Mercury's Brittney Griner wins Player of Week award for franchise record fifth time

Jeff Metcalfe
Arizona Republic
Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner is WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week for a franchise record fifth time.

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner is WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the fifth time this season and fourth in the last five weeks. 

Griner averaged 23 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.5 blocks in two games last week while shooting 62.5% from the field. She had a double-double in both and a franchise record 15 for the season. She missed one game due to the death of her grandfather. 

On Saturday against Connecticut, the 6-9 Griner had her career high fourth dunk of the season and 16th in her WNBA regular season career. 

A Mercury player has won Western Conference Player of the Week for five consecutive weeks going back to before the Olympics. Griner won July 12, Aug. 23, Sept. 6 and Sept. 13 and Skylar Diggins-Smith on Aug. 30. 

Mercury players have won the award a franchise high six times total this season, one more than in 2008. Griner's five is the most for a Phoenix player, surpassing Diana Taurasi's four in 2008. Griner has 13 career Player of the Week honors, second in Mercury history behind Taurasi (20).

The Mercury (19-11) are at Seattle (20-11) on Friday with a playoff seeding tiebreaker and first round playoff bye at stake. They then close the regular season at home Sunday against Las Vegas (22-8).

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