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Jackson and Catchings have won the past three Defensive Player of the Year Awards
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Rounding out the First Team are Connecticut Sun guard Katie Douglas (16 points), Washington Mystics forward Alana Beard (12 points) and Detroit Shock guard Deanna Nolan (10 points).
Douglas was voted to the First Team for the third consecutive year, while both
Beard and Nolan were members of the Second Team in 2005 and 2006.
The WNBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of Indiana Fever guard Tully Bevilaqua (9 points), Sacramento Monarchs forward Rebekkah Brunson (9 points), Connecticut Sun center Margo Dydek (9 points), New York Liberty guard Loree Moore (6 points) and Sacramento Monarchs guard Chelsea Newton (6 points). Bevilaqua was selected to the First Team in 2005 and 2006. Dydek enjoys her second-consecutive Second Team selection, while Brunson, Moore and Newton were voted to the Second Team for the first time.
The third annual WNBA All-Defensive Team was voted on by a panel of the WNBAs 13 head coaches, who selected First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote.
Below are the results for the 2007 WNBA All-Defensive Teams:
2007 WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM
|Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||Forward||24|
|Lauren Jackson||Seattle Storm||Center||21|
|Katie Douglas||Connecticut Sun||Guard||16|
|Alana Beard||Washington Mystics||Forward||12|
|Deanna Nolan||Detroit Shock||Guard||10|
2007 WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
|Tully Bevilaqua||Indiana Fever||Guard||9|
|Rebekkah Brunson||Sacramento Monarchs||Forward||9|
|Margo Dydek||Connecticut Sun||Center||9|
|Loree Moore||New York Liberty||Guard||6|
|Chelsea Newton||Sacramento Monarchs||Guard||6|
About the WNBA
Featuring 13 teams and the greatest female basketball players in the world, the WNBA is the longest-running and most successful womens professional team sports league in U.S. history. The 2007 WNBA Playoffs tipped off on August 23 with complete coverage through the Conference Finals being provided by ABC, ESPN2 and NBA TV. The 2007 WNBA Finals begin on September 5 and will be televised on ESPN and ESPN2.