2003 All-WNBA First Team and 2003 All-WNBA Second Team Presented by Bud Light Announced

NEW YORK, September 14, 2003 – Lauren Jackson of the Seattle Storm headlines the 2003 All-WNBA First Team presented by Bud Light, marking her first-ever appearance. Jackson’s Storm teammate Sue Bird joins Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings for the second straight year along with five-time recipient, Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie and Katie Smith of the Minnesota Lynx, named for the second time. Jackson received the most votes with 256, followed by Catchings (234), Leslie (223), Smith (229) and Bird (164).

Lisa Leslie is a five-time All-WNBA First Team member.
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The 2003 All-WNBA Second Team presented by Bud Light features rookie sensation Cheryl Ford of the Detroit Shock at center (56 points) along with her teammates, forward Swin Cash (142) and guard Deanna Nolan (63). Rounding out the Second Team were Sheryl Swoopes of the Houston Comets (160) at forward and Nikki Teasley of the Los Angeles Sparks (145) at guard.

Each All-WNBA player will receive a Tiffany-designed trophy. In addition, Bud Light will present $10,000 to each member of the First Team and $5,000 to each member of the Second Team.

“Bud Light and the WNBA share in their support of women’s athletics,” said Tony Ponturo, vice president, Global Media and Sports Marketing for Anheuser-Busch, Inc. “The 2003 All-WNBA Team, presented by Bud Light, is designed to recognize those players who set the standard for excellence in women’s professional basketball, and we are proud to be a part of honoring these outstanding athletes.”

Players named to the 2003 All-WNBA First and Second Teams were selected by position from a panel of national sportswriters and broadcasters, with First Team votes receiving five points and Second Team votes receiving three.

Below are the results of the balloting:


Position Player, Team Total Points
Center Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks) 223
Forward Lauren Jackson (Seattle Storm) 256
Forward Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) 234
Guard Katie Smith (Minnesota Lynx) 229
Guard Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) 164

Position Player, Team Total Points
Center Cheryl Ford (Detroit Shock) 56
Forward Sheryl Swoopes (Houston Comets) 160
Forward Swin Cash (Detroit Shock) 142
Guard Nikki Teasley (Los Angeles Sparks) 145
Guard Deanna Nolan (Detroit Shock) 63

Other players receiving votes:
Center – Yolanda Griffith, Sacramento Monarchs (39), Tari Phillips, New York Liberty (12), Michelle Snow, Houston Comets (8), Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Connecticut Sun (6), Chasity Melvin, Cleveland Rockers (3), Margo Dydek, San Antonio Silver Stars (3), Natalie Williams, Indiana Fever (3).
Forwards – Chamique Holdsclaw, Washington Mystics (141), Tina Thompson, Houston Comets (48), Nykesha Sales, Connecticut Sun (23), DeLisha Milton, Los Angeles (11), Jennifer Gillom, Los Angeles Sparks (5), Adrienne Goodson, San Antonio Silver Stars (3), Vanessa Nygaard, Los Angeles Sparks (3).
Guards – Shannon Johnson, Connecticut Sun (50), Tamecka Dixon, Los Angeles Sparks (33), Ticha Penicheiro, Sacramento Monarchs (35), Vickie Johnson, New York Liberty (17), Dawn Staley, Charlotte Sting (16), Mwadi Mabika, Los Angeles Sparks (8), Marie Ferdinand, San Antonio Silver Stars (6), Andrea Stinson, Charlotte Sting (3), Anna DeForge, Phoenix Mercury (3), Becky Hammon, New York Liberty (3), Janeth Arcain, Houston Comets (3), Sophia Witherspoon, Los Angeles Sparks (3).