Los Angeles’ Lisa Leslie Wins 2004 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Presented by Tampax

NEW YORK, September 26 – The WNBA announced today that Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie won the 2004 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award presented by Tampax, receiving 27 of a possible 48 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks
Leslie led the WNBA in blocked shots this season with 2.88 per game and currently ranks second on the WNBA’s all-time blocked shots list with 564. She also ranked first in the league in defensive rebounds per game (8.1) and 14th in steals per game (1.47). Leslie’s presence in the paint also helped the Sparks lead the WNBA in opponent’s field-goal percentage (38.9), as Los Angeles was the only team in the league to keep its opponents under 40.0 percent shooting from the field.

As the defensive player of the year, Leslie will receive a Tiffany-designed trophy and $5,000.

Below are the complete results of the 2004 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year presented by Tampax vote and past recipients:

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
PRESENTED BY TAMPAX RESULTS
Votes Player Team
27 Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks
4 Yolanda Griffith Sacramento Monarchs
4 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever
3 Crystal Robinson New York Liberty
3 Alana Beard Washington Mystics
2 Katie Smith Minnesota Lynx
1 Nykesha Sales Connecticut Sun
1 Deanna Nolan Detroit Shock
1 Ticha Penicheiro Sacramento Monarchs

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR WINNERS
2004 Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks
2003 Sheryl Swoopes Houston Comets
2002 Sheryl Swoopes Houston Comets
2001 Debbie Black Miami Sol
2000 Sheryl Swoopes Houston Comets
1999 Yolanda Griffith Sacramento Monarchs
1998 Teresa Weatherspoon New York Liberty
1997 Teresa Weatherspoon New York Liberty

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Four networks will carry 2004 WNBA Playoffs action, which tips off on September 24. ABC, ESPN2, NBA TV and Oxygen provide coverage through the Conference Finals. The 2004 WNBA Finals will be televised exclusively on ESPN2.

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