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Breanna Stewart, Courtney Vandersloot named WNBA Players of the Week for Week 5

Oct 6, 2020; Bradenton, Florida, USA; Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) attempts a lay up during game three of the 2020 WNBA Finals at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

For the second straight week, Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm has been named Western Conference Player of the Week while Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot has won her first Eastern Conference Player of the Week award.

This is the third time during the 2021-21 WNBA season that Breanna Stewart has been named Western Conference Player of the Week, also winning the award in the first week of the season.

In two games last week, Stewart averaged 20.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists while helping extend the Storm’s win streak to five games. They currently hold the WNBA’s best record at 12-2.

A member of the Seattle Storm has now been named WNBA Player of the Week four of the five weeks so far this season. In addition to Breanna Stewart winning three Player of the Week awards, Jewell Loyd also won the award in the WNBA’s third week.

In three games last week, 11-year WNBA veteran Courtney Vandersloot averaged 13.3 points, 11.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals with the Chicago Sky winning all three games.

The Chicago Sky struggled early primarily due to star forward Candace Parker missing eight games due to an ankle injury. During that time, the Sky went 1-7 including losing a then WNBA-high seven straight games. Since Parker has returned to the lineup, the Sky have not lost as they are currently on a five-game win streak.

During the Sky’s five-game win streak, Vandersloot has averaged 12.8 points, 9.6 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals including double-doubles in each of the last three games. She leads the WNBA in 10-point, 10-assist doubles this season (5).