KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — University of Tennessee women’s basketball alum Candace Parker has been named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday.
Parker, a 6-foot-4 forward/center for the Los Angeles Sparks, returned to action this week after being sidelined since July 9 due to injury. The two-time WNBA MVP averaged 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in leading LA to a 2-0 record on the week. She hit 14 of 25 field goal attempts, including 3-of-7 accuracy from three-point range, and knocked down all six tries from the charity stripe.
The LVFL had 16 points, seven rebounds, four blocks, three assists and three steals over 28 minutes in the victory vs. Las Vegas in her first game back. She followed that with 21 points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists in 25 minutes vs. Seattle.
Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics (2-1) averaged 26.7 ppg., 8.0 rpg. and 1.67 bpg. to garner Eastern Conference Player of the Week accolades.