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2016 WNBA Regular Season Statistics Roundup: Top Performers, Attendance, Viewership and More

Published on September 21, 2016

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With the 2016 WNBA Playoffs set to tip off today, the league released some regular season metrics. In addition, the top performer statistics for the regular season are also now available.

Metric highlights include the league’s highest attendance in five years and record marks for digital, social media and retail. The league also saw double-digit growth in television viewership on ESPN Networks.

  • Attendance: The WNBA registered its highest attendance (1,561,530) since 2011 and the highest average attendance (7,655) over the same time period (a 4.6% increase over last year). The season was highlighted by record-breaking numbers for the Chicago Sky and Indiana Fever. The Sky set franchise records for average attendance (7,009) and single-game crowd (16,444) against the Los Angeles Sparks on July 13). The Fever had its highest average (8,575) since 2001, and boosted the second highest single-game attendance in franchise history of 17,704 on Sept. 18 for legend Tamika Catchings’ final regular-season game. Also this season, the Phoenix Mercury recorded the highest average attendance (10,351) for the franchise since 1999.
  • Viewership: Combined ESPN and ESPN2 viewership was up 11% this season over last year (224,000 vs. 202,000). The season was highlighted by the season opener on ESPN between the Phoenix Mercury and the Minnesota Lynx, which delivered 505,000 viewers and delivered the highest-rated, regular-season WNBA game on the ESPN networks since 2011.
  • Digital: WNBA.com set a record for traffic with average monthly unique visitors up 22% and video views up 50% over last season.
  • WNBA LEAGUE PASS: The league’s out-of-market live game streaming product saw a record 24% increase in subscriptions this year.
  • Social Media: The league surpassed 12 million likes and followers across all league, team and player social platforms, growing by 20%, with the addition of three million fans from last season. The WNBA also achieved records with over 530 million impressions, and over 50 million video views, both metrics more than doubling last year’s mark.
  • Merchandise: This season saw record sales on WNBAStore.com, an increase of 30% over last year with Breanna Stewart and the Seattle Storm capturing the top spot on the list of best-selling jerseys and team merchandise.

Top Performers

New York Liberty forward Tina Charles has won the 2016 WNBA Peak Performer Award as the league leader in scoring and rebounding, and Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird  won the Peak Performer Award as the league leader in assists.

Points

RANK
PLAYER
G MIN FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P% FTM FTA FT% PTS
1
Tina Charles
32 33.7 8.5 19.4 43.9 0.5 1.5 34.7 3.9 4.8 81.2 21.5
2
Elena Delle Donne
28 33.1 7.6 15.8 48.5 1.5 3.6 42.6 4.6 5.0 93.5 21.5
3
Nneka Ogwumike
33 31.6 7.4 11.1 66.5 0.5 0.8 61.5 4.4 5.1 86.9 19.7
4
Angel McCoughtry
33 30.0 6.8 15.6 43.4 0.8 2.6 30.2 5.2 6.6 78.8 19.5
5
Maya Moore
34 29.7 6.6 14.6 44.8 1.9 4.7 40.4 4.3 4.9 86.8 19.3
6
Breanna Stewart
34 34.7 6.1 13.4 45.7 1.3 3.9 33.8 4.7 5.6 83.3 18.3
7
Diana Taurasi
33 29.8 5.5 13.8 39.6 2.7 7.7 35.0 4.2 4.7 90.9 17.8
8
Jewell Loyd
34 31.6 5.7 13.3 43.1 1.2 3.9 30.3 3.9 4.3 89.1 16.5
9
Tayler Hill
32 29.3 4.3 12.5 34.8 1.9 5.3 35.1 4.8 5.8 82.9 15.4
10
Candace Parker
34 30.8 5.6 12.6 44.2 1.2 3.2 38.2 2.9 4.1 70.7 15.3

Rebounds

RANK
PLAYER
G MIN OREB DREB REB
1
Tina Charles
32 33.7 2.3 7.6 9.9
2
Breanna Stewart
34 34.7 1.2 8.1 9.3
3
Nneka Ogwumike
33 31.6 2.3 6.7 9.1
4
Sylvia Fowles
34 28.6 2.5 6.1 8.5
5
Elizabeth Williams
34 34.7 3.1 5.0 8.1
6
Courtney Paris
34 24.3 2.8 5.2 8.0
8
Erlana Larkins
33 26.7 2.3 5.1 7.4
9
Candace Parker
34 30.8 1.0 6.4 7.4
7
Kiah Stokes
27 24.1 2.3 5.1 7.4
10
Rebekkah Brunson
33 24.6 2.2 5.1 7.3

