The 1997 WNBA season was the 1st season for the New York Liberty.
Initial Player Allocation
The Liberty's and WNBA's first game was played on June 21, 1997 in Los Angeles. Led by head coach Nancy Darsch, the Liberty defeated the Los Angeles Sparks, 67-57. The attendance at the Forum was 14,284. The Liberty began their existence with a three game road trip, where the Liberty went undefeated. The club came back to New York with a 3-0 record. Their first home game was played in Madison Square Garden. On June 29, 1997, in front of a crowd of 17,780, the Liberty scored their first win at home, defeating Phoenix, 65-57.
- Rebecca Lobo ranked fourth in the WNBA with 1.8 blocks per game, fifth in defensive rebounds with 141, seventh with 939 minutes played, and tenth in the WNBA in offensive rebounds with 62.
Note: GP= Games played; REB= Rebounds; AST= Assists; STL = Steals; BLK = Blocks; PTS = Points; AVG = Average
- Kym Hampton ranked tenth in the WNBA in total rebounds with 163
- Kym Hampton ranked tenth in the WNBA in blocks with 19.
- Kym Hampton ranked fifth in the WNBA in Field Goal Percentage (.471)
- Rebecca Lobo ranked fourth in the WNBA in blocks with 51.
- Rebecca Lobo ranked fourth in the WNBA in total rebounds with 203.
- Rebecca Lobo ranked eighth in the WNBA in minutes per game with 33.5 minutes per game.
- Sophia Witherspoon ranked seventh in the WNBA in points with 407 points.
- Sophia Witherspoon ranked ninth in the WNBA in field goals with 140.
- Sophia Witherspoon ranked seventh in the WNBA in points per game with 14.5
- Sophia Witherspoon was tied for tenth in the WNBA in steals with 49.
- Teresa Weatherspoon ranked tenth in the WNBA in minutes per game with 33.0 minutes.
Awards and honors
- Rebecca Lobo, Forward, All-WNBA Second Team
- Teresa Weatherspoon, Guard, All-WNBA Second Team
- Teresa Weatherspoon: Led WNBA, Assists, 172
- Teresa Weatherspoon: Led WNBA, Steals, 85
- Teresa Weatherspoon: Led WNBA, Assists per game, 6.1
- Teresa Weatherspoon: Led WNBA, Steals per game, 3.0