MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today named Minnesota Lynx guard Crystal Dangerfield Rookie of the Month for the month of September. This is the second Rookie of the Month award of the season (August) for Dangerfield and she becomes the second Lynx rookie to win the monthly award twice (Maya Moore, 2011).
In five September games, the 5-6 guard out of the University of Connecticut averaged 17.4 ppg on 50% shooting, 2.0 rpg and a team-high 5.0 apg. On the season, Dangerfield started 19 games as she led the Lynx in both scoring (16.2 ppg) and assists (3.6 apg). She became the first rookie in WNBA history to finish a season averaging at least 16 ppg, 3.6 apg per game while shooting 47% from the field and 92% from the free throw line.
She led all scorers with 24 points vs. Las Vegas on Sept. 10, her team-best eighth 20+ effort – all in the last 15 games. The eight 20+ point games are the most by a Lynx rookie since Seimone Augustus notched 20 her rookie season in 2006. In the last 15 games of her season, Dangerfield is averaging 18.8 ppg on 49.0% shooting and 3.9 apg. She dealt a season-high seven assists Sept. 8 vs. Washington and swiped a season-high three steals Sept. 2 vs. Chicago.