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Monday, August 04, 2014

UConn grads sweep WNBA awards

Former UConn teammates Tina Charles and Maya Moore swept the WNBA weekly awards.

Charles, of the New York Liberty, was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Charles posted three consecutive double-doubles en route to winning the award for the second time this season and 12th time in her career. For the week, Charles led the East in rebounds (13.3 rpg) and minutes (37.0 mpg), ranked second in scoring (22.3 ppg), while tying for third in steals (2.0 spg) and sharing the fourth spot in blocks (1.33 bpg). Charles is second in the WNBA in rebounding (12.0) and double-doubles (14), and ranks fifth in scoring (18.4).

Moore was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for a fourth week in a row and fifth time overall. Moore is the first player in league history to win the award four consecutive weeks, surpassing the previous mark set by Deanna Nolan, who claimed the honor for three straight weeks with the then Detroit Shock in 2009. For the week, Moore led the WNBA in scoring (30.0 ppg).  Among Western Conference players, she ranked No. 1 in steals (2.5 spg) and tied for the lead in free throw percentage (1.000) while also ranking second in three-point field goal percentage (.500), sixth in overall field goal percentage (.500), and seventh in rebounds (7.0). Moore helped the Lynx to a 2-0 mark for the week as Minnesota extended its winning streak to nine games and improved its overall record to 22-6. The reigning MVP of the WNBA Finals opened the week by helping Minnesota snap the Phoenix Mercury‚Äôs 16-game winning streak.  In that 75-67 home victory, Moore led all scorers with 20 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter, while also contributing nine boards, four steals, and three assists. She capped off her week by setting the WNBA single-season record for 30-point games as she logged a 40-point, five-rebound effort in a 84-75 win at Tulsa.

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