SEATTLE—Seattle Storm forward-center Lauren Jackson was named the 2010 WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Kia Motors, the league announced today. Jackson, who received 323 points (22 first place votes) from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters, previously earned MVP honors in 2003 and 2007. Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings ranked second with 262 points (10 first place votes) and New York Liberty guard Cappie Pondexter finished third with 207 points (five). Phoenix Mercury guard-forward Diana Taurasi, the 2009 WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Kia Motors, finished fourth with 73 points.
Players were awarded 10 points for each first-place vote, seven points for each second-place vote, five for third, three for fourth and one for each fifth-place vote received.
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Rounding out the top eight vote getters were Washington Mystics forward-center Crystal Langhorne with 54 points, Atlanta Dream forward Angel McCoughtry with 41 points, Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles with 19 points, and Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird with 14 points.
En route to her third MVP award, Jackson helped propel the Storm to the best record in the WNBA at 28-6, which equaled the most wins in league history (by the 28-4 Los Angeles Sparks in both 2000 and 2001). Seattle also posted the first 17-0 home record in WNBA history.
The Seattle Storm's Brian Agler is the recipient of the 2010 WNBA Coach of the Year Award, the WNBA announced today. Agler received 17 votes from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters. New York's Anne Donovan finished second with 13 votes while Washington's Julie Plank placed third with nine votes.
Agler earned his first Coach of the Year Award after leading the Storm to a 28-6 record regular season record, earning the No. 1 overall seed in the 2010 WNBA Playoffs presented by adidas. The Storm has since advanced to the Western Conference Finals, where they will host the Phoenix Mercury in Game 1 tonight. Under Agler, the Storm became the second team to finish with a perfect record at home, going 17-0 at KeyArena. The 2001 Los Angeles Sparks accomplished the feat with a 16-0 record. The Storm also made franchise history with a 13-game winning streak that ended with a one-point loss at Minnesota on Aug. 1.
With Agler at the helm, the Storm ranked third in the league in scoring (81.8 ppg), third in rebounds (36.3 rpg), fifth in field goal percentage (44.5 percent), and sixth in steals (8.26 spg). Seattle also tied for second in offensive rebounds per game (11.6). A year ago, the Storm ranked 11th in the league in scoring (74.8 ppg), seventh in field goal percentage (43.0 percent), and ninth in both rebounds (32.5 rpg) and offensive rebounds per game (9.3).