NEW YORK, Aug. 27, 2012 – Sancho Lyttle of the Atlanta Dream and Kristi Toliver of the Los Angeles Sparks were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile, respectively, for games played Aug. 20 through Aug. 26.
This marks the first season that Boost Mobile – the WNBA’s leaguewide marquee partner – has presented the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week awards.
For Lyttle, the Player of the Week award presented by Boost Mobile is her first of the season and the second of her career. She previously won the award in August of 2009.
Now in her eighth WNBA campaign, Lyttle led Atlanta to a 2-1 record for the week, as the Dream earned victories over Eastern Conference foes Chicago (82-71) and Washington (81-69), and fell only to league-leading Minnesota (84-74). In the wins, the University of Houston product picked up the slack for Atlanta, which played both of those games without WNBA scoring leader Angel McCoughtry. For the week, Lyttle led Atlanta in scoring (17.3 ppg), rebounding (7.3 rpg), and steals (2.7 apg), while also averaging 3.7 assists. In the process, she ranked second in the East in steals, third in scoring, and fourth in rebounds, free throw percentage (.889), and minutes (34.3 mpg).
Lyttle opened the week with a season-best 24 points at Chicago, where she also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out five assists, and recorded one blocked shot. She then notched 14 points, six boards, four assists and three steals at Washington on the first night of back-to-back games, and followed that up with another 14 points, nine rebounds and four steals against Minnesota.
For Toliver, who is authoring the best season of her young career, the Player of the Week award presented by Boost Mobile is the first in her four WNBA seasons.
In leading the Sparks to a 3-0 mark on the week and back into second place in the West (behind Minnesota and ahead of San Antonio) , Toliver led the conference in scoring (25.3 ppg), ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (.619 on 13-of-21 shooting from behind the arc), and tied for second in steals (2.0 spg). She also tied for fourth in both assists (4.3 apg) and field goal percentage (.571, 24-of-42).
The University of Maryland product began the week with 21 points, three steals, three assists and four rebounds in a 79-68 win over visiting Indiana that clinched a playoff spot for Los Angeles. She then equaled her season-high of 29 points, distributed six assists, and grabbed two rebounds in a 101-77 home win over conference rival San Antonio. Toliver closed out the week with 26 points (her fourth consecutive game of 20-or-more points and her ninth straight with 19-or-more), four assists, and two thefts as Los Angeles downed New York at Staples Center. For the Sparks, who are 4-0 since returning from the Olympic break, the victory was their ninth in a row overall, the longest current streak in the league.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile were Indiana’s Katie Douglas, New York’s Cappie Pondexter, and Washington’s Crystal Langhorne in the East, and, in the West, Minnesota’s Rebekkah Brunson, San Antonio’s Danielle Robinson, Seattle’s Camille Little, and Tulsa’s Roneeka Hodges.
The WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile are part of a series of oncourt 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.