SPARKS ROOKIE GUARD ANA DABOVIC NAMED TO WNBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Los Angeles – Sparks rookie guard Ana Dabovic was named to the 2015 WNBA All-Rookie Team, it was announced today by the WNBA.

The All-Rookie Team also features Jewell Loyd and Ramu Tokashiki of the Seattle Storm, Kiah Stokes and Brittany Boyd of the New York Liberty and the Indiana Fever’s Natalie Achonwa (tied for fifth).

Dabovic ranked second in the rookie class in scoring (8.8 ppg) to go with 1.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds. She was third among first-year players in three-point field goal percentage (33.3) and fourth in free throw percentage (80.8). The 6-foot Serbian guard helped the Sparks finish the season with a 6-3 surge by scoring in double figures in eight of those nine games.

Loyd received 10 votes from a panel of the WNBA’s 12 head coaches, who each selected five players regardless of position. Stokes collected nine votes, followed by Boyd with eight and Tokashiki with six. Achonwa and Dabovic each received five votes and tied for the final spot on the All-Rookie Team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team.

Loyd, the top overall selection in the 2015 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, led all rookies in scoring (10.7 ppg) and minutes (25.9 mpg). She shot 90.4 percent from the free throw line, tops among rookies and the fourth-highest mark in the league. The 5-10 guard scored in double digits 18 times in 34 games (23 starts) and averaged 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

Tokashiki was the third-leading rookie in scoring at 8.2 points and contributed 3.3 rebounds. Like Loyd, Tokashiki was prolific from the foul line, ranking second among first-year players at 86.2 percent. The 6-3 forward started 16 of her 30 games and scored in double figures 10 times.

Stokes and Boyd helped power the Liberty to a WNBA-best 23-11 record. Stokes, who appeared in all 34 games and started six times, paced rookies and ranked fourth in the league in blocks (1.97 bpg). The 6-3 center also led first-year players in rebounding (6.4 rpg) and was eighth in scoring (5.8 ppg). Boyd, a 5-9 guard, led all rookies in steals (1.17 spg), ranked sixth in scoring (6.6 ppg), and added 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30 games (four starts).

Achonwa was the rookie leader in field goal accuracy, shooting 55.0 percent in 28 games (17 starts) for the Fever. The 6-4 center averaged 8.0 points and 3.5 rebounds and connected on 74.6 percent of her free throws.

2015 WNBA All-Rookie Team 

Below are the top finishers in the voting for the 2015 WNBA All-Rookie Team:

2015 WNBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM 

Player                                        Team                                                            Position                                   Votes     

Jewell Loyd                           Seattle Storm                                        Guard                                        10

Kiah Stokes                           New York Liberty                                 Center                                      9

Brittany Boyd                       New York Liberty                                 Guard                                        8

Ramu Tokashiki                  Seattle Storm                                        Forward                                   6

Natalie Achonwa              Indiana Fever                                        Center                                      5 (tied)

Ana Dabovic                         Los Angeles Sparks                            Guard                                        5 (tied)

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