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Abraham, Tajama (1998)

The Detroit Shock acquired Abraham in the second round of the 1998 WNBA Expansion Draft. The George Washington University graduate was initially drafted by the Sacramento Monarchs in the fourth round (No. 31 overall) of the 1997 WNBA Draft. Detroit waived Abraham on June 9, 1999.

Abraham Bio and Statistics

Alabama, University of
The University of Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, first fielded a women's basketball team during the 1974-75 season. They have 10 NCAA Tournament appearances to their credit and one Final Four appearance. Dominique Canty and Tausha Mills both played for the Detroit Shock. Betsy Harris was a member of the Shock's 1998 Training Camp roster, and played at Alabama.

All-ABL First Team, 1997-98
Shock guard Katie Smith was a member of the Columbus Quest of the ABL from 1996-99 and was named to the All-ABL First Team in 1997-98.

All-ABL Honorable Mention, 1996-97
Shock forward/center Val Whiting was a member of the San Jose Lasers during the 1996-97 ABL season and was named to the All-ABL Honorable Mention Team that year. She was similarly honored in 1997-98 while with the Seattle Reign.

All-ABL Honorable Mention, 1997-98
Shock forward/center Val Whiting was a member of the Seattle Reign during the 1997-98 ABL season and was named to the All-ABL Honorable Mention Team that year. She was similarly honored in 1996-97 while with the San Jose Lasers. Shannon Johnson was a member of the Columbus Quest from 1996-99 and was named to the All-ABL Honorable Mention Team during her sophomore campaign.

All-ABL Second Team, 1996-97
Shock forward Cindy Brown was a member of the Seattle Reign of the ABL from 1996-97. During the ABL's inaugural season of 1996-97, Brown was named to the All-ABL Second Team.

All-ABL Second Team, 1997-98
Shock guard Jennifer Azzi, a member of the ABL's San Jose Lasers from 1997-99, was named to the All-ABL Second Team in 1997-98.

All-Decade Team, WNBA
In celebration of its 10th season of competition, the WNBA unveiled an All-Decade Team at the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game. The team featured Shock guard Katie Smith.

All-Defensive First Team, WNBA 2007
The WNBA began naming an All Defensive First and Second Team following the 2005 season. Detroit's Deanna Nolan was named to the 2005 All-Defensive Second Team.

All-Defensive Second Team, WNBA 2005
Deanna Nolan received her third straight All-Defensive honor and her first on the First-Team in 2007.

All-Defensive Second Team, WNBA 2006
Detroit's Deanna Nolan and Cheryl Ford were both named to the WNBA's 2006 All-Defensive Second Team.

Allen, Sonny (1998)

Allen served as an assistant coach with the Shock under Nancy Lieberman-Cline during the team's inagural season. Prior to joining the Shock he spent time as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks and an NBA scout for the Charlotte Hornets and Golden State Warriors. Allen spent one year with the Shock before taking the head coaching position with the Sacramento Monarchs from 1998-2001.

All Rookie Team, 2005 WNBA
The WNBA named its first-ever All-Rookie team after the 2005 season, consisting of five rookies regardless of position. Shock reserve center Kara Braxton was named to the team after averaging 6.9 points and 3.0 rebounds while connecting on 46.2 percent of her field goal attempts in her rookie campaign. Also on the team was Katie Feenstra who joined the Shock prior to the 2007 WNBA Season and averaged 8.8 points and 5.2 rebounds during her rookie season in San Antonio.

All-Star Game, 1996-97 ABL
The 1996-97 ABL All-Star Game was played on December 15, 1996 at the Hartford (Conn.) Civic Center. Future Shock guard Katie Smith was named to the Eastern Conference team as a member of the Columbus Quest while the Western Conference was represented by future Shock players Jennifer Azzi (San Jose), Cindy Brown (Seattle) and Val Whiting (San Jose). The Eastern Conference won 81-65.

All-Star Game, 1997-98 ABL
The 1997-98 ABL All-Star Game was played on January 18, 1998 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Future Shock players Katie Smith (Columbus), Elaine Powell (Portland), and Jennifer Azzi (San Jose) participated in the game, which was won by Smith's Eastern Conference squad 102-73. Smith also finished second in the three-point shootout to Philadelphia's Dawn Staley.

All-Star Game, 1998-99 ABL
The third annual ABL All-Star Game was scheduled to be played on January 24, 1999 in San Jose. The game was cancelled when the ABL ceased operations in December of 1998.

All-Star Game, 1999 WNBA

The WNBA hosted its inagural All-Star Game on July 14, 1999 at New York's Madison Square Garden. Detroit's Sandy Brondello was named as a reserve to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team where she scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in 11 minutes.

