2nd Annual Golden Maddies: Best Starter

The nominees for the second annual Golden Maddies Best Starter (Oscar equivalent: Actress In A Leading Role) are as follows. Cast your vote at the bottom of the page and stay tuned for the next category.

PLAYER

2008 HIGHLIGHTS

#17 | Guard | Essence Carson : Appeared in 34 regular season games, with 30 starts ... One of only two rookies to earn a starting spot in the 2008 regular season ... Averaged 6.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.9 assists per outing ... Grabbed career-high eight rebounds in first career start in Liberty win against the Comets on June 6 ... Netted career-high 19 points  on August 28 against Chicago ... Posted 10-plus points eight times over the span of the summer, and led New York in scoring twice and rebounding once ... Appeared in and started all six post-season match-ups, averaging 5.7 points and 1.5 rebounds ... Led the Liberty in scoring with 15 points, en route to a Game Three series clinching victory over the Sun to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Note: First-Time Nominee

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#21 | Guard | Loree Moore: Appeared in 29 regular season games, with 29 starts ... Averaged 5.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per outing ... Became the team's floor leader in assists for the third consecutive season ... Scored season-high of 13 points in victory over Detroit after previously missing five games due to injury ... Dished out career-high nine assists in two outings throughout the summer, first in her native California in the Libs win over the Sparks on July 1 and later that month in another victory in Atlanta on July 27 ... Posted 10-plus points four times, collected five-plus rebounds in 10 games ... Led New York in assists a team-high 16 times and rebounds four times ... Appeared in and started all of New York's Playoff games, averaged 7.2 points, grabbed 3.5 boards and handed out 4.2 assists per game ... Set a new post-season career-high and led the Liberty with 16 points in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals Game Two loss versus the Sun.
Note : Nominee, Best Starter, 1st Annual Golden Maddies

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#20 | Forward | Shameka Christon: Appeared in 31 regular season games, with 31 starts ... Missed three games due to injury ... Averaged 15.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per outing ... Led the Liberty in scoring for the second consecutive season, and was the team's high scorer a team-high 14 times ... Scored 20-plus points eight times, 10-plus points 18 times and collected five-plus rebounds five times ... New York's second leading three point shooting threat with a .406-percent, all the while showing that her range keeps expanding ... Named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the first time in her young career after netting a career-high 28 points in New York's come from behind victory over Los Angeles at the Staples Center on July 1 ... Appeared in and started all six post-season games with career-high 13.7 points per game, setting a new career-Playoff high of 19 points in Game One win against Connecticut in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
Note : Nominee, Best Starter, 1st Annual Golden Maddies
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#33 | Forward | Cathrine Kraayeveld: The only New York player to appear in 34 regular season games, with 34 starts for two consecutive seasons ... Averaged 9.6 points, 6.1 rebounds (career-high) and 1.4 assists per outing ... Led the Liberty in rebounds a team-high 17 times throughout the summer ... Was the team's leading scorer twice, scoring 10-plus points 19 times ... Posted season-high 18 points in New York's Playoff clinching win over Atlanta on September 5 ... One of the team's top three long-range shooters, averaging .376-percent ... Brought down a career-high 14 rebounds in the Liberty's victory against Chicago on September 7, joining just three other franchise players to have recorded a single game best in that category ... Appeared in and started all six Playoff match-ups, averaged 7.3 points and a career-high 7.5 rebounds per outing ... Set new post-season career-high of 15 points in Game One victory at The Garden versus the Sun.
Note: Nominee, Best Starter, 1st Annual Golden Maddies
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#04 | Forward/Center | Janel McCarville: Appeared in 31 regular season games, with 31 starts ... Missed three games due to injury ... Averaged career highs in points and rebounds with 13.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, respectively, plus 2.1 assists per outing ... Notched 20-plus points eight times, 10-plus points 16 times and snagged five-plus boards in 18 games ... Was New York's leading scorer in nine games and leading rebounder in nine games ... Netted a then career-high of 31 points in the Liberty's triple-overtime victory over the Fever at Madison Square Garden on June 26 ... Became the second player in franchise history (and the youngest to do so at the age of 25) to score the most points (33) in a game on September 2 in the Liberty's overtime win in Houston ... Earned WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor twice ... Appeared in and started all six Playoff games while leading the Libs in scoring with a career-high 13.8 points and 5.2 boards per game.
Note: Winner, Best Starter, 1st Annual Golden Maddies

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