2014 WNBA MVP Maya Moore was one of three Minnesota Lynx named to the All-WNBA first and second teams on Sept. 11. Moore was a unanimous First Team selection by all 38 voters and finished as the leading vote-getter with 180 points.
Moore set WNBA records with 12 games of 30-plus points and four consecutive games of 30 or more points. In addition, she posted a career-high 48 points versus the Atlanta Dream on July 29, marking the second-highest-scoring game in league history. Moore, who led the league in scoring with 23.9 points a game, also was a First Team selection last year.
Joining Moore on the All-WNBA First team was Phoenix Mercury teammates Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner. Los Angeles Spark Candace Parker and Tulsa Shock’s Skylar Diggins rounded out the five women first team.
Taurasi received the second-most votes (171) and earned her record-breaking ninth First-Team selection. The 11-year pro helped Phoenix to a league-best 29-5 record and the most wins by a team in a single season all-time. She paced the Mercury in points (16.2) and assists (5.6), while averaging 3.8 rebounds. Taurasi is the first player in league history to lead the WNBA in scoring one season and assists in another.
Griner was the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2014. She blocked a league-record 129 shots, including 11 in a one game. Griner placed in the top 10 in points (15.6) and rebounds (8.0), while her .578 shooting percentage from the field ranked second in the WNBA.
Parker, the 2013 WNBA MVP, finished the season averaging 19.4 points to go along with 7.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.4 blocks. This is Parker’s third straight appearance on the First Team.
Diggins, the 2014 WNBA Most Improved Player presented by Samsung, led the league with 35.1 minutes a game and ranked second in scoring (20.1). This is the second year pro’s first appearance on the First Team.
Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (116 points) headlines the All-WNBA Second Team. Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughetry (90) , Sparks’ forward Nneka Ogwumike (45), New York Liberty center Tina Charles (88) along with San Antonio Stars guard Danielle Robinson (27) and Lynx guard Seimone Augustus (27) also were selected to the Second Team.
Voting for the All-WNBA First and Second Teams was conducted by a panel of 38 national and local sportswriters and broadcasters 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 designation.
In honor of being named to the All-WNBA First and Second Teams, each player will receive a Tiffany & Co. designed trophy. 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.