Sky Re-Signs Brown And Cronin To Seven Day Contracts

Former Indiana Fever guard Coretta Brown and rookie forward/guard Katie Cronin have been re-signed to seven-day contracts good through July 19. Both players have been attending Sky practices for the past two weeks.

Guard Coretta Brown is entering her fourth season in the WNBA, having spent her first three years with the Indiana Fever. Brown, who was selected 11th overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars in the 2003 WNBA draft, missed much of the 2005 season due to a knee injury. Brown, at 5’9”, has a career average of 4.9 points per game coming into this season. One of her most exciting moments as a pro came on Aug. 11, 2005, when she entered the game against San Antonio in the closing seconds of the first half and sank a 3-pt shot that gave Indiana the lead at half-time.

She is very familiar with Chicago, having played 13 games with the Chicago Blaze from 2004-2005 where she averaged 6.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. In 2003-2004, Brown was selected to the WNBA Select Team that consisted of rookies and other young stars of the league to participate in the FIBA Women’s World Cup. This event was the first-ever World Cup event for women’s basketball.

Brown graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2003, where she majored in African-American studies with a minor in English. She was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team two times, and finished her career with the school record in 3-pt FG (251), a number that is good enough to rank her 3rd in ACC history. Brown also dished out 507 assists as a Tar Heel, marking her 5th in UNC history.

Brown was born in Statesboro, Georgia, and attended Southeast Bulloch High School. She was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Georgia during her senior year in school. While in high school, Brown averaged a remarkable 24.5 ppg, 5.5 rbg and 4.5 apg. She also was named to the Street & Smith’s All-American team two separate times. Brown also was a regional champion in the high jump on her high school track and field team.

Katie Cronin has been playing for the Colorado Chill of the National Women’s Basketball League (NWBL) for the past three years. The six-foot guard led the Chill in blocks, defensive rebounds and minutes played and has a career average of 14.4 points per game in the NWBL, and in 18 games in 2006, she averaged 18.5 ppg.

Cronin signed with the Sky on July 5th, and will saw her first ever action in the WNBA with the team. She has also played professionally overseas, playing for Freiburg Division Germany from 2001-2002. She played for the First Division of Israel Basketball Association in 2000.

Cronin attended Colorado State University, graduating in 1999 and earning her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. She led the Rams to three NCAA Tournament appearances, and ranks second all-time at Colorado State with 1,881 points and 232 steals and third all-time with 857 rebounds. Cronin was named to the All-Western Athletic Conference first-team three times, and was named to the Kodak All-American Honorable Mention team twice.

Cronin is from Brighton, Colorado, and attended High School at Horizon, in Thornton, CO. She also has worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Triple Crown Sports, as an assistant coach at Santa Clara University from 2002-2003, and was also an assistant at Seton Hall from 2001-02. Katie loves to work out, shop and spend time with her family and friends.