WNBA 2012 AWARDS

See who got the MVP, 6th Woman of the Year, Most Improved, and Rookie of the Year in the WNBA this season!

LA Sparks Forward Nneka Ogwumike – 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year

Drafted #1 overall by the Sparks, Ogwumike lived up to the hype.  The Stanford alum averaged 14 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists during the regular season.

VIDEO: Nneka Ogwumike – WNBA Rookie of the Year

– Ogwumike Becomes Fifth Consecutive Top Overall Pick to Win Award –

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2012 – Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike earned the 2012 WNBA Rookie of the Year award, the league announced today.  Ogwumike received 39 votes from a national panel of 41 sportswriters and broadcasters.  Phoenix Mercury guard Samantha Prahalis and Tulsa Shock forward Glory Johnson each received one vote.

Nneka Ogwumike - LA Sparks

The honor for Ogwumike marked the fifth straight season in which the No. 1 overall pick in the Draft went on to be named WNBA Rookie of the Year.  She follows Maya Moore (2011), Tina Charles (2010), Angel McCoughtry (2009), and Candace Parker (2008).

Ogwumike helped the 2012 Sparks author a significant turnaround after Los Angeles missed the postseason last year.  The Sparks finished the 2012 regular season with the league’s third-best record (24-10) and earned the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference of the WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile.  Los Angeles is now taking on the Minnesota Lynx in the Western Conference Semifinals.

A product of Stanford University, Ogwumike led the league’s rookies in points (14 ppg), rebounds (7.5 rpg), and double-doubles (nine), while ranking second in field-goal percentage (.535, 178-of-333), fourth in steals (1.39 spg), and fifth in assists (1.2 apg).

In a season marked by a consistently strong performance, Ogwumike earned the league’s Rookie of the Month honors four of five times, taking home the award in May, July, August, and September.

The 6-2 forward scored 20-or-more points seven times, with her highest output coming on Sept. 13, an 86-77 victory against the Chicago Sky, when she recorded a double-double with a career-best 30 points and 11 rebounds.  In another notable performance, she logged 22 points and 20 rebounds game in a 77-74 win at Indiana on July 12.

In honor of being named the 2012 Rookie of the Year, Ogwumike will receive $5,000 and a specially designed trophy by Tiffany & Co.

2012 WNBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR RESULTS

39        Nneka Ogwumike        Los Angeles Sparks

1        Glory Johnson        Tulsa Shock

1        Samantha Prahalis        Phoenix Mercury

WNBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WINNERS

2012              Nneka Ogwumike Los Angeles Sparks

2011              Maya Moore                Minnesota Lynx

2010              Tina Charles                Connecticut Sun

2009         Angel McCoughtry        Atlanta Dream

2008        Candace Parker        Los Angeles Sparks

2007        Armintie Price        Chicago Sky

2006        Seimone Augustus        Minnesota Lynx

2005        Temeka Johnson        Washington Mystics

2004        Diana Taurasi        Phoenix Mercury

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

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LOS ANGELES’ CAROL ROSS NAMED 2012 WNBA COACH OF THE YEAR

– First-Year Coach Guides Sparks Back to the Postseason –

NEW YORK, Oct. 7, 2012 – The Los Angeles Sparks’ coach Carol Ross is the recipient of the 2012 WNBA Coach of the Year Award, the league announced today. Ross received 15 votes from a national panel of 41 sportswriters and broadcasters. Connecticut’s Mike Thibault, the 2006 winner, finished second with 12 votes, while Minnesota’s Cheryl Reeve, the winner last season, received nine votes. Gary Kloppenburg of Tulsa (three votes) and Dan Hughes of San Antonio (two) rounded out the vote-getters.

Ross is the third member of the Los Angeles organization to receive WNBA honors in 2012. Last week, Sparks’ guard Kristi Toliver was named the 2012 WNBA Most Improved Player presented by Boost Mobile. Earlier today, forward Nneka Ogwumike was honored as the league’s Rookie of the Year.

In 2012, the Sparks authored a significant turnaround, finishing the regular season with the league’s third-best record (24-10) and earning the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference of the WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile. Los Angeles’ nine-game improvement over last season (15-19) is the second-largest turnaround in franchise history. The Sparks are now taking on the Minnesota Lynx in the Western Conference Semifinals.

