Tina Charles named WNBA's top rookie
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.