NEW YORK, Oct 8, 2015 – New York Liberty forward Tina Charles was named First Team All-WNBA while guard Epiphanny Prince was named Second Team the WNBA announced today. Charles is lands on the First Team for the first time since 2012 and the third time in her career, while Prince is named All-League for the first time in her career.
The Liberty’s leading scorers in 2015, the hometown duo helped lead New York to its best regular season in franchise history, as the Liberty posted a franchise record 23 wins, securing the No. 1 overall seed in the WNBA Playoffs for the first time ever and the top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time since 2002.
New York advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, before falling to the Indiana Fever in three games (2-1). It was the first postseason appearance for the Liberty since 2012 and its first trip to the conference finals since the 2010 campaign.
Charles finished the year averaging 17.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, while Prince averaged 15.0 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.0 steals per contest.
Charles was named to the All-WNBA Team for the sixth consecutive year, having been a First Team selection in 2011 and 2012 and a Second Team pick in 2010, 2013, and 2014. She ranked second in the league in rebounding (8.5 rpg) and fourth in scoring (17.1 ppg). Charles finished third in the MVP balloting behind Delle Donne and Moore.
TINA CHARLES 2015 WNBA SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
- Voted a starter for the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game. Fourth All-Star appearance and second time voted a starter
- Named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for July
- Two-Time Eastern Conference Player of the Week (July 20, August 3)
- Named to the 2015 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team
- Recorded career double-double No. 10 with 13 points and 12 rebounds in a win at Atlanta on June 21
- Eclipsed 3,000-career points with 21 points 10 rebounds in a win at Washington on July 9
- Scored 30 points in a victory at Seattle on July 21
- One shy of her career high with 31 points in a win at Connecticut on August 14
- Pulled down career rebound No. 2,000 with 16 points and 13 rebounds in a win over Connecticut on Sept. 9
EPIPHANNY PRINCE 2015 WNBA SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
- Named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for August
- Named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on August 17
- Scored in double figures in first 12 games as a member of the Liberty
- Dropped 30 points on 11-of-14 shooting in a win at Chicago, setting a league record for most points for a player in their first game against a former team
- Had 23 points, seven rebounds, six steals, and six assists in a win at Connecticut on August 14
- Set Liberty playoff scoring record with 26 points on 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range against Washington on Sept. 18.
- Scored 17 points and shot 4-of-6 from 3-point range in Eastern Conference Finals win over Indiana on Sept. 23.
Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Samsung, received First Team votes on all 39 ballots, making her the only unanimous pick from a panel of national and local sportswriters and broadcasters.
Joining Delle Donne (195 total points) in the First Team frontcourt are two former WNBA MVPs in 2014 winner Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx, a forward who received 37 First Team votes and 188 points, and 2012 winner Tina Charles of the New York Liberty, a center who earned 24 First Team votes and 167 points. The First Team also features guards DeWanna Bonner of the Phoenix Mercury (19 First Team votes, 131 points) and Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream (nine First Team votes, 102 points).
Phoenix center Brittney Griner (147 points) highlights the 2015 All-WNBA Second Team and is joined in the frontcourt by Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker (106) and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings (63). The Second Team backcourt is comprised of Liberty guard Epiphanny Prince (96) and Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (73).
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.
In honor of being named to the All-WNBA First and Second Teams, each player will receive a trophy designed by Tiffany & Co. In addition, $10,000 will be awarded to each member of the First Team, while each member of the Second Team will receive $5,000.
|2015 ALL-WNBA FIRST TEAM|
|Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky||Forward||195|
|Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx||Forward||188|
|Tina Charles||New York Liberty||Center||167|
|DeWanna Bonner||Phoenix Mercury||Guard||131|
|Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Guard||102|
|2015 ALL-WNBA SECOND TEAM|
|Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks||Forward||106|
|Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||Forward||63|
|Brittney Griner||Phoenix Mercury||Center||147|
|Epiphanny Prince||New York Liberty||Guard||96|
|Courtney Vandersloot||Chicago Sky||Guard||73|