NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2015 – New York Liberty center Kiah Stokes and guard Brittany Boyd were named to the 2015 WNBA All-Rookie Team the WNBA announced today.
Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm was named the 2015 WNBA Rookie of the Year presented by Samsung. Loyd, who became the first player to win Rookie of the Year with the Storm, is joined on the All-Rookie Team by Seattle teammate Ramu Tokashiki.
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).
Stokes was named the WNBA Rookie of the Month for games played in August, after she led all rookies in rebounds (8.3), field goal percentage (.564) and blocked shots (1.5). In August she also ranked fourth among all WNBA players in rebounds and field goal percentage and fifth in blocks. She collected 10 or more rebounds in five of her 10 games played.
During the regular season she posted three double doubles, the only rookie to record any double-doubles this season and had seven games with double-digit rebounds. She finished the year ranked fourth in the league, averaging 2.0 blocks per game, and recorded a franchise single-game record eight blocks in a win over the Connecticut Sun on July 16.
Boyd quickly emerged as one of the most dynamic and explosive young players in the league, ranking 15th overall in steals and 25th in assists, and already proved to have a knack for excelling in crunch time.
She thrilled fans all season long with her coast-to-coast buckets on the fast break and ability to seemingly get to the rim whenever she wanted. As Boyd learned to navigate the paint in the WNBA she proved to be able to call her own number in an instant. She scored 18 points in an early season road win at Atlanta, leading both teams in scoring, and had a season-high 22 against the Tulsa shock in mid August.
The Indiana Fever’s Natalie Achonwa and the Los Angeles Sparks’ Ana Dabovic round out the list of first-year players being honored.
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.
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.
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.
Below are the top finishers in the voting for the 2015 WNBA All-Rookie Team:
|2015 WNBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM|
|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)|