July 7, 2010
NEW YORK - Lauren Jackson of the Seattle Storm was named the league’s Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Kia Motors for regular-season games played in June.
This marks the first season that Kia Motors, an official marketing partner of the WNBA, has presented the WNBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Month award.
Jackson has helped Seattle to the best overall start in franchise history -- 15-2, including 13-2 in June.
The Western Conference Player of the Month in May, Jackson has earned the Conference’s Player of the Week award four times in the first seven weeks of the season, surpassing Lisa Leslie in the process for the most such honors in a career (18).
Over 10 games in June, the native of Australia averaged 22.1 ppg, second overall behind Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury (22.9 ppg). The two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player also ranked second in the West and fifth overall with 9.3 rebounds per game. Jackson, who posted four double-doubles and scored 20-or-more points five times in June, opened and closed the month with her best scoring efforts of the season, a 32-point output vs. Atlanta on June 1 and a 31-point effort vs. San Antonio on June 29. The latter game also included a season-high 15 rebounds by the tenth year pro.
The Storm’s leader in both scoring and rebounding to date this season, Jackson enters play this week ranked second in the league in scoring (21.4 ppg), trailing only Taurasi. She also ranks sixth in rebounding (9.0 rpg).
Crystal Langhorne of the Washington Mystics was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month presented by Kia Motors. The WNBA’s Most Improved Player in 2009, Langhorne earns her first career closed Player of the Month honor after closing out June by winning the first Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors award of her career. The third-year pro ranked second in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the WNBA in scoring, averaging 18.5 ppg during the month, while posting the top shooting percentage in the East (.643 on 63-for-98 ahooting). She also finished third in rebounding in the East, fourth in the league, with 10.3 rpg.
Langhorne, who posted four double-doubles and four games of 20-or-more points during the month, had perhaps her strongest performances in a three-game stretch during the final full week of June. In that week she registered a career-high 27 points, season-high five steals and 14 rebounds in a win over the Los Angeles Sparks. Three days later, she recorded a new career best of 31 points in a win over the defending champion Phoenix Mercury.
Jackson and Langhorne led their respective clubs to the best records in the WNBA during June as Seattle posted a 9-1 (.900) mark and Washington a 6-2 (.750) record.
The WNBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors are part of a series of on-court performance awards called "The WNBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors." The series, currently in its second season, includes four of the WNBA's most prestigious year-end honors: Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Sixth Woman of the Year, along with the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week. Kia Motors has been an official marketing partner of the WNBA since 2008.