1997 WNBL season

The 1997 WNBL season was the 17th season of competition since its establishment in 1981. A total of 9 teams contested the league.

1997 WNBL season
LeagueWomen's National Basketball League (WNBL)
SportBasketball
Number of teams9
TV partner(s)ABC
Network Ten
Regular season
Top seedSydney Flames
Season MVPRachael Sporn (Adelaide Lightning)
Top scorerRachael Sporn (Adelaide Lightning)
Finals
ChampionsSydney Flames
  Runners-upAdelaide Lightning
Finals MVPTrisha Fallon (Sydney Flames)
WNBL seasons

Regular seasonEdit

LadderEdit

Team Played Won Lost Won %
1 Sydney Flames 18 18 0 100
2 Adelaide Lightning 18 14 4 78
3 Melbourne Tigers 18 12 6 67
4 Dandenong Rangers 18 9 9 50
5 Australian Institute of Sport 16 5 11 31
6 Canberra Capitals 18 6 12 33
7 Brisbane Blazers 18 6 12 33
8 Perth Breakers 18 5 13 28
9 Bulleen Boomers 18 5 13 28

FinalsEdit

Semi-finals Preliminary final Grand final
1 Sydney Flames 54
2 Adelaide Lightning 58
Sydney Flames 57 Adelaide Lightning 56
Melbourne Tigers 54 Sydney Flames 61
3 Melbourne Tigers 57
4 AIS 48 Key: Winning team advances Losing team advances
  Elimination Final
             
  4. Dandenong Rangers 66  
  5. AIS 76

Season AwardsEdit

Award Winner Team
Most Valuable Player Award Rachael Sporn Adelaide Lightning
Grand Final MVP Award Trisha Fallon Sydney Flames
Rookie of the Year Award Lauren Jackson AIS
Defensive Player of the Year Award Tully Bevilaqua Perth Breakers
Coach of the Year Award Bill Tomlinson Sydney Flames
Top Shooter Award Rachael Sporn Adelaide Lightning

Statistical leadersEdit

Category Player Team GP Totals Average
Points Per Game Rachael Sporn Adelaide Lightning 18 400 22.2
Rebounds Per Game Rachael Sporn Adelaide Lightning 18 185 10.3
Assists Per Game Robyn Maher Sydney Flames 17 83 4.9
Steals Per Game Tully Bevilaqua Perth Breakers 18 55 3.1
Blocks per game Jenny Whittle Brisbane Blazers 18 52 2.9
Field Goal % Rachael Sporn Adelaide Lightning 18 (176/316) 55.7%
Three-Point Field Goal % Trisha Fallon Sydney Flames 18 (19/43) 44.2%
Free Throw % Allison Cook Melbourne Tigers 18 (82/91) 90.1%

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://web.archive.org/web/20150120114035/http://www.wnbl.com.au/fileadmin/user_upload/Media_Guide/Media_Guide_201415.pdf
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20120318214857/http://www.wnbl.com.au/fileadmin/user_upload/Media_Guide/2011_12/Team_Profiles/10041_BASKAUST_MEDIA_GUIDE_2011-12_WNBL_BACK.pdf