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Sun’s Charles is Eastern Conference player of the week again

NEW YORK, July 9, 2012 – Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun and Becky
Hammon of the San Antonio Silver Stars were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile,
respectively, for games played July 2-8.

For Charles, who ranks in the top three in double-doubles (11) and rebounds
(11.6 rpg) in the league, the Player of the Week award presented by Boost
Mobile is the seventh such honor of her career and her second of the
season.

The third-year pro led the Sun to a 2-0 record for the week, including wins
over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx, and the Tulsa Shock.  In the
process, Charles posted 12.5 rebounds per game, tying for the lead in the
conference, and placed third in points (21.5 ppg).  Charles has scored in
double digits in all but one game thus far this season.

Charles opened the week with 24 points and 10 rebounds in an 86-75 win over the Shock.  On the back end of a back-to-back, Charles poured in 19 points and grabbed 15 rebounds recording her fourth double-double in a row in an 86-80 win over the Lynx.  In handing Minnesota its first home loss of the
season, Charles scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds on 4-for-6
shooting in the third quarter, when the Sun outscored the Lynx 29-16.

Hammon helped lead the Silver Stars to a 4-0 record on the week as San
Antonio improved to 11-5 overall, second best in the Western Conference,
and are riding a seven-game winning streak.  For more information on this week’s Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile winners, visit www.wnba.com/awards.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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