Top Three Selections in 2014 WNBA Draft Headline WNBA All-Rookie Team
NEW YORK, Aug. 28, 2014 -- Chiney Ogwumike of the Connecticut Sun, Odyssey Sims of the Tulsa Shock and Kayla McBride of the San Antonio Stars, the top three selections in the 2014 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, were named unanimous selections for the 2014 WNBA All-Rookie Team, the WNBA announced today. The Washington Mystics Bria Hartley and the Suns Alyssa Thomas round out the first-year standouts being recognized with All-Rookie Team honors.
The voting panel consisted of the WNBAs 12 head coaches, each of whom voted for five players regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Ogwumike, Sims, and McBride garnered the maximum 11 votes. Hartley notched nine votes, while Thomas tallied seven.
Ogwumike, the 2014 WNBA Rookie of the Year presented by Samsung, led all rookies in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and double-doubles (13), ranked second in scoring (15.5 ppg), and third in steals (1.2 spg). Overall, she ranked second in the WNBA in offensive rebounds (123), tied for second in double-doubles, placed seventh in rebounding, and was 11th in scoring. The 2014 WNBA All-Star appeared 28 times for the Sun, all in a starting role. Ogwumike scored in double digits in 28 of her 31 contests, while posting 10 or more rebounds in 13 games.
A two-time Rookie of the Month presented by Samsung recipient, Sims paced all rookies in scoring (16.7 ppg), assists (4.2 apg) and minutes (34.4 mpg). Overall, the Baylor University product ranked third in the league in minutes, sixth in points and tied for sixth in assists. Sims collected four 30-plus-point performances in 2014.
A University of Notre Dame product, McBride helped the Stars earn a playoff berth this season. She started all 34 games for San Antonio, ranking second among rookies in three-point field goal percentage (.396) and third in scoring (13.0 ppg). She scored a career-high 30 points in a win over the Shock on May 28.
Hartley, a University of Connecticut product, helped lead the Mystics to a playoff appearance. She started 29 of Washingtons 34 games, ranking fifth among rookies in scoring (9.7 ppg) and sixth in assists (3.1 apg).
Thomas, a University of Maryland product, ranked fourth among rookies in scoring (10.0 ppg), second in rebounding (5.1 rpg) and eighth in assists (1.5 apg). She collected 23 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in a 79-69 win over Chicago on June 25.