Whalen, Moore earn All WNBA First Team Honors 25 Sep 13

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today announced that Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen and forward Maya Moore were selected to the All-WNBA First Team, while guard Seimone Augustus earned All-WNBA Second Team honors. This season is the third time in Whalen’s 10-year career she’s earned All-WNBA First Team honors, the first for Moore and the fourth time Augustus has been named to the All-WNBA Second Team. This year marks the first time in franchise history the Lynx have had two representatives selected to the All-WNBA First Team.

Moore, 24, finished second in MVP voting this season after averaging career highs in points (18.5 ppg, 3rd in WNBA), rebounds (6.2 rpg, 15th), field goal percentage (.509, 10th) and three-point percentage (.453, T-1st). She became the first player in WNBA history to lead the league in both made three-pointers (72) and three-point accuracy. Moore was named Western Conference Player of the Month twice (August, September) and Western Conference Player of the Week three times (Aug. 12, Aug. 26, Sept. 16). She posted two 30+ point games.

Whalen, 31, had perhaps the best season of her career, averaging a career-best 14.9 points, 5.8 assists (3rd in WNBA) and 4.4 rebounds per game. She dished out a career-high and franchise-record-tying 14 assists on September 4 against Los Angeles, and with her 25-point, 11-assist effort against Tulsa on July 13 became the first player in WNBA history with two 25+ point/10+ assist games in a career. Whalen notched her 4,000th career point on September 7 in Seattle, becoming the just the second player in WNBA history with 4,000+ points, 1,500+ assists and 1,000+ rebounds in a career (Becky Hammon).

Augustus, 29, had another stellar season for Minnesota, averaging 16.3 points on a career-best 51.6% shooting. She poured in 20+ points in eight games, including scoring a season-high 29 against Tulsa onAugust 16. She became the fourth fastest player to reach the 4,000 point plateau in a career (Taurasi, Pondexter and Jackson), one of just 19 players in league history to accomplish the feat. The longest tenured member of the Lynx and already the franchise leader in scoring (4188), Augustus surpassed Katie Smith as the franchise leader in games played this season.