New York's Cappie Pondexter and Los Angeles' Tina Thompson Named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month


Cappie Pondexter and Tina Thompson
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NEW YORK, August 24, 2010 – Cappie Pondexter of the New York Liberty and Tina Thompson of the Los Angeles Sparks were named WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors, respectively, for games played in August.

This marks the first season that the WNBA has honored a player from each conference with the Player of the Month award. The awards are part of the WNBA Performance Awards presented by Kia Motors, an official marketing partner of the WNBA.

Pondexter helped guide the Liberty to a 9-1 (.900) mark, the best record in the league for August, and a franchise-record 10-game winning streak before a loss at Washington on Aug. 20, 74-75. Thompson led the Sparks to the second best mark in the Western Conference at 5-4 (.555).



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Named Player of the Week five times this season, Pondexter leads her team in multiple statistical categories including points, assists, and free throw percentage. In August, the fifth-year pro led the league in scoring (23.0 ppg) and ranked third in the Eastern Conference in assists (4.7 apg). Pondexter also led the conference in free-throw percentage (.931) and posted the fifth best three-point field goal percentage (.426 on 20-for-47 shooting).

An unstoppable offensive force, Pondexter demonstrated her ability to take over games in critical wins against the Atlanta Dream on Aug. 13, and Connecticut Sun on Aug. 22. Against the Dream, Pondexter registered 31 points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals and shot 13-for-13 from the free throw line. A week later against the Sun, she topped the 30-point mark again with 31 points to go along with four rebounds, six assists and a season-high four steals.

Thompson, the only player remaining in the WNBA from its inaugural season in 1997, has led a Sparks team faced with adversity this season after weathering a number of key injuries early-on. With a strong finish to end the regular season, the Sparks secured the No. 4 playoff seed in the Western Conference, and Thompson enters the postseason on a quest to become the first player in WNBA history to win five championships. On Aug. 8 against the San Antonio Silver Stars, Thompson also became the league’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing Lisa Leslie’s 6,263 points.



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In August, Thompson averaged 21.9 points, third overall behind Pondexter and Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever (22.0 ppg). The four-time WNBA champion also ranked third in the Western Conference (eighth overall) with 7.3 rebounds per game, and sixth overall in free throw percentage (.938).

Thompson scored 20-or-more points six times in August. Against the Tulsa Shock on Aug. 14, she recorded 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. She compiled 26 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a crucial win against the Minnesota Lynx on Aug. 20.

The WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Kia Motors are part of a series of on-court performance awards called "The WNBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors." The series, currently in its second season, includes four of the WNBA's most prestigious year-end honors: Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Sixth Woman of the Year, along with the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week. Kia Motors has been an official marketing partner of the WNBA since 2008.

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