Chicago's Sylvia Fowles and Seattle's Lauren Jackson Named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week
NEW YORK, July 6, 2010 � Sylvia Fowles of the Chicago Sky and Lauren Jackson of the Seattle Storm were named the WNBA�s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Kia Motors, respectively, for games played Monday, June 28 through Sunday, July 4.
This marks the first season that Kia Motors � an official WNBA marketing partner � has presented the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week award.
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, who will play for the USA Women's National Team in the "WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun" contest on July 10, leads the WNBA in blocks (2.82 bpg), ranks fifth in scoring (18.9 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (8.9 rpg). Here are some highlights from Fowles' 22-point, 12-rebound performance against the Dream:
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-five performance from the charity stripe.
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 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. Here are some highlights from Jackson's 20-point, 8-rebound night against the Storm:
Chicago and Seattle each posted 2-0 records during the week, with the Storm raising its league-best record to 15-2.
The WNBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week presented by Kia Motors are part of a series of oncourt performance awards called The WNBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors. The series, currently in its second season, includes four of the WNBA's most prestigious year-end honors: Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Sixth Woman of the Year, along with the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month. Kia Motors has been an official WNBA marketing partner since 2008.
For more information on this week's Players of the Week presented by Kia Motors winners, visit www.wnba.com/awards.