2009 WNBA Finals by the Numbers

0 – Of the 22 players from both rosters, none have played for both Indiana and Phoenix during their career.

1 – Only Fever rookie guard Briann January (Arizona State University) went to college in the opposing team’s state.

1 – Number of times the opposing team has won a title on the road. Phoenix did it in 2007 against the Detroit Shock.

2 – Number of five-game series that have gone to the deciding game (2006, 2007). The best-of-five was introduced in 2005.

3 – Both Phoenix and Indiana were the number-one seeds of their respected conferences heading into the postseason. This is the third consecutive year number one’s have met in the Finals.

3 – Trips to the WNBA Finals, including this one, for the Mercury. So far, they're 1-1. Also of note, the Mercury were the one seed when they won their first and only title in 2007. They were the number-two seed in 1998 when they lost to Houston.

3 – Total "Defensive Player of the Year" awards Fever forward Tamika Catchings has won, including this season.

4 – Number of 2009 All-Stars: Indiana - Catchings and Katie Douglas; Phoenix - Cappie Pondexter and Diana Taurasi. Fever head coach Lin Dunn also led the East squad.

4 – Members of Indiana’s roster who have spent their entire career with the Fever: Catchings, January, Ebony Hoffman and Christina Wirth.

4 – Members of Phoenix’s roster who have spent their entire career with the Mercury: DeWanna Bonner, Cappie Pondexter, Brooke Smith, Diana Taurasi.

4 – Top 5 draft picks between both teams: Catchings (3rd overall, 2001), Taurasi (1st overall, 2004), Pondexter (2nd overall, 2006), Bonner (5th overall, 2009).

4.27 – Average years of playing experience for the Mercury roster. Bonner (rookie) has the least, while Smith (11) has the most.

5 – Mercury players remaining from their 2007 championship: Pondexter, Taurasi, Kelly Mazzante, Tangela Smith and Penny Taylor.

5.27 – Average years of playing experience for the Fever. January and Wirth (rookies) have the least, while Tameka Dixon (12) has the most.

6 – As in the 2009 Sixth Woman of the Year, Bonner.

7 – Number of total trips to the Finals by Phoenix players: Mazzante (Phoenix, 2007, Won), Pondexter (Phoenix, 2007, Won), Smith (Phoenix, 2007, Won), Taurasi (Phoenix, 2007, Won), Taylor (Phoenix, 2007, Won) and Le’coe Willingham (Connecticut, 2004-05, Lost both)

8 – Number of trips to the Finals by Indiana players: Dixon (Los Angeles, 2001-03, Won 2, Lost 1), Douglas (Connecticut, 2004-05, Lost both), Tully Bevilaqua (Seattle, 2004, Won) and Tammy Sutton-Brown (Charlotte Sting, 2001, Lost)

8 – The West has won the Finals a record eight times, compared to just four for the East.

10 – Number of years the Fever have been in existence. This is their first trip to the Finals.

11 – Number of road wins Phoenix had this season, best in the WNBA.

13 – Years Dixon has played in the WNBA, most among all players from both teams. During that time, she’s only been a member of three teams, Los Angeles (1997-2005), Houston (2006-08) and Indiana (2009).

14 – Number of home wins Indiana had this season, best in the WNBA.

20.4 – Taurasi’s scoring average this season, best in the WNBA. The guard has finished at as the top scorer three times in her career.

23 – Number of wins Phoenix had this season, best in the WNBA.

23 – Roster number worn by both Douglas and Pondexter.

24 – Roster number worn by both Catchings and Bonner.

50 – Indiana is the only team to have four players with at least 50 steals apiece.

73.6 – Points allowed per game by the Indiana Fever, third best in the league.

85.5 – Phoenix's free-throw percentage, a WNBA record. That number is also better than any NBA team's percentage last season.

89.1 – Points-per-game opponents averaged against Phoenix during the regular season, worst in the WNBA.

92.8 – Points-per-game Phoenix averaged during the regular season, best in the WNBA.

99 – Steals this season by Catchings, one shy of the record held by Teresa Weatherspoon.

106 – Most points scored by either team against each other this season. The result was a 106-90 victory for the Mercury on Sept. 2.

2008 – The year both Catchings, Taurasi and Pondexter were members of the USA Olympic basketball team that brought home a gold medal. Catchings and Taurasi also won gold in the 2004 Games.

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