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The 2003 WNBA Season was the Women's National Basketball Association's seventh season. It was first season in which teams either folded or relocated, as well as the first to have teams that were not co-owned with NBA teams. The Orlando Miracle relocated to Connecticut and became the Connecticut Sun, the Utah Starzz relocated to San Antonio, Texas and became the San Antonio Silver Stars. Meanwhile, both the Miami Sol and the Portland Fire folded, while the Charlotte Sting became the second WNBA team without a brother NBA team. The schedule increased from 32 games per team to 34, where it stands to this day. The season ended with the Detroit Shock winning their first WNBA Championship.

2003 WNBA season
LeagueWomen's National Basketball Association
SportBasketball
DurationMay 22 - September 16
Number of games34
Number of teams14
Total attendance2,100,630
Average attendance8,826
TV partner(s)ABC, ESPN, Oxygen
2003 WNBA Draft
Top draft pickUnited States LaToya Thomas
Picked byCleveland Rockers
Regular season
Season MVPAustralia Lauren Jackson (Seattle)
Playoffs
Eastern championsDetroit Shock
  Eastern runners-upConnecticut Sun
Western championsLos Angeles Sparks
  Western runners-upSacramento Monarchs
Finals
ChampionsDetroit Shock
  Runners-upLos Angeles Sparks
Finals MVPUnited States Ruth Riley (Detroit)
WNBA seasons

Regular season standingsEdit

Eastern Conference

Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Detroit Shock x 25 9 .735 13–4 12–5 18–6
Charlotte Sting x 18 16 .529 7.0 13–4 5–12 12–12
Connecticut Sun x 18 16 .529 7.0 10–7 8–9 11–13
Cleveland Rockers x 17 17 .500 8.0 11–6 6–11 13–11
Indiana Fever o 16 18 .471 9.0 11–6 5–12 12–12
New York Liberty o 16 18 .471 9.0 11–6 5–12 11–13
Washington Mystics o 9 25 .265 16.0 3–14 6–11 7–17

Western Conference

Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Los Angeles Sparks x 24 10 .706 11–6 13–4 17–7
Houston Comets x 20 14 .588 4.0 14–3 6–11 14–10
Sacramento Monarchs x 19 15 .559 5.0 12–5 7–10 13–11
Minnesota Lynx x 18 16 .529 6.0 11–6 7–10 14–10
Seattle Storm o 18 16 .529 6.0 13–4 5–12 11–13
San Antonio Silver Stars o 12 22 .353 12.0 9–8 3–14 10–14
Phoenix Mercury o 8 26 .235 16.0 6–11 2–15 5–19

Season award winnersEdit

PlayoffsEdit

First Round
Best of 3
Conference Finals
Best of 3
WNBA Finals
Best of 3
         
E1 Detroit 2
E4 Cleveland 1
E1 Detroit 2
Eastern Conference
E3 Connecticut 0
E2 Charlotte 0
E3 Connecticut 2
E1 Detroit 2
W1 Los Angeles 1
W1 Los Angeles 2
W4 Minnesota 1
W1 Los Angeles 2
Western Conference
W3 Sacramento 1
W2 Houston 1
W3 Sacramento 2

CoachesEdit

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