Race to the MVP: Week 7
Race to the MVP is WNBA.com’s weekly feature where we evaluate who’s getting closer to that coveted crown.
This week saw only a little bit of movement as teams seem to be solidifying their current positions. However, we did see a significant leap from Griner and an appearance from rookie Chiney Ogwumike.
There's no question the Maya Moore is still the queen of consistency and efficiency. Though Minnesota is still half a game behind Phoenix, the Lynx have won 12 games to the Mercury's 11. This week, Maya had 20 and 14 points as well as one 10-rebound night and one seven-assist night. She remains the top scorer in the WNBA with 22.8 points per game.
Angel McCoughtry is putting up consistent numbers now too. So much so that she was voted Eastern Conference Player of the Month. In June, she help Atlanta to the best record in the East and scored over 18 points in the last five games. McCoughtry ranks third in the league in points per game and steals.
LAST WEEK: #4
Phoenix has had a remarkable last few weeks winning seven out of their last eight games. Taurasi, not surprisingly, had a major hand in those victories. She has had 14 or more points in the last six games including 23 and 14 in her games this week. Even more impressive, she ranks number two in the league in assists per game.
LAST WEEK: #3
Candace Parker has had 16 or more points in the last nine games. She has been a huge factor in lifting Los Angeles out of last place in the West. She is fourth in the league with 19.9 points per game and is number three in efficiency.
LAST WEEK: #7
Brittney Griner has had a remarkable sophomore season and seems to keep getting better and better. Griner has had more than 14 points in seven of her last eight games, including two career-high breaking games with 27 and then 28 points. Plus, she broke the WNBA record for blocks in a game with 11 in Phoenix's win over Tulsa. She ranks first in the league for blocks per game and second in efficiency rating.
LAST WEEK: 5
Skylar Diggins is also having a breakout sophomore season and has been performing well despite Tulsa's rough last two games (the only reason why she fell a little this week). Diggins has had 16 or more points in the last four games including two games of 30-plus. She ranks second in the league in points per game with 20.7.
LAST WEEK: #6
Elena Delle Donne sunk a spot again only because her struggle with Lyme disease has rendered her unable to play until her condition is stable. Delle Donne unfortunately had to leave Chicago to return to her hometown in Delaware to receive treatment and will return again when she is able. More bad news for Chicago, Courtney Vandersloot injured her knee and will be out for 6-10 weeks. Hopefully for Chicago they can regain their health and get back in the game.
Tina Charles recovered a little bit this week, as did the Liberty. She put up her standard double digits with 16 and 14 points this week and two recent key wins over Atlanta and Connecticut. Her rebounding, however, was unusually low, both under double digits. Charles is ranking number two in double-doubles now and number five overall in rebounds.
Lindsay Whalen continues to be an important presence on an ever reliable Lynx team. This week she had 11 and 10 points and continued to fill up the box score. She ranks number 4 in assists per game.
LAST WEEK: Not Included
Chiney Ogwumike had a very solid week despite Connecticut's two losses after a six-game winning streak. She had games of 10 and 22 points this week as well as a career-high 17 rebounds on June 29. Ogwumike was also voted Rookie of the Month for the second month in a row. She ranks number four in blocks per game and ninth in rebounds.