Sky guards Courtney Vandersloot, Diamond DeShields receive All-WNBA nods

For the first time since 2015, two Sky players were included on All-WNBA teams.

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Courtney Vandersloot was named to the 2019 All-WNBA First Team.

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For the first time since 2015, two Sky players received All-WNBA honors.

Point guard Courtney Vandersloot was selected to the first team and guard Diamond DeShields to the second team, the league announced during halftime Sunday of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals.

Vandersloot’s third career All-WNBA selection — she was named to the second team in 2015 and 2018 — comes after an All-Star season in which she broke two of her own records. Vandersloot averaged a record-setting 9.1 assists and became the first WNBA player to reach 300 assists in a season.

‘‘We are so excited for Sloot to be able to realize a lifelong dream of hers and for her to be considered one of the best players in the world,’’ coach James Wade said in a statement. ‘‘For her to be recognized in this way and to be an All-Star on top of that, we thought it was a great year for her.’’

DeShields, meanwhile, earned her first All-WNBA selection after leading the Sky in scoring with a 16.2-point average in her second season.

‘‘All of the things that she’s accomplished since her rookie year . . . this is just icing on the cake,’’ Wade said. ‘‘We are thrilled for the years to come, to continue to see her growth and build on this successful campaign.’’

Joining Vandersloot on the first team were Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, the WNBA’s most valuable player and the only unanimous first-team selection, Mercury center Brittney Griner, Sparks guard Chelsea Gray and Storm forward Natasha Howard.

Sun forward Jonquel Jones, Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, Aces center Liz Cambage and Lynx guard Odyssey Sims joined DeShields on the second team.

DeShields said she was honored to be included among some of the WNBA’s best players.

‘‘This league is full of incredibly talented players, so I’m just happy to be recognized as one of them,’’ she said. ‘‘Looking forward to the future.’’

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