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Mystic's Latta, Lynx's Moore Named WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week

NEW YORK, September 16, 2013  Ivory Latta of the Washington Mystics and Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx were named the WNBAs Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 15.

Latta averaged 15.3 points last week, leading Washington to a 3-0 record as the Mystics clinched the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Her 3.7 assists per game tied for fifth in the East, while her mark of .600 from three-point land ranked second. This is the third time Latta has been named Player of the Week, with each of the honors coming this season.

In a 69-67 win over Indiana on Sept. 10, Latta scored 15 points and recorded four assists to help Washington clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2010. Later in the week she scored a game-high 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field as the Mystics defeated Connecticut, 82-56. Latta also shot 5-for-7 from behind the three-point arc. To wrap up the week, Latta chipped in 12 points as the Mystics defeated the Liberty on Sept. 15, 70-52.

Moores 19.7 points per game last week ranked second in the West as Minnesota posted a 2-1 record and clinched the No. 1 overall seed and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. She also averaged 5.3 rebounds while ranking sixth in the West in assists (3.7), field goal percentage (.561) and three-point percentage (.462). This marks Moores third Player of the Week award this season and fifth of her career.

To help defeat Seattle 73-60 on Sept. 10, Moore scored 20 points and tallied a personal season-best five steals. Two days later, she scored 17 points in an 85-84 loss to Los Angeles. On Sept. 14, Moore recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds to help Minnesota defeat Chicago 79-66 and earn home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. She also tied a personal season-high with six assists.

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Atlantas Angel McCoughtry and Chicagos Elena Delle Donne, Epiphanny Prince and Sylvia Fowles in the East, as well as Los Angeles Nneka Ogwumike, Minnesotas Lindsay Whalen, San Antonios Danielle Adams and Tulsas Riquna Williams in the West.

Week 1: McCoughtry, Parker | Week 2: Latta, Brunson | Week 3: McCoughtry, Taurasi | Week 4: McCoughtry, Glory Johnson | Week 5: Delle Donne, Taurasi | Week 6: Delle Donne, Parker | Week 7: Fowles, Parker | Week 8: Catchings, Cambage | Week 9: Latta, Thompson | Week 10: Cambage, Charles | Week 11: Moore, Delle Donne | Week 12: Fowles, Toliver | Week 13: Moore, Delle Donne | Week 14: Catchings, Thompson | Week 15: McCoughtry, Williams