October 23, 2017

List of every WNBA triple double in the history of the women’s league

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It’s hard to believe that the WNBA has been around since 1997. It feels like yesterday that the sister league was being introduced.

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Twenty years later, the WNBA has seen significant milestones: a dynasty off the bat with the Houston Comets winning the first four WNBA Chamionships, an infusion of ABL players that improved the quality of the league, and game-changing players in Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson, Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings, and Brittney Griner.

With all the talent in the league, it’s surprising that the total amount of triple doubles for all players hasn’t reached double figures. As of this post, there’s only been six regular season WNBA triple-doubles.

WNBA Triple Doubles 1997-2017
Date Player Team Points Rebounds Assists Blks/Stls
07/27/99 Sheryl Swoopes Houston Comets 14 15 10 /
06/07/01 Margo Dydek Utah Starzz 12 11 / 10 blks
9/10/04 Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks 29 15 / 10 blks
5/21/05 Deanna Nolan Detroit Shock 11 10 11 /
7/24/14 Temeka Johnson Seattle Storm 13 10 11 /
7/28/17 Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks 11 17 11 /

Add another triple double to the list if you include Sheryl Swoopes’ 14 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists performance against the Seattle Storm Sheryl in the 2005 WNBA Playoffs.

Shockingly, Catchings isn’t on this list. As a player that has one of the only recorded quintuple doubles in basketball history, you would think her name would litter a list like this. It just shows how difficult it is to achieve it in the WNBA when compared to the NBA.

The women’s game is more a team game that doesn’t necessarily rely on any one individual. The league also has fewer games in the season (34 vs 82) and shorter games (40 mins vs 48 mins).

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Triple Double Trigger Fingers in Atlanta

Does it look like the list is missing a couple triple doubles? That’s probably because no fewer than three triple doubles were announced after a game only to have them rescinded by the league shortly after.

The most recent example was when Atlanta’s first time all-star Layshia Clarendon. She appeared to be the sixth player (before Candace Parker accomplished her first triple double a couple days after Claredon) in league history to achieve the statistical feat with a 15 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds statline in July 2017. Two of those assists were later taken away in a league review due to “stat errors”.

In July 2016, two of the WNBA’s superstars Brittney Griner and Angel McCoughtry had their triple-doubles rescinded after errors in stat-taking were found afterwards when the league reviewed the statistics. Griner had two blocks removed and McCoughtry lost out on an assist making both short of the feat. The one commonality of the three almost-triple doubles? Each of the triple-doubles mentioned that were reversed took place in Atlanta. Someone has some itchy trigger fingers in the A.T.L.

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