2006 WNBA Playoffs

The 2006 WNBA Playoffs was the postseason for the Women's National Basketball Association's 2006 season which ended with the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Shock defeating the Western Conference champion Sacramento Monarchs 3-2.

2006 WNBA Playoffs
DatesAugust 17 - September 9
ChampionsDetroit Shock (Finals Champion)
East championDetroit Shock (Coach: Bill Laimbeer)
West championSacramento Monarchs (Coach: John Whisenant)
Eastern Conference Western Conference
1st Connecticut 1st Los Angeles
2nd Detroit 2nd Sacramento
3rd Indiana 3rd Houston
4th Washington 4th Seattle


  • The top 4 teams from each conference qualify for the playoffs.
    • All 4 teams are seeded by basis of their standings.
  • The series for rounds one and two are in a best-of-three format with Games 2 and 3 on the home court of the team with the higher seed.
  • The series for the WNBA Finals is in a best-of-five format with Games 1, 2 and 5 on the home court of the team with the higher seed.
  • Reseeding (as used in the Stanley Cup Playoffs) is not in use: therefore, all playoff matchups are predetermined via the teams' seedings.

Playoff qualifyingEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the East:

  1. Connecticut Sun (26–8)
  2. Detroit Shock (23–11)
  3. Indiana Fever (21–13)
  4. Washington Mystics (18–16)

Western ConferenceEdit

The following teams clinched a playoff berth in the West:

  1. Los Angeles Sparks (25–9)
  2. Sacramento Monarchs (21–13)
  3. Houston Comets (18–16)
  4. Seattle Storm (18–16)


This was the outlook for the 2006 WNBA Playoffs. Teams in italics had home court advantage. Teams in bold advanced to the next round. Numbers to the left of each team indicate the team's original playoffs seeding in their respective conferences. Numbers to the right of each team indicate the number of games the team won in that round.

Conference Semi-Finals
Conference Finals
WNBA Finals
E1 Connecticut 2
E4 Washington 0
E1 Connecticut 1
E2 Detroit 2
E2 Detroit 2
E3 Indiana 0
E2 Detroit 3
W2 Sacramento 2
W1 Los Angeles 2
W4 Seattle 1
W1 Los Angeles 0
W2 Sacramento 2
W2 Sacramento 2
W3 Houston 0

Eastern ConferenceEdit

First RoundEdit

(1) Connecticut Sun vs. (4) Washington MysticsEdit

August 20
Washington Mystics 65, Connecticut Sun 68
Connecticut wins series, 2–0

(2) Detroit Shock vs. (3) Indiana FeverEdit

August 19
Indiana Fever 83, Detroit Shock 98
Detroit wins series, 2–0

Conference FinalsEdit

(1) Connecticut Sun vs. (2) Detroit ShockEdit

August 27
Detroit Shock 79, Connecticut Sun 55
Detroit wins series, 2–1

Western ConferenceEdit

First RoundEdit

(1) Los Angeles Sparks vs. (4) Seattle StormEdit

August 22
Seattle Storm 63, Los Angeles Sparks 68
Los Angeles wins series, 2–1

(2) Sacramento Monarchs vs. (3) Houston CometsEdit

August 19
Houston Comets 64, Sacramento Monarchs 92
Sacramento wins series, 2–0

Conference FinalsEdit

(1) Los Angeles Sparks vs. (2) Sacramento MonarchsEdit

August 26
Sacramento Monarchs 72, Los Angeles Sparks 58
Sacramento wins series, 2–0

WNBA Finals: (2) Sacramento Monarchs vs. (2) Detroit ShockEdit

September 9
Sacramento Monarchs 75, Detroit Shock 80
Detroit wins series, 3–2


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