Washington Mystics forward Chamique Holdsclaw, the only collegian chosen among the top 17 picks in this year's WNBA entry draft, will be named the league's rookie of the year today, according to sources with knowledge of the award.
The Mystics have called an 11 a.m. news conference this morning at MCI Center to make the announcement.
The latest honor for Holdsclaw, a three-time NCAA college player of the year at Tennessee, follows a season in which she was voted to a starting position on the Eastern Conference all-star team and was named to the U.S. national women's team. That team will be preparing this fall and winter to defend their Olympic title in the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney.
The 6-foot-2 Holdsclaw finished the season ranked sixth in the league in scoring at 16.9 points per game, third in rebounding at 7.9 rebounds per game, and fifth in minutes played (34.2). She was named the league's player of the week twice.
Holdsclaw suffered a chip fracture on her left index finger during the first half of the All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. She was supposed to be out three weeks, but missed only one game.