Minnesota rookie Candice Wiggins was named the WNBA's Sixth Women of the Year Thursday, compiling 27 votes from a national media panel to become the second player in league history to earn the award. Detroit's Plenette Pierson, the inaugural winner in 2007, finished second with 10 votes and Seattle's Tanisha Wright was third with two.
Wiggins' 15.7 points per game set a league record for reserve scoring average (Chamique Holdsclaw, 15.0, 2006), and she was the only player in the WNBA this season to come off the bench and score more than 12 points per game. The milestones continue for the No. 3 overall draft pick: She owns the Lynx’s top seven performances off the bench in franchise history; she eclipsed Holdsclaw’s league record (six, 2006) for 20-point games as a reserve; and she helped the Lynx set a WNBA record for average points by reserves (33.9 ppg), surpassing the 33.4-points-per-game mark Sacramento set in 2006.
Wiggins also receives $5,000 and a Tiffany & Co. trophy.