NEW YORK, July 6, 2016 – Tina Charles of the New York Liberty and Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks today were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played June 27 through July 3.
Charles earned Player of the Week honors for the fifth time in 2016, matching a WNBA single-season record, and the 19th time in her seven-year career. The 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player and four-time All-Star played in two of the Liberty’s three games last week as New York went 2-1 and now stands an East-best 12-6. Charles leads the WNBA in scoring (23.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.8 rpg) for the season.
In winning the East award for the third consecutive time, Charles paced all WNBA players in scoring (29.0 ppg) and ranked second among East players in rebounding (9.5 rpg) last week. On July 1, the former University of Connecticut standout finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds in a 99-88 road win over the Phoenix Mercury. Charles capped her week with 27 points and nine rebounds in a 77-67 road loss to the Sparks on July 3.
Other candidates for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were the Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne, the Connecticut Sun’s Alex Bentley, Los Angeles’ Candace Parker, New York’s Sugar Rodgers, Phoenix’s Brittney Griner and the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart.
For more information on this week’s Players of the Week, visit www.wnba.com/awards.