Sept. 27, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Former University of Connecticut women’s basketball star Tina Charles has been honored as the 2012 WNBA MVP as announced by the league on Thursday, September 27. Charles, who has led the Connecticut Sun to the best record in the Eastern Conference at 25-9, led the league at 10.5 rebounds per game and was fifth at 18.0 points per contest.
Charles and No. 1 seeded Sun will take on the New York Liberty tonight in the first round of the 2012 WNBA Playoffs.
Earlier this summer, Charles led the USA Basketball National Team to the gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. That team was led by five other former Huskies and head coach Geno Auriemma.
Charles becomes the second UConn alum to be named WNBA MVP. Diana Taurasi earned the honor in 2009. Charles finished fourth in the MVP voting in 2011 and earned mention as an All-WNBA First Team selection.
While at UConn, Charles was honored as the winner of the 2010 Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award in addition to being named Player of the Year by the Associated Press and the United States Basketball Writers Association. She helped lead the Huskies to three Final Four appearances and National Championships in 2008-09 and 2009-10. She finished her career as UConn’s all-time scoring and rebounding leader and as the third-most prolific shot blocker.
The Jamaica, N.Y. native also earned mention as the 2010 BIG EAST Player of the Year and 2008, 2009 and 2010 All-BIG EAST First Team selection while earning a spot on the 2008, 2009 and 2010 BIG EAST All-Tournament Team.
Charles, who notched double-digit point totals 120 times in her 152 games in a Husky uniform was selected as the 2010 WNBA Rookie of the Year after being chosen first overall in the 2010 WNBA Draft. She is one of four Huskies all-time to be selected with the first overall pick.
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