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Liberty’s Tina Charles named to All-WNBA team

Liberty center Tina Charles drives the ball past

Liberty center Tina Charles drives the ball past Indiana Fever forward Candice Dupree in a WNBA game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Liberty guards Epiphanny Prince and Sugar Rodgers and forward Tina Charles were honored among The Associated Press’ WNBA awards announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Prince, who missed most of the 2016 season recovering from an ACL injury, was named comeback player of the year. Prince played in just six games in 2016, but this season she played in 28 regular-season games, including 25 starts. She finished the regular season averaging 12 points per game.

Rodgers, an All-Star this season, was chosen as the sixth woman of the year. Rodgers started 33 games in 2016 season, but made just 15 starts during the regular season. Rodgers was effective coming off the bench for the Liberty over the second half of the regular season and has been a key in the team’s 10-game winning streak. Rodgers averaged 10.5 points per game during the regular season.

Tina Charles of the Liberty was named to AP’s All-WNBA first team. Charles averaged 19.7 points and 9.4 rebounds during the regular season.

The Liberty will host a playoff game on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Sylvia Fowles of the Minnesota Lynx was named AP’s player of the year. She averaged 18.9 points and 10.4 rebounds during the regular season.

Curt Miller of the Connecticut Sun was named coach of the year, Jonquel Jones, also of the Connecticut Sun, was named most improved player, Alana Beard of the Los Angeles Sparks was named defensive player of the year, and Allisha Gray of the Dallas Wings was named rookie of the year.

Joining Charles on the AP’s first team are Fowles, Skylar Diggins-Smith of the Wings and Candace Parker and Nneka Ogwumike of the Sparks.

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