Chicago's Delle Donne, Phoenix's Taurasi Named WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week
NEW YORK, July 1, 2013 --Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played June 24 - June 30.
Taurasi averaged Western Conference-best 21.0 points to go along with 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game in leading the Mercury to a 3-0 road trip last week. Phoenix has won seven of its last eight games and a franchise-record five consecutive road games. The Player of the Week award is Taurasi’s second of the 2013 WNBA season.
In the Mercury’s 83-77 victory in San Antonio on June 25, the veteran guard pulled down nine rebounds and dished out eight assists to go with her 18 points in 34 minutes of play. Two days later, Taurasi poured in 26 points and added eight assists in the Mercury’s 101-97 win over Washington. To close out her week, she scored 19 points while adding five rebounds and five assists in Phoenix’s 89-70 win over Connecticut.
Delle Donne’s 23 points per game last week ranked second in the Eastern Conference as she led the Sky to two wins. The rookie recorded two 20-plus-point games, scoring a career-high 26 to defeat New York on June 26, and 20 to beat Los Angeles on June 29. She has now eclipsed the 20-point mark six times this season.
The rookie’s six assists in the Sky’s 87-74 victory over the Liberty were a personal best and team high. She also tied a career high with eight rebounds in the 94-82 win over Los Angeles. This is the first Player of the Week award of her career.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry, Indiana’s Tamika Catchings, New York’s Cappie Pondexter and Washington’s Monique Currie in the East, as well as Los Angeles’ Candace Parker, Minnesota’s Lindsay Whalen and Tulsa’s Glory Johnson in the West.