Dream's Angel McCoughtry and Silver Stars' Sophia Young Named WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile
NEW YORK, July 2, 2012 – Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream and Sophia Young of the San Antonio Silver Stars were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile, respectively, for games played June 25-July 1.
This marks the first season that Boost Mobile – the leaguewide marquee partner of the WNBA – has presented the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week awards.
For McCoughtry, the league leader this season in both scoring (22.6 ppg) and steals (3.15 spg), the Player of the Week award presented by Boost Mobile is the seventh such honor of her career and her first of the season.
McCoughtry opened the week with a game-high 22 points in a 70-58 victory over the Indiana Fever in which she also posted five boards, two blocks, two assists and two steals. Three days later she again led all scorers in a 102-92 road win over the Tulsa Shock, notching 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a pair of blocks. The University of Louisville product closed out the week with 21 points in a 71-69 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Sky.
The fourth-year pro led the Dream to a 2-1 record for the week, including wins over Eastern Conference rival Indiana and Tulsa. In the process, McCoughtry led the conference in scoring (22.3 ppg), was tied for second in blocks (1.67 bpg) and tied for eleventh in rebounds (5.7 rpg), while also contributing 2.3 assists per outing. With at least 20 points in each game, she ran her streak of consecutive games with 20-or-more points to six.
Young helped lead the Silver Stars to a 2-0 record on the week as San Antonio improved its overall record to 7-5, third best in the Western Conference, with wins over the two teams ahead of them in the standings, top-ranked Minnesota and Los Angeles. For the week, the seventh-year pro ranked second in the conference in scoring (22.5 ppg), third in field goal percentage (.621 on 18-of-29 shooting), fourth in rebounds (7.5 rpg) and tied for fourth in steals (2.0 spg).
The Baylor University product opened the week by scoring a team-high 23 points in a 94-80 win over the visiting Sparks. The win, San Antonio’s third in as many tries against Los Angeles this season, was marked by Young’s third consecutive 20-point effort vs. the Sparks. In three meetings with Los Angeles, Young has tallied 67 points.
Young then scored 22 points and pulled down a team-leading 10 rebounds as San Antonio topped visiting Minnesota, who entered the game with a league-best 13-1 record.
For Young, a three-time WNBA All-Star, the Player of the Week award presented by Boost Mobile is the second of her career and her first of the season.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile were Chicago’s Sylvia Fowles, Connecticut’s Asjha Jones, and Washington’s Crystal Langhorne in the East, and, in the West, Minnesota’s Rebekkah Brunson, Phoenix’s DeWanna Bonner, and Seattle’s Sue Bird.
The WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile are part of a series of on-court performance awards called the WNBA Performance Awards presented by Boost Mobile. The series, currently in its first season, also includes the WNBA Players of the Month presented by Boost Mobile and four of the WNBA's most prestigious year-end honors: WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Boost Mobile, WNBA Defensive Player of the Year presented by Boost Mobile, WNBA Sixth Woman presented by Boost Mobile, and WNBA Most Improved Player presented by Boost Mobile.For more information on this week's Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile winners, visit www.wnba.com/awards.