Former Lady Reb Price Named WNBA Rookie of the Year

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Chicago Sky guard Armintie Price was named the WNBA rookie of the year Saturday, and Dan Hughes of the San Antonio Silver Stars was honored as the league's top coach.

Price, who was drafted third overall out of Mississippi, started all 34 games and finished third among first-year players in scoring (7.9 points per game) and assists (2.9 a game).

Thanks in part to Price's play, the Sky improved from five wins during its inaugural season in 2006 to 14 wins this year. Chicago was in the playoff picture until the final week of the regular season.

Price received 30 votes. Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsey Harding was runner-up with 12 votes and Los Angeles Sparks guard Sidney Spencer had 10.

Hughes, whose Silver Stars won seven more games in 2007 than the year before, becomes the second coach in league history to be named coach of the year award more than once, joining former Houston Comets coach Van Chancellor, who won from 1997-1999.

Hughes earned 20 votes, six better than Phoenix coach Paul Westhead, whose Mercury are competing in the WNBA finals against the defending champion Detroit Shock. Their coach, Bill Laimbeer, finished third in the voting with six.

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