WNBA success is not new to Ross, who, as an assistant with Atlanta under Marynell Meadors from 2009-11, helped the Dream earn a pair of Eastern Conference crowns and a berth in the WNBA Finals in each of the past two seasons. In 2009, her first campaign with the Dream, Ross helped build the framework of those championship-contending teams as Atlanta enjoyed a 14-game turnaround from its inaugural WNBA season of 2008, tied for second place in the Eastern Conference and earned a berth in the playoffs.

Not only have teams thrived with Ross on the sidelines but individual players have excelled as well, particularly in Los Angeles where Toliver flourished under the first-year head coach’s tutelage. In her fourth season in the league, Toliver posted career highs in scoring (17.5 ppg, sixth best in the WNBA this year), field goal percentage (.491, 197-of-401), assists (4.9 apg), rebounds (3.2 rpg), and steals (1.3 apg). She scored 20-plus points in every game played in August and was honored as the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Boost Mobile.

Similarly, with Ross at the helm, Sparks forward Candace Parker returned to her All-Star form after a pair of injury shortened seasons and guard Alana Beard overcame career-threatening foot and ankle injuries to excel for Los Angeles. Parker led the league in blocks (2.3 bpg), ranked third in rebounds (9.7 rpg), and seventh in scoring (17.4 ppg). Beard, in her seventh season, registered the top three-point field goal percentage of her career (.402, 35-of-87), and her second best marks for field goal percentage (.436, 137-of-314) and free throw percentage (.795, 66-of-83). Ogwumike led all rookies in scoring (14 ppg), rebounds (7.5 rpg), and double-doubles (nine).

Prior to her tenure in WNBA, Ross amassed a 324-161 (.668) record in 16 seasons as an NCAA Division I head coach in the Southeastern Conference, guiding her teams to 12 NCAA Tournaments and two WNIT appearances. Twelve of those seasons (1990-02) were spent at the University of Florida – where she coached current Sparks forward DeLisha Milton-Jones, who would go on to become a two-time WNBA All-Star, win two WNBA championships, and earn a pair of Olympic gold medals.

Below are the voting results for 2011 WNBA Coach of the Year Award as well as a list of past recipients:

2012 WNBA COACH OF THE YEAR RESULTS

15 Carol Ross Los Angeles Sparks
12 Mike Thibault Connecticut Sun
9 Cheryl Reeve Minnesota Lynx
3 Gary Kloppenburg Tulsa Shock
2 Dan Hughes San Antonio Silver Stars

WNBA COACH OF THE YEAR WINNERS

2012 Carol Ross Los Angeles Sparks
2011 Cheryl Reeve Minnesota Lynx
2010 Brian Agler Seattle Storm
2009 Marynell Meadors Atlanta Dream
2008 Mike Thibault Connecticut Sun
2007 Dan Hughes San Antonio Silver Stars
2006 Mike Thibault Connecticut Sun
2005 John Whisenant Sacramento Monarchs
2004 Suzie McConnell Serio Minnesota Lynx
2003 Bill Laimbeer Detroit Shock
2002 Marianne Stanley Washington Mystics
2001 Dan Hughes Cleveland Rockers
2000 Michael Cooper Los Angeles Sparks
1999 Van Chancellor Houston Comets
1998 Van Chancellor Houston Comets
1997 Van Chancellor Houston Comets

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Tina Charles WNBA MVP 2012

Check out this recap of Tina Charles MVP winning season as she leads the Sun through the playoffs!

NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2012 – Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles has been named the 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Boost Mobile, the WNBA announced today. Charles received 345 points (25 first place votes) from a national panel of 41 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Los Angeles Sparks’ forward Candace Parker finished second with 253 points (seven first-place votes) and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings finished third with 210 points (seven). A pair of Minnesota Lynx players, forward Maya Moore and guard Seimone Augustus, finished fourth and fifth with 128 points and 42 points, respectively.

In her third season, all with the Sun, Charles captured her first Most Valuable Player presented by Boost Mobile award after finishing second in 2011 (six first-place votes), and seventh in 2010 when she was named the league’s Rookie of the Year.

