Toliver Named Western Conference Player of the Month
Toliver Averaged 23.8 Points and 5.2 Assists Per Game in August
Los Angeles – Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver was named the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Boost Mobile today, for games played from August 16 through the end of the month following the break for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Toliver, who last week was named the Western Conference Player of the Week presented by Boost Mobile for the first time in her career, now adds her first ever Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Boost Month award. It marks the fourth straight month in which a Sparks’ player has earned the Western Conference honor (Candace Parker won the award in May, June, and July).
A fourth-year pro from the University of Maryland, Toliver led all Western Conference players in scoring (23.8 ppg), field goal percentage (.625 on 40-of-64 shooting) and three-point field goal percentage (.655, going 19-of-29 from beyond the arc), while also finishing third in assists (5.2 apg), and eighth in free throw percentage (.870, making 20-of-23 shots from the charity stripe).
Having flourished under new head coach Carol Ross and putting up career-high figures for scoring (18.7 ppg), assists (4.9 apg), and starts (26 games), Toliver helped the Sparks to a 4-1 mark in August. In the process, Los Angeles improved its overall record to 19-7 at month’s end and clinched a spot in the WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile for the first time since 2010.
Highlights of Toliver’s month included:
• Scored 21 or more points in all five games and logged five or more assists three times
• Tied her season (and career) high of 29 points, reaching that figure for the third time
• Aug. 16 at Seattle: Recorded 22 points and five assists
• Aug. 23 vs. San Antonio: Logged 29 points and dished out six assists
• Aug. 25 vs. New York: Finished with 26 points and four assists
• Aug. 30 at Tulsa: Closed the month with a 21-point, eight-rebound effort