Sept. 25, 2012
NEW YORK - Former Tennessee standout Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks was named the WNBA's Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Boost Mobile, for games played in the month of September.
This marks the first season that Boost Mobile - the leaguewide marquee partner of the WNBA - has presented the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month awards.
Parker is being honored with the Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Boost Mobile distinction for the fourth time this season (May, June, July and September). Led by Parker, the Los Angeles Sparks have swept this honor for the 2012 season, with Kristi Toliver receiving the honor in August.
The Lady Vol alum led the Sparks (24-10) to a 5-3 record in the final weeks of the regular season, seeding them second in the West going into the postseason. For the month, Parker ranked second in the league in rebounds per game (9.5), fourth in the West in shooting percentage (.523) and third in the West in scoring (16.9 ppg).
A five-year veteran from the University of Tennessee, Parker was the first player in league history to receive both the WNBA MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in the same year (2008). A standout in the 2012 Olympics, she helped the U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team win her second and the team's fifth-straight gold medal, an Olympic record for traditional women's team sports.
Highlights of Parker's month included:
· Sept. 7 at Washington: Recorded a season-high eight assists in a 96-68 win
· Sept. 9 at New York: Double-double with 15 rebounds and 14 points in a 71-73 loss
· Sept. 14 vs. Connecticut: Double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in a 93-82 win
· Sept. 18 vs. Phoenix: Double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds in a 101-76 win
· Sept. 20 vs. Minnesota: Double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds in a 92-76 win
The WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Boost Mobile are part of a series of on-court performance awards called the WNBA Performance Awards presented by Boost Mobile. The series, currently in its first season, also includes the WNBA Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile and four of the WNBA's most prestigious year-end honors: WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Boost Mobile, WNBA Defensive Player of the Year presented by Boost Mobile, WNBA Sixth Woman presented by Boost Mobile, and WNBA Most Improved Player presented by Boost Mobile.