NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sept. 3, 2015 – Epiphanny Prince of the New York Liberty and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Samsung, respectively, for games played in August.
Prince, who was the Eastern Conference Player of the Week twice in August, earned the first Player of the Month award of her six-year career. The two-time All-Star helped guide the Liberty to a league-best 8-2 record for the month as WNBA-leading New York (now 21-8) clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2012.
The Rutgers University product paced all Eastern Conference players in steals (2.6 spg) in August, tied for second in assists (4.2 apg), and ranked fifth in scoring (17.8 ppg). She also finished fourth in field goal percentage (.527, 68-of-129) and free throw shooting (.939, 31-of-33).
Prince scored 15 points or more in seven of 10 games for the month, including three consecutive outings with at least 22 points. She tallied a season-high 30 points and added five assists in a 77-63 victory at the Chicago Sky on Aug. 7, followed by a 22-point performance four days later in an 84-63 win over the Sky at Madison Square Garden. Prince next scored 23 points and contributed seven rebounds, a season-high six assists, and a career-high six steals as the Liberty defeated the host Connecticut Sun 90-78 on Aug. 14.
Additional highlights of Prince’s play in August included:
- Aug. 21 vs. Atlanta: 18 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals in a 78-67 win
- Aug. 28 vs. Minnesota: 22 points, four rebounds, and two assists in an 81-68 victory
- Aug. 29 at Connecticut: 18 points, four assists, and four steals in an 80-66 win
The Eastern and Western Conference Player of the Month awards, as well as the WNBA Rookie of the Month, are presented by Samsung and are part of the larger WNBA Performance Awards presented by Samsung program. This marks the second consecutive season that Samsung, an official WNBA marketing partner, will present the WNBA’s highest individual honors, including the WNBA Most Valuable Player, WNBA Most Improved Player, WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year, WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, and WNBA Rookie of the Year.
For more information on this year’s WNBA Performance Awards presented by Samsung, visit www.wnba.com/awards.