Las Vegas' Wilson Named WNBA Rookie of the Month
NEW YORK (July 2, 2018) – Las Vegas Aces center A’ja Wilson today was named the WNBA Rookie of the Month for games played in June.
The No. 1 overall pick in WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm led all rookies in scoring (21.1 ppg), rebounding (9.5 rpg), field goal percentage (45.2), blocked shots (1.62 bpg) and minutes (32.0 mpg) during June. Among all WNBA players, Wilson ranked fifth in scoring and second in rebounding.
Wilson helped the Aces finish with a 6-7 record in June. The former University of South Carolina standout scored in double figures in all 13 games, including nine games with 20 or more points. She recorded six double-doubles for the month.
On June 12, Wilson scored a career-high 35 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked three shots in 40 minutes in a 101-92 overtime road win against the Indiana Fever. She became the second rookie ever to have at least 35 points and 10 rebounds in a game, joining Candace Parker (2008).
Wilson’s other highlights in June included:
• June 19 @ Seattle: Grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to go with 25 points and six assists in an 89-77 victory over the Storm.
• June 27 vs. Dallas: Finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high eight assists in a 97-91 loss to the Wings.
• June 29 vs. Los Angeles: Posted 29 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 94-78 win over the Sparks.
For the season, Wilson is averaging rookie highs of 20.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. She ranks sixth in points and third in rebounds among all WNBA players.
The 2018 WNBA regular season continues through Aug. 19 and the playoffs begin on Aug. 21. For more information on the WNBA and game tickets, fans may visit wnba.com.
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