New York Liberty's Leilani Mitchell Named 2010 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year Presented by Kia Motors
Aug 26 2010 1:40PM
NEW YORK, Aug. 26, 2010 – New York Liberty point guard Leilani Mitchell was named the 2010 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year presented by Kia Motors, the league announced today. Mitchell received 29 out of 39 votes from a panel of local and national sportswriters and broadcasters, beating out other top candidates that included Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry, Indiana Fever center Jessica Davenport, and Washington Mystics forward-center Crystal Langhorne and forward Monique Currie.
In her third WNBA season, Mitchell improved her overall performance across every major statistical category, including leading the WNBA in three-point field goal percentage (.486) and finishing second in total three-point field goals made (72). Mitchell increased her scoring output by nearly seven points to 9.3 ppg from 2.4, and increased her assists to 3.8 apg from 2.4. In addition, she tied for seventh in the league in steals (1.6 spg) and shot .441 from the field, up from .300 the previous season.
Against Indiana on Aug. 17, Mitchell posted 19 points, three rebounds and five assists, along with making four out of five three-point attempts, in a key win against New York’s conference rival. The following game she tallied 14 points, eight assists, and hit four out of six three-point attempts in another pivotal win against Tulsa on Aug. 19.
In honor of being named the Most Improved Player of the Year presented by Kia Motors, Mitchell will receive $5,000 and a trophy specially designed by Tiffany & Co.
This marks the second season that Kia Motors, an official WNBA marketing partner, has presented four of the league’s most illustrious season-ending awards – the WNBA’s Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year, and Sixth Woman of the Year – grouped under the banner of “The WNBA Performance Awards presented by Kia Motors.”
For more information on this year's WNBA Performance Awards presented by Kia Motors, visit www.wnba.com/awards.
Below are the complete results of the 2010 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year presented by Kia Motors votes and a list of past recipients:
|2010 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KIA MOTORS RESULTS|
|29||Leilani Mitchell||New York Liberty|
|2||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream|
|2||Jessica Davenport||Indiana Fever|
|2||Crystal Langhorne||Washington Mystics|
|2||Monique Currie||Washington Mystics|
|1||Sylvia Fowles||Chicago Sky|
|1||Scholanda Robinson||Tulsa Shock|
|MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KIA WINNERS|
|2010||Leilani Mitchell||New York Liberty|
|2009||Crystal Langhorne||Washington Mystics|
|2008||Ebony Hoffman||Indiana Fever|
|2007||Janel McCarville||New York Liberty|
|2006||Erin Buescher||Sacramento Monarchs|
|2005||Nicole Powell||Sacramento Monarchs|
|2004||Wendy Palmer/Kelly Miller||Connecticut Sun/Indiana Fever|
|2003||Michelle Snow||Houston Comets|
|2002||Coco Miller||Washington Mystics|
|2001||Janeth Arcain||Houston Comets|
|2000||Tari Phillips||New York Liberty|