WNBA Rookie Report: Week 12
By Cayla McMorris
Most Underrated Rookie
Azura Stevens, Wings
Despite the Wings’ seven-game losing streak, Stevens has remained a spark coming off the bench. In three of their last games she has scored in double figures and in two of those games she nearly had a double-double with 9 rebounds. In their loss Wednesday night against the Sun, she had an all-around game by showing up in every section of the stat sheet. Stevens scored 15 points, grabbed 9 boards ( 6 offensive), dished 2 assists and even had a steal and a block. Stevens has shown she can do it all by being a threat offensively and being a huge defensive presence.
Rookies Who Have Had Success This Week
Kia Nurse, Liberty
Nurse has battled with some inconsistency this season but she has had games where she has dominated. In her last two games, she is averaging 14 points and in the Liberty’s loss against the Storm she scored 20 points. She shot 66 percent from the field (8 of 12), made a pair of three-pointers and even grabbed 5 rebounds. But in the Liberty’s most recent game against the Sparks, she only scored 8 points shooting 37 percent from the floor. Despite Nurse’s inconsistency, she is still the second leading scorer for the Liberty at 8.7 points per game.
Gabby Williams, Sky
Williams’ rookie season has been a little rocky to say the least when looking at her scoring statistics. But it is unfair to say that Williams hasn’t been a presence at all. She has shown otherwise when looking at different statistical categories. In her last game against the Lynx, Williams only scored 4 points but she had 8 rebounds, 2 assists and a block. When looking at opponents who Williams is up against, she has proven herself to be a threat and has helped put her team in situations to win that don’t always come from a scoring aspect.
Jordin Canada, Storm
Canada continues to show her veteran-like maturity as she dished out 8 assists and had no turnovers in the Storm’s last win against the Fever. To add to that she also scored 8 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Canada will be a star point guard in this league with her ability to involve her teammates and easily adjust to this level..