Mercury teammates lead all-WNBA picks

NEW YORK -- Diana Taurasi was the top vote-getter and was joined by teammate Cappie Pondexter on the all-WNBA first team announced Wednesday.

Taurasi earned 201 points, which topped Seattle Storm forward/center Lauren Jackson, who had 179 points. Taurasi's Phoenix teammate, Cappie Pondexter, picked up 151 points to earn her first all-WNBA first team nod. They were joined by guard Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Silver Stars and forward Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever.

Taurasi, on the all-WNBA first team for the fourth straight time, led the league in scoring at 20.4 points per game. It is the third time in her career she's averaged better than 20 points per game. pondexter is fourth in the league in scoring (19.1 points per game) and was tied for third in assists (5.0 per game).

Hammon was second in the league in scoring at 19.5 points per game, while Jackson was third at 19.2 points per game. Catching lead the lead in steals per game for the fifth time (averaging 2.9).

The voting for first and second team is done by a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Players get five points for a first-team vote, three for a second-team selection. Members of the all-WNBA first team receive $10,000 each; second-team picks get $5,000 each.

The second team included Los Angeles Sparts center Lisa Leslie, who made the team in her final season in the league. She has been on the all-WNBA team 13 times, including ine first-team honors. Leslie was joined by Sparks teammate Candace Parker, Indiana Fever guard Katie Douglas, Detroit Shock guard Deanna Nolan and San Antonio forward Sophia Young.