Langhorne receives most improved

Updated: September 17, 2009, 7:28 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Washington Mystics center/forward Crystal Langhorne has been named the most improved player in the WNBA, the league announced on Thursday.

Langhorne received 19 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Atlanta Dream forward Sancho Lyttle was runner-up with six votes. Dream center Erika de Souza and Seattle Storm guard Tanisha Wright tied for third with four votes each.

In her second season, Langhorne averaged 12 points a game up from 4.8 points last season. She also improved her rebounding, averaging 7.9 a game compared to 4 last season.

Selected with the sixth pick of the 2008 WNBA Draft, Langhorne led the Mystics in rebounding and was their third-leading scorer.

Langhorne played her college basketball at Maryland where she was a three-time Associated Press All-America selection and the 2008 ACC Player of the Year. She led Maryland to the 2006 NCAA title.