Ruthie Bolton Nominated For WNBA All-Decade Team
April 27, 2006
AUBURN - Former Auburn women's basketball player Ruthie Bolton has been listed as a nominee for the WNBA All-Decade Team. The WNBA is set to tip off its 10th season on May 20, 2006 and in honor of the celebration, will select 10 players from a pool of 30 nominees for the final team.
Bolton was one of 16 elite players that was part of the formation and development of the inaugural season's eight teams. During her time in the WNBA, 1997-2004, was a two-time all-star and averaged over 19 points per game in her first season in the league. At Auburn, Bolton was a part of three SEC Championship teams and helped lead the Tigers to the Final Four in 1988 and 1989.
Voting for the WNBA All-Decade Team will begin this Friday, and will be conducted among fans, select national and WNBA-market media, and current WNBA players and coaches. Fans are encouraged to vote by logging onto WNBA.com. The All-Decade Team will be announced in June and honored at the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game set to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on July 12.
The league's official Web site will feature a special section dedicated to the All-Decade Team, complete with player histories, statistics and video highlights of each nominee. The new WNBA.com History section, in which the voting will take place, may also serve as a resource for fans and media alike, providing career statistical leaders, award winners, season recaps and more. Fans will be able to vote for their All-Decade Team players once per day (daily).
"We view the celebration of our 10th anniversary as a way to mark the accomplishments of our past and embrace our vision for the future," said WNBA President Donna Orender. "The selection of the WNBA All-Decade Team will enable our fans and the league to honor the players who have contributed so much to the growth of the WNBA and of women's basketball."
Members of the All-Decade team will be selected on the basis of their overall contribution to the WNBA, with consideration given to on-court performance and ability, leadership, sportsmanship and community service, as well as contribution to team success and the growth of women's basketball.
In addition to selecting an All-Decade Team, the WNBA will celebrate its 10th Anniversary season by providing fans an opportunity to determine the Greatest Moments in league history and through a season-long initiative, "10 Years of Caring," where all teams will demonstrate their continued commitment to their communities.
Below is a list of the 30 nominees for the WNBA All-Decade Team.
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