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Jackson Named Second-Team All-Defense

September 1, 2005

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NEW YORK - Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson earned Second Team honors when the WNBA announced its inaugural All-Defense Teams today. Jackson received eight points and one first-place vote.

Indiana forward Tamika Catchings, the 2005 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, and Houston forward Sheryl Swoopes led the voting for the All-Defensive Teams, each receiving 22 of a possible 24 points.

Rounding out the First Team are Sacramento center Yolanda Griffith (17 points), Indiana guard Tully Bevilaqua (16 points) and Connecticut guard Katie Douglas (13 points).

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Jackson is joined on the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of Los Angeles center Lisa Leslie (12 points), Washington guard Alana Beard (11 points), Detroit guard Deanna Nolan (10 points) and Connecticut forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin (7 points).

The voting panel consisted of the WNBA’s 13 head coaches, who selected WNBA All-Defensive First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Two points were awarded for a First Team vote and one point was awarded for a Second Team vote.

Below are the results for the 2005 WNBA All-Defensive Teams:

2005 WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

Position Player, Team Points 1st Team votes
Forward Sheryl Swoopes, Houston 22 11
Forward Tamika Catchings, Indiana 22 10
Center Yolanda Griffith, Sacramento 17 8
Guard Tully Bevilaqua, Indiana 16 6
Guard Katie Douglas, Connecticut 13 5

2005 WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

Position Player, Team Points 1st Team votes
Center Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles 12 2
Guard Alana Beard, Washington 11 4
Guard Deanna Nolan, Detroit 10 5
Forward Lauren Jackson, Seattle 8 1
Forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Connecticut 7 1

Other players receiving votes: Margo Dydek, Connecticut, 6; Chelsea Newton, Sacramento, 6; Ticha Penicheiro, Sacramento 6; Cheryl Ford, Detroit, 4; DeLisha Milton-Jones, Washington, 4; Katie Smith, Detroit, 4; Michelle Snow, Houston, 4; Crystal Robinson, New York, 4; Vickie Johnson, New York, 3; Rebekkah Brunson, Sacramento, 2; Becky Hammon, New York, 2; Chamique Holdsclaw, Los Angeles, 2; Nykesha Sales, Connecticut, 2; DeMya Walker, Sacramento, 2; Janell Burse, Seattle, 1; Dominique Canty, Houston, 1; Helen Darling, Charlotte, 1; Shannon Johnson, San Antonio, 1; Temeka Johnson, Washington, 1; Kelly Miller, Indiana, 1.