DeWanna Bonner Named 2009 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year presented by Kia Motors
DeWanna Bonner averaged 11.2 points and a team-high 5.8 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game.
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NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2009 – Phoenix Mercury forward DeWanna Bonner has been named the 2009 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year presented by Kia Motors, the league announced today. Bonner received 20 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters to earn the award. She becomes the second consecutive rookie to receive the honor, following 2008 winner Candice Wiggins. The top three vote getters for 2009 Sixth Woman of the Year were all rookies as Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry finished second with 10 votes and Detroit Shock guard Shavonte Zellous finished third with four votes.
Bonner made an immediate impact, pushing the Mercury to a 5-1 start after the team missed the 2008 WNBA Playoffs. The Mercury finished the 2009 season with the best record in the league and home court advantage throughout the playoffs. Bonner helped propel the Mercury to 23 wins, a seven-game improvement from 2008. She led her team in rebounds (5.8 rpg) and was third in points (11.2 ppg). Despite coming off the bench in all of her 34 games played, Bonner averaged over 20 minutes per game and led all rookies in double-doubles (five).
Her 5.8 rebounds slotted her first and her 11.2 points placed her third among all WNBA rookies. In her professional debut, Bonner posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in a 90-79 Mercury win against the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Silver Stars. Bonner’s season-high 21 points came in a 104-80 win over the Minnesota Lynx, during which she also collected 10 rebounds.
Bonner’s 196 total rebounds were the most ever for a Mercury player as a reserve; the previous mark was 147 by
Bonner was honored with the adidas Rookie of the Month award in June. For the month, she averaged 11.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in 10 games.
A standout at Auburn, Bonner was drafted fifth overall by the Mercury in the 2009 WNBA Draft. As a senior, she was named the SEC Player of the Year and led the SEC in scoring, becoming the first Auburn player to do so. Bonner was a three-time All-SEC First Team member.
In honor of being named the Sixth Woman of the Year presented by Kia Motors, Bonner will receive $5,000 and a specially-designed trophy from Tiffany & Co.
For the first time ever, a single WNBA marketing partner will present the WNBA Most Valuable Player, WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, WNBA Most Improved Player, and WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year, grouped under the banner of “The WNBA Performance Awards presented by Kia Motors.” As a Proud Partner of the WNBA and the official presenter of the awards, Kia Motors will be incorporated into the formal award presentations and will receive prominent branding in the awards coverage on WNBA.com.
Below are the results of the 2009 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Presented by Kia Motors voting:
9 WNBA SIXTH WOMAN OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KIA MOTORS RESULTS
|20||DeWanna Bonner||Phoenix Mercury|
|10||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream|
|4||Shavonte Zellous||Detroit Shock|
|1||Kara Braxton||Detroit Shock|
|1||Kristi Toliver||Chicago Sky|
|1||Crystal Langhorne||Washington Mystics|
WNBA SIXTH WOMAN OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KIA MOTORS WINNERS
|2009||DeWanna Bonner||Phoenix Mercury|
|2008||Candice Wiggins||Minnesota Lynx|
|2007*||Plenette Pierson||Detroit Shock|
|* Inaugural award|
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