September 6, 2017 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA)
NEW YORK, Sept. 5, 2017 - Tina Charles of the New York Liberty and Candace Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks today were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played Aug. 1-Sept. 3 - the final month of the 2017 regular season.
Charles earned Player of the Month honors for the WNBA-leading 11th time in her eight-year career. Parker, who last won the award in August 2015, raised her career total to six in 10 seasons, the fourth-most ever.
Behind Charles, New York posted a 10-2 record over its final 12 games, including a 10-game winning streak to close the regular season. After earning a first-round bye as the third seed in the 2017 WNBA Playoffs presented by Verizon, Charles and the Liberty will host a second-round, single-elimination game against a yet-to-be-determined opponent on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
Charles ranked first among Eastern Conference players in scoring (18.1 ppg), third in rebounds (8.3 rpg) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.385, 10-of-26) for the month. She scored in double figures in all 12 games, including five games with at least 20 points. Charles also grabbed seven or more rebounds 11 times.
Her month featured performances of 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists in an 81-76 home win over the Indiana Fever on Aug. 8, as well as 24 points and seven rebounds in an 82-70 win at the Connecticut Sun on Aug. 18. Charles capped her regular season with 18 points and 18 rebounds in an 82-81 road victory over the Dallas Wings on Sept. 3.