Comets center receives 22 of possible 53 votes

Snow Named as Most Improved Player

Snow was among the league leaders in blocks, rebounds.
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NEW YORK, Aug. 31 -- Michelle Snow of the Houston Comets was named the 2003 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year after receiving 22 of a possible 53 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Other players receiving votes included Detroit's Deanna Nolan (12), Phoenix's Anna DeForge (10), Los Angeles' Nikki Teasley (5), New York's Becky Hammon (1), Detroit's Ruth Riley (1) and Swin Cash (1) and Los Angeles' Tamecka Dixon (1).

After a productive rookie campaign in 2002, Snow shot out of the gates in 2003, posting three consecutive double-digit rebound efforts in the Comets' first three games.

On the season, she averaged 9.3 points and 7.7 rebounds while hitting 49.8 percent of her field goal attempts -- up from 3.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 46.9 percent shooting a year ago. She also tripled her assist output, increased her free-throw percentage from 59.6 to 72.9 percent and set a Houston Comets record by blocking 62 shots -- the fourth-best total in the league.

As the WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year, Snow will receive a Tiffany-designed trophy and $5,000. The 53-member voting panel consisted of 12 national media representatives, as well as media representatives from each of the league's 14 markets who cover the WNBA regularly.

2003 Most Improved Player Results

22 Michelle Snow Houston Comets
12 Deanna Nolan Detroit Shock
10 Anna DeForge Phoenix Mercury
5 Nikki Teasley Los Angeles Sparks
1 Becky Hammon New York Liberty
1 Ruth Riley Detroit Shock
1 Swin Cash Detroit Shock
1 Tamecka Dixon Los Angeles Sparks

Most Improved Players

2003 Michelle Snow Houston Comets
2002 Coco Miller Washington Mystics
2001 Janeth Arcain Houston Comets
2000 Tari Phillips New York Liberty