Sept. 7, 2011
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AUBURN - With the playoff races coming down to the wire in the WNBA, former Auburn standout DeWanna Bonner was named the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week after averaging 19 points and 9.3 rebounds in the Phoenix Mercury's last three games.
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The Mercury, who are a half game behind Le'Coe Willingham's Seattle Storm, finished 2-1 over the past week after defeating Tulsa and Los Angeles. Bonner started against Tulsa and led the way with a career-high 25 points and nine rebounds in Phoenix's 96-74 victory.
Bonner also started in Phoenix's 18-point loss at San Antonio where she put up 23 points and seven rebounds. On Sept. 3, Bonner came off the bench in the Mercury's 93-77 win over Los Angeles and scored nine points while also grabbing 12 rebounds.
Le'Coe Willingham continued to help the Storm off the bench this season as she was able to put up 10 points in a 68-62 losing effort at Los Angeles. In Seattle's 78-72 win at Tulsa, Willingham scored two points, but was able to grab seven rebounds. Against San Antonio, Willingham scored eight points while grabbing six boards in the Storm's 70-60 win.
With just three games left in the regular season for Phoenix, the Mercury host Tulsa before heading out for a crucial matchup in Seattle. The Mercury will then head home for the season finale against first-place Minnesota. The Storm have just two games left in the season, hosting Phoenix and Chicago.
Seattle is current second in the West, six games behind the Lynx and a half game up on Phoenix. San Antonio holds the fourth spot in the West, 2.5 games behind the Mercury.