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Charles Named WNBA MVP, Sun Win

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UNCASVILLE, CT - SEPTEMBER 27 : Tina Charles #31, Renee Montgomery #21 and Kara Lawson #20  of the Connecticut Sun pose with WNBA President Laurel Richie during game one of the 2012 WNBA Playoffs on September 27, 2012 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Tina Charles was awarded Most Valuable Player, Kara Lawson was awarded Kim Perrot Sportsmanship award and Renee Montgomery was awarded Sixth Women of the Year. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

UNCASVILLE, CT – SEPTEMBER 27 : Tina Charles #31, Renee Montgomery #21 and Kara Lawson #20 of the Connecticut Sun pose with WNBA President Laurel Richie during game one of the 2012 WNBA Playoffs on September 27, 2012 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. Tina Charles was awarded Most Valuable Player, Kara Lawson was awarded Kim Perrot Sportsmanship award and Renee Montgomery was awarded Sixth Women of the Year. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Connecticut Sun center Tina Charles is the
WNBA’s Most Valuable Player, easily topping Los Angeles forward
Candace Parker in voting for the honor.

Charles celebrated her first WNBA MVP award with 17 points and four blocks, powering the Sun to a 65-60 victory over the New York Liberty in their playoff opener on Thursday night.

Charles received 25 first-place votes and 345 points overall
from a panel of 41 sports writers and broadcasters, the league said
Thursday. Parker had seven first-place votes and 253 points, and
Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings _ last season’s winner _ was
third with 210.

In her third season, all with the Sun, Charles won her first MVP
award after finishing second last year. She was the WNBA Rookie of
the Year in 2010.

Charles won her third straight rebounding title at 10.5 per
game. She also set the Sun’s single-season scoring record with an
average of 18 points and helped guide Connecticut (25-9) to the top
playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.

Two Sun guards also were recognized by the league before
Connecticut hosted a playoff game against New York on Thursday.
Renee Montgomery is the WNBA’s Sixth Woman Of the Year after
averaging 11.6 points and Kara Lawson received the Kim Perrot
Sportsmanship Award.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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