How appropriate that the two top candidates for MVP of the WNBA end the season as respective players of the week in their conferences.
Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week for games played Sept. 17 through Sep. 23.
In the Sun’s win over Indiana on Sept. 19 – Charles’ 100th game – she became the fastest player in WNBA history to reach 1,100 rebounds, surpassing the mark of Yolanda Griffith who needed 104 games to reach the milestone. Charles led the Sun past Indiana, 73-67, with 17 points and 12 rebounds, including 10 defensive boards.
Sunday, despite sitting out the fourth quarter of a 92-72 defeat of Atlanta, Charles logged 17 points and nine rebounds to finish the season with her third consecutive WNBA rebounding title (10.5 rpg). She also set a new franchise single-season scoring record, averaging 18.0 points
For Charles, the Player of the Week award was her fourth of the season and the ninth of her career.
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