Minnesota Lynx Forward Maya Moore Named 2011 WNBA Rookie of the Year
NEW YORK, Sept. 16, 2011 – Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore earned the 2011 Rookie of the Year award, the WNBA announced today. 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).
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft presented by adidas finished the season winning two out of the three WNBA Rookie of the Month honors. Moore becomes the fourth straight No. 1 selection to win Rookie of the Year, joining Tina Charles (2010), Angel McCoughtry (2009), and Candace Parker (2008).
The 6-0 forward collected 21 points, four assists and four rebounds in her professional debut, an 82-72 loss June 3 at Los Angeles. Perhaps Moore’s best game came on Aug. 9 in an 85-80 loss to the Phoenix Mercury, as she recorded a career-best 28 points, on 6-of-6 shooting from the three-point range, and five steals; the six three-pointers tied a record for the most threes made without a miss in a single game. In another notable performance, Moore amassed 26 points on 6-for-9 shooting from three point range in a 90-67 win over the Connecticut Sun July 9. Moore recorded double-digit points 24 times, and helped the Lynx finish a league best 27-7 and clinch home court throughout the playoffs.
Moore was named a western conference All-Star starter; she was the first rookie to be voted to start since Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings in 2002. Moore averaged double digits in scoring in every month. She averaged 13.2 points for June and finished her rookie season by averaging 16.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists for the month of September.
In honor of being named the 2011 Rookie of the Year, Moore will receive $5,000 and a specially designed trophy by Tiffany & Co.
Below are the complete results of the 2011 Rookie of the Year voting, followed by a list of previous winners:
2011 ROOKIE OF THE YEAR RESULTS
|38||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|2||Danielle Adams||San Antonio Silver Stars|
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WINNERS
|2011||Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx|
|2010||Tina Charles||Connecticut Sun|
|2009||Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream|
|2008||Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2007||Armintie Price||Chicago Sky|
|2006||Seimone Augustus||Minnesota Lynx|
|2005||Temeka Johnson||Washington Mystics|
|2004||Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury|
|2003||Cheryl Ford||Detroit Shock|
|2002||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|2001||Jackie Stiles||Portland Fire|
|2000||Betty Lennox||Minnesota Lynx|
|1999||Chamique Holdsclaw||Washington Mystics|
|1998||Tracy Reid||Charlotte Sting|