WNBA Names 2006 WNBA All-Rookie Team

New York, August 20, 2006 - Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus, the league's 2006 Rookie of the Year is joined by Phoenix Mercury guard Cappie Pondexter, Chicago Sky center Candice Dupree, San Antonio Silver Stars forward Sophia Young and Charlotte Sting forward Monique Currie on the 2006 WNBA All-Rookie team, the league announced today.

As the unquestioned leaders of one of the strongest rookie classes in WNBA history, Augustus, Pondexter, Dupree and Young - each of whom also was selected to participate in the league's mid-season All-Star Game - were unanimous choices for the All-Rookie Team. Currie followed closely behind with eight votes.

The voting panel consisted of the WNBA's 14 head coaches, who were asked to select five players, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team.

Augustus, the first overall pick in the 2006 Draft, ranked second in the league overall and tops among rookies in scoring with an average of 21.9 points per game. She also led all rookies in field goals made and attempted (283 - 620) and free throw percentage (89.7).

Pondexter, the second pick in the draft, followed closely behind with 19.5 points per game, second among rookies and tied for fourth overall. She also joined WNBA legends Cynthia Cooper and Sheryl Swoopes as only the third player in league history to register back-to-back 30-point games.

The sixth overall draft pick, Dupree, led the rookie class in blocked shots with 25 and averaged 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while Young, the fourth pick, led all first-year players in rebounds with 257 and averaged 12.0 points and 1.68 steals per game. Young's 85 offensive rebounds ranked fourth overall in the league while her 257 rebounds and 7 double-doubles ranked fifth and sixth, respectively. Currie, the third overall draft pick, averaged 10.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game, and made the fourth most free throws (149) in the league.

Below are the results for the 2006 WNBA All-Rookie Team:

2006 WNBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx, Guard - 13
Cappie Pondexter, Phoenix Mercury, Guard - 13
Candice Dupree, Chicago Sky, Center - 13
Sophia Young, San Antonio Silver Stars, Forward - 13
Monique Currie, Charlotte Sting, Forward - 8

Featuring 14 teams and the greatest female basketball players from around the world, the WNBA is the longest-running and most successful women's professional team sports league in U.S. history. The 2006 WNBA Playoffs tip off on August 17 and complete coverage will be provided by ABC, ESPN2 and NBA TV through the conference finals. The 2006 WNBA Finals will be televised on ESPN2.

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