NEW YORK, July 25, 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 July 18 through July 22.
Charles set a WNBA single-season record with her sixth Player of the Week honor in 2016, raising her career total to 20 in seven seasons (second all time behind Tamika Catchings’ 22). The 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player and four-time All-Star played in each of the Liberty’s two games last week as New York went 1-1 and now stands an East-best 18-8. Charles leads the WNBA in scoring (21.4 ppg) and rebounding (9.6 rpg) for the season.
Charles tied for first in scoring (19.0 ppg), ranked first in rebounding (11.0 rpg) and tied for eight in assists (3.5 apg) among East players last week. On July 20, the former University of Connecticut standout finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists in an 88-81 road win over the Washington Mystics. Charles capped her week with 25 points and 13 rebounds in an 82-70 home loss to the Indiana Fever on July 21.
Other candidates for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were the Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne, the Connecticut Sun’s Chiney Ogwumike, the Minnesota Lynx’s Sylvia Fowles and the Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd and Breanna Stewart.
For more information on this week’s Players of the Week, visit www.wnba.com/awards.