“One of our needs from the guard spot is perimeter scoring and Allison Curtin can shoot the ball deep,” said Laimbeer, who has now added a total of seven new players to the Shock’s roster within the last five days. “She can handle the ball, is a very aggressive player and will fit right in with what we are trying to get accomplished with our guard-core. Another of our keys this year is to get bigger on the front-line and I believe Petra fills that need, as she is a good rebounder who plays outstanding defense. Quarles is extremely quick and can play both the one and two positions.”
The 5-11 Curtin, selected by the Houston Comets with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2003 WNBA Draft, averaged 23.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, and 4.6 apg during her senior season at Tulsa. A native of Taylorville, Illinois, she was 2002-03 Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American. The 6-4 Ujhelyi (ooh-e-a-ee), selected by the Mercury with the 16th overall pick in the 2003 WNBA Draft, averaged 8.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 bpg, and 1.6 spg during her senior season at South Carolina. A native of Budapest, Hungary, she finished as the SEC’s 2002-03 regular season leading rebounder (9.3 rpg) and as a senior broke the USC record for defensive rebounds in a season (198). The 5-8 Quarles (core-ulls), selected by the Mercury in the third round of the 2003 WNBA Draft (31st overall), averaged 15.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, and 2.7 apg during her senior season at the University of Virginia. Quarles led the Cavaliers in scoring and recorded double-digit scoring efforts in 27 out of 30 games.
“Dominique Canty was a fine player for the Detroit Shock the past four seasons, as were Edwina Brown (three seasons) and Lenae Williams (one season),” said Laimbeer. “At this time our team is going in a different direction and we wish them all the best as their careers continue in Houston and Phoenix.”
Canty, drafted in the third round (#29 overall) of the 1999 WNBA Draft, averaged 7.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, and 2.4 apg in 114 games in a Shock uniform, including 68 starts. Brown, selected with the third overall pick in the 2000 WNBA Draft, averaged 5.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, and 2.4 apg in three seasons with the Shock, starting 28 games. Williams, chosen with the 18th overall pick in the second round of the 2002 WNBA Draft, averaged 2.7 ppg in 27 games off the bench during her WNBA rookie season.
The Shock will introduce its training camp roster at the team’s 2003 Media Day (Friday, May 2nd beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the Pistons Practice Facility). Detroit’s 2003 preseason, which begins Tuesday, May 6th at the Minnesota Lynx, includes an off-site home game Wednesday, May 14th at the Birch Run Expo Center versus Minnesota, and concludes Sunday, May 18th at the Cleveland Rockers. The Shock opens its 2003 WNBA regular season at The Palace Saturday, May 31st at 7:30 p.m. versus the Charlotte Sting.