
Assistant coaches
  • Jenny Boucek Virginia
  • Nancy Darsch Springfield
Athletic trainer
  • Tom Spencer Central Washington
Strength and conditioning coach
  • Melissa Hardin
  • C Team captain
  • FA Free agent
  • IN Inactive
  • S Suspended
  • Injured
2010 Atlanta Dream Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos # Nat Name Height Weight From
60 !C 33 USA ! Bales, Alison 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in 201 m 218 lb 99 kg Duke
25 !G/F 8 BRA ! Castro Marques, Iziane 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in 183 m 140 lb 64 kg Brazil
55 !F/C 14 BRA ! de Souza, Erika 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in 196 m 190 lb 86 kg Brazil
15 !G 5 USA ! Lehning, Shalee 7000175260000000000♠5 ft 9 in 175 m 147 lb 67 kg Kansas State
60 !C 11 Belarus ! Leuchanka, Yelena 7000195580000000000♠6 ft 5 in 196 m 195 lb 88 kg West Virginia
40 !F 20 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines ! Lyttle, Sancho 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in 193 m 143 lb 65 kg Houston
40 !F 35 USA ! McCoughtry, Angel 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in 185 m 160 lb 73 kg Louisville
20 !SG 9 USA ! Miller, Coco 7000175260000000000♠5 ft 9 in 175 m 140 lb 64 kg Georgia
10 !PG 2 USA ! Miller, Kelly 7000177800000000000♠5 ft 10 in 178 m 140 lb 64 kg Georgia
25 !G/F 22 USA ! Price, Armintie 7000175260000000000♠5 ft 9 in 175 m 133 lb 60 kg Mississippi
15 !G 0 USA ! Raven, Brittainey 7000182880000000000♠6 ft 0 in 183 m 162 lb 73 kg Texas
Head coach
  • Marynell Meadors Middle Tennessee
Assistant coaches
  • Sue Panek Maryland
  • Carol Ross Mississippi
  • Fred Williams Boise State

Strength and conditioning coach
  • Kim Moseley Southern Mississippi
  • C Team captain
  • FA Free agent
  • IN Inactive
  • S Suspended
  • Injured


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