2012 WNBA All Defensive Team


–Panel of Coaches Selected First- and Second-Team Players
to be Honored on the All-Defensive Team–

NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2012 – Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, the 2011 WNBA MVP, and Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles, the 2011 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, headline the 2012 WNBA All-Defensive First-Team, the league announced today. Catchings received 50 votes from a national panel of 41 sports writers and broadcasters, with Fowles following suit with 33 votes, Los Angeles Sparks guard Alana Beard (30), Indiana Fever guard Briann January (26) and Atlanta Dream forward Sancho Lyttle (26) round out the group.

Catchings, who earned Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010, was the only player to receive double-digit First Team votes, with 10. Catchings earns her eighth consecutive appearance on the All-Defensive First Team, the only player to be named to the First-Team every year the distinction has been recognized (2005-2012). Fowles, who received six First-Team votes, ranked second in rebounds this season (10.4 rpg) after leading the league in 2010 and 2011. She also ranked third double-doubles (15). Alana Beard finished with six First-Team votes, Briann January with four and Sancho Lyttle with four.

Catchings, Fowles and Beard repeat as First-Team members. For January and Lyttle, it is their first time earning All-Defensive First-Team honors.

The WNBA All-Defensive Second-Team is comprised of San Antonio Silver Stars forward Sophia Young, (22 points, two First-Team votes), Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (21, three), Atlanta Dream guard Armintie Price (18, three) and San Antonio Silver Stars guard Danielle Robinson (17, one) and Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker (15, three).

A panel of the WNBA’s 12 head coaches voted on the WNBA All-Defensive Team, selecting First- and Second-Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Players earned five points for each First Team vote and three points for a Second Team vote.

Below are the top finishers in the vote for the 2012 WNBA All-Defensive Teams:


Player                                Team                                             Position               Points
Tamika Catchings               Indiana Fever                                  Forward               50
Sancho Lyttle                     Atlanta Dream                                Forward               26
Sylvia Fowles                     Chicago Sky                                   Center                 33
Alana Beard                        Los Angeles Sparks                         Guard                  30
Briann January                   Indiana Fever                                  Guard                  26



Player                                Team                                             Position               Points
Sophia Young                     San Antonio Silver Stars                 Forward               22
Candace Parker                   Los Angeles Sparks                         Forward               15
Tina Charles                       Connecticut Sun                             Center                 21
Armintie Price                    Atlanta Dream                                Guard                  18
Danielle Robinson              San Antonio Silver Stars                 Guard                  17

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