The WNBA season has come to an end and the last day of the regular season was a pretty wild one! 

The New York Liberty won on Friday, September 17. However, at the time, they were not in the playoff picture and needed a miracle to get in.

Miracle answered. With the Los Angeles Sparks and Washington Mystics losing on the final day of the season, the Liberty held a tie-breaker over both teams and were rewarded with a playoff berth for Thursday, Sept. 23,  against the Phoenix Mercury. 

Additionally, the Minnesota Lynx won on the last day of the season, bumping them up to the 3 seed. Let’s discuss the playoff bracket so you can better understand the significance of the seeding.


The WNBA Playoffs are structured differently than other sports leagues in North America. 

Round 1 and Round 2 in the WNBA Playoffs are single elimination. Think of Round 1 like a first play-in game to advance to the next single elimination matchup in Round 2.

The first single-elimination matchups are as follows:

No. 5 Phoenix Mercury vs. No. 8 New York Liberty

No. 6 Chicago Sky vs. No. 7 Dallas Wings

The winners of these two games advance to the next single-elimination matchup:

No. 3 Minnesota Lynx vs. Lowest remaining seed (highest number)

No. 4 Seattle Storm vs. Highest remaining seed (lowest number)

To recap: 

  • Round 1 and Round 2 are single elimination
  • No. 3 and No. 4 seed get a bye until Round 2
  • Winners in Round 2 advance to semifinals


You may be wondering: “What about the Top 2 seeds?” The top two seeds get a double-bye to WNBA’s semi-finals.

This is the most advantageous seeding in all of sports.

The winners in Round 2 will move on to the semi-finals. The lowest remaining seed will get a date with No. 1 Connecticut Sun and the highest seed remaining (lowest number) will face No. 2 Las Vegas Aces. 

The semi-finals matchups are best-of-5 series for a puncher’s chance at the WNBA Finals.

The winners of these two series will meet in the WNBA Finals! You can check out the bracket below.


#1 Connecticut Sun: Jonquel Jones, Brionna Jones, DeWanna Bonner

#2 Las Vegas Aces: Chelsea Gray, Dearica Hamby, A’ja Wilson, Liz Cambage

#3 Minnesota Lynx: Sylvia Fowles, Crystal Dangerfield, Napheesa Collier

#4 Seattle Storm: Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd, Breanna Stewart (Questionable to play)

#5 Phoenix Mercury: Skylar Diggins-Smith, Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, Kia Nurse

#6 Chicago Sky: Courtney Vandersloot, Candace Parker, Kahleah Cooper

#7 Dallas Wings: Arike Ogunbowale, Satou Sabally, Allisha Gray

#8 New York Liberty: Sabrina Ionescu, Natasha Howard, Betnijah Laney