Lynx’ Maya Moore named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL - The WNBA today named Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore its Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, July 14 through Sunday, July 20. The Player of the Week award is Moore’s second consecutive, third this season and eighth of her career.

In Minnesota’s lone game this week heading into the All-Star break, Moore poured in a game-high 32 points in a 93-82 Lynx victory over the Tulsa Shock on July 16. It marked the ninth 30+ point performance of the season for the Moore, tying Lauren Jackson (2007) for the 2nd-highest single-season total in WNBA history. Moore shot 10-for-18 from the field and set career highs for free throws made and attempted, going 11-for-13 from the charity stripe. 12 of Moore’s 32 points came in the 4th quarter, helping stave off a Shock comeback bid. The 2013 WNBA Finals MVP added nine rebounds, five assists and two steals in helping the Lynx win their 17th game of the year.

This season Moore leads the league in scoring and minutes played, averaging 24.1 points and 35 minutes per game. She also ranks 5th in steals (2.00 spg), 6th in free throw accuracy (87.7%), 8th in rebounds (8.3 rpg), 14th in blocks (0.87 bpg) and 15th in field goal accuracy (48.6%).

Indiana’s Tamika Catchings was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

The Lynx are 17-6 heading into the post All-Star Game portion of the season and sit in second in the Western Conference standings behind Phoenix.

Minnesota will host the Atlanta Dream at the Target Center on Tuesday, July 22 in a rematch of the 2013 WNBA Finals.

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