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GAME RELATED STATISTICS DISCRIMINATING BETWEEN STARTERS AND NONSTARTERS PLAYERS IN WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION LEAGUE (WNBA)

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Author(s): Miguel. A Gómez | Alberto Lorenzo | Enrique Ortega | Jaime Sampaio | Sergio. J Ibáñez

Journal: Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN 1303-2968

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 278;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Performance | game-statistics | starters | nonstarters | women's basketball

ABSTRACT
The aim of the present study was to identify the game-related statistics that allow discriminating between starters and nonstarter players in women's basketball when related to winning or losing games and best or worst teams. The sample comprised all 216 regular season games from the 2005 Women's National Basketball Association League (WNBA). The game-related statistics included were 2- and 3- point field-goals (both successful and unsuccessful), free-throws (both successful and unsuccessful), defensive and offensive rebounds, assists, blocks, fouls, steals, turnovers and minutes played. Results from multivariate analysis showed that when best teams won, the discriminant game-related statistics were successful 2-point field-goals (SC = 0.47), successful free-throws (SC = 0.44), fouls (SC = -0.41), assists (SC = 0.37), and defensive rebounds (SC = 0.37). When the worst teams won, the discriminant game-related statistics were successful 2-point field- goals (SC = 0.37), successful free-throws (SC = 0.45), assists (SC = 0.58), and steals (SC = 0.35). The results showed that the successful 2-point field-goals, successful free-throws and the assists were the most powerful variables discriminating between starters and nonstarters. These specific characteristics helped to point out the importance of starters' players shooting and passing ability during competitions
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