Record Fourth in a Row For Moore, Second This Season for Charles as All-Stars Take Home Player of the Week Awards
NEW YORK, August 4, 2014 Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx and Tina Charles of the New York Liberty were named the WNBAs Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played July 28 through Aug. 3.
This is Moores 10th career Player of the Week award, her fifth of the season, and her fourth in a row. Moore is the first player in league history to win the award four consecutive weeks, surpassing the previous mark set by Deanna Nolan, who claimed the honor for three straight weeks with the then Detroit Shock in 2009.
For the week, Moore led the WNBA in scoring (30.0 ppg). Among Western Conference players, she ranked No. 1 in steals (2.5 spg) and tied for the lead in free throw percentage (1.000, 12-of-12), while also ranking second in three-point field goal percentage (.500, 6-of-12), sixth in overall field goal percentage (.500, 21-of-42), and seventh in rebounds (7.0 rpg).
Moore helped the Lynx to a 2-0 mark for the week as Minnesota extended its winning streak to nine games and improved its overall record to 22-6.
The reigning MVP of the WNBA Finals presented by Boost Mobile, Moore opened the week by helping Minnesota snap the Phoenix Mercurys 16-game winning streak. In that 75-67 home victory, Moore led all scorers with 20 points (including 12 in the fourth quarter), while also contributing nine boards, four steals, and three assists. She capped off her week by setting the WNBA single-season record for 30-point games as she logged a 40-point, five-rebound effort in a 84-75 win at Tulsa. Moore shot 14-of-22 from the field and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc against the Shock en route to joining Katie Smith (2001) and Diana Taurasi (2006) as the only players in WNBA history to register two 40-plus point outings in the same season.
For the season, the fourth-year pro from the University of Connecticut leads the league in scoring (24.7 ppg). Moore also ranks fifth in free throw percentage (.882, 135-of-153), sixth in steals (1.96 spg), tied for sixth in double-doubles (eight), eighth in rebounding (8.2 rpg), 14th in blocks (0.82 bpg), and 15th in overall field goal percentage (.482, 250-of-519).
Charles posted three consecutive double-doubles en route to her second Eastern Conference Player of the Week presented by Samsung award of the season and the 12th such honor of her career. For the week, Charles led the East in rebounds (13.3 rpg) and minutes (37.0 mpg), ranked second in scoring (22.3 ppg), while tying for third in steals (2.0 spg) and sharing the fourth spot in blocks (1.33 bpg).
Charles led the Liberty to a 2-1 record, including wins over Eastern Conference rivals Washington and Atlanta. The fifth-year pro opened the week by scoring 23 points and pulling down 12 rebounds in a 80-76 win over the Mystics. She then registered back-to-back 14-rebound outings against some of the leagues
top rebounders Chicagos Sylvia Fowles and Atlantas duo of Sancho Lyttle and Erika de Souza. At Chicago, Charles logged 15 points, four assists, and three blocks in a 87-74 loss. She then closed out her week with 29 points and three steals in a 83-76 win on the road against the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Dream.
For the season, Charles, like Moore a product of the University of Connecticut, is second in the WNBA in rebounding (12.0 rpg) and double-doubles (14), and ranks fifth in scoring (18.4 ppg).
Other candidates for the WNBA Players of the Week were Atlantas Angel McCoughtry, Chicagos Sylvia Fowles, and Connecticuts Chiney Ogwumike in the Eastern Conference, and Tulsas Odyssey Sims in the Western Conference.