Mercury Lands Top Post Player
Posted: March 7, 2005
Kamila Vodichkova, a five-year veteran center, has officially joined the Phoenix Mercury, the team announced today. The Mercury had signed Vodichkova, 32, to an offer sheet giving her former team 10 days to match. That window has elapsed making Vodichkova an official member of the Mercury, general manager Seth Sulka confirmed.
“I was fortunate to be in Seattle as an assistant (coach) for one year with Kamila,” said head coach Carrie Graf. “She is one of the most professional athletes I have ever been around and has a work ethic that will rub off on her teammates. She brings that hard-working style to every game and every practice. Kamila plays a very physical game and that should help getting our perimeter shooters open attempts. She also has a great shooters’ touch, hitting nearly 80% of her free throws for her career.”
Vodichkova was selected by the Seattle Storm in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2000 WNBA draft. During the 2004 season she averaged 8.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 1.6 apg in 34 games with the WNBA Champions. Vodichkova’s career highs in points is 22 (vs. Detroit 6/28/2000), rebounds 12 (two times), and blocks 4 (vs. Los Angeles July 11, 2002). Vodichkova played five seasons with BK Gambrinus in the Czech Republic. She was a member of the 2000 EuroLeague Final Four All-Star team. In Vodichkova’s five year WNBA career she has averaged 8.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.2 apg in 22.6 minutes per game while shooting 43% from the field and 79.9% from the free-throw line.
“It’s difficult to get post players with experience in our league,” said general manager Seth Sulka. “Kamila has earned the respect of the coaches and players in our league over the past five years with her physical play and soft touch and was a key figure on Seattle’s championship team last year.”
Vodichkova hit for 14 points and 4 rebounds on 5-8 field goals in game three of the WNBA Finals last season.
“It is exciting for me to join the Phoenix Mercury,” said the 6-4 center from Czech Republic. “I enjoyed my time in Seattle and all my teammates but it is now time for me to play with a new team. Coach Graf was a great teacher and coach in Seattle for one season and they have a great team there with players like Diana Taurasi and Penny Taylor. I am happy that Phoenix wanted me to play on their team and I will try my best for us to win a WNBA Championship”
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