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Monday, January 18, 2010

Big East shows Charles some love, again

Senior center Tina Charles has been named the Big East Player of the Week for the third week in a row after averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds in wins over Marquette and Notre Dame.

Charles is the first player to win the award three weeks in a row since Louisville's Angel McCoughtry earned the prestigious honor the final three times it was awarded last season. Doing a little research, you have to go back to Nykesha Sales in 1998 to find a player from UConn to win the conference's player of the week honor but that came during a time when the Big East tended to award more than one player per week. Sales shared the honor twice in the three-week span. Rebecca Lobo also shared the honor once during the run of four straight weeks earning the award in 1994. No UConn player has been the sole recipient of the Big East Player of the Week award three straight times since the honors first started being awarded in 1982.

Charles, who did not receive a POW honor in her first three seasons, has been so honored four times this season. With one more nod from the Big East, she will join some select company as only six players have received the award at least five times in the same season. UConn is well represented on the list with Nykesha Sales winning it seven times in the 1997-98 season, Lobo getting it six times in 1993-94 and Diana Taurasi winning it five times in the 2002-03 campaign.

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