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McConnell Serio is WNBA coach of year

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Suzie McConnell Serio was honored as WNBA coach of the year Saturday after guiding the Minnesota Lynx to a second consecutive playoff berth despite the loss of leading scorer Katie Smith to a knee injury with 11 games left.

Teresa Edwards, the 40-year-old Lynx guard, won the Kim Perrot sportsmanship award. Edwards and McConnell Serio were Olympic teammates in 1988 and 1992.

McConnell Serio edged Connecticut coach Mike Thibault by one vote. She received 15 of 48 votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

Edwards, a five-time Olympian, helped fill the void left by Smith as Minnesota finished 18-16, sharing the third best record in the league.

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Edwards scored 18 points in a 64-61 victory over the Seattle Storm on Sept. 10. Edwards shot 6-for-9, including 3-for-4 from 3-point range, and had five rebounds and three steals.

"I can'tthink of another player who is more deserving of this award," McConnell Serio said. "She commands enormous respect from other players and holds such a deep passion and love for the game."

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