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Native gets award for her game
Riceboro native Delisha Milton-Jones takes a shot for the Atlanta Dream.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Dream’s Delisha Milton-Jones has received the 2015 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, the WNBA announced Thursday. Milton-Jones becomes the first Dream player to receive the honor.

Milton-Jones, who just completed her 17th WNBA season, received 11 votes from a national panel of 39 sportswriters and broadcasters.
With the award, Milton-Jones receives $5,000 and a trophy designed by Tiffany & Co. The Dream will donate an additional $5,000 to a charity of her choice.

Courtney Vandersloot of the Chicago Sky finished second with six votes. Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx and Jeanette Pohlen of the Indiana Fever received five votes each, followed by Karima Christmas of the Tulsa Shock with three votes.

A Riceboro native, Milton-Jones, 41, started her WNBA career with the Sparks in 1999 as the No. 4 overall pick out of the University of Florida. The two-time WNBA All-Star spent 11 of her 17 seasons in Los Angeles, where she won back-to-back WNBA titles in 2001 and 2002.

Milton-Jones is one of five players in WNBA history with more than 5,000 points and 2,400 rebounds. She ranks fourth all time in steals (603), fifth in rebounds (2,492), eighth in points (5,415) and 12th in blocks (328). In July 2011, she was one of 30 finalists for the WNBA’s Top 15 Players, which recognized the most influential players since the league’s inception in 1997.

Milton-Jones became the WNBA’s all-time leader in games played in 2015 with her current total of 499, surpassing Tina Thompson’s previous total of 496.

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