2001 WNBA Championship

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The 2001 WNBA Championship was the championship series of the 2001 WNBA season, and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Los Angeles Sparks, top-seeded champions of the Western Conference, defeated the Charlotte Sting, fourth-seeded champions of the Eastern Conference, two games to none in a best-of-three series. This was Los Angeles' first title.

2001 WNBA Finals
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TeamCoachWins
Los Angeles Sparks Michael Cooper 2
Charlotte Sting Anne Donovan 0
DatesAugust 30-September 1
MVPLisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks)
Eastern FinalsCharlotte defeated New York, 2–1
Western FinalsLos Angeles defeated Sacramento, 2–1
WNBA Finals

The Sparks made their first appearance in the Finals in franchise history. The Sting also made their first Finals appearance.

Going into the series, no other team except the Houston Comets had ever won a WNBA championship (1997-2000).

The Sparks had a 28–4 record (.875), good enough to receive home-court advantage over the Sting (18–14). It did not matter, however, as the Sparks swept the Sting.

Road to the finalsEdit

Los Angeles Sparks Charlotte Sting
28–4 (.875)
1st West, 1st overall
Regular season 18–14 (.562)
4th East, 8th overall
Defeated the (4) Houston Comets, 2–0 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (1) Cleveland Rockers, 2–1
Defeated the (2) Sacramento Monarchs, 2–1 Conference Finals Defeated the (2) New York Liberty, 2–1

Regular season seriesEdit

The Sparks won the regular season series:

June 2
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived October 6, 2001)
Los Angeles Sparks 76, Charlotte Sting 67
June 19
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived December 14, 2001)
Charlotte Sting 69, Los Angeles Sparks 73

Game summariesEdit

All times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time.

Game 1Edit

August 30
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived October 6, 2001)
Los Angeles Sparks 75, Charlotte Sting 66
Scoring by half: 35–39, 40–27
Pts: Leslie (24)
Rebs: Leslie, Milton (8)
Asts: Milton (5)
Pts: Stinson (18)
Rebs: Feaster (5)
Asts: Stinson (5)
Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte
Attendance: 16,132
Referees:
  • Melissa Barlow
  • Michael Price
  • Gary Zielinski

Game 2Edit

September 1
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived October 31, 2001)
Charlotte Sting 54, Los Angeles Sparks 82
Scoring by half: 30–38, 24–44
Pts: Sutton-Brown (12)
Rebs: Smith (8)
Asts: Staley (5)
Pts: Leslie (24)
Rebs: Leslie (13)
Asts: Dixon (7)
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 13,141
Referees:
  • Patty Broderick
  • June Corteau
  • Bob Trammell

AwardsEdit

RostersEdit

2001 Los Angeles Sparks Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight From
F 00   Byears, Latasha 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 206 lb (93 kg) DePaul
G 21   Dixon, Tamecka 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 148 lb (67 kg) Kansas
G 5   Figgs, Ukari 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 142 lb (64 kg) Purdue
F 17   Grgin-Fonseca, Vedrana 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Croatia
C 9   Leslie, Lisa 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Southern California
G 40   Levandusky, Nicole 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 163 lb (74 kg) Xavier
F 4   Mabika, Mwadi 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Democratic Republic of the Congo
C 51   Mapp, Rhonda 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) North Carolina State
G 10   McCrimmon, Nikki 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 125 lb (57 kg) Southern California
F 8   Milton, Delisha 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Florida
G 20   Willits, Wendy 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 141 lb (64 kg) Arkansas
Head coach
Assistant coaches
  •   Glenn McDonald




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured
2001 Charlotte Sting Finals roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight From
G 20   Anderson, Keisha 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 125 lb (57 kg) Wisconsin
G 13   Edwards, Tonya 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Tennessee
F 7   Enis, Shalonda 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Alabama
C 3   Erb, Summer 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 240 lb (109 kg) North Carolina State
F 21   Feaster, Allison 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 168 lb (76 kg) Harvard University
C 33   Machanguana, Clarisse 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Old Dominion
G 8   Miller, Kelly 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 144 lb (65 kg) Georgia
F 23   Smith, Charlotte 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 148 lb (67 kg) North Carolina
G 5   Staley, Dawn 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 134 lb (61 kg) Virginia
G 32   Stinson, Andrea 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 158 lb (72 kg) North Carolina State
C 55   Sutton-Brown, Tammy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Rutgers
Head coach
Assistant coaches
  •   Trudi Lacey
  •   Cheryl Reeve




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured