Tina Charles named the 2010 WNBA Rookie of the Year, headlines All-Rookie Team

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After sweeping Rookie of Month awards during her first season as a professional player in the WNBA, it is no surprise that the league announced Tina Charles as  the 2010 Rookie of the Year. A national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters unanimously awarded Charles the honor.

The former Connecticut star was the first overall pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft. She averaged 15.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game, team bests.

Charles finished the season leading all rookies in scoring and rebounding and was the league leader in the latter category. She set WNBA records for rebounds (398) and double-doubles (22) in a season.

The league also announced the All-Rookie team. The voting panel consisted of the WNBA’s 12 head coaches, who chose five players regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Charles and Wright each received 11 votes, while Greene, Griffin and Prince each got 10.

2010 All-Rookie Team
Player Team Position Votes
Tina Charles Connecticut Sun Center 11
Monica Wright Minnesota Lynx Guard/Forward 11
Epiphanny Prince Chicago Sky Guard 10
Kalana Greene New York Liberty Guard 10
Kelsey Griffin Connecticut Sun Forward 10
Rookie of the Year Winners
Year Player Team
2010 Tina Charles Connecticut Sun
2009 Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream
2008 Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks
2007 Armintie Price Chicago Sky
2006 Seimone Augustus Minnesota Lynx
2005 Temeka Johnson Washington Mystics
2004 Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury
2003 Cheryl Ford Detroit Shock
2002 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever
2001 Jackie Stiles Portland Fire
2000 Betty Lennox Minnesota Lynx
1999 Chamique Holdsclaw Washington Mystics
1998 Tracy Reid Charlotte Sting

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