2011 WNBA Award Winners

Most Valuable Player
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings has been named the 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player. Catchings received 292 points (21 first place votes) from a national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters. Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles finished second with 209 points (six first-place votes) and Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles finished third with 148 points (six). Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird finished fourth with 106 points (two) and Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen finished fifth with 104 points (four).

All-WNBA Teams
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, the 2011 WNBA MVP, headlines the 2011 All-WNBA First Team, the league announced today. Catchings, who has been selected to nine All-WNBA teams, including six First Teams, led all vote-getters with 187 points. Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry (172), Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (168), Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (166), and Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (164) round out the First Team.

Defensive Player of the Year
Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles was named the 2011 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, the league announced today. Fowles received 19 out of 40 votes, one more than the runner-up, Indiana Fever forward and four-time Defensive Player of the Year Tamika Catchings (18). Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (2) and Sky guard Epiphanny Prince (1) received the remaining votes.

All-Defensive Teams
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, the 2011 WNBA MVP, and Sylvia Fowles, the 2011 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, headline the 2011 WNBA All-Defensive Team, the league announced today. Seattle Storm guard Tanisha Wright, Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry (10 points), and Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson round out the All-Defensive First Team.

Rookie of the Year
Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore earned the 2011 Rookie of the Year award. A national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters awarded Moore the honor. Moore, the University of Connecticut product and two-time NCAA National Champion, topped all rookies in points (13.2 ppg), minutes (28.0 mpg) and steals (1.4 spg). She was second overall amongst rookies in rebounds (4.6 rpg) and third in assists (2.7 apg).

All-Rookie Team
Rookie of the Year Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx and the San Antonio Silver Stars’ Danielle Robinson headline the 2011 WNBA All-Rookie Team, which was announced by the league. The Tulsa Shock’s Liz Cambage, Chicago Sky’s Courtney Vandersloot, and Silver Stars’ Danielle Adams round out the group of elite rookies.

Most Improved Player
New York Liberty center Kia Vaughn was named the 2011 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year, the league announced. Vaughn received 15 out of 40 votes from a panel of local and national sportswriters and broadcasters, beating out Washington Mystics guard Matee Ajavon (10 points), Tulsa Shock forward Tiffany Jackson (10), Seattle Storm center Ashley Robinson (3), Atlanta Dream guard-forward Armintie Price (1), and .Chicago Sky guard Epiphanny Prince (1).

Sixth Woman of the Year
Phoenix Mercury guard-forward DeWanna Bonner has been named the 2011 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year, the league announced. Bonner received 20 votes from a national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters to earn the award. New York Liberty guard-forward Essence Carson and Connecticut Sun guard Kara Lawson received eight votes each, while Indiana Fever center Jessica Davenport garnered three votes and San Antonio Silver Stars guard Jia Perkins garnered one vote.

Coach of the Year
The Minnesota Lynx’s Cheryl Reeve is the recipient of the 2011 WNBA Coach of the Year Award, the WNBA announced. Reeve received 36 votes from a national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters. Seattle’s Brian Agler, the 2010 winner, finished second with two votes, while Indiana’s Lin Dunn and Connecticut’s Mike Thibault each received one vote.

Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird and San Antonio Silver Stars forward-center Ruth Riley were named the recipients of the 2011 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, the WNBA announced. The first-time winners of Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award each received eight of 39 votes from a panel of national and local sportswriters and broadcasters. Minnesota Lynx guard-forward Seimone Augustus finished third with five votes.

WNBA Peak Performers
Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury, Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun, and Lindsay Whalen of the Minnesota Lynx have won the 2011 WNBA Peak Performer Awards for scoring, rebounding, and assists, respectively, the WNBA announced. The WNBA presents the Peak Performer awards annually to the players who lead the league in each of those categories during the regular season. Each player will receive a Tiffany trophy in honor of her accomplishments.

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