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WNBA Players of the Week for games played June 19-25: Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut Sun) and Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings)

Published on June 26, 2017

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Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun and Skylar Diggins-Smith of the Dallas Wings today were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week for games played June 19-25.

Thomas, a 6-2 forward, earned Player of the Week honors for the first time in her four-year WNBA career. Last week she paced Eastern Conference players in assists (6.5 apg), ranked fifth in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and tied for eighth in scoring (15.5 ppg). She opened her week with 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists as Connecticut extended its winning streak to five games with a 94-89 road victory over the New York Liberty on June 23. She had 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in a 96-82 loss at Dallas on June 25. Connecticut finished the week at 6-6 overall after starting the season with four consecutive losses.

Diggins-Smith in her fifth year, earned Player of the Week honors for the third time. The 5-9 guard helped the Wings go 3-0 for the week and improve to 8-8 overall. Among West players she was third in assists (6.7 apg), seventh in scoring (20.3 ppg) and 10th in field goal percentage (.541, on 20-of-37) last week.

She opened her week with a 16-point, six-assist effort in Dallas’ 81-78 victory over the visiting San Antonio Stars on June 21. Two days later, in a rematch at San Antonio, she had a game-high 30 points and added five assists and three rebounds in her team’s 81-69 win. She closed the week with 15 points, nine assists and three rebounds in her team’s victory over the Sun.
2017 WNBA Players of the Week

Week Ending       East Player                Team                    West Player                     Team

5/21/17                  Layshia Clarendon      Atlanta                   Sylvia Fowles                    Minnesota

5/28/17                  Epiphanny Prince       New York              Sylvia Fowles                    Minnesota

6/4/17                    Tina Charles               New York              Diana Taurasi                    Phoenix

6/11/17                  Tina Charles               New York              Sylvia Fowles                    Minnesota

6/18/17                  Jonquel Jones             Connecticut           Candace Parker               Los Angeles

6/25/17                  Alyssa Thomas           Connecticut           Skylar Diggins-Smith        Dallas

This post is part of the thread: 2017 WNBA Season – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.


 

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