Taurasi named Western Conference Player of Week

Posted: June 14

The Mercury’s Diana Taurasi was named the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors for games played June 7-13.

Taurasi earns the 11th Player of the Week award of her career, fourth most of any player in WNBA history, and first of 2010 after averaging 23.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in three games. Taurasi, who leads the WNBA in scoring with 21.4 points per game, shot 52.2 percent (24 of 46) from the field, 44 percent (11 of 25) on 3-point shots and a perfect 100 percent (11 of 11) from the free-throw line in helping the Mercury win two of three games.

Taurasi had 31 points in a victory over Minnesota on June 12. Two days later, she scored 18 points in just 19 minutes of action as the Mercury beat Tulsa 116-84 and set a WNBA record for points scored in a game.

Taurasi has scored in double figures in 31 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the WNBA.

Former Mercury guard Cappie Pondexter, who was dealt to New York in the offseason as part of a three-team trade, was named Eastern Conference Player of Week.

Taurasi and the Mercury return to the court on Friday to host San Antonio at 7 p.m. at US Airways Center.