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Young Players Shine as Tulsa's Diggins, Connecticut's Bentley Earn First Player of the Week Honors of Their Careers

NEW YORK, June 16, 2014  Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock and Alex Bentley of the Connecticut Sun were named the WNBAs Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played June 9 through June 15. The award is the first for each player during their respective WNBA careers.

Diggins, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, led Tulsa to a 3-0 mark for the week. That effort extended the Shocks winning streak to four games, the longest since the club moved to Tulsa prior to the 2010 season, and improved the clubs 2014 record to 4-5. The second-year pro paced the Western Conference in scoring (23 ppg) and minutes (35.9 mpg), while ranking seventh in both assists (4.3 apg) and three-point field goal percentage (.444, 4-of-9 from behind the arc).

Diggins began her week by registering 21 points, seven assists and three boards in Tulsas 72-57 home win over the New York Liberty. She then poured in a game-high 22 points to go along with four assists, two rebounds, and a pair of steals as the Shock toppled the visiting Los Angeles Sparks, 69-67. In that game, Diggins hit a basket with 42.4 seconds left to play and then drilled a game-winning jumper with 1.9 remaining on the clock. The former Notre Dame star closed out the week with a big effort in an 85-79 home win over the Seattle Storm in which she tallied a game-high and career-high 26 points. Five of those points came during Tulsas 9-0 run late in the game that put the Shock ahead, 83-77.

On the season, Diggins ranks fourth in the WNBA in both scoring (19.2 ppg) and assists (5.7 apg).

Bentley, a second-round pick of the Atlanta Dream a year ago and a member of the 2013 WNBA All-Rookie Team after setting a league record with 10 consecutive three-pointers, was traded first to the Washington Mystics on March 12 and then to the Sun later that same day.

The former Penn State star led Connecticut (6-6 overall) to a 3-0 mark for the week and began her own impressive three-game stretch by leading the Sun past the visiting Phoenix Mercury on Thursday, 96-95. In that game, Bentley tallied a game-high and career-high 22 points, while also contributing five assists and four rebounds. Just one day later, she topped that effort, establishing a new personal career-high with 24 points in a win over the New York Liberty at Madison Square Garden. On Sunday, against that same Liberty squad, Bentleys 12 points and four assists helped Connecticut to a 76-72 victory.

To date this season, Bentley ranks 13th in the Eastern Conference in scoring (11.2 ppg), fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.458, 11-of-24 from behind the arc), and seventh in assists (3.3 apg).

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week in the Eastern Conference were Atlantas Angel McCoughtry and Washingtons Emma Meesseman. Additional candidates in the Western Conference were Phoenixs Candice Dupree and Diana Taurasi, San Antonios Danielle Robinson, and Seattles Tanisha Wright.

For more information on this week's Players of the Week, visit www.wnba.com/awards.