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Malone's daughter Ford named WNBA rookie of year

NEW YORK --The daughter of former Utah Jazz player Karl Malone, Cheryl Ford of the Detroit Shock, was a near-unanimous choice for 2003 WNBA Rookie of the Year.

Ford, who attended Louisiana Tech like her father, received 49 of a possible 54 votes from a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

Other players receiving votes were Cleveland's LaToya Thomas (2), San Antonio's Gwen Jackson (2) and Sacramento's Kara Lawson (1).

Ford became only the sixth player, and first rookie, in WNBA history to average a double-double 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds for the season.

Ford ranked second in the entire WNBA in rebound average, first in double-doubles (15), ninth in field goal percentage (47.4) and 12th in blocked shots (0.97).

Among rookies, Ford was second in scoring; first in rebounding, field goal percentage, minutes played (29.9), and blocked shots; and second in steals (1.00).

In addition to her individual accomplishments, Ford helped lead the Shock to the best record in the WNBA.