April 27, 2006
Andrea Stinson to WNBA All-Decade Team - Vote FRIDAY, APRIL 28! in PDF Format
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR WNBA ALL-DECADE TEAM
-- Fan Voting Starts Tomorrow on WNBA.com --
-- Team to be Honored at WNBA All-Star Game as Part of League's 10th Anniversary Celebration --
New York, April 27, 2006 - With the WNBA's 10th Anniversary season set to tip off on May 20, 2006, the league today announced the names of 30 nominees for the 10 coveted spots on the WNBA All-Decade Team. The list of players - selected by a panel of national media, coaches, former players and WNBA personnel - includes seven of the league's original players and represents the very best in women's professional basketball.
Voting for the WNBA All-Decade Team will begin this Friday, and will be conducted among fans, select national and WNBA-market media, and current WNBA players and coaches. Fans are encouraged to vote by logging onto WNBA.com. The All-Decade Team will be announced in June and honored at the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game set to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on July 12.
The league's official Web site will feature a special section dedicated to the All-Decade Team, complete with player histories, statistics and video highlights of each nominee. The new WNBA.com History section, in which the voting will take place, may also serve as a resource for fans and media alike, providing career statistical leaders, award winners, season recaps and more. Fans will be able to vote for their All-Decade Team players once per day (daily).
"We view the celebration of our 10th anniversary as a way to mark the accomplishments of our past and embrace our vision for the future," said WNBA President Donna Orender. "The selection of the WNBA All-Decade Team will enable our fans and the league to honor the players who have contributed so much to the growth of the WNBA and of women's basketball."
Members of the All-Decade team will be selected on the basis of their overall contribution to the WNBA, with consideration given to on-court performance and ability, leadership, sportsmanship and community service, as well as contribution to team success and the growth of women's basketball.
In addition to selecting an All-Decade Team, the WNBA will celebrate its 10th Anniversary season by providing fans an opportunity to determine the Greatest Moments in league history and through a season-long initiative, "10 Years of Caring," where all teams will demonstrate their continued commitment to their communities.
ANDREA STINSON NOTES
DETROIT SHOCK (2005-Current) AND CHARLOTTE STING (1997-2004) GUARD
A three-time WNBA All-Star (2002, 2001, 2000) and two-time All-WNBA Second Team selection (1998, 1997), Stinson is an original WNBA player. After being assigned to the Sting in 1997, Stinson's impact was immediate as she was runner up to Cynthia Cooper in league MVP balloting that first season. Stinson went on to spend eight dynamic seasons with Charlotte, helping lead the club to the Eastern Conference crown in 2001 before signing with the Detroit Shock in 2005.
Entering the 2006 season, Stinson ranks third in league history in minutes played, fifth in assists (810), sixth in scoring (3,351) and ninth in steals (342).
At North Carolina State, Stinson ended her career ranked third in school history in scoring, field goals and steals and, to this date, remains the school record-holder for points in a single game.
A recipient of the United Negro College Fund Leadership Award while at NC State, Stinson has continued to make an impact off the court, working tirelessly in the community and garnering a WNBA Community Assist award for her efforts during the 2002-2003 off-season.
Named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team in 2001
Led Charlotte in scoring for the fifth straight season in 2001
Became the fourth player in league history to score 2,000 career points in 2001
Set team records for points and field goals made and attempts in 2000
Named to the All-WNBA Second Team in 1998
Only player in the league with 400 points, 125 rebounds and 120 assists in 1997 and 1998
Finished second to Cynthia Cooper in the WNBA MVP voting and named to the All-WNBA Second Team in 1997
A three-time Italian League All-Star for Parma (1994-95), Cesena (1995-96) and Thiene (1996-97)
Finished her NC State career third in scoring (2,136), third in field goals (917), third in steals (286), sixth in assists (402) and sixth in blocked shots (84)
Below is a list of the 30 nominees for the WNBA All-Decade Team.
Name WNBA Team (Current/Last) Previous Team(s)
Janeth Arcain Houston Comets (1997-Current)
Sue Bird Seattle Storm (2002-Current)
Ruthie Bolton* Sacramento Monarchs (1997-2004)
Swin Cash Detroit Shock (2002-Current)
Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever (2001-Current)
Cynthia Cooper* Houston Comets (1997-2000, 2003)
Tamecka Dixon Houston Comets (Current) Los Angeles Sparks (1997-2005)
Jennifer Gillom* Los Angeles Sparks (2003) Phoenix Mercury (1997-2002)
Yolanda Griffith Sacramento Monarchs (1999-Current)
Becky Hammon New York Liberty (1999-Current)
Chamique Holdsclaw Los Angeles Sparks (2005-Current)
Washington Mystics (1999-2004)
Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm (2001-Current)
Shannon Johnson San Antonio Silver Stars (2004-Current)
Connecticut Sun (2003), Orlando Miracle (1999-2002)
Vickie Johnson San Antonio Silver Stars (Current)
New York Liberty (1997-2005)
Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks (1997-Current)
Rebecca Lobo* Connecticut Sun (2003) Houston Comets (2002), New York Liberty (1997-2001)
Mwadi Mabika Los Angeles Sparks (1997-Current)
Taj McWilliams-Franklin Connecticut Sun (2003-Current) Orlando Miracle (1999-2002)
DeLisha Milton-Jones Washington Mystics (2005-Current) Los Angeles Sparks (1999-2004)
Deanna Nolan Detroit Shock (2001-Current)
Ticha Penicheiro Sacramento Monarchs (1998-Current)
Nykesha Sales Connecticut Sun (2003-Current) Orlando Miracle (1999-2002)
Katie Smith Detroit Shock (2005-Current) Minnesota Lynx (1999-2005)
Dawn Staley Houston Comets (2005-Current) Charlotte Sting (1999-2005)
Andrea Stinson Detroit Shock (2005) Charlotte Sting (1997-2004)
Sheryl Swoopes Houston Comets (1997-Current)
Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury (2004-Current)
Tina Thompson Houston Comets (1997-Current)
Teresa Weatherspoon* Los Angeles Sparks (2004) New York Liberty (1997-2003)
Natalie Williams* Indiana Fever (2003-2005) Utah Starzz (1999-2002)