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2000 WNBA Championship

2000 WNBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Houston Comets Van Chancellor 2
New York Liberty Richie Adubato 0
Dates: August 24-August 26
MVP: Cynthia Cooper (Houston Comets)
Television: NBC
Referees:
  Game 1: Bell, DeMayo, Zielinski
  Game 2: Corteau, Kirkland, Price
East Finals: New York defeated Cleveland, 2–1
West Finals: Houston defeated Los Angeles, 2–0
WNBA Finals

← 1999

2001 →

The 2000 WNBA Championship was the championship series of the 2000 WNBA season, and the conclusion of the season's playoffs. The Houston Comets, second-seeded champions of the Western Conference, defeated the New York Liberty, first-seeded champions of the Eastern Conference, two games to none in a best-of-three series. This was Houston's fourth title.

The Comets made their fourth appearance in the Finals in franchise history. The Liberty also made their third Finals appearance.

Going into the series, no other team except the Houston Comets had ever won a WNBA championship (1997-1999).

The Comets had a 27-5 record (.844), good enough to receive home-court advantage over the Liberty (20-12). It did not matter, however, as the Comets swept the Liberty.

Road to the finals

Houston Comets New York Liberty
27–5 (.844)
2nd West, 2nd overall
Regular season 20–12 (.562)
1st East, 4th overall
Defeated the (3) Sacramento Monarchs, 2–0 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (4) Washington Mystics, 2–0
Defeated the (1) Los Angeles Sparks, 2–0 Conference Finals Defeated the (2) Cleveland Rockers, 2–1

Regular season series

The Comets and the Liberty split the regular season series:

May 29
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived October 21, 2000)
New York Liberty 68, Houston Comets 84
July 23
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived October 22, 2000)
Houston Comets 64, New York Liberty 69

Game summaries

All times listed below are Eastern Daylight Time.

Game 1

August 24
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived October 23, 2000)
Houston Comets 59, New York Liberty 52
Scoring by half: 29-22, 30-30
Pts: Cooper (20)
Rebs: Swoopes, Thompson (8)
Asts: Cooper (5)
Pts: Phillips (24)
Rebs: Phillips (15)
Asts: Weatherspoon (5)
Madison Square Garden, New York
Attendance: 19,563
Referees:
  • Sally Bell
  • Dennis DeMayo
  • Gary Zielinski

Game 2

NBC
August 26
Recap at the Wayback Machine (archived October 23, 2000)
New York Liberty 73, Houston Comets 79 (OT)
Scoring by half: 25-27, 39-37 OT: 9-15
Pts: Phillips (20)
Rebs: Phillips (7)
Asts: Weatherspoon (8)
Pts: Swoopes (31)
Rebs: Thompson (8)
Asts: Cooper (7)
Compaq Center, Houston
Attendance: 16,285
Referees:
  • June Corteau
  • Courtney Kirkland
  • Michael Price

Awards

Rosters

Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight From
F 4 Arcain, Janeth 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 147 lb (67 kg) Brazil
G 14 Cooper, Cynthia 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Southern California
F 23 Jackson, Tammy 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Florida
C Johnson, Tiffani 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Tennessee
G 3 Kelley-Gibson, Jawann 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 137 lb (62 kg) Maryland
C 40 Lamb, Monica 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Southern California
G 21 Rizzotti, Jennifer 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 146 lb (66 kg) Connecticut
F 22 Swoopes, Sheryl 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 145 lb (66 kg) Texas Tech
F 7 Thompson, Tina 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 178 lb (81 kg) Southern California
F 13 Valdemoro, Amaya 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Spain
G 4 Washington, Coquese 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 138 lb (63 kg) Notre Dame

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Head coach
Assistant coaches
  • Kevin Cook
  • Alisa Scott




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured

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Pos. # Nat. Name Height Weight From
G 22 Bibby, Jessica 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 139 lb (63 kg) Australia
F 13 Farragut, Marina 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Spain
C Firsova, Olga 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Kansas State
F 42 Francis, Desiree 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 193 lb (88 kg) Iowa State
G 25 Hammon, Becky 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 136 lb (62 kg) Colorado State
G 55 Johnson, Vickie 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Louisiana Tech
C 50 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Connecticut
F 24 Phillips, Tari 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) University of Central Florida
F 3 Robinson, Crystal 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Southeastern Oklahoma State University
G 11 Weatherspoon, Teresa 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 161 lb (73 kg) Louisiana Tech
F 44 Whitmore, Tamika 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Memphis
F 23 Wicks, Sue 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 174 lb (79 kg) Rutgers

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Head coach
Assistant coaches




Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured

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