June 28, 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 Monday, June 21 through Sunday, June 27.
By winning the Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors award for the third time in the first six weeks of the 2010 season, Jackson extends her own WNBA record for such honors to 17, having surpassed Lisa Leslie for the top spot earlier this season. The Australian native also was selected as the Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Kia Motors for May.
A two-time winner of the WNBA Most Valuable Player award presented by Kia Motors, Jackson led Seattle to a 2-0 mark during the week that improved Seattle’s record to a league-leading 13-2. The league’s second leading scorer (20.8 ppg), Jackson netted 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 on three-pointers, in a win over Indiana. Jackson also contributed seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal. She then closed out the week with her seventh game of 20-or-more points this season, a 24-point outing in a win at Tulsa.
Now in her 10th WNBA season, Jackson ranked second in the league in scoring (26.0 ppg) during the week. She also was the sixth most proficient shooter in the league in terms of both overall field goals (.607 on 17 of 28) and three-pointers (.700 on 7 of 10).
Washington's Crystal Langhorne was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors. Langhorne, who earned the first Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors award of her career after helping Washington to a 2-1 record, paced the league in scoring (27.7 ppg), ranked second in rebounding (12.3 rpg) and third in shooting percentage (.694 on 34 of 49 field goals). She also tied for sixth in the WNBA in steals with 2.67 per game.
The University of Maryland product and Willingboro, N.J. native opened the week with a career-high 27 points, season-high five steals and 14 rebounds in a win over the Los Angeles Sparks. Three days later, she closed out the week registering a new career-best of 31 points in win over the defending WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury. In between, she recorded 25 points, 13 boards and two assists in a loss at Chicago. Those efforts lifted her to ninth overall in the league in scoring on the season (17.1 ppg).
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week presented by Kia Motors were Atlanta’s Angel McCoughtry, Connecticut’s Tina Charles, Indiana's Katie Douglas, Minnesota's Rebekkah Brunson, New York's Nicole Powell, Phoenix’s Candice Dupree, San Antonio’s Becky Hammon and Tulsa’s Scholanda Robinson.