Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve’s response was not surprising. Reeve is always on the lookout for motivation for her team.
So, when news came down that forward Maya Moore and point guard Lindsay Whalen had been voted to the All-WNBA first team and guard Seimone Augustus to the second team, Reeve smiled.
“These were our first honors of the postseason, right,” she asked, perhaps implying that the team with the best record in the WNBA for a third straight season might have been mentioned earlier.
“People covet those more than some of the individual stuff,” Reeve said. “When you make the first or second team you’re in really good company. And for us to have three players on those teams is something I was really pleased to see.”
It was Whalen’s third such honor, having been named first-team in 2008 and 2011. She was named to the second team last season. Moore, who was named to the second team last year, is a first-teamer for the first time. Augustus, a first-teamer last year, has now been named to the second team four times.
Rounding out the first team were Chicago center Sylvia Fowles, Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi and Los Angeles forward Candace Parker. Joining Augustus on the second team were Chicago rookie Elena Delle Donne, Connecticut center Tina Charles, Atlanta guard Angel McCoughtry and Indiana forward Tamika Catchings.
Moore, who finished second in the MVP race to Parker, finished third in the league in scoring (18.5), sixth in steals (1.74), 15th in rebounds (6.2) and 17th in assists (3.0). She also led the league both in three-pointers made (72) and in three point percentage (45.3). She was 10th in the league on overall shooting percentage (50.9).
“I tend not to focus on the things I can’t control during the season, which mostly include the awards, but it’s still an absolute honor,” Moore said. “But the only first team I care about is that my team is first at the end of the season.”
Whalen averaged a career-high in scoring (14.9), shot 48.6 percent from the field, was third in the league in assists (5.8) and her rebounding average (4.5) placed her third among guards. Whalen credited the time she spent with the coaches before the season to her improvement. “We were able to work on some things that made me better, passing shooting, dribbling, everything. It’s a cool honor for the regular season. Now, of course, it’s the post-season.”
Augustus was ninth in scoring (16.3) and seventh in field goal percentage (51.6).