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The 2011 WNBA season was the 15th season of the Women's National Basketball Association.[1] The regular season began on June 3 with the Los Angeles Sparks hosting the Minnesota Lynx, featuring 2011 WNBA Draft top pick Maya Moore, in a game televised on NBA TV. Four games followed the next day, with the marquee matchup, televised on ABC, featuring the defending champion Seattle Storm and the Phoenix Mercury in Seattle.

2011 WNBA season
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LeagueWomen's National Basketball Association
DurationJune 3 – October 7
Number of games34
Number of teams12
Total attendance1,622,685
Average attendance7,954
TV partner(s)ABC, ESPN, NBA TV
Top draft pickUnited States Maya Moore
Picked byMinnesota Lynx
Season MVPUnited States Tamika Catchings (Indiana)
Eastern championsAtlanta Dream
  Eastern runners-upIndiana Fever
Western championsMinnesota Lynx
  Western runners-upPhoenix Mercury
Finals championsMinnesota Lynx
  Runners-upAtlanta Dream
Finals MVPUnited States Seimone Augustus (Minnesota)
WNBA seasons

The Minnesota Lynx finished the regular season with the best record in the league at 27-7, and were the top seed in the Western Conference. The Indiana Fever were the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Lynx ultimately advanced to face the Atlanta Dream in the 2011 WNBA Finals.[2]


2010/2011 WNBA offseasonEdit

  • The new television deal with ESPN continued during the 2011 season (runs 2009–2016). For the first time ever, teams will be paid rights fees as part of this deal.
  • As of the 2009 season, the maximum roster size per team was reduced from 13 to 11. Any team that falls below nine players able to play due to injury, pregnancy or any other factor outside of the control of the team will, upon request, be granted a roster hardship exception allowing the team to sign an additional player or players so that the team will have nine players able to play in an upcoming game or games. As soon as the injured (or otherwise sidelined) player(s) is able to play, the roster hardship player(s) – not any other player on the roster—must be waived.
  • On October 12, 2010, the New York Liberty named former Monarchs coach John Whisenant head coach and general manager.
  • On October 29, 2010, Pokey Chatman was named head coach and general manager of the Chicago Sky.
  • On November 1, 2010, the Washington Mystics announced that Julie Plank (head coach) and Angela Taylor (GM) would not be returning to the team and that Trudi Lacey would take over head coach and GM positions.
  • On December 3, 2010, Donna Orender, six-year league president, announced her resignation effective December 31.
  • On January 11, 2011, The San Antonio Silver Stars announced that Dan Hughes would resume head coaching duties.
  • The Washington Mystics announced a marquee sponsorship with Inova Health System on April 7, 2011. This marked the fifth team in the league to allow a sponsor to brand their uniforms.
  • On draft day, Adidas introduced the Revolution 30 technology, to be used on all WNBA team uniforms. The uniforms are 30% lighter than before and also enable moisture management.[3] Unlike their NBA and NBA D-League counterparts, however, all WNBA uniforms underwent complete redesigns.
  • NBA Commissioner David Stern announced on April 21, 2011 that Laurel J. Richie would assume role as president of the WNBA on May 16.
  • The New York Liberty will play home games for the next three seasons at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, due to summer renovations at Madison Square Garden.

Marquee sponsorshipEdit

On August 22, 2011, the WNBA announced a league-wide marquee sponsorship with Boost Mobile.[4] The deal would allow the Boost Mobile logo to be placed on ten of the 12 teams' jerseys (excluding Phoenix and San Antonio) in addition to branding on the courts and in arenas. A source said the deal is worth "roughly $10 million over its four years" and is the richest in league history.[5]

2011 WNBA DraftEdit

The WNBA Draft lottery was held on November 2, 2010. The lottery teams were the Tulsa Shock, Minnesota Lynx, Chicago Sky and Minnesota Lynx (from Conn.). The top pick was awarded to Minnesota.

The 2011 WNBA Draft was held on April 11, 2011, in Bristol, Connecticut. Coverage of the first round was shown on ESPN (HD). Second and third round coverage was shown on ESPNU and NBA TV.

The top picks were:

  1. Maya Moore, Minnesota Lynx
  2. Elizabeth Cambage, Tulsa Shock
  3. Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky
  4. Amber Harris, Minnesota Lynx (from Conn.)

Regular seasonEdit


Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Indiana Fever x 21 13 .618 13–4 8–9 13–9
Connecticut Sun x 21 13 .618 15–2 6–11 14–8
Atlanta Dream x 20 14 .588 1.0 11–6 9–8 14–8
New York Liberty x 19 15 .559 2.0 12-5 7–10 11–11
Chicago Sky o 14 20 .412 7.0 10–7 4–13 10–12
Washington Mystics o 6 28 .176 15.0 4–13 2–15 4–18
Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Minnesota Lynx x 27 7 .794 14–3 13–4 18–4
Seattle Storm x 21 13 .618 6.0 15–2 6–11 15–7
Phoenix Mercury x 19 15 .559 8.0 11–6 8–9 11–11
San Antonio Silver Stars x 18 16 .529 9.0 9–8 9–8 11–11
Los Angeles Sparks o 15 19 .441 12.0 10–7 5–12 10–12
Tulsa Shock o 3 31 .088 24.0 2–15 1–16 1–21

All-Star GameEdit

The 2011 WNBA All-Star Game was hosted by the San Antonio Silver Stars on July 23 at the AT&T Center. Coverage of the game began at 3:30pm (ET) on ABC. This marks the first time the Silver Stars have hosted the annual event. This is only the second time in league history that the showcase was played on the court of a Western Conference team.

July 23
3:30 pm EDT
East 118, West 113
Scoring by quarter: 33–36, 32–30, 27–26, 26–21
Pts: Cappie Pondexter (17)
Rebs: Angel McCoughtry (10)
Asts: Cappie Pondexter (7)
Pts: Swin Cash (21)
Rebs: Swin Cash (12)
Asts: Diana Taurasi (7)
AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 12,540
#4 Sue Blauch
#17 Scott Twardoski
#45 Tom Mauer

Statistic leadersEdit

The following shows the leaders for each statistic during the 2011 regular season.


2011 WNBA preseason
2011 WNBA regular season
2011 WNBA postseason

Playoffs and FinalsEdit

Conference Semi-Finals
Conference Finals
WNBA Finals
E1 Indiana 2
E4 New York 1
E1 Indiana 1
Eastern Conference
E3 Atlanta 2
E2 Connecticut 0
E3 Atlanta 2
E3 Atlanta 0
W1 Minnesota 3
W1 Minnesota 2
W4 San Antonio 1
W1 Minnesota 2
Western Conference
W3 Phoenix 0
W2 Seattle 1
W3 Phoenix 2

Season award winnersEdit

Player of the Week awardEdit

Player of the Month awardEdit

Rookie of the Month awardEdit

Postseason awardsEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ Playoffs 2011
  3. ^ "Adidas to introduce lighter, more advanced NBA uniforms". September 22, 2010. Archived from the original on February 25, 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Boost Mobile and WNBA Form First-Ever Leaguewide Marquee Sponsorship". August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011.
  5. ^ "WNBA lands Boost Mobile as top sponsor". Sports Business Journal. August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011.

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