(WNBA, Newyork, NY)With about one-third of the 2012 WNBA season in the books, it is time to see how the MVP race is developing.
The Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker has been on a tear, with Tuesday’s two-point, three-rebound dud in a 91-75 loss at Tulsa an atypical performance to say the least. Parker, who has earned three Western Conference Player of the Week presented by Boost Mobile awards in the season’s first five weeks, leads the Sparks in scoring, rebounding, blocks and double-doubles, and is tied with Alana Beard for the team lead in assists. Overall, Parker is pacing the league in blocks (2.79 bpg) while ranking second in double-doubles (eight), third in rebounding (9.3 rpg), and seventh in scoring (18.2 ppg).
With the Chicago Sky’s Epiphanny Prince out up to two months, much of the scoring responsibility will now fall on Sylvia Fowles. That shouldn’t be a problem. The WNBA’s leading rebounded (13.3 pp) is averaging 19.4 points on .661 shooting from the field. Over her last three games, Fowls is averaging 22.3 points on .684 shooting.
The Connecticut Sun’s Tina Charles joins Fowles as the lone players averaging a double-double. Charles ranks second in rebounding (11.4 rpm) and fifth in scoring (19.0 pp). A defensive stalwart, Charles ranks fourth in blocks (1.17 bpg). On June 17, Charles had recorded the fourth 20/20 game — she has the last three — with 23 points and 22 rebounds against Atlanta.
Minnesota Chasing History
Minnesota, which this year became the first WNBA team to start a season 10-0, yesterday defeated Phoenix to become only the second team to begin a campaign 13-1. The 1998 Houston Comets started 20-1 en route to posting the league’s all-time best single-season winning percentage (27-3, .900).
Indiana’s Catching’s, Los Angeles’ Parker Earn Weekly Honors Tamika Catching’s of the Indiana Fever and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile, respectively, for games played June 18-24. Catching’s led Indiana to a 2-1 record for the week as the Fever split a home-and-home series with the Eastern Conference leader, the Connecticut Sun, and earned a road win over the Tulsa Shock. In the process, Catching’s ranked among the conference leaders in every major statistical category, including, assists (5.7 apg, second), rebounds (8.3 rpg, third), steals (2.0 spg, tied for third), blocks (1.33 bpg, tied for fourth), and points (14.3 ppg, seventh). For Parker, the Player of the Week award presented by Boost Mobile is her third in the first five weeks of the 2012 season, and her second in as many weeks.