Sky Selects Zara in Expansion Draft
Zara, who signed with the Storm as a free agent on May 17, 2005, was one of four Storm players to appear in all 34 games as a rookie, starting four. Zara averaged 2.6 points, 1.5 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game, ranking fifth amongst WNBA rookies in assist average, ninth in steals (0.5) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.24). She scored a career-high nine points on June 8 at Detroit, making her first WNBA start in place of an injured Sue Bird. She handed out a career-high five assists on Aug. 25 vs. Sacramento.
A native of Italy, Zara came to the WNBA with extensive Italian League experience. She currently plays for Phard Napoli, which won the 2005 FIBA EuroCup. She is the first Storm player ever lost to an Expansion Draft.
Chicago had the right to acquire one player from each of the 13 WNBA teams. Each team had designated a maximum of six players who would not be available for selection in the Expansion Draft.
The Sky, the WNBA's 14th franchise, joins the Charlotte Sting, Connecticut Sun, Detroit Shock, Indiana Fever, New York Liberty and Washington Mystics in the Eastern Conference. Home games will be played at the UIC Pavilion, located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The Seattle Sonics & Storm manages the Puget Sound region’s professional basketball franchises – the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics and the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. The organization oversees all sales, marketing, finance, public relations and basketball operations for the teams. The Basketball Club of Seattle LLC owns both teams.