Shanna Crossley Discusses Her Trade & More

Two seasons and two knee operations later, Shanna Crossley has found a new home and is primed for a comeback season with the Tulsa Shock.

Two years ago, Crossley tore her left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and after an off-season of recovery; she returned to the court only to tear her meniscus last year in the same left knee.

“The hardest part is the mental aspect, getting the trust back with your knee,” Crossley said. “When I came back from the first injury I thought I was good to go, I thought I was strong. But then my meniscus went and that was the difficult part for me psychologically.”

This past off-season, Crossley honed her workouts to specifically strengthen her left leg. She now feels that her left is stronger than her right and after almost two full years of rehab, she finally feels ready both mentally and physically.

“It took me a while to get back. These last two years have been difficult,” Crossley said. “Finally being healthy now, at this point in my career, being in Tulsa is a much better fit than it would be in San Antonio.”

Crossley, a University of Tennessee graduate, appeared in 19 games last year for the Silver Stars, averaging five points a game in just less than 10 minutes of action. The fourth year pro was a three-point specialist in San Antonio, shooting a blistering 40.2 percent from beyond the arc for her career and an even more impressive 44.4 percent in the 2009 regular season and 50 percent in three playoff games.

“Shooting the ball from the perimeter is my forte,” Crossley said. “I know that we have great athletes on the team that can get up and down the court. I know that’s Coach (Nolan) Richardson’s style of play - penetrate, kick the ball and knock it down. Putting the ball in the hole, that’s my job.”

Despite a new city, logo, team colors and a roster that has been overturned this past off-season, Crossley is not shying away from expectations.

“We are looking to be a force to be reckoned with right from the get go. We are looking forward to Sunday and getting ready to start and having a successful season.”

The Shock open training camp at the Aerobic Center at Oral Roberts University on Sunday, April 25 at 10 a.m.