After main the WNBA in scoring for the primary time in her profession with a 21.8 point-per-game common, Seattle Storm star Breanna Stewart was named 2022 WNBA Participant of the 12 months by the Related Press. She additionally gained the award in 2018, making Stewart the primary participant in WNBA historical past to be named Participant of the 12 months twice in a profession.
It was a detailed race between Stewart and Los Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson, as the 2 practically break up the 10-member media panel vote. Stewart simply edged out Wilson, profitable six votes to 4. Wilson averaged 19.5 factors and 9.4 rebounds per sport on 50.1 p.c capturing for the Aces, who completed the common season tied with the Chicago Sky for the most effective report within the League.
Stewart posted 21.8 factors, 7.6 rebounds, and a pair of.9 assists per sport on 47.2 p.c capturing from the sphere through the common season to steer Seattle to the No. 4 seed within the WNBA Playoffs. It’s been an enormous 12 months for Stewart, who, on high of her on-the-court accolades, turned the primary lady to have a signature sneaker in a decade with the reveal of the PUMA Stewie 1 in July.
“It’s an honor to be acknowledged as the most effective within the league,” Stewart informed the AP. “Since I began within the WNBA in 2016, simply attempting to get higher. Elevate myself and the group, the League as a complete. A giant honor, however we’re motivated by extra, and that’s attempting to win a championship.”
Nonetheless, Wilson didn’t go away empty-handed, because the four-time All-Star was awarded AP Defensive Participant of the 12 months after averaging 1.9 blocks and 1.4 steals per sport. Her Aces teammate Jackie Younger acquired Most Improved Participant whereas Atlanta Dream head coach Tanisha Wright turned the primary former WNBA participant to win AP Coach of the 12 months.
Different award recipients included a pair of Connecticut Solar teammates, Brionna Jones and Alyssa Thomas. Jones, who averaged 13.8 factors, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per sport, earned Sixth Girl of the 12 months honors. Compared, Thomas gained Comeback Participant of the 12 months after averaging 13.4 factors, 8.2 rebounds, and 6.1 assists following an Achilles damage.
Atlanta Dream ahead Rhyne Howard rounded out the record of winners, as the previous No. 1 total choose racked up 16.4 factors and 4.6 rebounds per sport final season.
The WNBA Playoffs start on Wednesday, beginning with the No. 2 seed Sky going through off towards the No. 7 seed New York Liberty at 8 p.m. The No. 1 seed Aces will then face the No. 8 seed, Phoenix Mercury, at 10 p.m.
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