For the first time, All-WNBA First Team includes two rookies

All-WNBA Teams Presented by Bud Light

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 -- A talented mix of seasoned veterans and rising stars headlines the 2002 All-WNBA First Team presented by Bud Light. Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings and Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird have earned First Team honors in their WNBA debut, marking the first time in league history that two rookies have claimed the distinction.

That's right, Sheryl. You're a member of the All-WNBA First Team.
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The duo joins Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, a four-time recipient, Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes and Sparks guard Mwadi Mabika, a first-time All-WNBA selection.

Leslie, who became the first WNBA player to record 3,000 career points and recorded the first dunk in league history this season, received the most points with 300, followed by Swoopes (294), Catchings (264), Bird (241) and Mabika (208).

The 2002 All-WNBA Second Team presented by Bud Light features first-time selection Tari Phillips of the New York Liberty at center (81 points), Chamique Holdsclaw (155) of the Washington Mystics and Tina Thompson (124) of the Comets at forward, and guards Shannon Johnson (199) of the Orlando Miracle and Katie Smith (71) of the Minnesota Lynx.

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.

Players named to the 2002 All-WNBA First and Second Teams were selected by position from a panel of 60 national sportswriters and broadcasters, with First Team votes receiving five points and Second Team votes receiving three.


Position -- Player, Team, Total Points
Forward -- Sheryl Swoopes, Houston, 294
Forward -- Tamika Catchings, Indiana, 264
Center -- Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles, 300
Guard -- Sue Bird, Seattle, 241
Guard -- Mwadi Mabika, Los Angeles, 208


Position -- Player, Team, Total Points
Forward -- Chamique Holdsclaw, Washington, 155
Forward -- Tina Thompson, Houston, 124
Center -- Tari Phillips, New York, 81
Guard -- Shannon Johnson, Orlando, 199
Guard -- Katie Smith, Minnesota, 71

Other players receiving votes: Lauren Jackson, 77; Margo Dydek 66; Marie Ferdinand, 57; Ticha Penicheiro, 47; Dawn Staley, 27; Jennifer Azzi, 23; Andrea Stinson, 23; Yolanda Griffith, 21; Swin Cash, 18; Tammy Sutton-Brown, 12; Adrienne Goodson, 14; Tamecka Dixon, 14; Teresa Weatherspoon, 11; Allison Feaster, 6; Ukari Figgs, 6; Jennifer Gillom, 6; Janeth Arcain, 5; Ruthie Bolton, 5; Debbie Black, 5; Sheri Sam, 5; Vickie Johnson, 3; Tangela Smith, 3; Merlakia Jones, 3; Coco Miller, 3; Becky Hammon, 3.