Danielle Robinson and Sophia Young Named to All-Defensive Team
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Silver Stars guard Danielle Robinson and forward Sophia Young have been selected to the All-Defensive Second-Team, the league announced today. It marks the first time two Silver Stars players have earned All-Defensive honors in the same season and the first All-Defensive Team accolades for San Antonio since 2008.
It is the second career All-Defensive honor for Young, who earned First-Team honors in 2008. A three-time WNBA All-Star selection, Young led the Silver Stars in rebounds (7.2) and steals per game (2.24) in 2012. The seventh-year veteran headlines the All-Defensive Second-Team with 22 points and two First-Team votes.
It marks the first career All-Defensive honor for Robinson, who received 17 points and one First-Team vote. The second-year pro led the league in assist to turnover ratio (2.70) and ranked third on the team in steals per game (1.35) in 2012.
Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles (21 points, three First-Team votes), Atlanta Dream guard Armintie Price (18, three) and Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker (15, three), round out the All-Defensive Second-Team.
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings, the 2011 WNBA MVP, earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, presented by Boost Mobile. Catchings received 50 votes from a national panel of 41 sports writers and broadcasters. She is joined on the WNBA All-Defensive First-Team by Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles, the 2011 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, Los Angeles sparks guard Alana Beard, Indiana Fever guard Briann January and Atlanta Dream forward Sancho Lyttle (26).
A panel of the WNBA’s 12 head coaches voted on the WNBA All-Defensive Team, selecting First- and Second-Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Players earned five points for each First-Team vote and three points for a Second-Team vote.
The Silver Stars will make their sixth-consecutive WNBA Playoff appearance against the Los Angeles Sparks in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Silver Stars host the Sparks in Game 2 of the best-of-three series on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. in the Freeman Coliseum. Tickets start at $8 and can be purchased at SASilverStars.com or by calling a Silver Stars representative at (210) 444-5090.