Michelle Snow: Leader
Michelle Snow continued to add to her already impressive WNBA career in 2011, averaging 5.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game for the Chicago Sky. Snow was a new addition to the Sky this season, but is no stranger to the WNBA as she finished her tenth season in the league this year. Snow, who was acquired by the Sky on April 20 in exchange for guard Jia Perkins, was exactly what the Sky needed adding another big body down low with Center Sylvia Fowles. Snow is known around the league for her dominating and aggressive play inside, while also being able to step back and be lights out from 15-feet.
“When you have a balance in the post like that you have to play us honest,” said Snow, when asked about the balance between her and Fowles on June 17. “If you don’t the player who is open is going to take that shot, and we have the people who are capable of doing that. It just creates a great inside-outside game. We can pound it inside, if you play off the high post, if you play off the guards we can knock that shot down.”
Snow and Fowles were the perfect combination in the post this season. The two combined for 882 points, 560 rebounds and 112 blocked shots. The Sky as a team this season blocked 185 shots, becoming only the 2nd team in WNBA history to reach 180 blocks.
Snow played in all 36 games in 2011 and started in 30. One of Snow’s best games came on June 23 against the Connecticut Sun, where she pulled in a career high 16 defensive rebounds and scored 12 points in the thrilling double OT win at Allstate Arena. At the end of the season Snow ranked 15th in rebounds per game (6.3) and 6th in blocked shots (1.29) in the WNBA.
Snow added even more to her list of accomplishments this season on August 23 against the Atlanta Dream. Snow played her 205th consecutive game passing Tamika Whitmore for the 13th longest streak in WNBA history.