NORMAN, Okla. – Former University of Oklahoma women’s basketball star Courtney Paris earned the WNBA’s Peak Performance Award for rebounding and Danielle Robinson was tabbed to the All-Defensive Second Team.
Paris earned the Peak Performance Award by leading the league in rebounding. The Tulsa Shock center started all 34 games and totaled 347 rebounds, an average of 10.2 per game – more than twice her previous career-high of 4.1 in her rookie season of 2009.
She set a career rebounding high with 16 in a win over the New York Liberty on June 16 and had 10 or more 18 times. She also averaged 9.4 points and tied for third in the league with 13 double-doubles.
Robinson, in her fourth year with the San Antonio Silver Stars, claimed a spot on the All-Defensive Second Team for the third time in her career.
The guard had the fourth-highest rebounding average on her team in the regular season and 39th best in the league, averaging 3.5 a contest. She also led the Stars in steals and was eighth in the WNBA at 1.67 per game.
A panel of the WNBA’s 12 head coaches votes on the WNBA All-Defensive Team, selecting First and Second Teams by position.
Robinson and the Silver Stars are currently battling the Minnesota Lynx in the best-of-three Western Conference Semifinals. The Stars fell to the Lynx in the first game 88-84. Robinson scored eight points and dished out six assists in the four-point setback.
Their second game with the Lynx is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN2.