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September 29, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Storm guard Tanisha Wright named to All-Defensive team

WrightD.jpgRegarded as “Captain” of the Storm’s defense and the “heart and soul” of the team all season, G Tanisha Wright was honored league-wide by being named to the WNBA’s defensive first-team on Thursday. It’s her third consecutive nod, trailing only MVP Tamika Catchings (seven).
A panel of the WNBA’s 12 head coaches voted on the team, selecting First and Second Teams by position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players from their own team. Players earned five points for each First Team vote and three points for a Second Team vote.
Wright’s teammate Swin Cash was named to the second team while Chicago Sky C Sylvia Fowles was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. Fowles, who recorded her 200th career block in a win against the Storm in July, will be awarded $5,000 and a Tiffany trophy.
It’s a slight dis that Cash isn’t on the first-team, but looking at the names — Fowles, Catchings, Wright, Angel McCoughtry, and Rebekkah Brunson, I wouldn’t remove any to place Cash there. While the Storm does a lot of switching and Cash and Wright work together to get Seattle’s defense going, it’s often Wright who shuts down opponents’ best players late in games.
Afterward she’s always humble about her play.
“Was that a defensive strategy you used on Tina?” I asked after her coverage on Los Angeles F Tina Thompson’s prayer shot missed to preserve a Storm win.
“No, it’s just defense,” Wright said.
*PHOTO CREDIT: Storm G Tanisha Wright defends Phoenix C DeWanna Bonner by Jim Bates/The Seattle Times

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