Dream's McCoughtry, Shock's Williams Named WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week
NEW YORK, Sept. 9, 2013 -- Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream and Riquna Williams of the Tulsa Shock were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Sept. 2 through Sunday, Sept. 8.
McCoughtry led the Eastern Conference in scoring last week, averaging 21.8 points as Atlanta went 3-1. Her 4.5 assists per game tied for first in the East, while her 2.5 steals per game ranked third. This marks McCoughtry’s fourth Player of the Week award of the season and 11th of her career.
Williams’ record-setting game to beat San Antonio featured 17-for-28 shooting from the field including 8-for-14 from three-point land. She scored eight points in each of the first two quarters before erupting for 20 in the third and 15 in the fourth as the Shock emerged victorious by a 98-65 final score. The 51-point effort surpassed the previous mark of 47 set by Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi in 2006 and Seattle’s Lauren Jackson in 2007. Two days earlier, Williams scored 18 points while pulling down seven rebounds in a losing effort to Los Angeles, 74-70.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne and Epiphanny Prince and Connecticut’s Tan White in the East, as well as Phoenix’s Taurasi and San Antonio’s Danielle Adams in the West.
Week 1: McCoughtry, Parker | Week 2: Latta, Brunson | Week 3: McCoughtry, Taurasi | Week 4: McCoughtry, Glory Johnson | Week 5: Delle Donne, Taurasi | Week 6: Delle Donne, Parker | Week 7: Fowles, Parker | Week 8: Catchings, Cambage | Week 9: Latta, Thompson | Week 10: Cambage, Charles | Week 11: Moore, Delle Donne | Week 12: Fowles, Toliver | Week 13: Moore, Delle Donne | Week 14: Catchings, Thompson