All-WNBA 1st, 2nd teams announced
Seattle Storm center/forward and WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson and New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter headlined the 2010 All-WNBA first team, which was announced Monday.
Jackson was the top vote-getter at 195 points, topping Pondexter with 193 points. Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings finished third with 191 points.
Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles rounded out the first team.
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The voting for first and second team is done by a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Players get five points for a first-team vote, three for a second-team selection. Members of the All-WNBA first team receive $10,000 each; second-team picks get $5,000 each. All first-team and second-team players also receive a Tiffany & Co.-designed trophy.
Jackson, on the All-WNBA first team for the seventh time, averaged 20.5 points and 8.3 rebounds this season. Pondexter ranked second in scoring (21.4 points per game).
Catchings led the league in steals (2.3 per game) for a record sixth time, and along with Jackson, was only one of two players in the WNBA to rank in the top 10 in four categories. Taurasi, led the league in scoring (22.6 points per game) for a third consecutive season. Fowles, named to the All-WNBA first team for the first time, led the league in blocked shots (2.6 per game).
The second team included Storm guard Sue Bird and Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry. Bird, who, along with Jackson, spearheaded the Storm to one of the greatest regular-season records in WNBA history, finished second in the league in assists (5.8).
McCoughtry, last season's WNBA rookie of the year, led the Dream to their second consecutive playoff berth after averaging 21.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 steals.
Washington Mystics forward/center Crystal Langhorne, Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles and Fever guard Katie Douglas rounded out the second team.
Bird's coach, Brian Agler, was irritated Monday when Bird was not named to the All-WNBA first team.
"Obviously there's a lot of good players in this league. There's no question in my mind that Sue Bird does her job and plays her position better than anybody else," Agler said. "Now, there's a lot of people who evaluate what a good job is and what is not. I think a lot of times people look at numbers.
"To me as a coach and knowing who we're talking about there is no one who does it better. She makes people around her play at their maximum."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.