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Breanna Stewart, Tina Charles named WNBA Players of the Week

Oct 6, 2020; Bradenton, Florida, USA; Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) throws confetti after winning the 2020 WNBA Finals at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

For the second time this season, Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart has been named Western Conference Player of the Week. She is joined by Washington Mystics star Tina Charles, who was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for the first time this season.

Stewart earned the honors for the second time this season after leading Seattle to a 3-0 record this past week. Seattle delivered double-digit victories against the Atlanta Dream (95-71, 86-75) and Connecticut Suns (89-66), with all three victories coming on the road.

The 26-year-old, a two-time WNBA Finals MVP, came through huge on Sunday with team-highs in points (22), rebounds (nine), assists (five) and steals (three). Stewart’s dominant performance also came at the perfect time.

With Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones away from the team playing in the FIBA Women’s Eurobasket, Breanna Stewart gained ground in the race for WNBA MVP. She currently ranks third in scoring (21.3), third in rebounding (9.6), sixth in blocks (1.7) and third in double-doubles (5). Just as importantly for voters, she is leading the Storm to the best record in the WNBA.

Tina Charles averaged 21.3 points and 8.3 rebounds this past week leading the Washington Mystics to a 2-1 record. In a June 10 matchup against the Los Angeles Sparks, Charles recorded her 158th career double-double moving into second place on the WNBA’s career double-doubles list.

The 10-year WNBA veteran has been the WNBA’s leading scorer so far this season 24.0 points per game including four 30-point games this season. However, she has not gotten MVP consideration due to the Washington Mystics 4-6 record so far this season.