Here are the top five performance for this past week.
1. Cappie Pondexter (Chicago Sky)
Cappie Pondexter had an impressive week in which she looked like the WNBA Finals MVP that she was in 2007. Pondexter led the Sky to two wins this week over the Minnesota Lynx (best record in the West) and the Connecticut Sun (best record in the East).
Against Minnesota on July 10th, Pondexter recorded 24 points, four rebounds and four assists on 9-17 shooting. She put together an even better performance two days later vs. Connecticut when she scored a season-high 29 points and dished out seven assists. Her most impressive stat from the week was shooting 11-14 (.786) from the field against the Sun.
2. Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream)
McCoughtry continued her stellar play for the Dream this past week. On July 7th vs. Tulsa, McCoughtry poured in 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Dream. Then on July 12th, she willed Atlanta to an eight-point victory over New York, scoring 32 points on 9-12 shooting and dishing out six assists.
If you assume each of her assists resulted in at least two points, then McCoughtry was responsible for at least 44 of the Dream’s 84 points in the win. McCoughtry is everything to the Atlanta Dream, and she showed that this week.
3. Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx)
The MVP is back. Over the past two weeks, Moore has recorded five straight 20-point games and has returned to her traditional MVP form. This past week, Moore almost staged an improbable comeback vs. Chicago when she scored 25 of her 29 points in the second half and knocked down five three-pointers.
She also recorded 10 rebounds and six assists against the Sky. Then on July 12th, Moore made sure Minnesota got back into the win column by scoring 20 points and grabbing eight rebounds to lead the Lynx in a rout of San Antonio.
Everyone knows Moore can score but lately she has increased her assists and rebounds while cutting down on her turnovers. In her last two games, Moore has nine assists and only two turnovers.
4. Tina Charles (New York Liberty)
Tina Charles put together another week of solid performances for the Liberty. On July 9th, she scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a three-point win over Washington. Then on July 12th, Charles scored 22 points on 10-15 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds vs. Atlanta. New York relies heavily on Charles, who ranks third in the WNBA in field goal attempts and is averaging 31.6 minutes per game this season.
5. Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury)
On July 10th, Griner scored 12 points on 5-6 shooting and added four rebounds and four blocks in the contest. Then on July 12th, she exploded for 26 points on 11-18 shooting. She also added seven rebounds and two blocks.
The Mercury won both games this week and both against the same opponent, Seattle. Griner’s numbers show how virtually un-scoutable she is. The opponent can know what she wants to do and how Phoenix wants to use her and still cannot stop her.
Griner should continue to dominate all season and give the Mercury a chance to contend in the Western Conference, even without Taurasi.