White Named to All-Rookie Team
Rookie guard Tan White was one of three unanimous selections to the WNBA's inaugural All-Rookie Team, the league announced today. Washington’s Temeka Johnson, the 2005 Rookie of the Year, headlined the talented group of rookies.
White and San Antonio’s Katie Feenstra joined Johnson as unanimous selections to the team as each received 12 votes. Rounding out the team was Sacramento’s Chelsea Newton (10 votes) and Detroit’s Kara Braxton (9 votes).
Johnson, the sixth overall pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft, led rookies in scoring (9.3 ppg), assists (5.2 apg), steals (1.29 spg) and minutes played (973), while ranking second in free throw percentage (.788) and fourth in field goal percentage (.458). Her assist average ranked second in the league.
Feenstra, the eighth overall selection in the 2005 WNBA Draft, averaged 8.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, and ranked eighth in the league in blocked shots (1.29 bpg) and 14th in field goal percentage (.468). White, the second overall pick in this year’s draft, averaged 7.1 points, 1.6 assists and .88 steals, and averaged the third most minutes (20.4) for rookies. Newton, who started all 34 games for the regular season for the Western Conference champion Sacramento Monarchs, averaged 4.4 points, 1.6 assists and 21.0 minutes. Braxton averaged 6.9 points, 3.0 rebounds and shot 46.2 percent from the field in 33 games.
The voting panel consisted of the WNBA’s 13 head coaches, who were asked to select five players, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team.
Other players receiving votes included Sancho Lyttle, Houston (4); Suzy Batkovic, Seattle (3); Tanisha Wright, Seattle (2); Belinda Snell, Phoenix (1).