2003 WNBA season

The 2003 season is the seventh regular season of the Women's National Basketball Association ( WNBA).

This season, two teams were disbanded with the Miami Sol and Portland Fire. In addition, the Orlando Miracle moved to Connecticut, and then were the Connecticut Sun. The Utah Starzz moved to San Antonio and became the San Antonio Silver Stars.

The seventh WNBA Draft was held on 24 April 2003 in the NBA Entertainment Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, United States instead.

The WNBA championship won for the first time the Detroit Shock defeated the Los Angeles Sparks in the final series 2-1. Shock Center Ruth Riley was named Finals MVP.

The fifth WNBA All-Star Game took place on 12 July 2003 at Madison Square Garden in New York City instead, which could decide the Western All Stars with 84-75 against the Eastern All Stars for itself. Los Angeles Sparks guard Nikki Teasley was named MVP of the game.

  • 2.1 Statements Tables
  • 3.1 Conference Semifinals ( Round 1 ) 3.1.1 Eastern Conference ( 1) Detroit Shock - (4 ) Cleveland Rockers
  • ( 2) Connecticut Sun - (3 ) Charlotte Sting
  • 3.2.1 Eastern Conference ( 1) Detroit Shock - (2 ) Connecticut Sun


  • Main article: WNBA Draft 2003

On 24 April 2003, not only of the WNBA Draft took place, but also a Dispersal Drafts, as the Miami Sol and Portland Fire had dissolved before the start of this season.

The selection order of the WNBA Draft was set in a lottery. This won the Cleveland Rockers in front of the Sacramento Monarchs.

As a first pick attracted the Rockers LaToya Thomas. After Sacramento elected in second place Chantelle Anderson. Overall, the 14 franchises secured the rights to 42 players. The lion's share with 38 players represented the United States.

Top 5 picks

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

Regular Season

Statements Tables

Note: GP = Games, W = Wins, L = Losses

Notes: In parentheses is the placement within the Conference; = Playoff qualification, = Conference Winner

Eastern Conference

Western Conference


Conference Semifinals ( Round 1 )

Eastern Conference

( 1) Detroit Shock - (4 ) Cleveland Rockers
( 2) Connecticut Sun - (3 ) Charlotte Sting

Western Conference

Conference Finals ( Round 2)

Eastern Conference

( 1) Detroit Shock - (2 ) Connecticut Sun

Western Conference

( 1) Los Angeles Sparks - (3 ) Sacramento Monarchs

Finals ( Round 3 )

WNBA awards and award trophies