NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2016 – Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky and Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks today were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Aug. 26 through Sept. 4.
Delle Donne earned Player of the Week honors for the second time this season and the 12th time in her four-year career. The 2015 WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Samsung led the Sky to a 4-0 week – which covered the first 10 days after the Olympic break – as Chicago improved to 15-13 overall and moved into second place in the Eastern Conference. Delle Donne leads the WNBA in scoring for the season (22.1 ppg).
Delle Donne paced all WNBA players in scoring (27.3 ppg) and ranked fourth among East players in rebounding (7.3 rpg) last week. The former Delaware standout opened her week with 34 points, eight rebounds and five assists in a 90-82 home win against the Atlanta Dream on Aug. 26. Two days later, Delle Donne notched 18 points and nine boards in a 92-85 win over the host Dallas Wings. On Sept. 2, the three-time All-Star scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds in a 92-88 victory against the visiting Seattle Storm. She capped the week by recording 35 points, six rebounds and four assists in a 97-73 home rout of the San Antonio Stars on Sept. 4.
Ogwumike earned Player of the Week honors for the fourth time in five weeks, the fifth time this season and the ninth time in her five-year career. The former University of Stanford standout led Los Angeles to a 3-2 week and a tie for the WNBA’s best record at 24-5. For the season, Ogwumike ranks third in the league in scoring (19.8 ppg) and rebounding (9.1 rpg).
The three-time All-Star led all Western Conference players in scoring (21.0 ppg), ranked fifth among all WNBA players in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and finished fifth among West players in assists (4.2 apg) for the week.
On Aug. 26, Ogwumike finished with 28 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks in a 79-72 loss to the host Storm. She had another 28-point performance and added 12 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in an 87-79 road victory over the Wings on Sept. 2. Ogwumike capped her week with 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds in an 88-81 home win against the Indiana Fever on Sept. 4.
Other candidates for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were the Dream’s Angel McCoughtry, the Connecticut Sun’s Chiney Ogwumike, the Minnesota Lynx’s Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore, the New York Liberty’s Tina Charles, the Storm’s Jewell Loyd and the Washington Mystics’ Tayler Hill.
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2016 WNBA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK