On Thursday, the WNBA announced that Washington Mystics center Tina Charles was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for June. This is her 12th time winning this award.
In the month of June, Charles averaged 24.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Including all of her games played this season, Charles is currently the WNBA’s leading scorer by a considerable margin over Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (25.5 ppg vs. 21.8 ppg, respectively).
Charles has received more honors in the past week, such as being named a member of the USA Basketball women’s national team (which automatically makes her a WNBA All-Star). And she is now in the conversation to win her second most valuable player award this season.
The Mystics are currently 7-9 and ninth in the Eastern Conference standings despite missing Elena Delle Donne and Alysha Clark due to injuries. Thanks to Charles’ production as well as Ariel Atkins’, Washington is still within two games of the fourth place Chicago Sky, for games played through July 1 and I’m confident Washington will be postseason bound once the end of the regular season comes around.