Tuesday, August 11, 2009

First Quarter Performers

Swanny's Stats provides a break down of statistics in the first quarter alone of a game.

Most Points: Cappie Pondexter of the Mercury leads with 133 first quarter points, but Chamique Holdsclaw is right behind Diana Taurasi for 3rd place with 111 first quarter points.

Highest Field Goal Percentage: There are three players who have broken 60 percent in this category: Sylvia Fowles of the Sky hits 68.2 percent of her first quarter attempts, followed by Hamchétou Maïga-Ba of the Monarchs and Ruth Riley of the Silver Stars. Sancho Lyttle is 10th in the WNBA with 52.2 percent.

Lowest FG Percentage: Chasity Melvin of the Mystics has only hit 19.4 percent of her first quarter attempts. (Minimum 30 first quarter attempts.)

Highest Free Throw Percentage: Sophia Young of the Silver Stars and Candice Wiggins of the Lynx are tied with 100 percent. Chamique Holdsclaw is in 9th place, hitting 19 of 21 of her first quarter free throw attempts.

Most FT Attempts: Nicky Anosike of the Lynx is sent to the line more than anyone else in the WNBA in the first quarter by a wide margin. She's had 48 first quarter attempts, compared to Swin Cash of the Storm with 33.

Highest 3-Point Field Goal Percentage: Candice Dupree of the Sky is 6-for-10 from 3-point range in the first quarter to lead the WNBA. (Minimum 10 first quarter attempts.)

Highest Effective FG Percentage: Effective field goal percentage is (FG + 0.5*3PFG)/FGA. In other words, a 3-pointer counts as 1 1/2 field goals. Sylvia Fowles leads in this category at 68.2 percent effective shooting in the first quarter.

Most Rebounds: Erika de Souza leads this category far and away with 75 rebounds in the first 10 minutes. Sancho Lyttle is second with 57.

Most Assists: Sue Bird of the Storm leads with 34 first-quarter assists. (Becky Hammon of the Silver Stars is right behind her with 33.)

Most Steals: Tamika Catchings of the Fever has 20 first quarter steals, followed by Alana Beard of the Mystics with 19.

Most Blocked Shots: Tammy Sutton-Brown of the Fever has 13. Erika de Souza is tied with Nicky Anosike for third place with 10.

Most Turnovers: Sylvia Fowles of the Sky leads with 21 first-quarter turnovers.

Most Minutes Played: Candice Dupree of the Sky leads with 226 minutes played.

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