Led all rookies in rebounding her first month in WNBA

Bonner Named adidas Rookie of the Month for June

Posted: July 15, 2009

DeWanna Bonner of the Phoenix Mercury was named the WNBA’s adidas Rookie of the Month for games in June. She appeared in all 10 games for the Mercury to start the 2009 season.

In those 10 games, the 6’4” guard led all rookies in rebounding (6.1 rpg) and was second among rookies who played at least six games in scoring (11.5 ppg). In her WNBA debut, Bonner posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in a 90-79 Mercury win against the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Silver Stars. Bonner’s season-high 21 points came in a 104-80 win over the Minnesota Lynx, during which she also collected 10 rebounds.

The fifth overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft presented by adidas, Bonner has made a strong debut as a professional following an exceptional career at Auburn University. With her versatility, Bonner has added depth to the Mercury, who currently hold the best record (10-4) in the Western Conference. Bonner currently leads all rookies and is tied for second in the league in double-doubles with three.

Below are the highlights of Bonner’s outstanding month:

  • June 6 vs. San Antonio: 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting and a career-best 11 rebounds in a 90-79 victory
  • June 8 vs. New York: Career-high 28 minutes and 13 points in a 91-84 victory
  • June 17 vs. Minnesota: Career-best 21 points and 10 rebounds in a 104-80 win
  • June 27 vs. Minnesota: 19 points; including 7-7 on free throws in a 109-80 loss