ALANA BEARD NAMED TO THE 2014 WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
Los Angeles – Los Angeles guard Alana Beard was today named to the WNBA’s All-Defensive Second Team, it was announced by the WNBA. As voted on by WNBA head coaches, Beard picks up her fourth Second Team honor of her 10-year career.
Joining Beard (29 points) on the All-Defensive Second Team is forward Tamika Catchings of the Fever (29 points), guard Danielle Robinson of the San Antonio Stars (27 points), forward Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx (17 points) and center Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky (17 points).
Catchings, the five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, picks up her first career Second Team nod after earning nine WNBA All-Defensive First Team selections. Fowles, who has captured four WNBA All-Defensive First Team awards, earns a Second Team honor for the second time in her career. Robinson earned the third of her career, and Moore, the 2014 MVP, is a first-time member of the All-Defensive squad.
A panel of the WNBA’s 12 head coaches voted on the WNBA All-Defensive Team, selecting First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own teams. Players earned two points for each First Team vote and one point for a Second Team vote.
Headlining the WNBA’s All-Defensive First Team is 2014 Defensive Player of the Year Brittney Griner and WNBA steals leader Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream. Joining Griner and McCoughtry on the First Team are forward Sancho Lyttle of the Dream (45 points), guard Briann January of the Indiana Fever (34 points), and guard Tanisha Wright of the Seattle Storm (30 points).
Griner recorded a league-record 129 blocks, surpassing the previous single-season mark of 114, set by Margo Dydek in 1998. She led the league in blocks per game (3.79 bpg), ranked eighth in defensive rebounds (6.1 drpg) and ninth in total rebounds (8.0 rpg). McCoughtry led the league in steals (2.39 spg) and ranked 10th in the Eastern Conference in rebounding (3.5 rpg).
Wright received her fifth career First Team honor, while Lyttle ranked fifth in the WNBA in rebounding (9.0 rpg) to earn her second First Team nod. January is making her second career appearance on the First Team after averaging 1.23 spg this season.
2014 WNBA All-Defensive First Team
Player Team Position Points
Brittney Griner Phoenix Mercury Center 55
Sancho Lyttle Atlanta Dream Forward 45
Briann January Indiana Fever Guard 34
Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream Forward 30
Tanisha Wright Seattle Storm Guard 30
2014 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team
Player Team Position Points
Alana Beard Los Angeles Sparks Guard 29
Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever Forward 29
Danielle Robinson San Antonio Stars Guard 27
Sylvia Fowles Chicago Sky Center 17
Maya Moore Minnesota Lynx Forward 17
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