WNBA rewards former RebelArmintie Price named Rookie of YearStaff Report Daily Mississippian
September 10, 2007
University, MS (CSTV U-WIRE) -- The WNBA announced Saturday that Armintie Price of the Chicago Sky has been named the 2007 WNBA Rookie of the Year.
Price received 30 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters to earn the award. Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsey Harding finished second with 12 votes, while Los Angeles Sparks guard Sidney Spencer rounded out the voting with 10.
Price, the third overall selection in the 2007 WNBA Draft, started all 34 games for the Sky and finished third among rookies in both scoring (7.9) and assists (2.9) per game. Price played an integral role in helping the Sky improve from five wins in the franchise's inaugural season of 2006 to 14 wins in 2007. She also helped keep the Sky in the playoff picture until the final week of the regular season.
"It's just an amazing feeling to win this award," Price said. "My family and church continued to pray for me, and I am very blessed and honored to be named Rookie of the Year."
Though a 5-9 guard, Price was a key contributor on the boards (6.0 RPG) for the Sky, ranking behind only post players Candice Dupree (7.7) and Chasity Melvin (6.7). With the ball in her hands, she constantly looked to feed her teammates, and, as a result, ranked second on the squad in assists (2.9 APG), trailing only Dominique Canty (4.1 APG).
A native of Myrtle and a graduate of the University of Mississippi, Price engineered a trip to the Elite Eight for Ole Miss in her senior season. It marked the first time the school had advanced that far in the NCAA tournament since 1992.
In her illustrious collegiate career, she joined Cheryl Miller as the only two players in NCAA history to amass 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 400 assists and 400 steals.
During her senior season at Ole Miss, Price averaged a team-high 19.1 points, 8.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 3.7 steals per game. In addition, Price led the NCAA in steals per game with 131 on the season. She had 15 double-doubles on the season, bringing her career total to 57. She also recorded the first triple-double in Ole Miss history with 34 points, 15 rebounds and 12 steals against Illinois.
"Winning WNBA Rookie of the Year is an incredible honor for such a deserving young lady like Armintie," Ole Miss head coach Renee Ladner said. "I, along with the rest of her Ole Miss family, fully expect her to continue to amaze people with her athleticism and her desire to win as she continues her career as a professional."
For her efforts on the hardwood in 2006-07, Price was selected to the 10-member 2007 Kodak/WBCA All-America Team, joining Jennifer Gillom as the only two Rebels to ever be named to the team. In addition, Price was named First Team All-American by ESPN.com and named Third Team All-America by The Associated Press.
Price finished her Ole Miss career ranking third on the all-time scoring chart (2,165), second on the all-time rebounding chart (1,198) and first on the all-time steals chart (403).
In honor of being named WNBA Rookie of the Year, Price will receive $5,000 and a specially-designed trophy by Tiffany & Co.
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