Most wins in WNBA season is by the 2023 Las Vegas Aces who won 32 games. Past record was 29 wins set by the Phoenix Mercury in 2014.
The Aces set a new record after grabbing a win over the 2021 league champion Chicago Sky on August 24, 2023.
Likewise, the New York Liberty also elevates its standing to the top three, achieving a commendable 30 season wins, a tally unmatched by any other franchise. The Liberty defeated Las Vegas on an August 27, 2023 clash of the league leaders.
Led by head coach Sandy Brondello, NY Liberty is a force to be reckoned with this campaign and a serious title contender.
With a talented squad of players comprising Sabrina Ionescu, Breanna Stewart, and Betnijah Laney, they are eyeing their first WNBA championship.
1. Las Vegas Aces (2023) - 32
Las Vegas Aces broke WNBA history by securing their 30th win of the season in August 2023. The Aces defeated the Chicago Sky 94-87 in a tight contest.
With that astonishing victory, Becky Hammon managed team toppled the WNBA regular-season record for the highest number of wins which now reached 32.
The Aces left the 2014 achievement of the Phoenix Mercury, who amassed 29 wins in a lone campaign, in the dust.
Founded in 1997, the franchise initially competed under the name of Utah Starzz. Then in 2003 following the club's relocation to San Antonio, it became San Antonio Silver Stars.
They got their current identity in 2018 and won their first championship title in 2022. With a roster filled with talented players, the Aces are the favorite to win the 2023 season and defend their trophy.
3. New York Liberty (2023) - 30
New York Liberty is a rising franchise in the league that finished first in the WNBA standings 2023 Eastern Conference. The Liberty have recorded 30 wins in 2023.
Featured in the highest scoring WNBA game against the Aces in July 2022, New York has the chance to completely shatter the record for having the best winning percentage in a season.
And guess what? There are still two more games before the conclusion of the regular season.
The Liberty are on an electrifying run with head coach Sandy Brondello in her second season in charge. And players like Stefanie Dolson, Sabrina Ionescu, and Breanna Stewart are making it easy for Sandy.
Besides, they have already clinched the playoff berth as a second seeded team and will play the seventh seeded team in Round 1.
2. Phoenix Mercury (2014) - 29
Phoenix Mercury won the 2014 WNBA Finals in style recording 29 wins during the regular season. Phoenix clinched the title defeating the Chicago Sky.
In 2014, the Mercury basketball team brought in Sandy Brondello, a former WNBA player, as their new head coach. During her debut season with the Phoenix team, they rolled to a league-best 29–5 record and finished the season at the top of the Western Conference leaderboard.
Afterward, the Mercury enjoyed a smooth journey through the playoffs as they left past Los Angeles and Minnesota to book their spot in the Finals.
In a big surprise, Phoenix swept the Chicago Sky 3-0 in the finals and became champions for the third time. For her outstanding display, Diana Taurasi won the finals MVP.
4. Minnesota Lynx (2016) - 28
Minnesota Lynx topped the 2016 WNBA table with 28 wins in their pocket. The Lynx has the most WNBA championships, having won 4 titles.
With a win-loss record of 28-6, Minnesota secured a playoff berth on July 25 and received a bye to the semi-finals. They beat Phoenix comfortably with a 3-0 sweep and advanced to the WNBA Finals where they faced Los Angeles Sparks.
The Finals stretched to the decisive Game 5 after all square 2-2 series results after four games. In the final game, the Sparks barely beat Minnesota by just one point to become the champions.
It was Cheryl Reeve's sixth season as the head coach of the Lynx. Some crucial players for Minnesota that season include Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles.
5. Seattle Storm (2010) - 28
Seattle Storm had their second WNBA championship success in the 2010 season. The Storm notched 28 victories during that year's regular season.
In addition to their strong offensive performance, Seattle also boasted a dependable defense that conceded just 41.3% of field goals throughout the season.
They made it to the playoffs as the top-seeded team and achieved a flawless 100% victory rate with no defeats during the WNBA playoff stage.
The Strom are among the rarest teams in the league's history book to manage three clean sweeps in the playoffs. They defeated Los Angeles 2-0 in the Conference Semi-Finals, and Phoenix 2-0 in the Conference Finals.
Ultimately, Seattle won the title after beating Atlanta Dream 3-0 in the championship game.
6. Los Angeles Sparks (2001) - 28
Los Angeles Sparks is among the top WNBA teams who had a record of 28-4 in the 2001 WNBA season.
They finished first in the Western Conference and went on to win the WNBA championship.
What makes it even more fascinating is that, unlike today's 40-game regular season, it consisted of just 32 games, and achieving 28 wins out of 32 is truly a remarkable feat.
The Sparks were led by Lisa Leslie, who was named the WNBA Season MVP. Leslie scored 606 points along with 298 rebounds and 73 assists contributions. Other key contributors to the Los Angeles team included Penny Toler, Tamika Catchings, and Yolanda Griffith.
The Sparks had a dominant regular season and then swept through the playoffs to win the trophy, defeating the Charlotte Sting in two games.
7. Los Angeles Sparks (2000) - 28
Los Angeles Sparks boasted a remarkable 28-4 record in 2000 setting a new standard for the best regular season performance in WNBA history at the time.
Their only upset was against Sacramento Monarchs, Seattle Storm, Portland Fire, and Utah Starzz.
Despite their best performance in the regular season, they could not clinch the championship. After defeating Phoenix in the first round, the Sparks faced Houston in the Conference Finals where they suffered a 2-0 loss and are out of the competition.
However, Los Angeles would go on to win the WNBA championship in 2001 and 2002.
8. Minnesota Lynx (2017) - 27
Minnesota Lynx concluded the 2017 season with 28 wins, 15 occurring at home and 12 in their away games.
The Lynx secured the top position in both the Western Conference and the entire league. They went on to win the WNBA championship that season, defeating the Los Angeles Sparks in the Finals.
The Lynx began their 2017 season in May with a 70–61 triumph against the Chicago Sky. Following this, they secured 8 consecutive victories before suffering their first loss of the season against Connecticut on June 17th.
The month of August is when their performance hit a low point as they lost five out of ten games. Despite their bad form, Minnesota made a comeback and won the title with a 3-2 WNBA FInals series win over the Sparks.
9. Minnesota Lynx (2012) - 27
Minnesota Lynx won 27 games in the 2012 WNBA regular season. They tied their franchise record for the most wins which they also set in 2011.
Additionally, in that season, Minnesota set a new team record by achieving a remarkable 16-1 record in home games.
In the playoffs, the Lynx registered a win over Seattle and Los Angeles to claim the Western Conference title and advance to the WNBA Finals, where they lost 3-1 to the Indiana Fever.
The 2012 Lynx team was led by a group of adept vets, including Seimone Augustus, Lindsay Whalen, and Rebekkah Brunson. Augustus was the team's leading scorer, averaging 16.6 points per game. Whalen was the team's leader in assists, averaging 5.4 per game.
10. Houston Comets (2000) - 27
Houston Comets captured 27 victories in the 2000 season. They finished the regular season with a record of 27-5, in second place in the Western Conference.
They went on to win the WNBA Finals, defeating the New York Liberty in two games.
The Comets were led by their Big Three of Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes, and Tina Thompson. Houston was also a strong defensive team, allowing an average of 75.4 points per game.
The 2000 season was the fourth consecutive season that the Comets had won the WNBA championship. They set WNBA all time records as the only team to have won four successive championships.
However, the Houston team was disbanded in 2008 due to financial problems.