Mercury Ink Kara Braxton to Extension

Posted: Aug. 20, 2010

The Phoenix Mercury’s newest addition, forward/center Kara Braxton, has signed a multi-year deal to remain with the team, the club announced today. Per team policy specific terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“I’m very excited about signing this contract and staying in Phoenix,” Braxton said. “This is a good place and a good situation to be in. I couldn’t ask for anything more than being on a winning team and with a franchise that accepts me and wants me to contribute to their success. For me to get this opportunity with this group of ladies is a dream come true.”

“When we initially traded for Kara, we had every intention of keeping her in Phoenix long term,” Mercury President and General Manager Ann Meyers Drysdale said. “The positive attributes she brings to this team have already been seen in her short time with us this season and she will only get better the more time she’s here playing in this system.”

The Mercury originally acquired Braxton via a trade with the Tulsa Shock on July 23. Since joining the team, the 6-6 insider has averaged 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 11 games. In her Mercury home debut on July 29, Braxton scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed six rebounds in just 18 minutes of play.

“Kara adds a different dimension to this team with her size and strength down low,” head coach Corey Gaines said. “She’s one of the few bigs in this league that demands a double team. As she spends more time in this system she is only going to get better. Plus, the intangibles of her championship experience and veteran leadership are things you can’t find anywhere else.”

Most recently, Braxton led the Mercury to a win over Los Angeles on Tuesday night scoring a team-high 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds in just 17 minutes off the bench. That win secured the second seed in the West for Phoenix’s postseason run.

The sixth-year veteran brings five years of playoff experience from her time with the Detroit Shock where she won two WNBA Championship rings (2006, 2008). In 37 playoff games Braxton averaged 7.2 points and 4.8 rebounds per outing.

The Mercury hosts the Seattle Storm tonight at 7 p.m. in its final regular season home game and then travels to San Antonio on Sunday for its regular season finale. The first home playoff game will take place at US Airways Center on Wednesday, August 25 or Thursday, August 26. Tickets can be purchased by calling 602-252-WNBA or visiting Fans can also sign up to become a member of Downtown Live and receive special presale offers throughout the postseason.