The West won the game 79-61. Future Shock guard Merlakia Jones also played in the game for the East scoring four points, grabbing three rebounds and handing out three assists in 13 minutes as a representative of the Cleveland Rockers. Another future Shock guard, Shannon Johnson, also played in the game scoring eight points, grabbing four rebounds and picking up three steals as a representative of the Orlando Miracle.

All-Star Game, 2000 WNBA

The WNBA hosted its second All-Star game on July 17, 2000 at Phoenix's America West Arena. Detroit's Wendy Palmer was a member of the Eastern Conference squad as she scored three points in 14 minutes in the West's 73-61 win over the East.

Four future Detroit guards - Katie Smith for the West and Andrea Stinson, Merlakia Jones and Shannon Johnson for the East - also participated in the game. Smith was held scoreless in 18 minutes, Stinson scored three points in 13 minutes, Jones scored six points in 14 minutes and Johnson scored six points in 20 minutes.

All-Star Game, 2001 WNBA

The WNBA All-Star Game made its way back to the East Coast for its third annual incarnation as the Orlando Miracle's TD Waterhouse Center played host to the event. The Detroit Shock were not represented on the Eastern Conference's roster, but three future Shock players participated in the game - Katie Smith for the Western Conference and Andrea Stinson and Merlakia Jones for the Eastern Conference.

Smith scored two points in 20 minutes for the West while Stinson scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in 17 minutes and Jones scored a team-high 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in 18 minutes for the East. The West won the game for the third straight season, 80-72.

All-Star Game, 2002 WNBA

Washington's MCI Center played host to the fourth WNBA All-Star Game and for the second year in a row, the Shock were not represented. Future Shock guards Andrea Stinson and Shannon Johnson participated for the Eastern Conference and Katie Smith appeared for the West.

Stinson scored nine points in 20 minutes, Johnson scored six points and handed out three assists in 20 minutes and Smith scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in 11 minutes as the West won for the fourth straight time, 81-76.

All-Star Game, 2003 WNBA

The WNBA All-Star Game returned to Madison Square Garden on July 12, 2003 as the West ran its winning streak to five games, 84-75. Swin Cash, Deanna Nolan and Cheryl Ford were all named as reserves to the Eastern Conference squad. Future Shock guard Shannon Johnson joined them in the East, and future Shock guard Katie Smith was a reserve for the West.

Nolan scored 15 points and grabbed six rebounds in 22 minutes, while Cash chipped in six points and Ford was held scoreless. Smith scored two points in 15 minutes for the victors, while Johnson handed out two assists in two minutes of action for the East.

All-Star Game, 2005 WNBA

The Shock became the first WNBA team to have four players participate in the same All-Star game on July 9, 2005, but even that couldn't stop the Eastern Conference losing skid as the West won 122-99 at Connecticut's Mohegan Sun Arena. Swin Cash and Ruth Riley were both elected starters for the East and Cheryl Ford and Deanna Nolan were added as reserves.

Nolan led the East with 20 points while Riley added 10, Ford scored four and Cash chipped in with two. Future Shock guard Katie Smith scored a game-high 16 points for the West.

All-Star Game, 2006 WNBA

The WNBA celebrated its 10th anniversary by hosting its mid-summer classic at New York's Madison Square Garden for the third time, with the Eastern Conference finally breaking through for the win after six straight losses. Detroit's Katie Smith and Connecticut's Margo Dydek became the first two players in league history to win an All-Star Game with both the Western and Eastern Conferences in the 98-82 victory.

Smith scored 14 points and grabbed four rebounds, Cheryl Ford scored 13 points and grabbed 13 boards and Deanna Nolan scored seven points and handed out seven assists.

All-Star Game, 2007 WNBA

The WNBA All-Star game returned to our nation's capital in 2007 as the eighth WNBA All-Star Game was played at the MCI Center on July 14, 2007. Deanna Nolan, Cheryl Ford and Kara Braxton were all named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team, and Ford was named the MVP of the game after scoring 16 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Nolan scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds while Braxton added four points and four boards.

All-WNBA, 1997 Second Team
Although the Shock was still just a gleam in The Palace's eye at the time, two future Shock players earned All-WNBA Second Team honors during the league's inagural season - Wendy Palmer, with the Utah Starzz, and Andrea Stinson with the Charlotte Sting. Palmer averaged 15.8 points and 8.0 rebounds while Stinson averaged 15.7 points and 4.4 assists.

