MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – The WNBA today named Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore its Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Samsung for the month of September after leading the Lynx to a league-best 28-6 final record and first overall seed for the 2016 WNBA Playoffs. This is the second Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Samsung award for Moore this season and the eighth of her career, having also been named twice in 2013, three times in 2014 and once in 2015. The award marks the 11th time a Lynx player has been named Player of the Month, with Lindsay Whalen (August 2011), Seimone Augustus (July 2011) and Rebekkah Brunson (June 2011) also having previously received the award. Moore has been named Western Conference Player of the Week three times this season (May 14-22, May 30 – June 5, July 4- July 10), which marks 18 in her career, tying for fourth (Lauren Jackson) on the WNBA’s all-time weekly award list behind Tamika Catchings (22), Tina Charles (21) and Diana Taurasi (19).
Moore averaged 21.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists in seven games in September, shooting 46.5% from the floor, 82.4% from the line and 57.7% from long range. She notched 20+ points in five of seven September matches, leading the Lynx in both scoring and assists four times. The month started off with a 27-point, six-rebound performance against the Washington Mystics on Sept. 2, which would be one of Moore’s two 27-point games this month (Sept. 13).
Highlights from Moore’s month include:
- Sept. 2 vs. Washington: Tallied a game-high 27 points, six rebounds and two steals in the 75-69 win over the Mystics.
- Sept. 13 at Chicago: Notched 22 of her game-high 27 points in the second half, adding a game-best five assists, marking the 15th time she’s led the Lynx in that category this season.
- Sept. 17 vs. Atlanta: Posted 21 points and a game-high eight assists in the final regular season game, earning a victory over the Atlanta Dream.
New York Liberty forward Tina Charles was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month presented by Samsung for the month of September. Charles averaged 23.5 points and league-leading 11.0 rebounds per game in September.
The Lynx play next on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Xcel Energy Center in Game 1 of the Semifinals. The game can be seen on ESPN2 and heard on BOB 106.1 FM.