The Connecticut Sun’s Tina Charles and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile
For Charles, the 2010 WNBA Rookie of the Year and 2011 All-WNBA First Team selection, the Player of the Week honor is the sixth of her career. She led the WNBA in rebounds (14.3 rpg) and ranked eighth in scoring (20.7 ppg) during the week as the Sun posted a 2-1 record and improved to 8-2. In the process, Charles became the first player in league history to post three 20-20 games in a career as she scored 23 points and 22 rebounds in a road win over the Atlanta Dream on June 17. She also knocked down a pair of free throws with 3.1 seconds left to play in that game, which gave Connecticut its first lead of the day and a 75-73 victory.
Charles had 19 points and 13 rebounds in an 87-81 defeat to the visiting Sparks last Wednesday and a 20-point, eight-rebound outing Friday in a win over the Liberty.
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