Mystic's Latta, Lynx's Moore Named WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week
NEW YORK, September 16, 2013 Ivory Latta of the Washington Mystics and Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx were named the WNBAs Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 15.
Latta averaged 15.3 points last week, leading Washington to a 3-0 record as the Mystics clinched the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. Her 3.7 assists per game tied for fifth in the East, while her mark of .600 from three-point land ranked second. This is the third time Latta has been named Player of the Week, with each of the honors coming this season.
In a 69-67 win over Indiana on Sept. 10, Latta scored 15 points and recorded four assists to help Washington clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2010. Later in the week she scored a game-high 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field as the Mystics defeated Connecticut, 82-56. Latta also shot 5-for-7 from behind the three-point arc. To wrap up the week, Latta chipped in 12 points as the Mystics defeated the Liberty on Sept. 15, 70-52.
Moores 19.7 points per game last week ranked second in the West as Minnesota posted a 2-1 record and clinched the No. 1 overall seed and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. She also averaged 5.3 rebounds while ranking sixth in the West in assists (3.7), field goal percentage (.561) and three-point percentage (.462). This marks Moores third Player of the Week award this season and fifth of her career.
To help defeat Seattle 73-60 on Sept. 10, Moore scored 20 points and tallied a personal season-best five steals. Two days later, she scored 17 points in an 85-84 loss to Los Angeles. On Sept. 14, Moore recorded a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds to help Minnesota defeat Chicago 79-66 and earn home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. She also tied a personal season-high with six assists.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Atlantas Angel McCoughtry and Chicagos Elena Delle Donne, Epiphanny Prince and Sylvia Fowles in the East, as well as Los Angeles Nneka Ogwumike, Minnesotas Lindsay Whalen, San Antonios Danielle Adams and Tulsas Riquna Williams in the West.