Former SU star Brittney Sykes named WNBA Rookie of the Month

Brittney Sykes was named WNBA Rookie of the Month for July, averaging 17 points and five rebounds per game throughout the month. (PHOTO: Fox Sports)

Brittney Sykes, a former Syracuse University Women's Basketball star, is making a name for herself in the WNBA.

Sykes was named the league's Rookie of the Month (for July) due to her outstanding performances, leading all rookies for the month with an average of 17.8 points per game, which ranks her third overall in the Eastern Conference and eighth overall for the league.

Her double-digit point game streak was extended to 13 games after scoring double figures in all 11 July games. Sykes' first 20-point game came on July 18 when she led the Atlanta Dream to victory over the San Antonio Stars. Her highest point contribution to the Dream was when she scored a career-high 27 points in an overtime loss to the Washington Mystics.

So far, Sykes has been averaging 12.2 points and four rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game. She has started in 12 of the 23 games so far for Atlanta, who is 10-13 on the season.

For the season, Sykes is averaging 12.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 22.3 minutes. She has started 12 of 23 games for Atlanta, which is 10-13.

According to the WNBA, below are some of the other impressive statistics that Sykes tallied during the month of July:

July 2 vs. New York: Finished with 19 points and nine rebounds in an 81-72 win over the Liberty.

July 18 vs. San Antonio: Scored 20 points (9-of-10 free throws) in 26 minutes in an 88-75 victory against the San Antonio Stars.

July 25 vs. Phoenix: Scored 20 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds in a 99-91 overtime win over the Mercury.

On Thursday August 3, you can watch Sykes on ESPN2, taking on Minnesota at 8 p.m.

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