Detroit Shock’s Deanna Nolan Named WNBA Eastern Conference Player Of The Week
Nolan receives the third Player of the Week award of her career, one of which came earlier this season when she was honored for the week ending June 22. In Detroit’s three games this week, Nolan averaged 20.7 points, 4.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds on 54.2 percent (26-48) shooting, including 46.7 percent (7-15) from behind the three-point arc. She led the Shock to a 2-1 record for the week with wins over Chicago and Washington. Detroit lengthened its lead on the rest of the Eastern Conference by a game and now sits in first place with a two-game edge over Connecticut.
On the road at Washington, Nolan tallied 26 points and four assists on 11-14 shooting without turning the ball over once in the Shock win. She collected 19 of those points in the first quarter alone. Two days later against Sacramento, Nolan played all 40 minutes in the 88-85 loss to the Monarchs. She went for a game-high 27 points in the affair, marking the fourth time this season - and second consecutive game - in which she totaled 25 or more points.
To date, Nolan is averaging 14.6 points and 5.3 assists, which ranks fourth in the league. She’s on pace this season to set a career-high in assists as she is averaging over two more assists per game than her career high (3.2). Nolan was a member of both of Detroit’s WNBA Championship squads (2003 and 2006), was named the Finals MVP in 2006 and is a two-time All-WNBA First Team selection and four-time Eastern Conference All-Star. In June, she scored her 3,000th-career point in the WNBA.
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