2009 All-WNBA First and Second Teams Announced

-- Mercury Players Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter Headline First Team --
-- Lisa Leslie Earns All-WNBA Second Team Honors in Her Final Season --

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2009 – Phoenix Mercury teammates Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter headline the 2009 All-WNBA First Team, it was announced today by the WNBA. Taurasi led all vote-getters with 201 points while Pondexter, who garnered her first All-WNBA selection, received 151 points. Two-time WNBA MVP and Seattle Storm forward/center Lauren Jackson finished second among all players with 179 points.

Voting for the All-WNBA First and Second Teams was conducted by a panel of national sportswriters and broadcasters. Players were selected by position and received five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team designation.

San Antonio Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings round out the First Team with 169 and 167 points, respectively.

Taurasi, the 2009 Peak Performer for scoring, averaged a league-best 20.4 points this season, marking the third time in her career that she has averaged over 20 points. Pondexter ranked fourth among WNBA leaders in scoring (19.1 ppg) and tied for third in assists (5.0 apg). Jackson, who averaged 19.2 points, broke Lisa Leslie’s mark (287 games) for the fastest player in league history to 5,000 career points (259 games). Hammon posted a career-high scoring average (19.5 ppg) and tied her career best for assists (5.0 apg). Catchings set a career high with 99 steals on the season, one short of the WNBA record for a single-season, and led the league in steals per game (2.9) for a record fifth time.

For Taurasi, the selection is her fourth consecutive First Team honor and her sixth overall All-WNBA appearance. Jackson has been voted to six First Teams and one Second Team while Hammon makes her second appearance on the First Team and her fourth appearance overall. Catchings has been selected to seven All-WNBA teams, including four First Teams.

Two Los Angeles Sparks teammates, guard/forward Candace Parker (100 points) and center Lisa Leslie (69), highlight the 2009 All-WNBA Second Team. The designation caps Leslie’s final season and career, in which she was named to the All-WNBA Team in every year that she played. She earned First Team honors nine times, and made the Second Team in 1998, 1999 and 2005. The only All-WNBA Team without Leslie’s name attached came in 2007, when she sat out the season after giving birth to her daughter.

Fever guard Katie Douglas (138 points), Detroit Shock guard Deanna Nolan (75) and San Antonio Silver Stars forward Sophia Young (72) were also voted to the Second Team.

In honor of being named to the All-WNBA First and Second Teams, each player will receive a Tiffany & Co. designed trophy. In addition, $10,000 will be awarded to each member of the First Team, while each member of the Second Team will receive $5,000.

Below are the complete results of the 2009 All-WNBA Team voting:

2009 ALL-WNBA FIRST TEAM
PlayerTeamPositionPoints
Diana TaurasiPhoenix MercuryForward201
Tamika CatchingsIndiana FeverForward167
Lauren JacksonSeattle StormForward/Center179
Becky HammonSan Antonio Silver StarsGuard169
Cappie PondexterPhoenix MercuryGuard151

2009 ALL-WNBA SECOND TEAM
PlayerTeamPositionPoints
Candace ParkerLos Angeles SparksGuard/Forward100
Sophia YoungSan Antonio Silver StarsForward72
Lisa LeslieLos Angeles SparksCenter69
Katie DouglasIndiana FeverGuard138
Deanna NolanDetroit ShockGuard75

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