Tina Charles named WNBA's top rookie

8/31/2010 - WNBA Tina Charles Connecticut Sun + more

Tina Charles has added WNBA rookie of the year to her impressive list of 2010 accomplishments.

The Connecticut Sun forward, who was the league's No. 1 overall pick after leading UConn to a second consecutive national championship and being named an All-American, was the unanimous choice of a panel of 39 media members for the award, the league announced Tuesday.

Charles, a 6-foot-4 forward, led all rookies with 15.5 points per game and won the league rebounding title with 11.7 per game.

She set the league's single-season rebounding record with 398, breaking the record of 363 set by Cheryl Ford in 2006, and posted a WNBA-record 22 double-doubles, besting the 19 put up by Utah's Natalie Williams in 2000.

Charles was credited with 10 or more rebounds in 23 games and scored in double-digits in all but four games as the Sun finished the season 17-17.

She joined the Sun after completing her UConn career as the Huskies' all-time leading scorer and rebounder, leading the team to back-to-back NCAA titles and 78 consecutive wins.

For the honor, Charles will receive $5,000 and Tiffany & Co.-designed trophy.