WNBA Announces 2006 Awards Schedule

-- Annual Awards Highlight Accomplishments of the 2006 WNBA Season --

NEW YORK, August 15, 2006 – With the WNBA Playoffs set to tip off on Thursday, August 17, and eight teams competing for a berth in the 2006 WNBA Finals, the league released its schedule of annual awards which highlight the accomplishments of players and coaches during the 2006 WNBA Season.

The following is a schedule of awards and announcement dates:

Defensive Player of the YearAug. 17
All-Defensive TeamsAug. 17
Most Improved PlayerAug. 19
Coach of the Year presented by AOL.comAug. 20
Rookie of the YearAug. 20
All-Rookie TeamAug. 20
Most Valuable PlayerTBD
Kim Perrot Sportsmanship AwardTBD

Featuring 14 teams and the greatest female basketball players from around the world, the WNBA is the longest-running and most successful women’s professional team sports league in U.S. history. The 2006 WNBA Playoffs tips off August 17 and complete coverage will be provided by ABC, ESPN2 and NBA TV through the conference finals. The 2006 WNBA Finals will be televised on ESPN2.