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WNBA News: NY makes history, weekly awards, Atlanta’s transactions

Here’s the latest news around the league including a couple transactions, players of the week honor and a historical moment in New York.

Courtesy of New York Liberty’s Twitter

It is no secret that the WNBA has been celebrating Pride month all of June. As the month comes to a close, there was a Pride March in New York City over the week and guess who showed up: seven members of the Liberty, as well as head coach Bill Lambier, associate assistant coach Katie Smith and team president Isiah Thomas.

Shavonte Zellous, Amanda Zahui B, Kiah Stokes, Bria Hartley, Brittany Boyd, Rebecca Allen, and Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe all took part of the parade becoming the first professional sports team with a float in the New York City Parade.

Diggins-Smith, Thomas win awards

In other news, this week’s Eastern and Western players of the week are Skylar Diggins-Smith from Dallas and Alyssa Thomas from Connecticut.

After four years in the league, this is Thomas’ first honor as the player of the week. She led the Eastern Conference last week in assists with 6.5 per game, finished fifth in rebounds with 8.0 per game and averaged 15.5 points per game last week.

As for Diggins-Smith, this is her third time being honored as the Western Conference Player of the Week. Last week she led the Wings to a win in all three of their games, improving the team’s overall record to 8-8. Diggins-Smith averaged 20.3 points per game last week (seventh in scoring in the West), and third in assists with 6.7 per game last week.

Atlanta signs Morris

The last couple of days, the staff in the front office for Atlanta has been busy. Yesterday two players were waived from the team, while today the Dream has announced Sancho Lyttle has been activated fro the rest of the season and Darxia Morris has been signed to a contract.

Associate head coach Karleen Thompson stated this on Morris being back on the team:

“Darxia is a scoring point guard that has ability to stretch the defense and is a facilitator that can create shots for her teammates. She is a strong defensive presence at the guard position.”

Lyttle has been absent from the team after playing abroad in the EuroBasket Tournament; she helped Spain win the title.

As for Morris, she was the final cut earlier this year by Atlanta at the end of training camp.