**COURTESY NEW YORK LIBERTY**
NEW YORK, June 27, 2016 – Tina Charles of the New York Liberty and Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury today were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played June 20 through June 26.
Charles earned Player of the Week honors for the fourth time this season and the 18th time in her seven-year career. The 2012 WNBA Most Valuable Player and four-time All-Star led the Liberty to a 2-1 week, while the team improved to 10-5 on the season to earn the top spot in the East. Charles leads the WNBA in scoring (22.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.9 rpg) for the season.
For Charles who is in the midst of an MVP caliber season, the four Player of the Week wins already ranks tied for the second-most in a single season, and her 18-career wins ranks third in WNBA history.
For the week, the former University of Connecticut standout ranked second in scoring (23.3 ppg) and first in assists (6.3 apg) among Eastern Conference players, and paced all WNBA players in rebounding (10 rpg). On June 22, Charles finished with 23 points, a career-high 10 assists and nine rebounds in a 90-79 overtime win over the Atlanta Dream. Charles then contributed 21 points and 13 rebounds in an 80-79 home win over the Chicago Sky on June 24 before capping her week with 26 points, eight boards and five assists in a 104-97 overtime loss to the Mercury on June 26.
Other candidates for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne and Cappie Pondexter, Dallas’ Odyssey Sims, the Los Angeles Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike, Phoenix’s Brittney Griner, the San Antonio Stars’ Kayla McBride, the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart and Washington’s Tayler Hill.