Lisa Leslie Named WNBA Player of the Week
-- Breaks WNBA Record with Fourth Honor this Season --
With a pair of victories on the week, Leslie helped the
Leslie recorded her 10th and 11th double-double of the season on July 14 and July 16, respectively, while averaging 29.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.0 steals, 2.0 blocks per game and shooting 57.9 percent from field goal range.
In a 95-85 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on July 14, Leslie tallied 30 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 blocks and a steal while knocking down 12-for-21 field-goals and 6-for-10 free throws. Two days later she scored a game-high 29 points while grabbing 14 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 assists and shooting 10-for-17 field goals and 9-for-14 free throws to lead her team to a 90-78 win over the Minnesota Lynx.
Leslie currently leads the league in total points (482), rebounds (224), free-throws (122), field goals made (177) and double-doubles (11).
Were the regular season to end today, Leslie’s 21.0 points per game would rank as a career best. Similarly, her 52.7 field-goal percentage would exceed her career average of 46.7 percent and the
career-best 49.4 percent she shot in 2004.
Other candidates for WNBA Player of the Week were Charlotte’s Tangela Smith, Connecticut’s Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Detroit’s Cheryl Ford, Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi, Indiana’s Tamika Whitmore, Sacramento’s Yolanda Griffith, Seattle’s Lauren Jackson and Janell Burse and Washington’s Chasity Melvin.
2006 WNBA Player of the Week winners:
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