Sept. 24, 2012
NEW YORK - Former Lady Vol Candace Parker, who plays professionally for the Los Angeles Sparks, was named the WNBA's Western Conference Player of the Week presented by Boost Mobile, respectively, for games played Sept. 17-23.
This marks the first season that Boost Mobile - the WNBA's league-wide marquee partner - has presented the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week awards.
In leading the Sparks to home wins over Phoenix (101-76) and Minnesota (92-76), Parker posted a pair of double-doubles and helped Los Angeles extend its record to 24-10, second best in the Western Conference, third best in the league. For the week, the fifth-year pro led the Western Conference in scoring (24.0 ppg), assists (6.0 apg), and blocks (3.0 bpg), while also ranking second in rebounds (11.0 rpg), third in steals (2.5 spg), and fourth in field goal percentage (.606, 20-of-33).
The former Tennessee standout opened the week with 26 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and four blocks in the win over Phoenix. She followed that up with 22 points, another 11 boards, five assists, four steals, and two blocks as the Sparks downed Minnesota in the regular season finale for Los Angeles. With that effort, Parker wrapped up the season as the league-leader in blocks (2.3 bpg), and ranked third in rebounds (9.7 rpg), as well as seventh in scoring (17.4 ppg).
For Parker, the Player of the Week award presented by Boost Mobile is her fifth of the season and the tenth of her career. Parker's five Player of the Week honors this year - including four in the first eight weeks of the season - were the most in the league. Coupled with the three weekly honors won by teammates Nneka Ogwumike (two) and Kristi Toliver (one), Sparks players totaled a league-best eight Player of the Week presented by Boost Mobile honors.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile were Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry and Indiana's Tamika Catchings, another former Lady Vol, in the East, and, in the West, Phoenix's Krystal Thomas, Seattle's Katie Smith, and Tulsa's Ivory Latta.