WNBA has announced it’s monthly honors with Los Angeles Sparks guard Kristi Toliver claiming the player of the month in Western conference and Indiana Fever’s Tamika Catchings in the East. Nneka Ogwumike was the Rookie of the Month.
In leading the Fever to a 6-1 record in July (tops in the East), Catchings helped Indiana clinch its eighth consecutive berth in the WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile, the longest active streak in the Eastern Conference. Along the way the 11th-year pro shared the conference lead in steals (2.14 spg), ranked third in scoring (16.6 ppg), tied for third in both assists (4.1 apg) and blocks (1.29 bpg), and was fourth in rebounds (7 rpg).
A fourth-year pro from the University of Maryland, Toliver led all Western Conference players in scoring (23.8 ppg), field goal percentage (.625 on 40-of-64 shooting) and three-point field goal percentage (.655, going 19-of-29 from beyond the arc), while also finishing third in assists (5.2 apg), and eighth in free throw percentage (.870, making 20-of-23 shots from the charity stripe).
Ogwumike placed second among all rookies in rebounds (7.6 rpg) and field goal percentage (.548) and ranked third in scoring (12.0 ppg). Overall, Ogwumike ranked seventh in field goal percentage and ninth in rebounds. In the first game back from the Olympic break, Ogwumike had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds; she also contributed four assists in an 82-71 win over the Seattle Storm on Aug. 21. For the month, she contributed to a 4-1 record while posting two double-doubles in five games and scored in double digits in all but one contest.