Parker takes honors
Candace Parker received the WNBA's Most Valuable Player award yesterday, becoming the first player to win the award along with Rookie of the Year honors.
The Los Angeles star was unanimously selected Rookie of the Year. She edged Connecticut's Lindsay Whalen and Seattle's Sue Bird in the MVP race.
Parker, the No. 1 draft pick, averaged 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. She led the league in double-doubles (17) and rebounds and led rookies in scoring, blocks (2.3), and minutes (33.6).
Katie Smith scored 22 points and the Detroit Shock built a 19-2 lead in the first quarter, then hung on to defeat the host San Antonio Silver Stars, 69-61, and take a 2-0 lead in the WNBA Finals. Game 3 in the best-of-five series is tomorrow in Ypsilanti, Mich., where Detroit will try to wrap up its second title in three years.
Deanna Nolan and Kara Braxton added 12 points each for the Shock.