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Stiles Named 2001 WNBA Rookie of the Year


NEW YORK, Aug. 16 -- Portland Fire guard Jackie Stiles has been named the 2001 WNBA Rookie of the Year. She received 32 of a possible 60 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Jackie Stiles was named to the 2001 All-Star team. (WNBA Photos)

Lauren Jackson of the Seattle Storm received 20 votes, Marie Ferdinand of the Utah Starzz received five votes, Svetlana Abrosimova of the Minnesota Lynx received two votes and Ruth Riley of the Miami Sol received one vote.

Stiles finished the regular season second among rookies in scoring with 14.9 points per game (9th in the WNBA). The 5-8 guard, who started all 32 games for the Fire (11-21) and finished as the team's leading scorer, led rookies in three-point field-goal percentage, connecting on 43.1 percent (6th in the WNBA) from beyond the arc. Stiles was selected by Portland out of Southwest Missouri State in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2001 WNBA Draft.

As the WNBA Rookie of the Year, Stiles will receive a Tiffany-designed trophy and $5,000. The 60-member voting panel consisted of 12 national media representatives, as well as media representatives from each of the league's 16 markets who cover the WNBA regularly.

Below are the complete results of the 2001 WNBA Rookie of the Year vote and past recipients:

2001 Rookie of the Year Results

PlayerTeamVotes
Jackie StilesPortland Fire32
Lauren JacksonSeattle Storm20
Marie FerdinandUtah Starzz5
Svetlana AbrosimovaMinnesota Lynx2
Ruth RileyMiami Sol1

Past Rookie of the Year Winners
2000 -- Betty Lennox, Minnesota Lynx
1999 -- Chamique Holdsclaw, Washington Mystics
1998 -- Tracy Reid, Charlotte Sting