Behind the Numbers: Charles Taking Charge
Tina Charles is no stranger to prosperity. Before joining the New York Liberty – via one of the biggest game-changing transactions in WNBA history – she led UConn to consecutive national championships (2009 and 2010, respectively), was recognized as the 2010 WNBA Rookie of the Year and was awarded with the 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player distinction.
Charles has carried over this success to a well-coached and talent-laden Liberty organization that’s in search of rejuvenation. In her first season in the Big Apple, Charles has proved to be a much needed spark. With 15 games to go, New York is only four victories away from matching their win total from one season ago and they are currently one of the hottest team in the WNBA, having four of their last six games.
New York’s recent outpouring can be attributed to the stellar play of Charles, whose production is, not surprisingly, comparable to that of the best frontcourt players in the WNBA.
Check out some of Tina’s impressive stats from her 2014 campaign, to date:
24.6During the Liberty’s three-game win streak (prior to losing to San Antonio on July 9), Charles dominated opposing bigs with an unstoppable post game. She has leveraged this success in the paint to land easy baskets and multiple trips to the charity stripe, en route to 24.6 points per game. Her most impressive outing, during this stretch, was on July 6 vs. Minnesota where Charles tallied 32 points (career-high) and 10 boards against the defending champions. In the last 10 games, Charles is sixth in the league in PPG at 17.9 and on the season.
4Along with her sweet offensive touch inside the paint, Charles has been rebounding at an outstanding clip for the Liberty. She’s averaging 9.0 RPG on the which is good for fifth in the WNBA. She is also second in the WNBA in double-doubles (8), trailing only behind Tula’s Courtney Paris (9).
19.5Stats can often be misleading without being put in the appropriate context. To give fans perspective, the WNBA (in conjunction with SAP) released player efficiency ratings to provide a better understanding of how player contributions translate to team success. With a rating of 19.5, Tina Charles ranks eighth in the WNBA in Efficiency; which outstanding given the league average of 15.00.