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2001 WNBA Championship

 

2001 WNBA Championship


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.

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.

Contents

  • Road to the finals 1
    • Regular season series 1.1
  • Game summaries 2
    • Game 1 2.1
    • Game 2 2.2
  • Awards 3
  • Rosters 4
  • External links 5

Road to the finals

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 series

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 summaries

All times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time.

Game 1

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 2

NBC
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

Awards

Rosters

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