2009 In Review: Shameka Christon

How those summer months breeze by and another Liberty season is in the books again. As the weather transitions into fall and players begin to part ways en route to off-season endeavors, NYLiberty.com is handing in its season homework – a final report, which takes a look back at how each member of the team faired in the franchise's 13th summer. Today’s chapter of the report looks at forward Shameka Christon.

Season High Category Opp-Date
37 Minutes 5X, 9/4
32* Points ATL, 7/19
10* Rebounds CHI, 8/14
6 Assists 2X, 8/28
3 Steals 4X, 7/22
4 Blocks PHX, 7/26

Season: 6th
Position: Forward
PPG: 16.1*
RPG: 4.9
APG: 1.8
MPG: 31.7

(*) denotes career-high

THE SKINNY: Christon appeared in 32 games with 31 starts, missing two games due to injury and illness. She led the team in scoring 17 times (three more than 2008), rebounds eight times (seven more than 2008) and assists four times (three more than 2008). The sixth-year forward had 15 10-plus point games and 11 20-plus point games, which included her career-high 32 points. There were just seven games when Christon did not post in double figures.

ON THE RISE: The 2009 season saw a slight increase across six statistical categories, most notably her rebounds per game average. This season, Christon averaged 1.9 more boards per game than last year to qualify as the team's second leading rebounder. Her scoring average has also been on the rise since 2007.

BREAKOUT GAME: Difficult to pick out just one breakout game in what could be considered her breakout season. What stands out most is July 19th, the day before being named an All-Star for the first time, Christon surpassed the 2,000-point mark, netted her career high and scored what was the basket that pushed the Liberty ahead to secure the victory.

Review more of Christon's ride through the 2009 season and previous seasons via her WNBA.com Playerfile.

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