Assists

RANK
PLAYER
G MIN AST
1
Sue Bird
34 31.6 5.8
2
Jasmine Thomas
34 32.1 5.1
3
Candace Parker
34 30.8 4.9
4
Courtney Vandersloot
30 24.3 4.7
5
Briann January
29 28.1 4.7
6
Jamierra Faulkner
34 19.3 4.6
7
Maya Moore
34 29.7 4.2
7
Moriah Jefferson
34 30.4 4.2
9
Odyssey Sims
34 31.6 3.9
10
Diana Taurasi
33 29.8 3.9

Steals

RANK
PLAYER
G MIN STL
1
Tamika Catchings
34 24.8 1.8
2
Alana Beard
34 29.3 1.7
3
Moriah Jefferson
34 30.4 1.6
4
Brittany Boyd
33 19.7 1.6
4
Angel McCoughtry
33 30.0 1.6
6
Maya Moore
34 29.7 1.6
7
Penny Taylor
25 25.7 1.5
8
Alyssa Thomas
31 27.1 1.4
9
Candace Parker
34 30.8 1.4
10
Courtney Vandersloot
30 24.3 1.4

Blocks

RANK
PLAYER
G BLK
1
Brittney Griner
34 3.1
2
Elizabeth Williams
34 2.3
3
Breanna Stewart
34 1.9
4
Sylvia Fowles
34 1.8
5
Elena Delle Donne
28 1.5
6
Kiah Stokes
27 1.4
7
Imani Boyette
31 1.4
8
Nneka Ogwumike
33 1.2
9
Jonquel Jones
34 1.1
10
Jessica Breland
34 1.1

Field Goal Percentage

RANK
PLAYER
G MIN FGM FGA FG%
1
Nneka Ogwumike
33 31.6 7.4 11.1 66.5
2
Erlana Larkins
33 26.7 3.2 5.0 63.9
3
Crystal Langhorne
33 25.5 3.8 6.1 63.0
4
Sylvia Fowles
34 28.6 5.4 9.0 59.5
5
Chiney Ogwumike
33 24.3 4.8 8.2 58.7
6
Lynetta Kizer
33 17.2 4.2 7.6 55.6
8
Brittney Griner
34 29.2 5.2 9.6 54.8
7
Courtney Paris
34 24.3 3.5 6.4 54.8
9
Candice Dupree
32 29.1 4.8 8.8 54.1
10
Jantel Lavender
34 19.4 4.4 8.2 53.8

Three Point Percentage

RANK
PLAYER
G MIN FGM FGA FG% 3PM 3PA 3P%
1
Emma Meesseman
34 29.3 6.2 11.6 53.3 0.9 2.0 44.8
2
Sue Bird
34 31.6 4.7 10.5 44.9 2.1 4.8 44.4
3
Elena Delle Donne
28 33.1 7.6 15.8 48.5 1.5 3.6 42.6
4
Kristi Toliver
33 32.1 4.3 10.1 42.6 2.5 5.8 42.4
5
Sugar Rodgers
33 30.5 4.7 11.7 40.5 2.6 6.3 41.3
6
Maya Moore
34 29.7 6.6 14.6 44.8 1.9 4.7 40.4
7
Penny Taylor
25 25.7 4.1 8.4 48.8 1.6 4.0 39.6
8
Briann January
29 28.1 3.0 7.5 40.1 1.0 2.6 39.2
9
Alysha Clark
33 27.6 3.2 6.6 48.4 1.1 2.8 38.7
10
Candace Parker
34 30.8 5.6 12.6 44.2 1.2 3.2 38.2

Free Throw Percentage

RANK
PLAYER
G MIN FTM FTA FT%
1
Shenise Johnson
29 22.4 2.1 2.2 93.8
2
Elena Delle Donne
28 33.1 4.6 5.0 93.5
3
Monique Currie
34 25.5 2.6 2.9 91.8
4
Tiffany Mitchell
34 20.0 2.7 3.0 91.1
5
Diana Taurasi
33 29.8 4.2 4.7 90.9
6
Penny Taylor
25 25.7 2.7 3.0 90.7
7
Courtney Vandersloot
30 24.3 2.2 2.4 90.4
8
Lindsay Whalen
32 24.6 2.1 2.3 89.2
9
Jewell Loyd
34 31.6 3.9 4.3 89.1
10
Kristi Toliver
33 32.1 2.2 2.5 88.9

This post is part of the thread: 2016 WNBA Season – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.


 

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