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Basketball - 01. June 2007.

USA - Taurasi, Thorn take weekly honours


NEW YORK (WNBA) - Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi earned WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week honours on Tuesday for the fourth time in her career.

Also, New York Liberty guard Erin Thorn was honoured with the Eastern Conference award.

Taurasi became the second-fastest player in league history to score 2,000 points, reaching the milestone Friday when scored 37 on 11 for 18 shooting in a 111-85 victory over the Houston Comets.

Through three games, the former University of Connecticut standout is averaging a league-best 23.7 points, along with 3.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and is shooting 95% (19 fo -20) from the free-throw line.

In the Eastern Conference, Thorn captured her first award in her five-year career following her breakout 28-point performance in an 83-71 victory over the Chicago Sky. Thorn followed that up on May 24 with 17 points and eight rebounds in an 81-76 victory over the Washington Mystics.

Thorn is currently ranked second in the league in 3-point field goals made (11) behind Taurasi (12), and is ranked fourth in points per game (22.5).

Other candidates for the awards were Detroit's Deanna Nolan, Indiana's Tamika Catchings, Washington's Alana Beard, Minnesota's Seimone Augustus, Sacramento's Kara Lawson and Seattle's Janelle Burse.

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