All-WNBA, 1998 Second Team
During Detroit's inaugural season, Cindy Brown became the first Shock player to make either the All-WNBA First Team or Second Team when she received a Second Team nod for averaging a double-double (11.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg) in 1998. She was joined on the Second Team by future Shock guard Andrea Stinson who averaged 15.0 points and 4.5 assists with the Charlotte Sting.

All-WNBA, 1999 Second Team
The Shock didn't place anybody on the 1999 All-WNBA Second Team, but future Shock guard Shannon Johnson earned a spot as a member of the Orlando Miracle after averaging 14.0 points and 4.4 assists per game.

All-WNBA, 2000 Second Team
The Shock didn't place anybody on the 2000 All-WNBA Second Team, but future Shock guards Katie Smith and Shannon Johnson earned spots as members of the Minnesota Lynx and Orlando Miracle respectively. Smith averaged 20.2 points per game, and Johnson averaged 11.9 points and 5.3 assists.

All-WNBA, 2001 First Team
The Shock were shut out of All-WNBA voting again in 2001, but two future Shock players did earn All-WNBA First-Team honors - Katie Smith with the Minnesota Lynx and Merlakia Jones with the Cleveland Rockers. Smith averaged 23.1 points and set numerous league records during the course of the season while Jones averaged 13.5 points on the year.

All-WNBA, 2002 Second Team
For the third straight season, no members of the Shock were able to crack the league's All-WNBA teams, but future Detroit guards Katie Smith and Shannon Johnson picked up Second Team honor with Minnesota and Orlando respectively. Smith averaged 16.5 points for the season, and Johnson averaged 16.3 points and 5.3 assists.

All-WNBA, 2003 First Team
Future Shock guard Katie Smith made her second appearance on an All-WNBA First Team earning a spot on the 2003 version after averageing 18.2 points per game for the Minnesota Lynx.

All-WNBA, 2003 Second Team
In addition to winning the 2003 WNBA Championship, the Shock were rewarded with three spots on the All-WNBA Second Team as Swin Cash, Cheryl Ford and Deanna Nolan became the first trio of teammates to earn Second Team honors in the same season. Cash averaged 16.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, Ford averaged a double-double with 10.8 points and 10.4 rebounds and Nolan averaged 12.4 points while hitting 42.1 percent of her three-pointers.

All-WNBA, 2004 Second Team
Swin Cash picked up her second straight All-WNBA Second Team honor in 2004 after averaging 16.4 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists.

All-WNBA, 2005 First Team
Deanna Nolan became the first Shock player to receive All-WNBA First Team honors after averaging 15.9 points and 3.7 assists in 2005.

All-WNBA, 2006 Second Team
Cheryl Ford picked up her second All-WNBA Second Team trophy following the 2006 season after she broke the league record for rebounds in a season while averaging 13.8 points and 11.3 rebounds.

All-WNBA, 2007 First Team
Deanna Nolan picked up her second All-WNBA First Team honor after averaging 16.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists.

America West Arena
The Phoenix Mercury called America West Arena home for the first nine years of the team's existence. Prior to the 2006 WNBA Season, America West Arena changed its name to US Airways Center. The Shock were 2-7 at the facility while it was known as America West Arena.

American Airlines Arena
The Miami Sol spent their three seasons in the WNBA playing in America Airlines Arena. The Shock are 1-3 all-time at American Airlines Arena.

American Basketball League (ABL)

The American Basketball League came into existence at the same time as the fledgling WNBA, playing its first season in 1996-97, about six months before the WNBA would tip off. The ABL had eight teams its inaugural season - the Atlanta Glory, Colorado Xplosion, Columbus Quest, New England Blizzard, Portland Power, Richmond Rage, San Jose Lasers and Seattle Reign. The Quest defeated the Rage three games to two to win the first ABL Championship in March of 1997.

Prior to the 1997-98 season the Long Beach Stingrays joined the ABL as an expansion team, while the Rage moved from Richmond to Philadelphia keeping the same nickname. The Columbus Quest repeated as ABL champs in the league's sophomore season topping Long Beach three games to two in March of 1998.

The Chicago Condors and Nashville Noise joined the ABL as expansion teams in 1998 as the franchises in Atlanta and Long Beach disbanded. The ABL as a whole eventually ceased operation on December 22, 1999 just one month into its third season.

