NEW YORK, September 19 – The 2004 WNBA Playoff seeding is set following one of the mot competitive seasons in WNBA history. The Detroit Shock made certain they would have an opportunity to defend their 2003 championship, earning the Eastern Conference’s final playoff spot Sunday afternoon following their 68-54 win over the Charlotte Sting. The Los Angeles Sparks have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs by virtue of their league-best 25-9 record. The Connecticut Sun own the home-court advantage through the Eastern Conference Finals after defeating the Indiana Fever yesterday afternoon, 80-60.

ESPN2 will televise up to 10 playoff games this postseason, with Oxygen and NBA TV broadcasting up to five games each. ABC will air Game 2 of the first-round match-up between Los Angeles and Sacramento on September 26 at 4 p.m. ET.

Final WNBA Standings

Eastern Conference
Team W L Pct GB Tie-Breaker
(c) Connecticut 18 16 .529 0.0 head to head, Ct has better conf. record
(p) New York 18 16 .529 0.0 2-2 head to head, Det has better conf. record
(p) Detroit 17 17 .500 1.0
(p) Washington 17 17 .500 1.0
Charlotte 16 18 .471 2.0
Indiana 15 19 .441 3.0

Western Conference
Team W L Pct GB Tie-Breaker
(w) Los Angeles 25 9 .735 0.0
(p) Seattle 20 14 .588 5.0
(p) Minnesota 18 16 .529 7.0
(p) Sacramento 18 16 .529 7.0
Phoenix 17 17 .485 8.5
Houston 13 21 .394 11.5
San Antonio 9 25 .265 16.0

(w) Best record in WNBA (c) Best record in conference (p) Playoff berth

Western Conference
Los Angeles (1) vs. Sacramento (4)

Game 1: Los Angeles at Sacramento Friday Sept. 24 10:30 p.m. ET ESPN2
Game 2: Sacramento at Los Angeles Sunday Sept. 26 4:00 p.m. ET ABC
Game 3:* Sacramento at Los Angeles Tuesday Sept. 28 10:00 p.m. ET ESPN2
* if necessary

-Los Angeles and Sacramento split the season series (2-2) between each other with team winning once at home, and once on the opposition’s home court.

Los Angeles vs. Sacramento Season Series
June 3: Los Angeles at Sacramento Sac 68, LA 51
July 17: Sacramento at Los Angeles Sac 79, LA 70
July 29: Los Angeles at Sacramento LA 85, Sac 80 (OT)
Sept. 12: Sacramento at Los Angeles LA 65, Sac 52


Seattle (2) vs. Minnesota (3)

Game 1: Seattle at Minnesota Saturday Sept. 25 2:00 p.m. NBA TV
Game 2: Minnesota at Seattle Monday Sept. 27 9:30 p.m. ESPN2
Game 3:* Minnesota at Seattle Wednesday Sept. 29 10:00 p.m. Oxygen
* if necessary

-Seattle won the season series with Minnesota two games to one as the Storm won the only meeting between the clubs in Seattle, and split on the Lynx home floor.

Seattle vs. Minnesota Season Series
May 20 Minnesota at Seattle Sea 88, Minn 85
July 30 Seattle at Minnesota Sea 70, Minn 50
Sept. 10 Seattle at Minnesota Minn 64, Sea 61


Eastern Conference
Connecticut (1) vs. Washington (4)

Game 1: Connecticut at Washington Saturday Sept. 25 12:00 p.m. Oxygen
Game 2: Washington at Connecticut Monday Sept. 27 7:00 p.m. NBA TV
Game 3:* Washington at Connecticut Wednesday Sept. 29 TBD TBD
* if necessary

-Connecticut won the season series from Washington, three games to one. The Sun won both games at the Mohegan Sun and split at the MCI Center.

Connecticut vs. Washington Season Series
June 4: Connecticut at Washington Ct 72, Was 63
June 20: Washington at Connecticut Ct 75, Was 65
June 30: Washington at Connecticut Ct 78, Was 69
July 30: Connecticut at Washington Was 69, Ct 68


New York (2) vs. Detroit (3)

Game 1: New York at Detroit Friday Sept. 24 8:00 p.m. NBA TV
Game 2: Detroit at New York Sunday Sept. 26 12:00 p.m. Oxygen
Game 3:* Detroit at New York Tuesday Sept. 28 8:00 p.m. ESPN2
* if necessary

-New York and Detroit split the season series with both teams sweeping on their home courts.

New York vs. Detroit Season Series
May 26: Detroit at New York NY 64, Det 52
July 24: Detroit at New York NY 78, Det 69
July 30: New York at Detroit Det 88, NY 79
Sept. 14: New York at Detroit Det 82, NY 71 (OT)