Erika de Souza Named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week

ATLANTA, June 9, 2014 – Atlanta Dream center Erika de Souza has been named the WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. It marks the first Player of the Week award for de Souza during her career.

During a pair of impressive victories last week, de Souza averaged 23.5 points on 66.7 percent field goal shooting, and added 9.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game. She was also a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line in the two victories.

On June 3 during a 93-85 victory over Los Angeles, de Souza tied her career high with 27 points, sinking 13-of-18 shots, added 11 rebounds for a double-double, and swatted two shots. She then collected 20 points, eight boards, four assists and two steals as Atlanta (5-3) beat Chicago by a franchise-record 38 points (97-59) on June 7 to move into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.

De Souza currently leads lead the league in field goal percentage (.670) and is the only player in the WNBA to rank in the top six in scoring (18.5 - sixth), rebounding (9.5 - fifth) and blocks (1.4 - fourth). She has totaled at least 14 points and eight rebounds in every game this season for the Dream.

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi was named the Western Conference Player of the Week.

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week in the Eastern Conference were Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne, Connecticut’s Alex Bentley, Indiana’s Erlana Larkins, and New York’s Cappie Pondexter. Additional candidates in the Western Conference were Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus, San Antonio’s Sophia Young-Malcolm, Seattle’s Crystal Langhorne, and Tulsa’s Skylar Diggins.

The three-time Eastern Conference Champion Atlanta Dream is in its seventh season in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Dream has qualified for the playoffs in each of the past five seasons, including conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010. Season tickets and single-game tickets for the 2014 season can be purchased by calling (877) 977-7729 or visiting www.AtlantaDream.net. The next home game is scheduled for Friday, June 13, against the Minnesota Lynx at 7:30 p.m. The complete 2014 schedule can be found at www.wnba.com/dream/schedule.