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WNBA News: Connecticut makes history with weekly honors

Brittney Griner wins her first honor of the year, while Alyssa Thomas is a repeat award winner.

Chris Poss - Swish Appeal

It is no secret this year Connecticut has been hot and the franchise has really turned around. As the season continues, the Sun remains one of the top teams, when it comes to the level of improvement, which multiple players have made.

For the first time in league history, a player of the week has come from the same team for four consecutive weeks (last week was a first at three weeks straight). The streak started when Jonquel Jones won Eastern Conference Player of the week back on June 18, followed by Alyssa Thomas, Jasmine Thomas and now Alyssa Thomas has been honored with the award again.

Connecticut went 2-0 last week behind the play of Alyssa Thomas as she led the East in steals with 4.5 per game, finished sixth in scoring (16.0 per game), seventh (tie) in rebounding collecting 6.5 per game and tied for fourth in assists with 5.0 per game.

With the help of Thomas, the Sun is now 10-7 which ranks them as the fourth best team in the league and at the top of the Eastern Conference.

For the Western Conference, Brittney Griner has been named the Player of the Week as her MVP-caliber season continues. Only a few players this year have scored over 30 points in a game — Griner has done it four times.

Phoenix went 3-0 last week thanks to Griner’s domination. She led the West in scoring (25.3 ppg), rebounds (11.7 rpg), and blocks (4.67 bpg). She also finished tied for first with the best field goal percentage at 68%. Griner posted 30 points in a victory over Washington on July 5 and 31 against New York yesterday. This is the first time Griner has won Player of the Week this season, however, has been honored four times in her career.