Houston Named MVP of Israeli League By Coaches


It's no secret that Lynx forward Charde Houston has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success playing in Israel this winter.

The coaches agreed, naming her the MVP of the Israeli D1 League on Monday. With five votes, Houston edged out now-Lynx teammate LaToya Pringle for the honor. Pringle finished with two votes, and Nomi Kolodny, Jia Perkins and Ivory Latta each finished with one vote apiece.

Coming into her second year in the WNBA, the 6-1 forward has flourished overseas, averaging 24.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.14 steals in 21 games in the Israeli D1 League. Houston's Raanana Hertzliya squad ended the regular season at 14-4, tied for second place in the standings with Pringle's Maccabi Ramat Hen team.

Houston and company have since advanced to the semifinals of Israel's postseason play, where they dropped Game 1 of the best-of-five series with Electra Ramat Hasharon, 68-65, on Monday. In the loss, Houston tallied 22 points and 9 rebounds. Game 2 will be on Thursday, March 26th.

In addition to her MVP award, Houston joined Pringle as a unanimous choice on the 2008-09 Israeli D1 League First-Team. In 22 games with Maccabi Ramat Hen, Pringle is averaging 16.1 ppg, 12.9 rebounds and 2.45 blocks in just over 31 minutes per game.

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