2012 WNBA Finals

2012 WNBA Finals

2012 WNBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Minnesota Lynx Cheryl Reeve 1
Indiana Fever Lin Dunn 3
Dates: October 14 – 21
MVP: Tamika Catchings
Television: ESPN, ESPN2 (HD)
East Finals: Indiana defeated Connecticut, 2–1
West Finals: Minnesota defeated Los Angeles, 2–0
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The 2012 WNBA Finals was the series for the 2012 season of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), and the conclusion of the season's playoffs.[1] The Minnesota Lynx, champions of the Western Conference, faced the Indiana Fever, champions of the Eastern Conference. The Fever defeated the Lynx three games to one becoming only the second Eastern Conference franchise to capture a WNBA title.

The WNBA Finals were under a 2–2–1 rotation. The Lynx held home-court advantage as they had a better regular season record (27–7) than the Fever (22–12). The Lynx were defending their 2011 WNBA Championship. The Fever appeared in the 2009 Finals.[2]

Background

2012 WNBA Regular Season

Eastern Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Connecticut Sun y 25 9 .735 12–5 13–4 18–4
Indiana Fever x 22 12 .647 3.0 13–4 9–8 15–7
Atlanta Dream x 19 15 .559 6.0 11–6 8–9 12–10
New York Liberty x 15 19 .441 10.0 9–8 6–11 10–12
Chicago Sky o 14 20 .412 11.0 7–10 7–10 8–14
Washington Mystics o 5 29 .147 20.0 4–13 1–16 3–19
Western Conference W L PCT GB Home Road Conf.
Minnesota Lynx z 27 7 .794 16–1 11–6 17–5
Los Angeles Sparks x 24 10 .706 3.0 16–1 8–9 15–7
San Antonio Silver Stars x 21 13 .618 6.0 12–5 9–8 14–8
Seattle Storm x 16 18 .471 11.0 10–7 6–11 11–11
Tulsa Shock o 9 25 .265 18.0 6–11 3–14 5–17
Phoenix Mercury o 7 27 .206 20.0 3–14 4–13 4–18

2012 WNBA Playoffs

Minnesota Lynx Indiana Fever
27–7 (.794)
1st West, 1st overall
Seeding 22–12 (.647)
2nd East, 4th overall
Defeated the (4) Seattle Storm, 2–1 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (3) Atlanta Dream, 2–1
Defeated the (2) Los Angeles Sparks, 2–0 Conference Finals Defeated the (1) Connecticut Sun, 2–1

Indiana Fever

The Indiana Fever finished 22–12, good for second place in the Eastern Conference. The Fever lost their first playoff game against the Atlanta Dream, but rallied to win two straight elimination games, setting up a conference final against the Connecticut Sun. Once again, Indiana lost the first game of the series, but rallied to win two straight to reach the finals for the second time in four years.

Minnesota Lynx

The Minnesota Lynx finished with the best record in the WNBA for the second straight year, finishing with a 27–7 record. The Lynx were taken to three games by the Seattle Storm, winning Game 3 by one point. The Lynx then swept the Los Angeles Sparks in the Western Conference Finals, which gave them a chance to defend their 2011 WNBA title.

Regular-season series

The Minnesota Lynx won the season series 2–0:

September 17, 2012
Report
Indiana Fever 79, Minnesota Lynx 86

Series summary

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC−4).

Game 1

October 14
8:00pm ET
Recap
Indiana Fever 76, Minnesota Lynx 70
Scoring by quarter: 25–20, 18–20, 13–18, 20–12
Pts: Catchings (20)
Rebs: Larkins (15)
Asts: January (6)
Pts: Augustus (23)
Rebs: Brunson, Moore (10)
Asts: Whalen (4)
Indiana lead series, 1–0
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 14,322
Referees: #4 Sue Blauch, #18 Kurt Walker, #45 Tom Mauer

Game 2

October 17
8:00pm ET
Game 2
Indiana Fever 71, Minnesota Lynx 83
Scoring by quarter: 18–11, 15–20, 22–29, 16–23
Pts: Catchings (27)
Rebs: Catchings (8)
Asts: Phillips (4)
Pts: Augustus (27)
Rebs: Brunson (7)
Asts: McWilliams-Franklin, Moore, Whalen (4)
Series tied 1–1
Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
Attendance: 13,478
Referees: #39 Michael Price, #42 Roy Gulbeyan, #43 Brenda Pantoja

Game 3

October 19
8:00pm ET
Report
Minnesota Lynx 59, Indiana Fever 76
Scoring by quarter: 16–21, 11–24, 11–25, 21–6
Pts: Brunson (12)
Rebs: Brunson (9)
Asts: Wiggins (3)
Pts: Zellous (30)
Rebs: Larkins (12)
Asts: Davenport (4)
Indiana lead series, 2–1
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 18,165
Referees: #9 Denise Brooks, #38 Lamont Simpson, #55 Eric Brewton

Game 4

October 21
8:00pm ET
Report
Minnesota Lynx 78, Indiana Fever 87
Scoring by quarter: 18–25, 24–22, 16–18, 20–24
Pts: Whalen (22)
Rebs: Augustus (7)
Asts: Whalen (8)
Pts: Catchings (28)
Rebs: Larkins (13)
Asts: Catchings (8)
Indiana win series, 3–1
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 15,213
Referees: #4 Sue Blauch, #39 Michael Price, #42 Roy Gulbeyan

Rosters

References

  1. ^ WNBA.com
  2. ^ WNBA Schedule