Charles, who earned All-WNBA First Team acclaim in 2011 and Second Team honors in 2010, finished the 2012 campaign with her third consecutive WNBA rebounding title (10.5 rpg). She also set a new Connecticut Sun single-season scoring record, averaging 18 points. In the process, Charles guided the Sun to the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 25-9 record, the league’s second best mark behind the defending champion Lynx (27-7).

A prolific scorer and rebounder, Charles ranked atop the WNBA in double-doubles for the third straight season, sharing the 2012 lead with the Sparks’ Parker. Charles previously set the league record in the category with 22 in her rookie campaign and topped that effort with 23 a year ago. In the process, Charles has dominated the rebounding leaderboard, finishing tops among WNBA players in each of her three seasons. She grabbed a WNBA record 398 rebounds in her first season, 374 in 2011, and 345 this season.

In the Sun’s win over Indiana on Sept. 19 – Charles’ 100th game – she became the fastest player in WNBA history to reach 1,100 rebounds, surpassing the mark of Yolanda Griffith who reached the milestone in 104 games. Earlier this season she eclipsed the milestones previously owned by Griffith as the fastest to reach 900 and 1,000 boards. She also became the first player in WNBA history to post three 20-20 games in a career, registering her third such effort on June 6 at Atlanta, when she had 23 points and 22 rebounds.

For the year, Charles shot a career-best .499 percent from the field (250-of-501) and a career-best .802 from the free throw line (93-of-116). In addition to leading Connecticut in scoring and total rebounds, she paced Connecticut in defensive rebounds (6.7 drpg), offensive rebounds (3.7 orpg), blocks (1.42 bpg), and minutes (33.2 mpg).

Charles is the first Sun player and the second University of Connecticut product to earn the WNBA’s top honor. The Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi, also from UConn, earned both the league’s MVP and WNBA Finals MVP awards in 2009.

Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five for third, three for fourth and one for each fifth-place vote received. Additionally, for the second time in league history, fans were able to vote online and via mobile devices. The fan vote, presented by Boost Mobile, counted as one vote and was compiled with the 41 media votes to determine the winner.

In honor of being named the WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Boost Mobile, Charles will receive $15,000 and a specially-designed trophy.

Below are the complete results of the 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player of the Year presented by Boost Mobile award votes and a list of past recipients:

2012 WNBA MOST VALUABLE PLAYER PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE RESULTS

Points – Player -Team
345 Tina Charles Connecticut Sun
253 Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks
210 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever
128 Maya Moore Minnesota Lynx
42 Seimone Augustus Minnesota Lynx
27 Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream
23 Cappie Pondexter New York Liberty
18 Sophia Young San Antonio Silver Stars
10 Sue Bird Seattle Storm
10 Sylvia Fowles Chicago Sky
7 Lindsey Harding Atlanta Dream
7 Kristi Toliver Los Angeles Sparks
2 Kara Lawson Connecticut Sun
1 DeWanna Bonner Phoenix Mercury
1 Epiphanny Prince Chicago Sky
1 Lindsay Whalen Minnesota Lynx

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Kristi Toliver:  Most Improved Player

NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2012 – Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver is the winner of the 2012 WNBA Most Improved Player presented by Boost Mobile, the league announced today. Toliver received 24 out of 41 votes from a panel of national and local sportswriters and broadcasters. Phoenix Mercury guard/forward DeWanna Bonner was the runner-up (7). Chicago Sky guard Epiphanny Prince (6), Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson forward (2), and Connecticut Sun guard Kara Lawson (2) received the remaining votes.

In her fourth season in the league, Toliver started all but one of 34 games for the Sparks. She posted career highs in scoring (17.5 ppg), assists (4.9 apg), rebounds, (3.2 rpg), and steals (1.3 apg). Toliver also established career highs in field goal percentage (.491) and minutes (31.5 mpg). She scored at least 10 points in all but six games, including an 11-game streak of double-digit scoring (July 5-Sept. 2). She scored 20-plus points in every game played in August and was honored as the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Boost Mobile.

