Sacramento’s Kara Lawson Receives
2009 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award

-- Monarchs Guard Earns Honor for First Time --

NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2009 – Sacramento Monarchs guard Kara Lawson was named the recipient of the 2009 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, the WNBA announced today. Lawson wins her first Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award after collecting eight votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Lawson edged out the Detroit Shock’s Taj McWilliams and the Minnesota Lynx’s Candice Wiggins, who each received seven votes.

Designed to honor a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court -- ethical behavior, fair play and integrity -- the award is named for the late Kim Perrot, who helped guide the Houston Comets to their first two WNBA championships before passing away in August, 1999, after a seven-month battle with cancer.

"Kara has the heart of a champion and is a true leader on and off the court," said WNBA President Donna Orender. "Kara's dedication to and passion for the game have shone through since she joined the league and she continues to give everything she has each time she steps on the floor. When you think about Kara, she exemplifies how professional athletes should carry themselves and embodies the ideals of true sportsmanship."

The No. 5 overall pick in the 2003 WNBA Draft, Lawson receives the honor in her seventh WNBA season. She played in 25 games in 2009 before being sidelined with right quadriceps tendinitis, averaging 8.8 points, 2.5 assists and 2.1 rebounds. Lawson recorded her 2,000th career point on Aug. 14 vs. the Los Angeles Sparks.

For her career, Lawson has appeared in 217 games and averaged 9.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. She was named an All-Star in 2007 and helped the Monarchs to the WNBA Championship in 2005. In addition, Lawson was a member of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Olympic Basketball Team where she helped the team to an unbeaten 8-0 record and the gold medal.

Additionally, Lawson is very active in the community and has received numerous awards for her efforts with Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the American Cancer Society. Since 2004, she has worked with ESPN as a color analyst during the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. Lawson has also worked NBA games, as both a sideline reporter for ESPN and a member of the Sacramento Kings broadcast team during pre-game, halftime and post-game shows.

"I am beyond grateful and humbled to receive the 2009 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award,” said Lawson. “My parents taught me at an early age that the way you treat the game and your competitors was of the utmost importance. I remember watching Kim play and was struck by not only her passion for the game, but her compassion for those who played with her. I look up and down the list of past winners and see players like Teresa Edwards and Dawn Staley, two players who I've looked up to my whole career, and am honored to be added to that list of true professionals."

In honor of being named the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award winner, Lawson will receive $5,000 and a specially-designed trophy from Tiffany & Co. An additional $5,000 will be designated to the charity of her choice.

Below are the results of the 2009 WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award voting.

2009 KIM PERROT SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD RESULTS
VotesPlayerTeam
8Kara LawsonSacramento Monarchs
7Taj McWilliamsDetroit Shock
7Candice WigginsMinnesota Lynx
4Tamecka DixonIndiana Fever
4Brooke WyckoffChicago Sky
3Erin PerperoglouSan Antonio Silver Stars
2Temeka JohnsonPhoenix Mercury
2Asjha JonesConnecticut Sun
1Noelle QuinnLos Angeles Sparks

ALL-TIME KIM PERROT SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS
YearPlayerTeam
2009Kara LawsonSacramento Monarchs
2008Vickie JohnsonSan Antonio Silver Stars
2007Tully BevilaquaIndiana Fever
2006Dawn StaleyHouston Comets
2005Taj McWilliams-FranklinConnecticut Sun
2004Teresa EdwardsMinnesota Lynx
2003Edna CampbellSacramento Monarchs
2002Jennifer GillomPhoenix Mercury
2001Sue WicksNew York Liberty
2000Suzie McConnell SerioCleveland Rockers
1999Dawn StaleyCharlotte Sting
1998Suzie McConnell SerioCleveland Rockers
1997Haixia ZhengLos Angeles Sparks

About the WNBA
The WNBA is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. Composed of 13 teams, the WNBA is the most successful women’s professional team sports league in the world. The league concluded its historic 13th regular season with increased attendance for the third consecutive year and increased viewership on ESPN2 for a second straight season. The 2009 WNBA Playoffs tipped off Sept. 16.

Through WNBA Cares, the WNBA is deeply committed to creating programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, increase breast and women’s health awareness, support youth and family development, and focus on education. For more information on the WNBA, log on to www.wnba.com.

More »

Video

Diana Taurasi Interview

Diana Taurasi sits down with LaChina Robinson to talk about the Mercury's hot streak and more.

Sparks vs. Mercury

Diana Taurasi scores 17 points to lead the Mercury to their 16th straight win.

Tina Charles Highlights

Watch Tina Charles' highlights from the Liberty's game versus the Mystics.

Storm vs. Shock

Odyssey Sims scores 21 points and Glory Johnson goes for a double-double in the Shock’s 80-74 win over the Storm.

Mystics vs. Liberty

Tina Charles scores 23 points and pulls down 12 rebounds in the Liberty's 80-76 OT win over the Mystics.