Atlanta’s Sykes Named WNBA Rookie of the Month for August

NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2017 – Atlanta Dream guard Brittney Sykes today was named the WNBA Rookie of the Month for games played Aug. 1 through Sept. 3 – the final month of the 2017 regular season.  She earned the honor for the second consecutive month.

Sykes led rookies in scoring for the month with 17.3 points per game, which ranked third among all Eastern Conference players and 10th in the WNBA.  She paced first-year players in minutes (31.6 mpg) and was second in rebounding (4.5 rpg) and assists (2.7 apg).

The former Syracuse star scored in double figures in 10 of 11 games during the month, including eight in a row to close out her rookie season.  In her final game, Sykes scored a career-high 33 points in an 84-70 loss to the Phoenix Mercury on Sept. 3.

Other highlights of Sykes’ month included:

  • Aug. 12 at San Antonio: Finished with 28 points, four rebounds and three assists in an 84-68 loss to the Stars.
  • Aug. 15 vs. Connecticut: Scored 23 points, grabbed five rebounds and matched her career high with five assists in a 96-75 loss to the Sun.
    • Aug. 23 vs. Seattle: Recorded 15 points and six rebounds in an 89-83 win over the Storm.

For the season, Sykes led all rookies in scoring (13.9 ppg) and rebounding (4.1 rpg).  She started 23 of 34 games for Atlanta, which finished the season 12-22.

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