Toliver ranked sixth in the league in scoring, fourth in assists and second in free-throw percentage (.901). She scored a career-high 29 points three times throughout the season. The three 29-point performances came in wins against Western Conference foes: Phoenix (93-84 on June 23), Minnesota (96-90 on July 5), and San Antonio (101-77 on Aug. 23), the Sparks’ first round opponent of the 2012 WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile.

Toliver is in her third year with the Sparks, she was drafted third overall in 2009 by the Chicago Sky. Toliver has improved in total points and steals every year since being in the league. She has helped her Sparks squad return to the Playoffs after not qualifying last year. The Sparks finished the 2012 season with a 24-10 record and the second seed in the West for the Playoffs. The Sparks 24 wins is a nine win improvement from last year.

In honor of being named the Most Improved Player of the Year presented by Boost Mobile, Toliver will receive $5,000 and a trophy specially designed by Tiffany & Co.

2012 MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE RESULTS

24 Kristi Toliver Los Angeles Sparks
7 DeWanna Bonner Phoenix Mercury
6 Epiphanny Prince Chicago Sky
2 Rebekkah Brunson Minnesota Lynx
2 Kara Lawson Connecticut Sun

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Tamika Catchings:  Defensive Player of the Year

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 2012 – For the fifth time in her career, Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings has been named the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year presented by Boost Mobile, the league announced today. Catchings previously won the award in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010.

Honored as the Eastern Conference Player of the Month presented by Boost Mobile for August, Catchings ranked fourth in the league in defensive rebounds and double-doubles, fifth in steals, and sixth in rebounds.

Catchings, referred to as Indiana’s “do-everything” forward, is in her 12th season of league play. The 2011 WNBA Most Valuable Player is also a seven-time WNBA All-Star.

In honor of being named the Defensive Player of the Year presented by Boost Mobile, Catchings will receive $5,000 and a trophy specially designed by Tiffany & Co.

Below are the complete results of the 2012 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year votes and a list of past recipients:

2012 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE RESULTS

19 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever
8 Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream
6 Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks
4 Alana Beard Los Angeles Sparks
2 Sancho Lyttle Atlanta Dream
1 Tina Charles Connecticut Sun
1 Sophia Young San Antonio Silver Stars

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RENEE MONTGOMERY NAMED 2012 WNBA SIXTH WOMAN


NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2012 – Connecticut Sun guard Renee Montgomery is the winner of the 2012 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year presented by Boost Mobile, the league announced today. Montgomery received 23 votes from a national panel of 41 sportswriters and broadcasters to earn the award. San Antonio Silver Stars teammates forward/center Danielle Adams (nine) and guard Jia Perkins (six) placed second and third, respectively.

The honor marked the first time in four seasons in the league that Montgomery was named the league’s top Sixth Woman.

In honor of being named the Sixth Woman of the Year presented by Boost Mobile, Montgomery will receive $5,000 and a specially-designed trophy from Tiffany & Co.

In 34 games this season, Montgomery averaged 11.6 points, 3.4 assists and shot .848 from the free throw line. Known for her energetic play, she also ranked second on the Sun in three categories – three point percentage (.364), assists (2.6 apg) and blocks (0.9 bpg)

Montgomery recorded nine 15-point games this season and scored in the double digits on 23 occasions. She tied her career-high five steals on June 8 at Indiana and posted a season-high 25 points on Sept. 7 against Phoenix.

A standout at the University of Connecticut, Montgomery was drafted fourth overall by the Minnesota Lynx in the 2009 WNBA Draft. A “Huskies of Honor” inductee and three-time All-Big East First Team selection, Montgomery led the Huskies to a 138-11 record during her four-year tenure, which included an NCAA National Championship, two trips to the NCAA Women’s Final Four and four Big East regular season titles. Montgomery left Connecticut as the only player in program history to rank in the top 10 in points (1,977), assists (626), steals (266) and three-pointers (251).

Below are the results of the 2012 WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year voting and a list of previous winners:

2012 SIXTH WOMAN OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY BOOST MOBILE RESULTS

23 Renee Montgomery Connecticut Sun
9 Danielle Adams San Antonio Silver Stars
6 Jia Perkins San Antonio Silver Stars
1 Erlana Larkins Indiana Fever
1 Monica Wright Minnesota Lynx
1 Avery Warley Phoenix Mercury

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