Brittany Boyd Year in Review

BRITTANY BOYD 2015 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Appeared in 30 games, making four starts at guard.
  • Missed the final 10 games of the year after fracturing her wrist against the Chicago Sky on Sept. 3
  • Named to the WNBA 2015 All-Rookie Team, finishing third with eight votes.
  • Finished the year ranked 15th in the WNBA averaging 1.2 steals per game and 25th with 2.3 assists per game.
  • Led all rookies in steals and ranked fourth amongst first-year players in assists.
  • Had eight games scoring in double figures and led the Liberty in scoring twice.
  • With 18 points in a road win against Atlanta on June 23, became the first Liberty rookie since Becky Hammon in 1999 to lead both teams in scoring in a road win.
  • Scored a career-high 22 points against Tulsa on Aug. 15.
  • Dished out a career-best six assists at Indiana on Aug. 23.

While fellow rookie Kiah Stokes finished a close second to Jewell Loyd in the 2015 WNBA Rookie of the Year balloting, it was perhaps a bit overshadowed that New York actually had two of the top three candidates for league rookie of the year, with dynamic point guard Brittany Boyd finishing third.

Boyd did so many little things for the Liberty during her first professional season, some measurable and some that don’t show up on a stat sheet, that there was no question her presence was missed during the run to the Eastern Conference Finals.

She averaged 6.6 points, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game, and really gave New York a boost of energy whenever she entered a game, with her speed and ability to get to the basket constantly causing headaches for the opposition.

Boyd started with a flash, scoring 14 points in the regular season-opening win over Atlanta, one of eight times she scored in double figures on the year. She torched the Dream again with 18 points in a road victory later in June, but eventually it was her knack for fourth-quarter scoring bursts that came to define her impact.

In a gritty win at Phoenix in mid July, Boyd came away with three steals over the final three minutes and scored 11 of her 13 points in the fourth quarter to power a comeback win and New York’s first sweep of the Mercury since 2012.

Against the Tulsa Shock on the second game of a back-to-back in August, she scored 16 second-half points to nearly complete a 20-point comeback, going 8-for-10 at the line with a pair of 3-pointers.

From the outset, Boyd became a fan favorite for the crowds at The Garden, and in no time it was easy to find a lot of No. 15 jerseys sprinkled throughout the arena.

Off the court Boyd can seem reserved, but her demeanor as a competitor is a stark contrast as she is one of the fiercest and most vocal players on the team.

The Liberty was able to draft two impact rookies in the Class of 2015, and the sky is the limit for Boyd, whose ability to make an immediate impact at the point as a first-year player is a great indication of what she likely has in store for future seasons.

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