2007 In Review: Erin Thorn
As players are beginning to part ways en route to off-season endeavors, NYLiberty.com is handing in its season homework – a final report, which takes a look back at how each member of the team faired this summer. Today’s chapter of the report looks at guard Erin Thorn.
THE YOUNG VETERAN
This season marked Thorn’s fifth as a member of the WNBA, which made her the Liberty’s second oldest player on the roster … She started a career-best 29 games this season and led the team in scoring four times … Thorn finished the regular season averaging career-highs across minutes (30.4), points (9.7), rebounds (3.0), assists (2.5) and steals (0.9).
SUPER START TO A SUPER SUMMER
Just one day after celebrating her 26th birthday, Thorn gave the Liberty and its fans the gift of her career best on Opening Day against the Sky, logging 28 points, with seven three-pointers … Thorn also grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists for the night … That performance earned her the WNBA’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor … Her 28 points also made for a three-way tie with Tamika Whitmore and Becky Hammon on the Liberty’s all-time single game bests list for points.
THE HOT HAND
Thorn’s shooting percentage from the field has steadily progressed with each season … In 2007, she shot 42.4 percent from the field, topping the previous season’s 41.7 percent … Her long-range shooting percentage experienced a slight decrease from 2006, as this season it was 39.0 percent from a League-leading 43.1 percent … She achieved the 16th spot for the WNBA’s top three-point shooters this summer.
Thorn endured an ankle sprain in a Liberty win on June 20th at Mohegan Sun versus the Sun and missed the next five games … Three of those match-ups included the Liberty’s annual west coast haul, in which the team went 1-2 … Overall, New York went 1-4 while Thorn was on the injured list.
BEAT THE CLOCK
With a game-winning shot on August 12th, Thorn helped New York even its season series (2-2) against Detroit with just 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation ... Buzzer beaters aren’t exactly foreign territory for Thorn, as she notched two in one game in 2006 … On July 24th, against the Connecticut Sun, she hit a long three-pointer to end the first-quarter and another at the end of the third-quarter … The third-quarter heave was named the 2006 WNBA Shot of the Year.
Want more on Erin’s ride through 2007? Check out her WNBA.com Playerfile.