Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner has been named defensive player of the year, the WNBA announced Friday.
Head Coach Sandy Brondello was named the 2014 coach of the year, a first in the franchise's 18-year history, according to a press release.
Griner set multiple records this year, including blocks in a season, at 129, and blocks in a single game, 11. She also blocked more shots individually than 8 WNBA teams combined, the league said.
This is the first time the team has had a defensive player of the year winner.
She received 31 votes out of 38 from a panel of 38 national sportswriters and broadcasters, the league said.
Brondello led the team to a 29-5 record, the highest single-season win total in league history, the WNBA said. She received 33 votes out of 38 from a national panel.
"Under Brondello’s leadership this season, Phoenix improved its win total by 10 games from a year ago (29-5 vs. 19-15) and in the process, author a 16-game winning streak, marking the second longest in WNBA history. The Mercury also set franchise records for highest winning percentage (.853), highest home winning percentage (.941, 16-1), most consecutive home wins (15) and most consecutive road wins (seven)," the league said in a press release.
Griner will be awarded $5,000 and a trophy.