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WNBA: Top 5 Players of the Week (7/13-7/19)

Here are the top five performance for this past week.

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1. Maya Moore- Minnesota Lynx

Maya Moore absolutely went off this week, having one of the best three-game stretches of any player so far this season. She averaged 29.0 points per game in the Minnesota's three games this week, almost nine points more than her current season scoring average. Moore not only scored, but also scored efficiently, shooting 53.4% from the floor, 52.6 % from behind the arc and 93.8% from the free throw line.

She also averaged eight rebounds and nearly five assists per game for the week. Most impressively, she led the Lynx to three wins against playoff-caliber teams in Connecticut, Chicago and Tulsa. Moore is currently redefining what it means to be in "midseason form", as she has scored 20+ points in seven straight games.

2. Tina Charles- New York Liberty

Much like Maya Moore, Tina Charles led her team to three wins this past week, with the most impressive win coming in a two-point victory on July 18th at Phoenix. In that contest, Charles recorded an 18-point and 14-rebound double-double.

In the other two games earlier in the week, Charles recorded another double-double (22 points, 12 rebounds) vs. Connecticut on July 16th and recorded 14 points and six rebounds vs. San Antonio, on July 15th. Charles has been impressive this season in back-to-back games, averaging 20 points and ten rebounds on zero days rest.

3. Brittney Griner- Phoenix Mercury

In the Mercury's two games this week, Brittney Griner averaged 18.5 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game and 5.5 blocks per game. On July 14th vs. Atlanta, Griner scored 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked four shots.

Then, on July 18th vs. New York, Griner recorded 15 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks. In the eight games she's played this season, Griner has recorded six games of four or more blocks. She is averaging a career-high and league-leading 4.25 blocks per game this season.

4. Stefanie Dolson- Washington Mystics

Stefanie Dolson led the Mystics to a 2-1 record this week, including wins over Eastern Conference foes Connecticut and Indiana. In Washington's lone loss of the week vs. the Sky, Dolson led the Mystics with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double and added three blocks.

She was a bright spot for Washington in a tough loss in Chicago. However, the Mystics bounced back as Dolson averaged 15 points per game in Washington's final two games of the week, both wins. She scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds vs. Indiana on July 17th and then recorded 20 points, eight rebounds and two blocks vs. Connecticut on July 19th.

Dolson has really come on strong for Washington as of late, scoring 10+ points in her last seven games.

5. Riquna Williams- Tulsa Shock

Rarely does a player whose team lost three games in a week make this list, but Riquna Williams was one of the top five WNBA players this week regardless of her team's win-loss record.

She averaged 20.0 points per game for the Shock this week as well as 5.3 rebounds per game. She knocked down ten three-pointers in three games, while shooting 40% from behind the arc. In a three-point loss to Indiana on July 15th, Williams poured in 31 points, grabbed seven rebounds and hit four threes in an effort to keep the Shock in the game.

She recorded ten points, four rebounds and three assists vs. San Antonio on July 17th and then scored 19 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists vs. league-leading Minnesota on July 19th. After this week, Williams ranks first in the WNBA in three-point makes (36).