2000 Los Angeles Sparks season

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2000 Los Angeles Sparks season
Head Coach Michael Cooper
Arena Great Western Forum
Attendance 6,563 per game
Results
Record 28–4
(.875)
Place 1st (Western)
Playoff Finish Lost Conference Finals (2-0) to Houston Comets
Los Angeles Sparks seasons
< 1999 2001 >

The 2000 WNBA season was the fourth season for the Los Angeles Sparks. The team set a 28-4 record, the best in league history, but they were unable to go for the WNBA Finals, losing in the conference finals in a sweep to the Houston Comets.

Offseason

Gordana Grubin was picked up by the Indiana Fever, while Nina Bjedov was selected by the Seattle Storm in the 2000 WNBA Expansion Draft.

WNBA Draft

Round Pick Player Nationality College/School/Team
1 15 Nicole Kubik (G)  United States Nebraska
2 31 Paige Sauer (C)  United States Connecticut
3 47 Marte Alexander (C)  United States Arizona
4 63 Nicky McCrimmon (G)  United States USC

Regular season

Season standings

Western Conference W L PCT Conf. GB
Los Angeles Sparks x 28 4 .875 17–4
Houston Comets x 27 5 .844 17–4 1.0
Sacramento Monarchs x 21 11 .656 13–8 7.0
Phoenix Mercury x 20 12 .625 11–10 8.0
Utah Starzz o 18 14 .563 13–8 10.0
Minnesota Lynx o 15 17 .469 5–16 13.0
Portland Fire o 10 22 .313 4–17 18.0
Seattle Storm o 6 26 .188 4–17 22.0

Season schedule

Date Opponent Score Result Record
May 31 Utah 69-62 Win 1-0
June 3 @ Minnesota 82-75 Win 2-0
June 6 Portland 70-57 Win 3-0
June 10 Phoenix 76-57 Win 4-0
June 11 @ Sacramento 68-75 Loss 4-1
June 13 @ Seattle 59-69 Loss 4-2
June 17 @ Portland 94-81 Win 5-2
June 18 Charlotte 70-62 Win 6-2
June 20 Houston 90-84 Win 7-2
June 23 @ Miami 68-54 Win 8-2
June 25 @ New York 72-67 Win 9-2
June 26 @ Washington 74-72 Win 10-2
June 28 @ Indiana 82-73 Win 11-2
July 1 Cleveland 75-67 Win 12-2
July 2 Detroit 85-63 Win 13-2
July 5 @ Sacramento 76-61 Win 14-2
July 6 Washington 79-70 Win 15-2
July 9 Utah 92-72 Win 16-2
July 11 Portland 77-80 Loss 16-3
July 14 Houston 63-58 Win 17-3
July 15 Minnesota 58-57 Win 18-3
July 20 New York 82-66 Win 19-3
July 21 @ Phoenix 74-68 Win 20-3
July 23 Sacramento 73-68 Win 21-3
July 25 Orlando 78-63 Win 22-3
July 27 Seattle 76-63 Win 23-3
July 29 @ Houston 84-74 Win 24-3
July 31 @ Minnesota 73-66 Win 25-3
August 2 @ Detroit 84-81 Win 26-3
August 5 @ Phoenix 77-63 Win 27-3
August 8 @ Seattle 60-52 Win 28-3
August 9 @ Utah 77-89 Loss 28-4

Playoffs

Game Date Opponent Score Result Record
Western Conference Semifinals
1 August 11 @ Phoenix 86-71 Win 1-0
2 August 13 Phoenix 101-76 Win 2-0
Western Conference Finals
1 August 17 @ Houston 56-77 Loss 2-1
2 August 20 Houston 69-74 Loss 2-2

Player stats

Player GP REB AST STL BLK PTS
Lisa Leslie 32 306 60 31 74 570
Mwadi Mabika 32 179 98 58 18 394
DeLisha Milton-Jones 32 194 68 44 29 378
Tamecka Dixon 31 105 96 40 10 338
Ukari Figgs 32 55 127 21 3 215
Allison Feaster 32 85 33 23 2 202
Clarisse Machanguana 31 72 18 13 4 110
Nicky McCrimmon 32 32 65 29 8 101
Vedrana Grgin-Fonseca 18 23 12 3 1 49
La'Keshia Frett 25 24 6 7 6 40
Paige Sauer 12 16 3 2 1 20

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