Latta, Thompson Named WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week
NEW YORK, July 29, 2013 -- Ivory Latta of the Washington Mystics and Tina Thompson of the Seattle Storm were named the WNBAs Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, July 22 through Sunday, July 29.
Latta played a pivotal role in Washingtons 82-78 comeback victory over the conference-leading Chicago Sky on July 24, scoring 18 points and dishing out a 2013 league-best 13 assists for her first double-double of the season.
Lattas jumper with 6:53 remaining in the third quarter brought the Mystics to within one point after having trailed by as many as 21. Her layup with 6:51 remaining in the fourth extended Washingtons lead to nine points. This marks the second time Latta has been named Player of the Week this season.
For Thompson, the Player of the Week award is the seventh of her career and comes after scoring a team-high 23 points in a 73-66 road win over Los Angeles on July 25. It was her third 20-plus-point game this season and her 10th in double figures.
The veterans 11 first-quarter points helped Seattle to a 12-point lead. She went on to shoot 50 percent from behind the three-point arc while grabbing eight rebounds to lead the Storm to its first win over the Sparks since Aug. 28, 2011, snapping an eight-game skid. Her 8-for-13 shooting effort (.615) was also her best single-game mark this season.
Both Latta and Thompson also took part in Boost Mobile WNBA All-Star 2013 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut over the weekend. In her first All-Star game, Latta scored 15 points and added three assists, while Thompson was selected to the All-Star Game for a league-record ninth time.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Atlantas Angel McCoughtry and Indianas Tamika Catchings in the East, as well as Los Angeles Candace Parker and Minnesotas Lindsay Whalen in the West.