(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: With the 2022 WNBA season moving into the final phase of its new playoff format, some of the Association’s awards and honors have been issued and have reverberated to its players and their fans from around the country and around the World.
Although the Sparks did not measure up to the expectations that they started the season with, there is this good and very positive news that a WNBA accolade for a 2022 season’s performance has been awarded to guard, #15/Brittney Sykes, who garnered All-Defensive Second Team Honors.
The 5-9, 154 lb., 5th year veteran, who attended Syracuse University was drafted 7th overall by the Atlanta Dream in 2017 and was then traded to the Sparks on February 10, 2020 in exchange for Kalani Brown.
One of her career highlights was scoring 22 points in the 3rd period against the Phoenix Mercury on 7/7. To date, she remains tied for that accomplishment. She was also voted to the 2017 All-Rookie Team.
Brittney Sykes Earns All-Defensive Second Team Honors
Sykes Earns All-Defensive Honors for Third-Straight Season
LOS ANGELES (Aug. 30, 2022)– The WNBA announced that Los Angeles Sparks guard Brittney Sykes was named to the All-Defensive Second Team. Sykes earned an All-Defensive Team spot for the third consecutive season. She made her first All-Defensive team in 2020 as a second team member. She followed that up 2021 with a spot on the First Team, as well as finishing second for Defensive Player of the Year.
Known for her pressure defense, Sykes led the WNBA in both total steals (65) and steals per game (2.0) in 2022, both career-highs. She was the WNBA steals leader for back-to-back seasons (2021 and 2022), becoming just the third player in league history to accomplish this, joining Teresa Weatherspoon and Tamika Catchings.
Sykes also averaged a career-high 0.7 blocks per game, ranking top three in the league among guards. In addition to her defense, Sykes posted career-highs in points per game (12.7) and assists per game (3.7).