WNBA Finals: By the numbers

Updated: October 13, 2004, 8:28 AM ET
By Melanie Jackson | Special to ESPN.com

CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS
1 With Seattle's Game 3 victory Tuesday, the Storm's Anne Donovan became the first female to coach a team to the WNBA championship. Previous winners include Houston's Van Chancellor (1997-2000), Los Angeles' Michael Cooper (2001-02) and Detroit's Bill Laimbeer (2003).
2 Last season, the Seattle SuperSonics sold out KeyArena 13 times in 41 home dates. The Storm had two sellouts in three days, in Games 2 and 3 of the WNBA Finals.
3 For the first time in the league's eight-year history, all three games of the WNBA Finals drew a sellout. At Game 1 at the Mohegan Sun Arena, 9,341 showed up, followed by back-to-back sellouts of 17,072 at KeyArena.
4 The Storm lost just four games at home this season. Also, Seattle becomes the fourth team to capture a league crown in the WNBA's eight-year history, joining Houston, Los Angeles and Detroit.
5 Counting her senior season with Louisiana Tech, WNBA Finals MVP Betty Lennox has played on five teams since 2000. Selected as the sixth overall pick by Minnesota in 2000, she was later traded to Miami. Lennox was then selected by Cleveland as the third overall pick in the 2003 dispersal draft before going as the sixth overall pick to Seattle in last April's dispersal draft.
5.09 Every team that has led the league in point differential during the regular season has wound up WNBA champ. Seattle did it this year, with a plus-5.09 margin.
6 Seattle point guard Sue Bird is the sixth women's basketball player to capture the trifecta -- an NCAA title (two, actually), a WNBA championship and a gold medal. Also, most experts predicted the Sun to finish last, or sixth, in the Eastern Conference in their preseason projections. Lastly, the Storm won just six games in their first season, going 6-26 in 2000 (but hey, it helped land Lauren Jackson as the No. 1 overall pick in the '01 draft).
7 Connecticut's Nykesha Sales scored 18 points on 5-for-12 shooting Tuesday. But the Sun's other four starters hit just seven field goals, combining for a 7-of-31 performance from the field.
10 Three burning questions with Howard Schultz, Geno Auriemma, Val Ackerman and Doris Burke? All part of WNBA.com's 10 Cool Things from Game 3.
11 Sun guard Katie Douglas -- who led all scorers in Game 1 with 18 points -- missed all 11 of her attempts from the field Tuesday. The lefty boasts 41.2 percent accuracy from the field for her WNBA career, and shot 44.5 percent from the field while at Purdue, where she won a national title in 1999.
14 The Sun averaged just 13.4 turnovers in the regular season. But on Tuesday, Connecticut committed 14 turnovers in the second half, finishing with 17 for the game. Also, Seattle's Kamila Vodichkova doubled her scoring total from Games 1 and 2 (seven points) with 14 points in Game 3.
22.3 Lennox totaled 67 points in the three-game series for a 22.3 scoring average. That doubled her regular-season average (11.2) and is more than three times better than the 7.5 points per game she averaged in the first round of the playoffs. She averaged 13.8 points in eight playoff games.
25 The 1995-96 Sonics came close before falling to Michael Jordan and the Bulls. The 2001 Mariners set an American League record with 116 regular-season wins, but fell short in the playoffs. And the jury's still out on whether the Seahawks can go all the way to the Super Bowl this year. If not, Seattle can thank the Storm for ending a 25-year championship drought. The Emerald City hadn't won a professional sports title since the SuperSonics won the NBA title in 1979.
32 Though it came in a losing effort, Sales scored a WNBA Finals single-game record 32 points Sunday in Game 2. Sales went 14-for-22 from the field, including a 4-for-6 performance from beyond the arc.
32.8 After shooting 45.9 percent from the field in Game 1 and 40.6 percent in Game 2, Connecticut went 20-for-61 from the floor on Tuesday, hitting just 32.8 percent of its attempts. It was even worse from downtown, where the Sun shot 3-for-16 (18.8 percent). Seattle shot 44.3 percent from the field, and only slightly better (20 percent, 1-for-5) from beyond the arc.

Melanie Jackson coordinates ESPN.com's WNBA coverage.

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