A statistical look at the Finals
Inside the Numbers
By Jeff Dengate, WNBA.com
September 19, 2005 - A look at some key stats, figures and numbers through three games of the 2005 WNBA Finals.
.200 -- After allowing the Sun to shoot 14-for-34 (.412) from three-point range in Games 1 and 2, the Monarchs held the Sun to only 3-for-15 (.200) from deep in Game 3. During two regular season contests, the Sun connected on only 4 of 26 (.154).
0 -- Sacramento failed to score a point in overtime of Game 2, setting a Finals record for scoring futility in an extra session. The previous low was three points, set by Phoenix in 1998.
3 -- Brooke Wyckoff nailed a three at the end of regulation in Game 2 to send the contest to overtime. One game earlier, teammate Lindsay Whalen missed on a triple try that would have tied the game in the waning seconds.
4 -- Finals single-game record for most three-pointers, tied by both Nykesha Sales and Nicole Powell (twice). Sales shot 4-of-7 in Game 1, while Powell attempted nine from beyond the arc in the second contest and eight in Game 3, dropping four each time.
5 -- This year's Finals format is 2-2-1, with the series extended to a best-of-five situation. The Finals in years past were a best-of-three, with a 1-2 format. Despite the fact his team would have wrapped up a title with two wins under the older format, Sacramento coach John Whisenant likes the new format. "I think the best-of-five is the best. I think that the longer the series, the more likely you are to get your true champion."
12 -- All-time, the Monarchs are 12-3 when leading or tied at halftime. Sacramento is 3-9 when trailing at the break, including the Game 1 victory when it was behind 31-27.
15 -- The Monarchs were 15-3 during the regular season when they were the first team on the scoreboard and only 10-6 when their opponent scored first. In the 2005 WNBA Finals, the first team on the scoreboard has lost every game.
16 -- Finals record rebounds by Taj McWilliams-Franklin in Game 2. The number also ties the third highest rebound total ever in the WNBA playoffs. The 16 rebounds were also a franchise high -- regular season or postseason.
19.3 -- Nykesha Sales has tallied 116 points in six career Finals games, averaging 19.3 points. The mark is second only to Cynthia Cooper (23.8) in Finals history, based on a minimum of five games.
43 -- Points Sacramento's bench has outscored Connecticut's by through the first three games. The Monarchs reserves have scored more than 20 points in each contest, while Connecticut's have produced only eight in their two losses and 15 in the Game 2 victory.
59 -- Without Lindsay Whalen, the veteran trio of Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Nykesha Sales and Katie Douglas accounted for 59 of the 62 points produced by Connecticut's starting five in Game 2.
77 -- Points Sacramento gave up in the Game 2 loss. The Monarchs only gave up that many points once during the regular season -- 81 in a loss at L.A. on June 11. Sacramento gave up an average of 61.6 points during the regular season and 67.25 through the first two rounds of the playoffs.
1970 -- Year which both Yolanda Griffith and Taj McWilliams-Franklin were born. The elder Griffith led all scorers in Game 1 with 25 points, the fifth-highest single-game total in WNBA Finals history. Not to be outdone, the younger McWilliams-Franlin, who will celebrate her 35th birthday next month, returned with 24 points and a Finals record 16 rebounds in Game 2.
1999 -- In the 1999 WNBA Draft, Griffith was the second overall selection, while McWilliams-Franklin was taken late in the third round (No. 32).