Comets Sign Free Agent Tari Phillips

HOUSTON – The Houston Comets announced today the signing of unrestricted free agent center/forward Tari Phillips. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We are thrilled to welcome an All-Star player who is a tremendous rebounder and brings us another scoring threat in the low post,” said Comets Head Coach and General Manager Van Chancellor. “I really enjoyed coaching her with USA Basketball during the 2002 World Championships, and I look forward to having her on the team.”

Phillips (6-1, Central Florida ‘91) comes to the Comets from the New York Liberty, where she was a four-time WNBA All-Star (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003). Phillips, who holds career averages of 11.3 points and 6.6 rebounds in 173 WNBA games, was originally picked eighth overall by the Orlando Miracle in the 1999 WNBA Draft. She was later selected by the Portland Fire with the 12th overall pick in the WNBA Expansion Draft on December 15, 1999, before moving on to New York in a trade on May 28, 2000.

In her five seasons with New York, Phillips solidified her reputation as one of the WNBA’s top players. In addition to being the all-time leading rebounder in Liberty history (1,077), she was named the 2000 WNBA Most Improved Player and earned All-WNBA Second-Team honors in 2002. Phillips averaged 13.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in her first four seasons with New York before having her 2004 campaign cut short to 13 games due to a fractured right hand. She had her best individual scoring season in 2001, averaging 15.3 points on 208-of-410 (.507) shooting. Phillips’ best rebounding year was 2003, when she averaged 8.5 boards in 33 games.

As a collegian, Phillips finished her career at Central Florida after spending three years at Georgia. In her senior season, Phillips led Central Florida in scoring (25.3 ppg), rebounding (12.4 rpg) and blocked shots (27). While at Georgia, she helped the Lady Bulldogs advance to the NCAA Regional Finals in 1987 and 1988