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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.

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.