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Coach Dan Hughes will keep giving Sophia Young the ball after she earned her first Player of the Week honor.
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NEW YORK, May 27, 2008 Lindsay Whalen of the Connecticut Sun and Sophia Young of the San Antonio Silver Stars were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Saturday, May 17, through Sunday, May 25.
Whalen earns her third career Player of the Week award after averaging 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.0 assists while hitting 56.5 percent (13-23) of her field goals and 57.1 percent of her three-pointers (4-for-7). With 7.0 assists per game, Whalen is tied with Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks for the league lead while her mark stands as the best average in the Eastern Conference. Her 7.0 assists average over the Suns first three games is a full 2.1 assists per game higher than her career average of 4.9.
Led by Whalen, the Sun jumped out to a 3-0 record and sit atop the Eastern Conference standings as the lone undefeated squad in the conference. In the teams first two wins, she pulled up two assists shy of a double-double while scoring in double figures in all three games.
Against Sacramento, Whalen led the Sun to a win after being down 12 points in the first half with a team-high 21 points.
Young receives the first Player of the Week award of her career after averaging 23.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals while shooting 59.6 percent from the floor (28-for-47). She topped 20 points in each of the Silver Stars first three games, guiding the team to a 2-1 start with key wins over Western Conference rivals Phoenix and Seattle. In each game, she was the Silver Stars leading scoring.
On May 17, Young suited up for San Antonio after playing her final game of the Turkish League Championship on May 14. Following that game, she flew from Turkey to San Antonio and then from San Antonio to Sacramento with the team where she poured in a game-high 22 points.
A two-time All-Star, Young has already received a number of accolades in her two years in the WNBA. She was a unanimous selection to the 2006 WNBA All-Rookie Team and was named to the All-WNBA Second Team in 2007.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Atlantas Erika De Souza, Chicagos Armintie Price, Indianas Katie Douglas, Houstons Tina Thompson, Los Angeles Candace Parker, Minnesotas Charde Houston, Phoenixs Cappie Pondexter, Sacramentos Rebekkah Brunson, Seattles Lauren Jackson and Washingtons Taj McWilliams-Franklin.
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