Becky Hammon and Sophia Young Earn Third Consecutive All-WNBA Honors
Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi led all vote-getters with 201 points, while her teammate Cappie Pondexter garnered her first All-WNBA selection with 151 points. Two-time WNBA MVP and Seattle Storm forward/center Lauren Jackson finished second among all players with 179 points. Hammon and Indiana forward Tamika Catchings round out the First Team with 169 and 167 points, respectively.
Voting for the All-WNBA First and Second Teams was conducted by a panel of national sportswriters and broadcasters. Players were selected by position and received five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team designation.
Taurasi averaged a league-best 20.4 points this season, marking the third time in her career that she has averaged over 20 points. Pondexter ranked fourth among WNBA leaders in scoring (19.1 ppg) and tied for third in assists (5.0 apg). Jackson, who averaged 19.2 points, broke Lisa Leslie’s mark (287 games) for the fastest player in league history to 5,000 career points (259 games). Hammon posted a career-high scoring average (19.5 ppg) and tied her career best for assists (5.0 apg). Catchings set a career high with 99 steals on the season, one short of the WNBA record for a single-season, and led the league in steals per game (2.9) for a record fifth time.
Hammon makes her second appearance on the First Team and her fourth appearance overall.
Lisa Leslie (69 points) and Candace Parker (100 points join Young (72) on the Second Team. The designation caps Leslie’s final season and career, in which she was named to the All-WNBA Team in every year that she played. She earned First Team honors nine times, and made the Second Team in 1998, 1999 and 2005. The only All-WNBA Team without Leslie’s name attached came in 2007, when she sat out the season after giving birth to her daughter. Young (18.2 ppg) joined Hammon, Jackson, Taurasi and Pondexter as the top five scorers in the league this season.
In honor of being named to the All-WNBA First and Second Teams, each player will receive a Tiffany & Co. designed trophy. In addition, $10,000 will be awarded to each member of the First Team, while each member of the Second Team will receive $5,000.