Griner Blocks the Competition, Quigley Provides Boost Off the Bench to Earn Player of the Week Honors
NEW YORK, August 11, 2014 -- Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury and Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky were named the WNBAs Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Aug. 4 through Aug. 10.
En route to earning her second Player of the Week honor of the season and the second of her career, Griner the No. 1 overall selection in the 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm led Phoenix to a 3-0 mark, including a key win over second-place Minnesota. For the week, Griner led the WNBA in blocks (5.33 bpg; 2.66 bpg more than No. 2 Emma Meesseman) and among Western Conference players, she ranked fifth in rebounding (9.3 rpg), sixth in field goal percentage (.528, 19-of-36), and tied for ninth in scoring (15.0 ppg).
The former Baylor star opened the week with 14 points, nine rebounds and nine blocks in a 75-67 win over Eastern Conference leader Atlanta. She then registered an all-around effort in a 78-73 road win over San Antonio, posting 12 points, eight boards, five blocks, three assists and two steals. Griners five blocks in the victory pushed her then-season total to 117, surpassing the WNBA single-season mark of 114 set by Margo Dydek in 1998. Griner closed out her week with 19 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a 82-80 win over visiting Minnesota. The victory improved Phoenixs league-best record to 26-4 and increased the Mercurys lead over the Lynx to 2.5 games in the West.
Following her impressive week, Griner now leads the league in blocks (3.97 bpg, 119 total), ranks third in field goal percentage (.581, 193-of-332) and places 10th in scoring (15.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.9 rpg).
For Quigley, this is the first Player of the Week award of her career. The sixth-year pro out of DePaul came off the bench in all three games and went on to lead the East in scoring (18.0 ppg) as Chicago posted a 2-1 mark. For the week, Quigley also paced Eastern Conference players in field goal percentage (.700, 21-of-30) and three-point field goal shooting (.625, 5-of-8).
Quigley opened the week by tallying 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field to go along with three steals and two rebounds in a 82-66 win at Connecticut. She then led the Sky with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting in a 74-64 loss at Minnesota before capping off her week with a team-high 17 points in a 80-69 victory over Atlanta. In that game, the native of Joliet, Ill. also contributed four boards and five assists, while scoring nine points during a key 13-5 third-quarter run by Chicago.
For the season, Quigley is averaging 10.8 ppg (fourth among Sky players), 2.1 rpg, and 1.8 apg. She is tied for 15th in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.360, 36-of-100).
Other candidates for the WNBA Players of the Week were Chicagos Epiphanny Prince, Indianas Tamika Catchings and Washingtons Ivory Latta in the Eastern Conference, and Los Angeless Nneka Ogwumike, Minnesotas Maya Moore, Seattles Camille Little and Tulsas Courtney Paris in the Western Conference.