New York Liberty center Tina Charles was named the WNBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played July 28 through August 3, the league announced on Monday. For Charles, it was her second Player of the Week award of the season and 12th of her career.
Charles posted three consecutive double-doubles to lead the Liberty to a 2-1 record, including wins over Eastern Conference foes Washington and Atlanta. 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 (1.3 bpg).
The fifth-year pro opened the week by scoring 23 points and pulling down 12 rebounds in a 80-76 win over the Mystics. She then registered back-to-back 14-rebound outings against some of the league’s top rebounders – Chicago’s Sylvia Fowles and Atlanta’s duo of Sancho Lyttle and Erika de Souza. At Chicago, Charles logged 15 points, four assists, and three blocks in an 87-74 loss. She then closed out her week with 29 points and three steals in an 83-76 win on the road against the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Dream.
For the season, Charles is second in the WNBA in rebounding (12.0 rpg) and double-doubles (14), and ranks fifth in scoring (18.4 ppg).
The Liberty will close out a three-game road trip on Tuesday, August 5, taking on the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. New York, winners in eight of its last 12 games, looks to secure a playoff spot with seven regular season games remaining.