Players that played in the ABL and for the Shock include Jennifer Azzi (San Jose, 1996-99), Cindy Brown (Seattle, 1996-97), Anna DeForge (San Jose, 1998-99), Barbara Farris (New England, 1998-99), Kedra Holland-Corn (San Jose, 1997-99), Shannon Johnson (Columbus, 1996-99), Tausha Mills, Astou Ndiaye-Diatta (Seattle, 1997-99), Elaine Powell (Portland, 1997-99) Katie Smith (two time ABL Champion Columbus Quest, 1996-99) and Val Whiting (San Jose, 1996-97; Seattle, 1997-99). Former Shock Assistant Coach Laurie Byrd also played in the ABL with Atlanta (1996-97) and San Jose (1997-98).

Anderson, Ambrosia

The Detroit Shock selected Anderson in the second round (No. 17 overall) in the 2006 WNBA Draft. They traded her to the Minnesota Lynx on draft day in exchange for Jacqueline Batteast. Minnesota waived her on May 9, 2006, and the Connecticut Sun signed her as a free agent two days later. The Sun waived her on June 29, 2006, and she signed with the New York Liberty as a free agent on July 2, 2006.

Anderson, Natasha
After finishing her collegiate career at Clemson, Anderson went undrafted in 1999, signing with the WNBA as a free agent and being assigned to the Shock on May 6, 1999. Detroit waived Anderson on May 27, 1999.

Angelo State University
Angelo State University, a Division II school founded in 1928, produced Isatu Milton who would later be a member of the Shock's 2000 Training Camp roster.

ARCO Arena
The Sacramento Monarchs have called ARCO Arena home since they joined the league in 1997.

Arizona, University Of
The University of Arizona, founded in 1885, first fielded an intercollegiate women's basketball team in 1972-73. They have appeared in seven NCAA Tournaments over the years. DeAngela Minter played for Arizona and the Detroit Shock.

Arkansas, University Of
The University of Arkansas, established in 1871, began its women's basketball program in 1976-77. They have made the NCAA Tournament on nine occasions and the Final Four twice. Amy Wright, who was on the Detroit Shock's 2002 Training Camp roster, attended Arkansas.

AT&T Center
The San Antonio Silver Stars home arena, originally known as the SBC Center, changed names to the AT&T Center prior to the 2006 WNBA Season.

Atlanta Dream

Atlanta joined the WNBA family for the 2008 season and calls Phillips Arena home. In the 2008 WNBA Expansion Draft on February 6, 2008, the Dream selected Katie Feenstra from the Shock roster. They also acquired Ivory Latta in a trade with the Shock in exchange for LaToya Thomas and the 18th pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft.

Atlanta Glory

One of the original eight teams in the American Basketball League, the Glory lasted two seasons in the ABL and produced future Detroit Shock Assistant Coach Laurie Byrd who played the 1996-97 season in Atlanta. Darla Simpson, who was a member of Detroit's 2000 Training Camp roster, also played for the Glory.

Atlanta Hawks

Detroit Shock Assistant Coach and former Pistons Bad Boy Rick Mahorn cut his coaching teeth in part during two seasons as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks. He joined the Hawks staff on June 8, 2000 under Lon Kruger. Atlanta finished 25-57 in 2000-01 and 33-49 in 2001-02.

Auburn University
Auburn University, founded in 1856, first fielded an intercollegiate women's basketball team for the 1971-72 season. Over the years, the Tigers have advanced to 16 NCAA Tournaments and three Final Fours. Carol Smith, who was on the Shock's 2002 Training Camp roster, is an Auburn graduate.

Detroit has had four different players don the Shock uniform who called Australia home - Sandy Brondello, Carla Boyd (Porter), Jae Cross (Kingi) and Rachael Sporn. The land of Oz has been a big player on the women's basketball scene since the mid 90s medaling in the 1996 (bronze), 2000 (silver) and 2004 (silver) Olympics, and the 1994 (silver), 1998 (silver), 2002 (silver) and 2006 (gold) FIBA World Championship For Women.

Azzi, Jennifer (1999)

After a successful career at Stanford University that saw the Cardinal win the 1990 NCAA Championship, Jennifer Azzi began her US professional career in 1996 with the American Basketball League. On June 19 of that year, she made her way to the San Jose Lasers as part of the ABL's Premiere Player Assignments. The ABL ceased operation during the 1998-99 season, and the Detroit Shock selected Azzi in the first round (No. 5 Overall) of the 1999 WNBA Draft.

Azzi only played one season for the Shock before being traded on April 24, 2000 to the Utah Starzz along with the 12th pick in the 2000 WNBA Draft in exchange for the third and eighth picks in the 2000 WNBA draft. She spent four years with the Utah Starzz/San Antonio Silver Stars franchise before retiring in 2004 from competitive play. She particiated in the 2004 Shooting Stars competition as a member of Team San Antonio.

Azzi Bio and Statistics

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