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Friday, September 1, 2006
Sparks' Leslie earns seventh All-WNBA nomination


NEW YORK -- Lisa Leslie of the Los Angeles Sparks is back on the All-WNBA Team after a one-year absence.

A seven-time selection, Leslie led all vote-getters with 278 points when the league's first and second teams were announced Friday.

A second-team selection in 2005 for just the third time in her career, Leslie reasserted herself as one of the league's top players by leading the Sparks (25-9) to the best record in the Western Conference.

2006 All-WNBA Team voting
First Team
• Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks, center (278 points received)
• Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury, guard (276)
• Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever, forward (249)
• Lauren Jackson, Seattle Storm, forward (246)
• Katie Douglas, Connecticut Sun, guard (232)

Second Team
• Cheryl Ford, Detroit Shock, center (191)
• Alana Beard, Washington Mystics, guard (166)
• Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Connecticut Sun, forward (151)
• Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx, guard (143)
• Sheryl Swoopes, Houston Comets, forward (92)

The 6-foot-5 center also led the league in doubles-doubles (17) and defensive rebounds (240) while finishing third in points (680).

A two-time MVP, Leslie edged Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, who received 276 points and her second All-WNBA nomination. Taurasi set single-season records for points (860) and scoring average (25.3).

Writers and broadcasters selected players by position, with five points for a first-team selection and three for a second-team nod.

Surprisingly, no member of either team appearing in the WNBA Finals -- the Detroit Shock and Sacramento Monarchs -- received a first-team selection.

Joining Leslie in the frontcourt were Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings and Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson.

Catchings, named Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight time last month, received her third nomination with 249 points. Jackson had 246 points en route to her fourth first-team appearance.

Rounding out the team was Connecticut Sun guard Katie Douglas (232) with her first selection.

The second team was comprised of Shock center Cheryl Ford (191 points), Washington Mystics guard Alana Beard (166), Connecticut Sun forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin (151), Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus (143) and Houston Comets forward Sheryl Swoopes (92).

Augustus was Rookie of the Year. It was the seventh selection on either the first or second team for Swoopes.

First-team members received $10,000 and second-team selections received $5,000, along with a Tiffany-designed trophy.