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Weatherspoon Voted Best Defensive

August 21, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Teresa Weatherspoon of the New York Liberty repeated as the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Weatherspoon, a guard, led the league in steals with 3.33 per game and played a major role as the Liberty held opposing teams to 65.5 points a game in 30 games during the recently completed season.

Weatherspoon drew 28 of a possible 45 votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters in results announced Friday. Kim Perrot of the Houston Comets finished second with eight votes, while the Utah Starzz’s Margo Dydek had seven.

The league also announced Friday that its regular-season attendance had increased by an average of 12 percent per game for its second year.

The average attendance went to 10,869 per game.

Washington led with an average crowd of 15,910.