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AUBURN HILLS, MI - April 13, 2005 - Detroit Shock Head Coach Bill Laimbeer announced today that the franchise has acquired former Indiana Fever guard Niele Ivey. Ivey, who has spent her entire four-year WNBA career with Indiana, signed an offer sheet with the Shock as a restricted free agent that the Fever elected not to match. Ivey, 5-7, holds career averages of 3.5 points, 1.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 18.8 minutes in 105 games, 71 as a starter. She was a teammate of Shock center Ruth Riley on the 2001 Notre Dame NCAA Championship team.

“We signed Niele to bolster our guard core,” Laimbeer said. “I especially like her steady play, three-point range and veteran experience. In addition, she obviously went to one of the best universities in the United States (Notre Dame).”

Ivey averaged 2.3 points, 1.2 assists and 11.9 minutes in 15 games last season, one as a starter. She had her best statistical season in the WNBA in 2003 when she averaged 5.0 points, 1.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.07 steals and 24.1 minutes in 27 games, 21 as a starter. She also shot 39.3% (33-84) from beyond the three-point arc. Her 105 games in a Fever uniform are second-most in franchise history.

Named third team All-American during her senior season at Notre Dame (2000-01), Ivey won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, presented to the nation’s most outstanding female senior player standing 5-8 or under. She also became the 17th Irish player to score 1,000 career points.