Moore Records for Maya, Latta Lifts Her Game as All-Stars Take Home Player of the Week Awards
NEW YORK, July 28, 2014 Ivory Latta of the Washington Mystics and Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx were named the WNBAs Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played July 21 through July 27.
For Latta, this Player of the Week award is her first of the season and the fourth of her career. For the week, Latta led the East in assists (5.3 apg), ranked second in scoring (20.3 ppg), and third in both field goal percentage (.564, 22-of-39) and three-point shooting percentage (.500, 12-of-14).
Latta led the Mystics to a 3-0 record with consecutive home wins over Connecticut, Tulsa and Atlanta. The wins extended the Mystics current winning streak to four games and vaulted Washington into second place in the Eastern Conference with an overall record of 13-13. The WNBA All-Star began the week with 23 points, six assists, and three rebounds in an 89-75 win over the Sun. Two days later against the Shock, she tallied 17 points and four assists in an 82-77 win. To close out the week, Latta handed the Dream its fourth straight loss, posting 21 points, six rebounds, and six assists.
For the season, the University of North Carolina product is leading the Mystics in scoring (12.3 ppg) and is tied for first on the team in assists (3.3 apg).
This Player of the Week honor is Moores league-leading fourth of the season, her third in as many weeks, and the ninth such honor of her career. For the week, Moore shared the scoring lead in the West with Tulsas Odyssey Sims (25.7 ppg), tied for third in the conference in rebounds (8.3 rpg), ranked fourth in three-point shooting percentage (.467, 7-of-15), and placed ninth in assists (4.0 apg).
Moore helped the Lynx to a 3-0 mark for the week as Minnesota became the second club in the Western Conference to clinch a playoff berth. In a thrilling 112-108 double-overtime win over the defending Eastern Conference champion Atlanta Dream, Moore registered a double-double with 48 points and 10 rebounds. The 48 points were the second most in a single game in league history and marked the 10th time this season that Moore scored 30 or more points in a game, tying a WNBA record set by Phoenixs Diana Taurasi in 2008. Against the Dream, Moore shot 16-of-30 from the floor, including seven-of-nine from three-point range. Moore closed out her week by scoring a game-high 17 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists in a 76-65 victory over Connecticut.
For the season, Moore leads the league in scoring (24.3 ppg), ranks eighth in rebounding (8.3 rpg), and is tied for fourth in steals (1.92 spg).
Other candidates for WNBA Player of the Week in the Eastern Conference were Atlantas Sancho Lyttle, Chicagos Sylvia Fowles, Connecticuts Kelsey Bone, and New Yorks Tina Charles. Additional candidates in the Western Conference were Phoenixs Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner, Seattles Crystal Langhorne, and Tulsas Odyssey Sims.