Jia Perkins Re-Signs with San Antonio Silver Stars

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Silver Stars guard Jia Perkins has signed a new multi-year contract, head coach and general manager Dan Hughes announced today. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“I am extremely excited to continue my career with the Silver Stars,” Perkins said. “As a Texas native, I love having the opportunity to stay close to home and I look forward to building on the success we’ve had in San Antonio over the past two seasons.”

The Silver Stars leading scorer off the bench for the past two seasons, Perkins was among the 10 players voted to San Antonio’s All-Decade Team in 2012. The Texas Tech alumnus ranked second in the WNBA in steals to turnover ratio (1.83) and ninth with 1.60 steals per contest last season while averaging 10.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. During her first season in San Antonio she averaged 12.0 points with 3.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.30 steals per game, while ranking fourth in the league with a 1.26 steals to turnover ratio.

“We are excited to have Jia continue to be a vital part of the Silver Stars family moving forward,” Hughes said. “She has been a very effective in whatever role she has been asked to play for us over the past two seasons. She is a true professional.”

Originally selected by Charlotte in the third round (35th overall) of the 2004 WNBA Draft, Perkins spent two seasons with the Sting before joining the Chicago Sky in the 2005 WNBA Expansion Draft. The Granbury, Texas native spent five seasons with the Sky (2006-10) before being acquired by the Silver Stars in a 2010-11 offseason trade in exchange for center Michelle Snow.

A 2009 WNBA All-Star, Perkins ranks 19th among the WNBA all-time leaders with 415 total steals through 266 career games played. She enters 2013 with career averages of 11.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

The Silver Stars tip-off the 2013 season against the defending champion Indiana Fever on Friday, May 24 at the AT&T Center at 7 p.m. Ticket plans for the 2013 season are now available. Visit SASilverStars.com or contact a Silver Stars representative at 210-444-5090 for more information.