Ivory Latta of the Washington Mystics, and formerly of the Atlanta Dream, was recently named the WNBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week. The one-time point guard for the Dream’s 2008 inaugural team was given the league’s weekly honor for games played June 3 through June 9. Rebekkah Brunson of the Minnesota Lynx was named the Western Conference Player of the Week for the same span.
Just days after the passing of her grandfather, Latta, a six-year veteran, scored 17 points, pulled down seven rebounds and dished out three assists en route to a 66-62 road victory over Connecticut on June 7. She then led all scorers with 24 points in a win over Minnesota on June 8, adding five assists and two rebounds in the 85-80 victory. Latta currently ranks second in the league in scoring with 20.5 points per game.
“Man, these last couple days have been by far the most emotional time in my whole entire life, my whole basketball career,” Latta said following the game against the Lynx.
Minnesota was the 2012 WNBA runner-up.
In 2006, the high school All-American and Univ. of North Carolina standout led the Tar Heels to the first of two consecutive Final Fours, but since joining the WNBA has shared more than her fair share of disappointments.
Latta was traded to Atlanta by Detroit following her rookie season, then released by the Dream before the start of the 2009 season only to be re-signed in July and released again in March 2010. She then played for the Tulsa Shock from 2010-13 before settling in Washington this season.
In May, Latta was voted the most underrated player by the league’s general managers during the 11th annual WNBA.com GM Survey, sharing to top honors with Indiana’s Briann January.
Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Atlanta’s Sancho Lyttle, Chicago’s Elena Delle Donne and Connecticut’s Tina Charles in the East, as well as Los Angeles’ Kristi Toliver and Lindsey Harding, San Antonio’s Jia Perkins and Tulsa’s Glory Johnson in the West.