Summer Of Shameka
In the world of Liberty, 2009 had the "Summer of Shameka."
New York's tri-captain racked up the accomplishments this season, her sixth year as a professional, to make for a memorable summer. In honor of her latest achievement - scoring an invitation to the USA Women's National Team Training Camp - NYLiberty.com is looking at the season that put Christon amongst the WNBA's elite talent.
Following a 21-point, four-rebound performance in our nation's capital just two days earlier, Shameka Christon entered an exclusive club in franchise history on July 19th to become just the fourth Liberty player to do so. Needing 23 points to notch her 2,000th career-point, she turned in a career-high 32 points, which included a three-pointer from way beyond-the-arc that pushed New York past Atlanta for the third straight time on the season.
The next day, the WNBA awarded Christon with the Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor for the second time in her career. While averaging 19 points per game (fourth in the WNBA at the time) through the first 12 match-ups of the summer, the WNBA honored Christon with her first All-Star bid. In that game, on July 25th at Mohegan Sun, the Hot Springs, AK native poured in 12 points, grabbed three rebounds, handed out four assists and blocked one shot in 22 minutes.
Riding a win, the Liberty returned to Madison Square Garden from its longest road trip of the season to face off against the Sky on August 14th. New York struggled in the first half, trailing by as many as 28 points, but roared back in the second half behind the play of its All-Star. The Garden crowd erupted as Christon netted 19 of her game-high 25 points in the third quarter to pull the Liberty within nine points. Those 19 points established a new individual high for a New York player in a quarter. Although the rally was not enough to top Chicago, New York's veteran forward helped build momentum for the Liberty's next outing just two days later, which resulted in a victory.
Christon finished the summer averaging a career-best and team-high 16.1 points per game along with a career-best 4.9 rebounds per game. She posted in double figures 26 times, with 11 20-plus point games and 15 10-plus point games. Christon led the Liberty in points 17 times, rebounds eight times and assists four times.
With steady improvement of play for No. 20 over the past three seasons, New York and the Liberty faithful are eagerly looking forward to more of her future and the team's success.
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