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WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Tamika Catchings Tops 2005 WNBA All-Defensive Team Selections

NEW YORK, Sept. 1 – Indiana forward Tamika Catchings, the 2005 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, and Houston forward Sheryl Swoopes led the voting for the 2005 WNBA All-Defensive Teams, the WNBA announced today. Catchings and Swoopes each received 22 of a possible 24 points.

Rounding out the First Team are Sacramento center Yolanda Griffith (17 points), Indiana guard Tully Bevilaqua (16 points) and Connecticut guard Katie Douglas (13 points).

The WNBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of Los Angeles center Lisa Leslie (12 points), Washington guard Alana Beard (11 points), Detroit guard Deanna Nolan (10 points), Seattle forward Lauren Jackson (8 points) and Connecticut forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin (7 points).

The voting panel consisted of the WNBA’s 13 head coaches, who selected WNBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote.

Below are the results for the 2005 WNBA All-Defensive Teams:

2005 WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

Position Player, Team Points 1st Team votes
Forward Sheryl Swoopes, Houston 22 11
Forward Tamika Catchings, Indiana 22 10
Center Yolanda Griffith, Sacramento 17 8
Guard Tully Bevilaqua, Indiana 16 6
Guard Katie Douglas, Connecticut 13 5

2005 WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

Position Player, Team Points 1st Team votes
Center Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles 12 2
Guard Alana Beard, Washington 11 4
Guard Deanna Nolan, Detroit 10 5
Forward Lauren Jackson, Seattle 8 1
Forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Connecticut 7 1

Other players receiving votes: Margo Dydek, Connecticut, 6; Chelsea Newton, Sacramento, 6; Ticha Penicheiro, Sacramento 6; Cheryl Ford, Detroit, 4; DeLisha Milton-Jones, Washington, 4; Katie Smith, Detroit, 4; Michelle Snow, Houston, 4; Crystal Robinson, New York, 4; Vickie Johnson, New York, 3; Rebekkah Brunson, Sacramento, 2; Becky Hammon, New York, 2; Chamique Holdsclaw, Los Angeles, 2; Nykesha Sales, Connecticut, 2; DeMya Walker, Sacramento, 2; Janell Burse, Seattle, 1; Dominique Canty, Houston, 1; Helen Darling, Charlotte, 1; Shannon Johnson, San Antonio, 1; Temeka Johnson, Washington, 1; Kelly Miller, Indiana, 1.

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