Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles, the 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player, was the leading vote-getter among those selected to the league’s first all-star team Wednesday.
Charles led the league in rebounding for a third straight season and set a Sun record by averaging 18.0 points. She received 196 points in the balloting of 41 national and local sportswriters and broadcasters at the end of the regular season. Players were designated by position and received five votes for for first and three for second.
Forwards Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks (176) and Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever (161) and guards Cappie Pondexter of the New York Liberty (128) and Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx (95) round out the First-Team.
This is the seventh first-team honor for Catchings, who is leading the Fever in the the WNBA Finals against Minnesota. It’s the third honor for Pondexter (2009, 2010) and the second for Charles (2011) and Parker (2008). For Augustus, previously a three-time second team pick, it’s her first time on the first team.
Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore (102 points) and Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles (95 points) highlight the second team. Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver (91), Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (88), and San Antonio Silver Stars forward Sophia Young (67) round it out.
In honor of being named to the All-WNBA First- and Second-Teams, each player will receive a Tiffany & Co. designed trophy. In addition, $10,000 will be awarded to each member of the First-Team, while each member of the Second-Team will receive $5,000.