1997 WNBA season

The 1997 season of the Women's National Basketball Association was the first season played out of North American women's professional basketball league. The regular season began on June 21, 1997 with the opening games between the New York Liberty and Los Angeles Sparks, and the Houston Comets and the Cleveland Rockers and the Sacramento Monarchs and Utah Starzz the. After finishing the regular season, which was held until August 24, 1997 the playoffs began at the WNBA Championship, the Houston Comets held on August 30 in the final game against the New York Liberty for themselves.

  • 3.1 mode
  • 3.2 Playoff Tree
  • 3.3 Semi Finals ( Round 1 ) 3.3.1 (E1 ) Houston Comets - (E3 ) Charlotte Sting
  • 3.3.2 (W1 ) Phoenix Mercury - (E2 ) New York Liberty
  • 3.4.1 (E1 ) Houston Comets - (E2 ) New York Liberty
  • 3.4.2 WNBA champion team
  • 4.1 All- WNBA teams


  • Main article: WNBA Draft 1997

The first WNBA draft was held on April 28, 1997 in Secaucus, New Jersey, United States instead. In the first position, the Houston Comets selected the US-American Tina Thompson. The best non-US -American was ranked fourth from the Czech Republic Eva Nemcova, who was selected by the Cleveland Rockers. Overall, eight franchises secured the rights to 32 players. The lion's share with 29 players represented the United States.

Before the first WNBA Draft found with the initial player allocation, where each team were assigned to two players at random, as well as the Elite Draft, in which secure the franchises in two rounds the rights to players with experience with international professional clubs could two more drafts instead. As the first pick in the Draft, the Utah Starzz attracted elite U.S. citizen Dena Head. Thereafter, the Cleveland Rockers selected in second place Isabelle Fijalkowski.

Top 5 Picks

Abbreviations: Pos = Position G = Guard, F = Forward, C = Center

Regular Season

WNBA All-Star Game

The traditional All-Star Game WNBA was not introduced until 1999.

Final Table

Note: GP = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses, GB = games behind the leader of the Conference

Notes: = playoff qualification, = Conference Winner



After the two Conference winners, as well as the two other teams have qualified with the best record in the league, start the discharged in the knockout system Playoffs. The Conference winners are descending set according to their achieved from the regular season victories at the positions 1-2. At positions 3 and 4, the other teams, and it is quite possible that one or more team has won more games as one of the Conference winners follow.

About the rise in the next round is decided by a single game, but the team has plinth home advantage. In games that remain tied after 40 minutes of regulation time, followed by the overtime.

Playoff Tree

Semi Finals ( Round 1 )

(E1 ) Houston Comets - (E3 ) Charlotte Sting

(W1 ) Phoenix Mercury - (E2 ) New York Liberty

Final ( Round 2)

(E1 ) Houston Comets - (E2 ) New York Liberty

WNBA champion team

Guards: Cynthia Cooper ( Finals MVP ), Kim Perrot

Forwards: Janeth Arcain, Yolanda Moore, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson

Forward - Center: Tammy Jackson

Head Coach Van Chancellor

WNBA awards and award trophies

All- WNBA teams