New York's Janel McCarville and Los Angeles' Lisa Leslie were named the Players of the Week for their respective conferences Monday. McCarville, winning her first such award, averaged 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists last week as the Liberty have won four of their last five. She also tied a career high with 25 points and set a new mark with seven assists in a win over Atlanta.
Leslie earned her league-record 15th Player of the Week honor of her career after averaging 17.7 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.0 blocks. The league leader in rebounding and blocks, she led the Sparks to wins over Detroit, Connecticut and Sacramento, putting forth her best effort of the year against the Sun with 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists
Leslie is averaging 17.2 points per game and 10.1 rebounds for the season and is one of two players (Candace Parker) to average a double-double in 2008. She is one of three players (Lauren Jackson, 12; Tamika Catchings, 11) to win more than 10 Player of the Week awards in a career.
Other candidates for this week's award were Connecticut’s Asjha Jones, Detroit’s Tasha Humphrey, Phoenix’s Cappie Pondexter, Sacramento’s Nicole Powell, San Antonio’s Ann Wauters and Seattle’s Lauren Jackson.