Phoenix sends Ann Strother to Indiana

Mercury Acquire Veteran Olympia Scott

The Mercury acquired veteran center Olympia Scott Wednesday from the Indiana Fever.
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PHOENIX, March 7, 2007 – The Phoenix Mercury turned a surplus of quality guards into a veteran post player with championship experience, acquiring center Olympia Scott from the Indiana Fever in exchange for guard Ann Strother, the team announced today.

“We are thrilled to add Olympia Scott,” said Mercury General Manager Ann Meyers Drysdale. “I feel confident that she can fit in with [Mercury Head] Coach [Paul] Westhead’s style of play. She is a proven veteran that can help us with her experience, leadership, her ability to be physical and defend different positions, and the fact that she is quicker than most post players down low.”

In the eight-year veteran Scott, Phoenix adds a 6-2, 175-pound center with career averages of 4.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16.6 minutes. The Stanford product has spent the last several seasons as a reserve on teams in Sacramento and Indiana loaded with frontcourt talent but had her best statistical season with Fever in 2002. Scott posted career bests of 9.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 31 starts in 2002.

Scott, who won a WNBA championship with the Sacramento Monarchs in 2005, is currently playing in Russia for Dynamo Moscow Region alongside the Washington Mystics’ Chastity Melvin. The newest member of the Mercury is averaging 10.8 points and 8.2 rebounds for DMR and, in her most recent game on Feb. 19, grabbed 20 boards.

In the trade, Phoenix parts ways with guard Ann Strother, the team’s second round draft pick in 2006 (15th overall, rights acquired from Houston on draft day) out of UConn. The rookie appeared in just eight games for the Mercury last season, averaging 2.0 points.

“This trade gives Ann an opportunity to play in this league,” Meyers Drysdale added. “We know it was difficult for a rookie to come in and compete for a position populated with established veterans. We wish her nothing but the best in Indiana.”

Winners of a franchise-best seven straight to finish 2006, the Phoenix Mercury look to pick up where they left off led by All-Stars Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter in the record-shattering offense of head coach Paul Westhead. Under the direction of new general manager Ann Meyers Drysdale, the Mercury own the No. 1 overall pick in the April 4 WNBA Draft. Phoenix opens its 11th WNBA season on Saturday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. at US Airways Center against the San Antonio Silver Stars.