Former Lady Lions earn WNBA awards

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Former Penn State Lady Lions Alex Bentley and Tanisha Wright were among the players honored by the WNBA on Friday (Sept. 20) for their outstanding play. Bentley was part of the five-player WNBA All-Rookie Team, while Wright took home her fourth WNBA All-Defensive first team selection.

In her first season in the WNBA, Bentley has been an impact player for the Atlanta Dream, averaging 8.3 points, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game. She ranks third in the league in assists per turnover (2.4), 18th in total assists (95) and 19th in three-point field goal percentage (.329). Among rookies, Bentley is fourth in scoring. Earlier this season, she broke the WNBA record for consecutive three-pointers made with 10. Among rookies, Bentley ranks fourth in scoring and third in steals and assists.

Wright, who is in her ninth season in the Seattle Storm, accounts for 11.9 points, 4.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. She is eight in the league in total assists (130), sixth in total minutes played (1,016) and 10th in assists per game. She is also 14th in free throw percentage (.855). Wright surpassed the 2,000-point mark for her WNBA career earlier this season. In eight career playoff appearances, Wright is averaging 10.0 points, 3.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals. The two-time WNBA All-Defensive first team selection helped the Storm to the 2010 WNBA Championship.

Bentley and the Atlanta Dream meet the Washington Mystics in game 2 of the first round of the WNBA Playoffs Saturday at 7 p.m. on NBA TV, while Wright and the Storm host Minnesota in game 2 of the playoffs on Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2. The Dream and Storm both lost game 1 of their respective series.

Lady Lion Basketball season tickets are available by calling 1-800-NITTANY. Season tickets are $99 for adults and $50 for youth (12 and under), this includes a Nittany Lion Kids Club Membership for 2013-14. New this year, the Lady Lions have introduced a Family Season Ticket package. For $200, fans will get two adult tickets and two youth tickets for the 2013-14 campaign. The PNC Flex Books are available again this year for $99. The Flex Book gives fans 12 vouchers, 10 that can be redeemed in any combination for Nittany Lion and Lady Lion Basketball tickets throughout the year and two extra vouchers for the Nittany Lions' Coaches Vs. Cancer game and the Lady Lions' Pink Zone game.

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2013 WNBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Player Team Position Votes
Elena Delle Donne Chicago Sky Forward/Guard 11
Brittney Griner Phoenix Mercury Center 11
Alex Bentley Atlanta Dream Guard 10
Kelsey Bone New York Liberty Center 10
Skylar Diggins Tulsa Shock Guard 8

2013 WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM

Player Team Position  
Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever Forward
Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream Forward
Sylvia Fowles Chicago Sky Center
Armintie Herrington Atlanta Dream Guard
Tanisha Wright Seattle Storm Guard

2013 WNBA ALL-DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM

Player Team Position
Rebekkah Brunson Minnesota Lynx Forward
Glory Johnson Tulsa Shock Forward
Erika de Souza Atlanta Dream Center
Briann January Indiana Fever Guard
Jia Perkins San Antonio Silver Stars Guard
Danielle Robinson San Antonio Silver Stars Guard

 

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Last Updated September 26, 2013