SEATTLE Storm forward Tina Thompson is the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week. This is Thompson s first honor of this season and the seventh of her career.

Tina is very deserving of being player of the week, and could have been before this season, said Storm head coach and general manager Brian Agler. Her play has definitely helped keep us in playoff contention. We anticipate her play to stay at this a high level as well because she is hungry.

Thompson earned the award following her 23-point game to lead the Storm to a win against the Sparks on July 25, snapping an eight-game skid against Los Angeles and logging their first win over the Sparks since August 28, 2011. Thompson scored 11 points in the first quarter, bringing Seattle an early 12-point lead. This was Thompson s third 20-plus point game this season. She also chipped in eight rebounds, two assists, and shot 100% from the line.

In her 17th season, the WNBA all-time career scoring leader is averaging 12.3 points per game and five rebounds per game. Thompson ranks second among Storm players in scoring and rebounds this season.

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