DREAM FORWARD IZIANE CASTRO MARQUES NAMED WNBA EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

ATLANTA, July 12, 2010 - Atlanta Dream forward Iziane Castro Marques has been named the WNBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors, for games played Monday, July 5 through Sunday, July 11.

This marks the first season that Kia Motors – an official WNBA marketing partner – has presented the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week award.

Castro Marques, the WNBA’s sixth-ranked scorer thus far in 2010 with an average of 17.8 points per game, wins the first Player of the Week award of her career. The honor comes after the eighth-year pro helped lead Eastern Conference leader Atlanta to a franchise record for points in a 108-103 overtime victory against the Connecticut Sun. In that game, the native of Brazil recorded a career-high 32 points and added seven assists.

For the week, Castro Marques shared the league lead in scoring (32.0 ppg) with her teammate, Angel McCoughtry, and tied for second in assists with Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi (7.0 apg). The effort against Connecticut by Castro Marques and McCoughtry marked only the fifth time in WNBA history that a pair of teammates scored 30-or-more points in the same game.

Phoenix Mercury forward Candice Dupree was awarded the Western Conference Player of the Week, the third of her WNBA career.

For more information on this week's Players of the Week presented by Kia Motors winners, visit www.wnba.com/awards.

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