July 6, 2010
NEW YORK - The WNBA announced Tuesday 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 28 through Sunday, July 4.
By winning the Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors award for the fourth time in the first seven weeks of the 2010 season, Jackson extends her own WNBA record for such honors to 18. Jackson, who will be a member of the WNBA team for WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun, currently ranks second in the league in scoring (21.4 ppg), trailing only Phoenix's Diana Taurasi (22 ppg). She also ranks sixth in rebounding this season with 9.0 rpg.
Jackson posted a double-double in a win versus the San Antonio Silver Stars, with 31 points and 15 rebounds. She then led the Storm to a win over the Los Angeles Sparks with 11 rebounds and 20 points and a 5-for-5 performance from the charity stripe.
Chicago's Sylvia Fowles was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors. Fowles and Jackson shared the top spot in rebounds for the week, each averaging 11.5 boards. Jackson led the league in scoring (25.5 ppg) and Fowles ranked second (24.0 ppg). Fowles also ranked atop the WNBA in blocks (3.5 bpg). This week marks Fowles’ second career Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors award, following her first honor on June 6 of this year.
Fowles posted a pair of double-doubles in leading Chicago to a 2-0 record during the week, giving the Sky four wins in a five-game stretch. The LSU product opened the week with 26 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, and four assists in a win over Connecticut. She then led Chicago past the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Dream with 22 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Fowles leads the WNBA in blocks (2.82 bpg), ranks fifth in scoring (18.9 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (8.9 rpg).
Chicago and Seattle each posted 2-0 records during the week, with the Storm raising its league-best record to 15-2.