Fan-Faves 04: Rookie of the Year

With the 2004 season winding down, WNBA.com wants to know what players you think really stood out this year. Over the course of the week, we'll roll out poll pages for: Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player, Coach of the Year, and Most Valuable Player. Here's your chance to vote for your favorites!


Alana Beard, Washington Mystics
After a slow start, Beard has emerged as one of the league's top players, let alone rookies. A talented scorer (12.2 ppg), Beard's defensive prowess (2.06 spg) is also second to none.
Who do you think will win Rookie of the Year?
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Nicole Ohlde, Minnesota Lynx
Ohlde, a 6-5 center, has gone a long way in giving Minnesota a solid inside presence. She's a consistent scorer and rebounder (11.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg), and defends the lane very well (1.35 bpg).

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
Taurasi more than lived up to the hype in her first season. The No. 1 pick had a stellar rookie season (17.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg), and generally avoided the inconsistencies that hound first-year players.

Lindsay Whalen, Connecticut Sun
Named the starter in her second game, Whalen stepped in ably as Connecticut's point guard and emerged as a solid all-around presence (8.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.21 spg) for the Sun.

(All statistics through games played on Sept. 12.)

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Sun vs. Dream

Angel McCoughtry scores 25 points, Tiffany Hayes adds 23 points as the Dream snap their four-game losing streak with a win over the Sun.

Fever vs. Sparks

Nneka Ogwumike scores 21 points and Alana Beard adds 17 to help the Sparks beat the Fever, 77-73.

Sky vs. Shock

Odyssey Sims scores 24 points to lead the Shock to a win over the Sky, 79-69.

Lynx vs. Sun

Maya Moore scores 17 points to help the Lynx beat the Sun, 76-65.

Dream vs. Mystics

Ivory Latta scores 21 points and Kara Lawson adds14 as the surging Mystics beat the Dream, 77-67.