WNBA Announces 2010 All-Rookie Team

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NEW YORK, Aug. 31, 2010  The WNBA announced its 2010 All-Rookie Team today, headlined by Rookie of the Year Tina Charles, the Connecticut Suns star center, and Minnesota Lynx guard-forward Monica Wright. New York Liberty guard Kalana Greene, Connecticut Sun forward Kelsey Griffin and Chicago Sky guard Epiphanny Prince round out the group of elite rookies.

The voting panel consisted of the WNBAs 12 head coaches, who chose five players regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Charles and Wright each received 11 votes, while Greene, Griffin and Prince each got 10.

Charles, the No.1 overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft presented by adidas, topped the charts among all WNBA rookies by averaging a double-double in points (15.5 ppg) and rebounds (11.7 rpg), leading the league in the latter category. She finished the season winning all four Rookie of the Month honors and ranked second in the league in blocks per game (1.68 bpg). Charles set new single-season league records with 22 double-doubles and 398 rebounds, and established new franchise marks for offensive (129) and defensive (269) boards.

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Wright, selected second overall in the Draft by the Lynx, started 24 games and played in all 34. Scoring in double digits in 19 games, Wright averaged 11.1 points, second among rookies. Wright scored a career-high and rookie-high for the season with 32 points in a 92-82 win over the Phoenix Mercury on June 1.

Prince, selected No. 4 overall in the Draft by the Sky, ranked third among rookies in scoring (9.8 ppg) and led first-year players in steals (1.6 spg) and total steals (55), placing her in the top six in the league in both. She ranked second on the team in assists (2.7 apg) and third in scoring.

Greene, the No. 13 overall Draft pick, became a consistent option off the bench in her first season and helped propel the Liberty to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. She averaged 4.5 points, scoring a career-high 17 points in a 77-72 win over the San Antonio Silver Stars on July 27.

Griffin, the No. 3 overall draft pick, played a key role off the bench for the Sun. She averaged 4.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists. She placed second among rookies overall and third on the Sun in rebounds per game.

Below are the top finishers in the vote for the 2010 All-Rookie Team:

Player Team Position Votes
Tina Charles Connecticut Sun Center 11
Monica Wright Minnesota Lynx Guard/Forward 11
Epiphanny Prince Chicago Sky Guard 10
Kalana Greene New York Liberty Guard 10
Kelsey Griffin Connecticut Sun Forward 10