Two From Sun Named To All-Defensive Team

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (September 12, 2017) – The WNBA announced today that Connecticut Sun teammates Jasmine Thomas and Alyssa Thomas were both named to WNBA All-Defensive teams Tuesday.

Los Angeles Sparks guard/forward Alana Beard, this season’s WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, led the 2017 WNBA All-Defensive Team. This marked the fourth All-Defensive First Team selection for Beard, who became the second Sparks player to win Defensive Player of the Year (Lisa Leslie, 2004 and 2008).

Jasmine Thomas made the All-Defensive First Team for the first time in her seven-year career after appearing as a Second Team selection for the first time last season.  The 2017 All-Star averaged a career-high 1.59 steals (fourth in the WNBA), including a season-high five steals in three straight games from July 8-13.

Alyssa Thomas, an All-Star for the first time this season, was named to the All-Defensive Team Second Team for the first time.  The Sun forward averaged career highs with 5.4 defensive rebounds and 1.5 steals, and she set single-game bests in defensive rebounds (13), steals (seven) and blocks (four).

Beard received 11 First Team votes (55 points) from a panel of the WNBA’s head coaches, making her the only unanimous pick.  The 12 coaches selected First and Second Teams by position and were not permitted to vote for players from their own teams.  Players earned five points for each First Team vote and three points for each Second Team vote.

Joining Beard on the WNBA All-Defensive First Team are Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (49 points), Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles (49 points), Jasmine Thomas (49 points) and New York Liberty forward Tina Charles (22 points).

The WNBA All-Defensive Second Team consists of Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (41 points), Alyssa Thomas (21 points), Minnesota’s Rebekkah Brunson (20 points) at forward and Maya Moore (16 points) at guard, and Indiana Fever guard Briann January (13 points).

 

2017 WNBA All-Defensive First Team

Player                         Team                                      Position                       Points

Alana Beard                Los Angeles Sparks                     Guard                                55

Sylvia Fowles             Minnesota Lynx                           Center                               49

Nneka Ogwumike       Los Angeles Sparks                   Forward                            49

Jasmine Thomas          Connecticut Sun                        Guard                               49

Tina Charles                New York Liberty                      Forward                              22

 

2017 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team

Player                         Team                                      Position                       Points

Brittney Griner            Phoenix Mercury                       Center                               41

Alyssa Thomas            Connecticut Sun                        Forward                            21

Rebekkah Brunson      Minnesota Lynx                       Forward                            20

Maya Moore                Minnesota Lynx                           Guard                              16

Briann January            Indiana Fever                             Guard                               13