Candace Parker and Tina Charles were named the Western and Eastern Conference players of the week today, for games played during the last full week of July.
This is Parker’s 21st time as a player of the week for her career and is the third time during the 2017 season that she has been named the Western Conference player of the week.
The highlight of the week for the LA Sparks standout was undoubtedly when she recorded the sixth triple-double in league history behind an 11 point, 17 rebound and 11 assist outburst against the San Antonio Stars on July 28.
Before her triple-double, Parker recorded 17 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals in a win over the Seattle Storm on July 25. She rounded out the week with 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists against the Dallas Wings.
During the week long stretch, Parker led the Western Conference in both rebounding, averaging 12.3 rebounds per game, and assists (6 apg). Behind Parker’s series of dominating performances, the Sparks went 3-0 over the week and improved to 17-6 overall during the 2017 season.
Charles received a player of the week honor for the 25th time in her career, (further extending her record) and the fourth time this season.
Charles scored in double-digits in each of the New York Liberty’s games last week, dropping 24 points and 16 rebounds in their lone loss last week to the Minnesota Lynx.
In New York’s next game, Charles again dominated on offense with a 25-point, four-assist performance against the Indiana Fever. She rounded out the week with her second double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in New York’s win over the Chicago Sky.
Charles ended the week as the Eastern Conference’s second leading scorer, averaging 21.3 points per game, as the Liberty improved to 12-10 on the season.