ATLANTA, GA — Rookie Brittney Sykes has created quite a name for herself in the WNBA. The Atlanta Dream starting guard averages 12.1 points per game, four rebounds 1.4 assists, with 22 minutes.
The numbers factor in every game of the season, but are no indication of her recent play. Since earning a starting spot on June 30, her average has jumped to 18.2 points.
For a consecutive three games, Sykes has scored 20+ points. On July 25, she notched her first career double-double against the Phoenix Mercury. The double double came shortly after her career-high display of 26 points against the 100-96 overtime loss to the Washington Mystics.
Stats on paper are only a fraction of why Sykes has been mentioned as one of the top contenders for Rookie of the Year. Her speed and intensity on the court make her a favorable choice as top rookie.
The Summitt sat down with Sykes and discussed her transition from Syracuse to the League, her ability to stay confident despite it being her first year and how her faith has carried her through the season. She also stresses the importance of player-coach relationships. Sykes repeatedly pointed out that she and Coach Michael Cooper have a mutual understanding of what is expected of her. She speaks to her success as if it were only beginning.
The Atlanta Dream face the Minnesota Lynx Friday, July 28 at 7:30 pm at McCamish Pavilion.