Penicheiro Wins 2003 Cascade Dish & Assist Award

Ticha Penicheiro led the league in assists in 2003.
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NEW YORK, AUG. 29, 2003 -- The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) announced today that Ticha Penicheiro of the Sacramento Monarchs was named the 2003 Cascade Dish & Assist Award winner.

Introduced this season, the Cascade Dish & Assist Award is given to the league's leader in assists with the winner receiving a one-year supply of Cascade and a Whirlpool Gold Ultimate dishwasher. Cascade, a brand of the Procter & Gamble Company, sponsors Cascade Dish & Assist, a feature on nationally televised WNBA games and online at WNBA.com. (Check out the Dish & Assist spotlights.)

Penicheiro has led the WNBA in assists in each of her six seasons and finished the 2003 season dishing out 6.7 assists per game. Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm finished second averaging 6.5, followed by Nikki Teasley of the Los Angeles Sparks (6.3), Shannon Johnson of the Connecticut Sun (5.8), and Dawn Staley of Charlotte Sting with 5.1.

Penicheiro's six-season career total of 1,279 assists is the second highest in WNBA history, and her career average of 7.4 assists is a full assist better than her nearest competitor.

2003 Cascade Dish & Assist Award: Final Statistics

Top Five: Assist Average


PLAYER ASSISTS APG
1. Ticha Penicheiro (Sacramento Monarchs) 229 6.7
2. Sue Bird (Seattle Storm) 221 6.5
3. Nikki Teasley (Los Angeles Sparks) 214 6.3
4. Shannon Johnson (Connecticut Sun) 196 5.8
5. Dawn Staley (Charlotte Sting) 174 5.1

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