NEW YORK, July 31, 2017 – Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks and Tina Charles of the New York Liberty were named the Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for the week of July 24-30. This is Parker’s 21st Player of the Week awards in 10 seasons. Charles has won a whopping 25 times in eight seasons.
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Parker earned her first triple-double, and the sixth in WNBA history on July 28. The 2017 WNBA Finals MVP posted 11 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists to go with four blocks in an 85-73 victory over San Antonio on. Three days before, she tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds in a 68-60 home win over the Seattle Storm.
Parker earned a second double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) for the week in a 95-74 home victory over the Dallas Wings.
Charles led New York to a 2-1 record to begin a five-game road trip. She posted team highs of 24 points and 16 rebounds in a nail-biting 76-75 loss to Minnesota on July 25. On Friday, Charles collected a game-high 25 points to go with four assists, three rebounds and two steals in an 85-84 win over the Indiana Fever. On Sunday, despite struggling early, Charles finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds, five assists as the Liberty earned a 86-82 in Chicago.
Sylvia Fowles, Jewell Loyd and Skylar Diggins-Smith were contenders for the Western Conference Player of the Week. Emma Meesseman, Allie Quigley, and Alyssa Thomas had POW-worthy performances in the Eastern Conference.