NEW YORK (AP) — Satou Sabally of the Dallas Wings has been crowned the WNBA’s Most Improved Player after achieving career highs with 18.6 points, 81. rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game.
The fourth-year pro broke a franchise record with seven consecutive double-doubles at the start of the season and concluded with a total of 14 double-doubles — ranking fifth in the league — as well as her first career triple-double.
Sabally and the Wings made it to the playoffs for the third consecutive year and clinched a postseason series victory for the first time since relocating to the Dallas area from Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 2016. They swept Atlanta in a best-of-three series and are now poised to face the defending champion Las Vegas in the best-of-five semifinals.
Selected as the second overall pick in the 2020 draft by Dallas, Sabally, who hails from Oregon, posted an average of 11.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 11 games last season. This season, she achieved a career-best 43.5% shooting accuracy from the field, a notable increase from 39.8% the previous year.
Additionally, the 25-year-old saw her 3-point percentage rise to 36.1% from 23.3% in the previous season. Sabally also snagged ninth place in scoring, 10th place in rebounding, and fourth place in steals (1.8 per game), securing her spot as an All-Star Game starter for the first time in her second appearance.
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