May 24, 2010
NEW YORK - The WNBA announced Monday that Lauren Jackson of the Seattle Storm was named the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors for games played Saturday, May 15 through Sunday, May 23.
Jackson’s record-tying 15th Player of the Week award presented by Kia Motors of her career moves her alongside WNBA legend Lisa Leslie for the most such honors in WNBA history. By scoring in double figures in each outing, Jackson, a two-time WNBA Most Valuable Player, led the Storm to a 3-0 record and the top spot in the Western Conference while averaging 22.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.3 steals per game.
Now in her 10th WNBA season, the native of Australia opened the 2010 campaign with a double-double, logging 23 points and 10 rebounds as well as three blocks and two steals in an 81-67 win over the Los Angeles Sparks. Three days later, Jackson narrowly missed recording consecutive double-doubles when her 18-point, eight-rebound effort - along with four blocks - powered Seattle to a 79-76 win over the visiting Minnesota Lynx. Jackson closed out the week with a game-high 25 points as well as eight rebounds, four steals and two blocks to top the Mercury in overtime in Phoenix.
Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors. McCoughtry wins the first Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors award of her career after helping Atlanta to its best start in franchise history with a 4-0 mark that has the Dream atop the Eastern Conference. Also included in that mark are a win over the defending Eastern Conference champion Indiana Fever and the Dream's first ever win at Madison Square Garden.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week presented by Kia Motors were Chicago’s Sylvia Fowles, Connecticut’s Tina Charles, Indiana’s Shay Murphy, Los Angeles’ DeLisha Milton-Jones, New York’s Cappie Pondexter, Phoenix’s DeWanna Bonner, San Antonio’s Michelle Snow, Tulsa’s Chante Black and Washington’s Monique Currie.