WNBA Names McCarville As Eastern Conference Player Of The Week

NEW YORK [Sept. 8] – The WNBA has named Janel McCarville as the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 7.

McCarville collects the second Player of the Week award of the season and her career after averaging 23.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists on 60.8 percent (31-51) shooting from the field. She led the team to a 3-0 record on the week with wins over Houston, Atlanta and Chicago. In the process, the Liberty locked up their record-tying ninth playoff berth in the WNBA’s 12 seasons. New York currently sits in third place in the Eastern Conference with four games remaining.

McCarville opened the week with a career-high 33 points in New York’s 90-87 overtime victory at Houston. Her scoring output also tied the franchise record for points in a game. One game later against Atlanta, she poured in 21 points in the playoff-clinching win, marking the fourth time in her last six games she scored 20 or more points. Her 16 points against Chicago gave her the team high in each of the Liberty’s three wins this week.

The former No. 1 overall pick of the 2005 WNBA Draft, McCarville is currently averaging 14.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists, all of which are career highs. In 2007, she was named the WNBA Most Improved Player in her first season with the Liberty after the team selected her with the third pick in the 2007 WNBA Charlotte Sting Dispersal Draft.

Diana Taurasi was named the Player of the Week for the Western Conference. Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Connecticut’s Tamika Whitmore, Detroit’s Plenette Pierson, Los Angeles’ Candace Parker, Sacramento’s Kara Lawson, San Antonio’s Becky Hammon and Seattle’s Sue Bird.

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