Liberty’s Tina Charles, Sparks’ Candace Parker named WNBA Players of the Week

NEW YORK – Tina Charles of the New York Liberty and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks today were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Aug. 21-27.

Charles was selected Player of the Week for the 27th time in eight seasons, extending her WNBA record. This is her sixth Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor this season.

Behind Charles, New York went 3-0 last week to extend its winning streak to eight games and improve to 20-12 for the season.  The 6-4 center ranked fourth among East players in scoring (18.3 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (8.0 rpg).  She also was second in three-point field goal percentage (62.5, 5-of-8) and tied for second in steals (2.0 spg).

The 2012 WNBA MVP opened her week with 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists in just 25 minutes as New York defeated the host Indiana Fever 71-50 on Aug. 23.  She then posted 20 points, seven rebounds and three steals in a 74-66 home win over the Washington Mystics on Aug. 25.  Charles capped the week with 22 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes during a 92-62 victory over the Chicago Sky at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 27 – the former University of Connecticut star’s 19th 20-point game of the season.

Parker was named Western Conference Player of the Week for fourth time this season.  She raised her career total to 22 Player of the Week awards in 10 seasons.

With the 6-4 forward-center leading the way, Los Angeles went 3-0 for the week to improve to 24-8 and move within a half-game of the league-leading Minnesota Lynx (24-7).  Parker tied for sixth among West players in scoring (16.0 ppg), was fifth in rebounding (7.3 rpg) and contributed 3.7 assists per game.  She also converted six of her 14 three-point field goal attempts (42.9 percent).

A two-time MVP (2008, 2013), Parker’s week was highlighted by a game-high 24-point effort in a 78-67 defeat of the visiting Lynx on Aug. 27.  She also finished with 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals in the win.  The former University of Tennessee standout began the week with 12 points, six assists and five rebounds in just 24 minutes in a 75-55 home win over the San Antonio Stars on Aug. 22.  Her week also included a 12-point, seven-rebound performance in an 82-67 win at the Phoenix Mercury on Aug. 24.

Other candidates for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were the Atlanta Dream’s Tiffany Hayes and Elizabeth Williams, Chicago’s Stefanie Dolson, the Connecticut Sun’s Alyssa Thomas, the Dallas Wings’ Skylar Diggins-Smith, Los Angeles’ Nneka Ogwumike and Odyssey Sims, Phoenix’s Brittney Griner and Washington’s Elena Delle Donne and Emma Meesseman.

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