NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2015 – Kiah Stokes of the New York Liberty was named the WNBA Rookie of the Month presented by Samsung for games played in August.
The WNBA Rookie of the Month and the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month are presented by Samsung and are part of the larger WNBA Performance Awards presented by Samsung program. This marks the second consecutive season that Samsung, an official WNBA marketing partner, will present the WNBA’s highest individual honors, including the WNBA Most Valuable Player, WNBA Most Improved Player, WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year, WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, and WNBA Rookie of the Year.
Stokes led all rookies in rebounds (8.3 rpg), field goal percentage (.564, 31-for-55), and blocks (1.5 bpg) for the month. She also placed second in minutes per game (27.8 mpg), third in free throw percentage (.833, 10-for-12), and fifth in points (7.2 ppg). Stokes ranked fourth among all WNBA players in rebounds and field goal percentage while tying for fifth in blocks. On Aug. 11, Stokes posted a career-high 13 points to go with 11 rebounds and two blocks in the Liberty’s 84-63 victory over the Chicago Sky.
The 11th pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, Stokes collected 10 or more rebounds in five of her 10 games played in August. The 6-3 center from UConn led the Liberty to an 8-2 record for the month, helping New York clinch its first playoff berth since 2012. The Liberty sits atop the Eastern Conference at 20-8 and holds the best record in the league.
Highlights of Stokes’s month included:
• Aug. 11 vs. Chicago: Scored a career-high 13 points and added 11 rebounds in an 84-63 win over the Sky.
• Aug. 21 vs. Atlanta: Contributed eight points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in a 78-67 victory over the Dream.
• Aug. 29 at Connecticut: Recorded 12 points and 10 rebounds in an 80-66 win over the Sun.
For more information on this year’s WNBA Performance Awards presented by Samsung, visit www.wnba.com/awards.