The 2011 WNBA season heads in to the final turn as the regular season is all but complete, and the playoffs are just around the corner. The league it set to complete its 12th year of existence with the passion, hard fought competition, and entertaining brand of basketball as impressive as ever. The league has seen periods of expansion, contraction and franchise relocation to stand strong with a total of 12 teams currently competing over a 5 month season. The league was formed in 1997 as a parallel venture to the menâ€™s National Basketball Association. The league is structured to contain 2 conferences with teams located throughout the United States. The regular season consists of 17 home games and 17 away games for each team.
Regular season play takes a pause in July as the id-season All-Star game is contested. The fan-balloted game is a contest featuring the top players from both the Eastern and the Western conferences in a selected WNBA city. The league play-offs begin at the end of august, and features the top four teams from each conference compete in a best of three format.
The WNBA finals are held between the final 2 remaining teams from each conference play-offs. The series is contested in a best of five format, with both teams following a 2-2-1 system. The league awards for individual play include: League Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, Sixth Woman of the Year, and Sportsmanship Award named for Houston Comets great Kim Perott.
There you have your WNBA league primer, enjoy the action!
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