MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today named Minnesota Lynx guard Crystal Dangerfield Rookie of the Month for the month of August. This is the first Rookie of the Month award of the season for Dangerfield and the fifth such honor in franchise history (Napheesa Collier- once in 2019, Maya Moore- twice in 2011 and Candice Wiggins- once in 2008).
After 16 games this season, the 5-6 guard out of the University of Connecticut, who has started the last 14 games for the Lynx (10-4), ranks second among rookies in scoring (15.9 ppg) and overall minutes played (28.8 mpg), as well as third in assists (3.1 apg). Dangerfield leads the WNBA in total fourth quarter points (102) while shooting a league-high 62.5% in the final frame.
Dangerfield scored 18 of her 21 points in the second half vs. Los Angeles on Monday, one night after scoring 15 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter vs. Phoenix on Sunday. She’s now scored 20+ points in three straight games, including all six of her 20+ point games in the last 10, the most 20+ point games by a Lynx rookie since Candice Wiggins (seven in 2008). Overall, in the last 10 games she’s averaging 19.5 ppg (48.2%), 2.0 rpg and 3.4 apg.
Highlights from Dangerfield’s month include:
- August 9 at Los Angeles: Poured in a season-high 29 points (24 in the second half), scoring the second-most by a Lynx point guard in a game (30, Odyssey Sims on Aug. 18, 2019 at Seattle) and the 24 second half points were second most in a half by a Lynx rookie (26, Augustus, second half on Aug. 10, 2006 at Sacramento).
- August 19 vs. Dallas: Finished with 21 points on 7-of-14 from the field, including 5-of-7 from deep, becoming the fourth Lynx rookie to make 5+ three-pointers in a game (Betty Lennox, twice in 2000, Monica Wright in 2010 and Maya Moore, three times in 2011). She also dished out a season-high six assists.
- August 31 vs. Los Angeles: Recorded her sixth 20+ point game to lead all WNBA rookies, finished with 21 points in the Lynx 96-78 win against the Sparks. Dangerfield also dished out five assists, marking her second 20+ point/5+ assist game of the season, the most by a Lynx rookie since Betty Lennox in 2000 (3).