Courtney Vandersloot Named to All-WNBA First Team for Second Consecutive Season
CHICAGO - Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot has been named to the 2020 All-WNBA First Team, the WNBA announced today. It marks the second straight All-WNBA First Team selection for Vandersloot, who also made the First Team in 2019.
"I feel incredibly honored to be named to the All-WNBA First Team," Vandersloot said. "There are so many deserving players, and to be named to a team with these other four players in incredibly humbling."
This season Vandersloot became the first player in WNBA history to average of 10.0 assists per game in a season, shattering her previous record of 9.1 assists from the year prior, and set the WNBA single-game record with 18 assists. Vandersloot now holds the WNBA records for assists in a game (18), assists in a season (300 in 2019), assists per game in a season (10.0) and career assists per game (6.4). She ended the 2020 regular season posting her 38th career double-double (nine this season) and 57th career game with a double-digit assist total.
"It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce Courtney has been honored on the All-WNBA First Team for the second year in a row," Sky General Manager and Head Coach James Wade said. "She broke multiple records. It was truly a historical season and it will go down as one of the all-time great seasons by point guard in WNBA history."
Vandersloot earned 224 total points from a national panel of 47 sportswriters and broadcasters. Voting for the All-WNBA First and Second Teams was conducted at the conclusion of the regular season. Players were selected by position and received five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team vote. If a player received votes at multiple positions, she was slotted at the position where she received the most votes.
Joining Vandersloot (224 points) on the All-WNBA First Team is WNBA Most Valuable Player A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks (235 points each), Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (233) and Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale (190).
The 2020 All-WNBA Second Team consists of Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi (150 points), Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner (135), Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier (123), Mercury guard Skylar Diggins-Smith (101) and Washington Mystics forward-center Myisha Hines-Allen (60). Taurasi extends her record for the most All-WNBA Team selections to 14. Diggins-Smith is an All-WNBA choice for the fourth time and Bonner for the second time. Collier and Hines-Allen are making their All-WNBA Team debuts.
2020 All-WNBA First Team
A'ja Wilson, Aces: In her third WNBA season, Wilson averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 blocked shots and 1.23 steals. The 6-4 Wilson led the WNBA in blocks, ranked second in scoring and finished sixth in rebounding. Behind Wilson, the Aces tied for the best record in the WNBA (18-4) and earned the top seed in WNBA Playoffs 2020 presented by AT&T.
Candace Parker, Sparks: An All-WNBA First Team selection for the first time since 2017, the 6-4 Parker averaged 14.7 points, a WNBA-high 9.7 rebounds 4.6 assists, 1.23 blocked shots and 1.18 steals while shooting 51.0 percent from the field. The two-time WNBA MVP finished in third place in this year's MVP voting.
Breanna Stewart, Storm: The 2018 WNBA MVP, who missed the 2019 season due to injury, returned this season and finished as the runner-up to Wilson in MVP voting. The 6-4 Stewart averaged 19.7 points (fourth in the WNBA), 8.3 rebounds (ninth), 3.6 assists, 1.65 steals (ninth) and 1.30 blocked shots (fifth), helping Seattle (18-4) tie Las Vegas for the best record in the WNBA.
Courtney Vandersloot, Sky: The 5-8 Vandersloot led the WNBA in assists (10.0 apg) for the fourth consecutive season and fifth time overall. She became the first player in WNBA history to average at least 10.0 assists and broke the single-season league record of 9.1 assists that she set last season. Vandersloot also set the WNBA's single-game record with 18 assists against the Indiana Fever on Aug. 31.
Arike Ogunbowale, Wings: Ogunbowale averaged a league-leading 22.8 points in her second WNBA season. A 2019 WNBA All-Rookie Team selection, the 5-8 Ogunbowale scored at least 14 points in every game this season. She recorded four games with at least 30 points, including a career-high 39 points against the Mystics on Sept. 6.
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