NEW YORK, June 20, 2016 – Tina Charles of the New York Liberty and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks today were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played June 13 through June 19.
Charles earned Player of the Week honors for the third time this season and the 17th time in her seven-year career. The 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player and four-time All-Star helped the Liberty win all three of its games during the week. The team improved to 8-4 on the season and earned a share of the top spot in the East with the Atlanta Dream. Through 12 games Charles leads the WNBA in scoring (22 ppg) and shares the lead in rebounding (9.8 rpg) with Courtney Paris of the Dallas Wings.
The former University of Connecticut standout paced all WNBA players in scoring (28.7 ppg) and ranked fourth among Eastern Conference players in rebounding (8 rpg) for the week. Charles tipped off her week with 28 points in a 91-88 home win over the Wings on June 14. Two days later she matched a career high with 32 points, and added six rebounds and four assists in New York’s 80-72 win over the Connecticut Sun. Charles capped her week with 26 points, 15 boards and six assists in a 78-75 road win over the Indiana Fever on June 19.
It is the latest in a string of accolades for Charles, who is arguably in the midst of the most dominant stretch of her professional career. Charles posted her eighth double-double of the season in the win over Indiana on Sunday, and continues to do it all for the Liberty, leading the team in scoring, rebounding, assists, and minutes.
In addition to her stellar scoring and rebounding numbers, Charles has routinely been able to find open players out of double and triple teams in the post, she dished out six more assists against the Fever, three of which came during the critical overtime period.
The 30-point performance against the Connecticut Sun was the eighth of her career, and fifth as a member of the Liberty. She also tied her own WNBA season-high of 13 made field goals in the win.
Other candidates for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week include Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne, Connecticut’s Alex Bentley, Dallas’ Karima Christmas, Los Angeles’ Nneka Ogwumike, the San Antonio Stars’ Kayla McBride and the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart.
For more information on this week’s Players of the Week, visit www.wnba.com/awards.