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Tina Charles, Liberty center, named WNBA Eastern Conference Player of Month

New York Liberty center Tina Charles looks on

New York Liberty center Tina Charles looks on against the Minnesota Lynx in a WNBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Tina Charles of the Liberty was named the WNBA’s Eastern Conference player of the month, the league announced on Thursday afternoon.

Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx was named the Western Conference player of the month.

Charles averaged 23 points and 11.8 rebounds per game during May, both league highs. She had double-doubles in all five games she played in during the month, giving her 114 career double-doubles in 203 career games, second most in league history. Former Los Angeles Sparks star Lisa Leslie is the WNBA’s all-time leader in double-doubles with 157.

Charles had 24 points and 11 rebounds in an 87-76 season-opening win in Washington against the Mystics on May 14 and again had 24 points and 11 rebounds in a 79-71 win over the Dallas Wings at Madison Square Garden the next day.

She had 29 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals, and six assists in an 85-79 loss to the Atlanta Dream on May 24. It was just the third time in WNBA history that a player scored at least 29 points while also getting 10 or more rebounds, five or more steals, and five or more assists.

Charles also had 17 points and 16 rebounds in a 79-72 loss to the Sparks on May 21 and 23 and 11 rebounds in a 79-69 loss to the Lynx on May 31.

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