Typically, the most successful sports teams are those with the most depth. This idea holds true as No. 3 ranked New York Liberty’s Sugar Rodgers has just been named the WNBA’s Sixth Woman of the Year Award.
The fifth-year guard earned this award for the first time after coming off the bench for 18 of her team’s 33 games this season. Rodgers edged out Minnesota’s Renee Montgomery for the award by three votes
As one of the first in the game for New York, Rodgers averaged 10.5 points per game, 2.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. Anybody who has watched her play knows she can score in bunches and go off at any moment. Her quick step to the basket, yet having the ability hit the deep shot makes her a tough guard for opponents. In fact, she was also sixth in the league in made three-pointers after shooting 34.2 percent (63-of-184) from the arc.
With Rodgers playing this role as a reserve for the Liberty her being inserted into the game instantly brought another scoring option and allowed for a starter to get rest knowing she could hold her own on the court.