In her second year out of the University of Connecticut, center Kiah Stokes has become one of the impactful bench players in the league, and remains one of the best defenders as well, putting her in the early running for Sixth Woman and Defensive Player of the Year.
In her 26 minutes per game, she averages 7.5 points while shooting a remarkable 64.4 percent from the field, but it is on the defensive end where her presence is felt the most. Stokes is a defensive force for New York averaging over two blocks a game, ranking second in the league. She also ranks sixth in the league in rebounding as she averages in 8.2 per contest.
With Stokes playing a larger and larger role on the court for New York, she has a tremendous impact on one of the top defensive units in the league. She is now 36th in the WNBA, averaging 26.8 minutes per game, and is eighth pulling down 6.0 defensive rebounds per game. Her 1.0 defensive win shares ranks sixth overall.
As a team, New York is holding opponents to a league leading .387 field goal percentage, and with Stokes holding down the post, the Liberty once again is the hardest team in the league to score on from inside of five feet. Opponents are are shooting just .488 against New York from that distance, and the Liberty is the only team in the league to hold the opposition below 52.0 percent inside.
Below are a handful of the top bench players in the league, see where Kiah stacks up against some of the other 6th Woman of the Year Candidates.
|6TH WOMAN OF THE YEAR CONTENDERS|
|Renee Montgomery – MIN||8.7||.406||0.8||0.1||3.5||21.3|
|Jantel Lavender- LAS||9.0||.516||2.7||0.2||1.1||17.3|
|Kayla Alexander- SAS||7.5||.552||4.3||0.7||0.3||18.7|
|Allie Quigley- CHI||9.1||.480||1.3||0.2||1.1||16.3|