Season in Review: Shameka Christon
It's hard to believe, but the Liberty is now well into its 2006 off-season. The 10th Anniversary came and went this summer, and the team has parted ways as players have headed off to their respective off-season locations. We know you miss the team as much as we do, so join us as we take a look back at how some of your favorite Liberty players fared this season. This time: Shameka Christon.
Third Year Was a Charm. In her third season with the Liberty, Shameka Christon set new career highs in 12 out of 15 statistical categories. Most notably, she finished 2006 averaging career bests in minutes per game, 3 point field goals made, rebounds per game, assists per game, blocks per game and points per game. Christon went from a career high two blocks in a single game to six. She also improved her career high in points from 19 to 25. High Five Among the Team. Christon is ranked in the top five on the Liberty in five statistical categories. She led the team in blocks per game (1.24), and is second on the team in points per game (12.4), behind only Becky Hammon (14.7). When it comes to dishing assists, Christon ranks fourth on the team, with an average of 1.3 per game. She also ranked fifth in both free throw percentage (.825) as well as rebounds (3.53). Proved to Be a Top Ten Talent. Christon is not only a top ranked player on the Liberty, but sits among the top 10 in several statistical categories in the WNBA as well. She ranks sixth in the WNBA in three-point field goal attempts (156), and ranks seventh in both blocks (42.0) and blocks per game (1.2). To go along with those three-point field goal attempts, Christon ranks ninth in the league in three-pointers made (52.0). Was a Blocking Machine. Christon significantly improved her shot blocking ability this season. Christon finished 2006 with a career best 1.24 blocks per game, compared to just .560 in 2005 and .270 in 2004. She led the team in blocks per game despite being only 6’1”. Was In It For The Long Haul. Christon was one of only five players on the team to play in all 34 regular season games in 2006. In addition, she was one of only two players, along with Barbara Farris, to start in every game in 2006. Was a Star Off the Court. Christon has not only had a major impact for the Liberty on the court, but has also shown that she is a star off of the court as well. On August 10, Christon, along with teammate Backy Hammon, visited the “Play and Learn Center” at the Life Shelter in lower Manhattan to pass out school supplies that had been collected prior to the August 8 game. Then Christon and Hammon also signed autographs, shared their favorite school memories and took the time to emphasize the importance of education. Raised Her Game. Every year, Christon has not only significantly increased her blocks, but points per game as well, giving meaning to the Liberty’s 2006 theme "Raising the Game." In 2004, her rookie year, she averaged 5.8 ppg, followed by 9.1 ppg her sophomore year. Now, at the end of her third year with the Liberty, she averaged 12.4 ppg. Imagine what she has in store for 2007.
Next up: Barbara Farris