Detroit's Ford Named Rookie of the Year
Cheryl Ford shares her award with the Shock fans.|
Ford became only the sixth player, and first rookie, in WNBA history to average a double-double -- 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds -- for a season. Ford ranked second in the entire WNBA in rebound average, first in double-doubles (15), ninth in field goal percentage (47.4) and 12th in blocked shots (0.97).
Among rookies, Ford was second in scoring; first in rebounding, field goal percentage, minutes played (29.9), and blocked shots; and second in steals (1.00).
In addition to her individual accomplishments, Ford helped lead the Shock to the best record in the WNBA at 25-9 following a 9-23 campaign in 2002. The Shock set Eastern Conference single-season records for winning percentage and wins in 2003, while becoming the first Eastern Conference team to earn home-court advantage throughout the playoffs since the Houston Comets boasted the WNBA's best record in 1997. Detroit's 16-win improvement from 2002 to 2003 also set a WNBA record.
As the WNBA Rookie of the Year, Ford will receive a Tiffany-designed trophy and $5,000. The 54-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.
|49||Cheryl Ford||Detroit Shock|
|2||LaToya Thomas�||Cleveland Rockers|
|2||Gwen Jackson||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|1||Kara Lawson||Sacramento Monarchs|
|2003||Cheryl Ford||Detroit Shock|
|2002||Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever|
|2001||Jackie Stiles||Portland Fire|
|2000||Betty Lennox||Minnesota Lynx|
|1999||Chamique Holdsclaw�||Washington Mystics|
|1998||Tracy Reid||Charlotte Sting|