Dream's McCoughtry and Mercury's Taurasi Named WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month
NEW YORK, July 1, 2013 -- Angel McCoughtry of the Atlanta Dream and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury were named the WNBAs Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in June.
For McCoughtry, the WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month award comes after winning three of the first five Player of the Week awards of the 2013 WNBA season. McCoughtry led the Dream (10-1) to its best start in franchise history, averaging 19.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists and a league-leading 4.1 steals in June. The two-time WNBA All-Star is also averaging 20 points in her teams wins this season.
Highlights of McCoughtrys WNBA action in June included:
June 7 vs. New York: Double-double with 15 points and 10 assists in a 75-56 win
June 14 vs. Seattle: 23 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and five steals in a 68-59 win
June 16 vs. Chicago: 23 points including three-for-five from behind the arc
June 23 at Connecticut: 34 points in a 78-77 win
Taurasi, the leagues leading scorer with 24.2 ppg in June, earned the Western Conference Player of the Month award after taking home two of the seasons five Player of the Week awards. She led Phoenix to a 7-3 record, and her 242 points were nearly 100 more than any other player in the WNBA for the month. She also ranks fourth in the league in assists (5.3 apg) during that stretch.
Highlights of Taurasis month included:
June 14 vs. Los Angeles: 34 points, seven assists and six steals in a 97-81 win
June 16 at Tulsa: 29 points, nine assists and nine rebounds in a 108-103 win
June 21 vs. Washington: 31 points in a 90-82 win
June 27 at Washington: 26 points and eight assists in a 101-97 win