Mystics' Latta and Lynx's Brunson Named WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week

Mystics' Latta and Lynx's Brunson Named WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week

NEW YORK, June 10, 2013 -- Ivory Latta of the Washington Mystics and Rebekkah Brunson of the Minnesota Lynx were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played June 3 through June 9.

Latta led the Mystics to two wins this week, an emotional one for her family following the passing of her grandfather.

The sixth-year guard scored 17 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out three assists en route to a 66-62 road victory against Connecticut on June 7. She then led all scorers with 24 points in a win over Minnesota on June 8, adding five assists and two rebounds in the 85-80 victory. Latta ranks second in the league in scoring with 20.5 points per game.

Brunson grabbed a total of 27 rebounds in Minnesota’s two games this week, a 99-79 win over Phoenix on June 6 and an 85-80 loss in Washington on June 8. Her 10 rebounds against Phoenix came in just 20:12 of play and helped the Lynx extend their home winning streak to a franchise-record 10 games.

Against Washington, the ninth-year forward scored a season-high 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting and pulled down 17 rebounds for a team-record 30th double-double. She is tied for fourth in the WNBA in rebounding with 10.3 per game and ranked second overall in the category this week with an average of 13.5. Brunson’s field goal percentage of 66.7% is good for second overall in the WNBA.

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Sancho Lyttle, Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne and Connecticut’s Tina Charles in the East, as well as Los Angeles’ Kristi Toliver and Lindsey Harding, San Antonio’s Jia Perkins and Tulsa’s Glory Johnson in the West.

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