Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver has won the 2012 WNBA Most Improved Player award, receiving 24 out of 41 votes. Phoenix Mercury guard/forward DeWanna Bonner was the runner-up (7).
In her fourth season, Toliver posted career highs in scoring (17.5 ppg), assists (4.9 apg), rebounds, (3.2 rpg), and steals (1.3 apg). She also set career highs in field goal percentage (.491) and minutes (31.5 mpg). After scoring 20-plus points in every game during August, Toliver was honored as the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month.
Toliver ranked sixth in the league in scoring, fourth in assists, and second in free-throw percentage (.901). Now in her third year with the Sparks after being drafted third overall in 2009 by the Chicago Sky, Toliver has helped the Sparks return to the Playoffs with a 24-10 record and the second seed in the West.
Below are the complete voting results for the 2012 WNBA Most Improved Player of the Year Award:
24 Kristi Toliver Los Angeles Sparks
7 DeWanna Bonner Phoenix Mercury
6 Epiphanny Prince Chicago Sky
2 Rebekkah Brunson Minnesota Lynx
2 Kara Lawson Connecticut Sun
By Staff of The Daily Sports Herald