Wiggins Named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week

The WNBA named Minnesota Lynx guard Candice Wiggins its Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, June 22 through Sunday, June 28. The award is Wiggins' first of her career.

The third overall pick of the 2008 WNBA Draft, Wiggins is the second member of the Lynx to receive the award this month (Seimone Augustus) and third in franchise history, joining Katie Smith (twice) and Augustus (three times).

“I'm thrilled to receive this prestigious award,” Wiggins said. “To be selected from a great group of players is truly an honor. I couldn't have done this without the help of my teammates and I want to thank them for all their hard work."

In two games last week (2-0), Wiggins averaged a Western Conference-high 23.5 points per game while shooting 16-of-35 (.457 FG%) from the field and 7-16 (.438 FG%) from the three-point line. In the June 23 win over New York, Wiggins led Minnesota with 25 points - two points shy of her career high - on 4-of-6 (.666 FG%) shooting from the three-point line. She also recorded five assists and a season-high three steals. In the June 27 win over Phoenix, Wiggins recorded a team-high 22 points on 7-of-16 (.438 FG%) shooting and added four assists and a season-high six rebounds. In that game, the Lynx posted 109 points, the second-highest point total in franchise history and the top regulation total in the WNBA this season.

On the season, Wiggins ranks 15th in the WNBA in scoring (14.2 ppg), 16th in assists (2.9 apg), 21st in steals (1.33 spg) and 15th in minutes (31.0 mpg). Wiggins also ranks third in the WNBA in free-throw accuracy, shooting 95.1 percent from the line. In 2008, Wiggins captured Rookie of the Month honors for June, and was later named to the WNBA's All-Rookie team along with teammate Nicky Anosike. In 2008, the 5'11 guard finished the season averaging 15.7 points per game, the WNBA's highest scoring average for a player off the bench. Wiggins came off the bench to score 20+ points in seven games last season, breaking Chamique Holdsclaw's WNBA record of six 20+ games off the bench.

Minnesota's perfect week vaulted them back into a tie with Seattle for the top spot in the Western Conference at 6-3. The 6-3 mark equals the best nine-game start for the Lynx in team history. The Lynx are currently ranked second in scoring with 84.7 points per game and third in three-point field goal percentage (.397 FG%).

Indiana's Tamika Catchings was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

Other candidates for the WNBA's Western Conference Player of the Week included Phoenix’s Cappie Pondexter, Sacramento’s Rebekkah Brunson, San Antonio’s Becky Hammon and Seattle’s Lauren Jackson.
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