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The 1998 WNBA season was the Women's National Basketball Association's second season. The 1998 season saw two expansion teams join the league, the Detroit Shock and Washington Mystics. The expansion teams allowed the defending champions Houston Comets to move to the Western Conference. The regular season was extended from 28 games to 30 games. The season ended with the Comets winning their second WNBA championship.

1998 WNBA season
LeagueWomen's National Basketball Association
DurationMay – September
Number of games30
Number of teams10
Total attendance1,630,315
Average attendance10,869
TV partner(s)ESPN, NBC, Lifetime
1998 WNBA Draft
Top draft pickMargo Dydek
Picked byUtah Starzz
Regular season
Season MVPCynthia Cooper (Houston Comets)
Eastern championsnone due to setup
  Eastern runners-upCleveland Rockers
Western championsHouston Comets, Phoenix Mercury
  Western runners-upnone due to setup
ChampionsHouston Comets
  Runners-upPhoenix Mercury
Finals MVPCynthia Cooper (Houston)
WNBA seasons


Regular season standingsEdit

Eastern Conference

Eastern Conference W L PCT Conf. GB
Cleveland Rockers x 20 10 .667 12–4
Charlotte Sting x 18 12 .600 11–5 2.0
New York Liberty o 18 12 .600 8–8 2.0
Detroit Shock o 17 13 .567 8–8 3.0
Washington Mystics o 3 27 .100 1–15 17.0

Western Conference

Western Conference W L PCT Conf. GB
Houston Comets x 27 3 .900 15–1
Phoenix Mercury x 19 11 .633 10–6 8.0
Los Angeles Sparks o 12 18 .400 6–10 15.0
Sacramento Monarchs o 8 22 .267 5–11 19.0
Utah Starzz o 8 22 .267 4–12 19.0

Season award winnersEdit


There were 10 teams in the league. For the playoffs, the four teams with the best record in the league were seeded one to four. Houston was switched to the Western Conference in 1997 so two Western Conference teams matched up in the WNBA Finals. Each round of the playoffs was played as a best-of-three series.

WNBA Semi-Finals
Best of 3
WNBA Finals
Best of 3
W1 Houston 2
E2 Charlotte 0
W1 Houston 2
W2 Phoenix 1
W2 Phoenix 2
E1 Cleveland 1



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