Catchings Extends Record Haul by Taking Home Player of the Week Award

Official Release | July 21, 2014

NEW YORK – Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever and Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played July 14 through July 18.

Catchings, the 2011 regular-season MVP and MVP of the 2012 WNBA Finals presented by Boost Mobile, led Indiana to a 1-1 record for the week, including a win over division rival Chicago. This Player of the Week award is the first for Catchings in 2014 and extends her career mark to a league-record 21 such honors. For the week, Catchings led the Eastern Conference in scoring (25.0 ppg), ranked second in three-point field goal percentage (.667, 4-of-6), tied for fourth in steals (2.5 spg), and placed 10th in rebounds (6.5 rpg).

Catchings, who scored the game-winning layup in Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2014 on Saturday to give the East a 125-124 overtime win, was a model of consistency during the week, scoring 25 points in consecutive games against the Los Angeles Sparks and the Chicago Sky. In the 82-64 victory over Chicago on July 17, Catchings – now in her 13th active WNBA campaign – also contributed nine rebounds, four steals, and two assists. She added four rebounds and a pair of blocks to her 25-point effort in the 86-78 defeat at Los Angeles.

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After missing Indiana’s first 17 contests due to an ailing back, the University of Tennessee product is averaging 19.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.0 steals in six games this season.

For Moore, the Player of the Week award is her league-leading third of the season, her second in a row, and the eighth such honor of her career. She also captured the Western Conference Player of the Month honor in May, and registered 24 points in the Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star Game.

Moore helped Minnesota to a 1-0 mark for the week as the Lynx improved its record to 17-6, remaining in second place in the West. For the week, the University of Connecticut product led the league in scoring (32.0 ppg) and ranked fourth in the West in rebounding (9.0 rpg) after leading Minnesota over the Tulsa Shock. Moore also contributed five assists, two steals, and a block in the 93-82 win, while matching her career best of 11 made free throws (in 13 attempts). Her 12 fourth-quarter points helped Minnesota hold off Tulsa’s come-from-behind bid.

For the season, Moore leads the league in scoring (24.1 ppg) and has logged nine games of 30 or more points, tying Lauren Jackson for second most in a single WNBA season, just one behind Diana Taurasi’s record of 10 such games in 2008. Moore also ranks fifth in the WNBA this season in steals (2.0 spg) and is tied for fifth in double-doubles (7), while ranking eighth in rebounding (8.3 rpg) and 15th in field goal percentage (.486, 202-of-416).

Other candidates for WNBA Player of the Week in the Eastern Conference were Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry, New York’s Tina Charles and Washington’s Monique Currie. Additional candidates in the Western Conference were Los Angeles’s Candace Parker and Tulsa’s Skylar Diggins.

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