NEW YORK – Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm, the 2015 WNBA Rookie of the Year presented by Samsung, leads the 2015 WNBA All-Rookie Team, the WNBA announced today. Loyd, who became the first player to win Rookie of the Year with the Storm, is joined on the All-Rookie Team by Seattle teammate Ramu Tokashiki.
The All-Rookie Team also features two players from the New York Liberty, Kiah Stokes and Brittany Boyd. The Indiana Fever’s Natalie Achonwa and the Los Angeles Sparks’ Ana Dabovic round out the list of first-year players being honored.
Loyd received 10 votes from a panel of the WNBA’s 12 head coaches, who each selected five players regardless of position. Stokes collected nine votes, followed by Boyd with eight and Tokashiki with six. Achonwa and Dabovic each received five votes and tied for the final spot on the All-Rookie Team. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team.
Loyd, the top overall selection in the 2015 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, led all rookies in scoring (10.7 ppg) and minutes (25.9 mpg). She shot 90.4 percent from the free throw line, tops among rookies and the fourth-highest mark in the league. The 5-10 guard scored in double digits 18 times in 34 games (23 starts) and averaged 3.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
Tokashiki was the third-leading rookie in scoring at 8.2 points and contributed 3.3 rebounds. Like Loyd, Tokashiki was prolific from the foul line, ranking second among first-year players at 86.2 percent. The 6-3 forward started 16 of her 30 games and scored in double figures 10 times.
Stokes and Boyd helped power the Liberty to a WNBA-best 23-11 record. Stokes, who appeared in all 34 games and started six times, paced rookies and ranked fourth in the league in blocks (1.97 bpg). The 6-3 center also led first-year players in rebounding (6.4 rpg) and was eighth in scoring (5.8 ppg). Boyd, a 5-9 guard, led all rookies in steals (1.17 spg), ranked sixth in scoring (6.6 ppg), and added 2.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30 games (four starts).
Achonwa was the rookie leader in field goal accuracy, shooting 55.0 percent in 28 games (17 starts) for the Fever. The 6-4 center averaged 8.0 points and 3.5 rebounds and connected on 74.6 percent of her free throws.
Dabovic ranked second in the rookie class in scoring (8.8 ppg) to go with 1.9 assists and 1.6 rebounds. She was third among first-year players in three-point field goal percentage (33.3) and fourth in free throw percentage (80.8). The 6-foot Serbian guard helped the Sparks finish the season with a 6-3 surge by scoring in double figures in eight of those nine games.
Below are the top finishers in the voting for the 2015 WNBA All-Rookie Team:
2015 WNBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM
Player Team Position Votes
Jewell Loyd Seattle Storm Guard 10
Kiah Stokes New York Liberty Center 9
Brittany Boyd New York Liberty Guard 8
Ramu Tokashiki Seattle Storm Forward 6
Natalie Achonwa Indiana Fever Center 5 (tied)
Ana Dabovic Los Angeles Sparks Guard 5 (tied)
About the WNBA
The WNBA – which features 12 teams and is the most successful women’s professional team sports league in the world – is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. The league, which counts Boost Mobile as its leaguewide marquee partner, concluded its 19th regular season on Sept. 13, 2015.
Through WNBA Cares, the WNBA is deeply committed to creating programs that improve the quality of life for all people, with a special emphasis on programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and positive body image, increase breast and women’s health awareness, support youth and family development, and focus on education. For more information on the WNBA, log on to www.wnba.com.