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Essence Carson's Bio

About Essence Carson

CAREER CAPSULE:

Selected to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game … Ranks seventh in Liberty history with 1,501 career points … Has scored in double figures in 68 career games, including eight 20-point games … Made four postseason appearances … Selected in the first round (7th overall) of the 2008 WNBA Draft.

2017 (Los Angeles): Played 24 games and started in 14 of those games… Averaged 19.3 mpg, 4.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.2 apg and 0.63 spg… Had three games in which she scored 10 points+… Essence Carson had a season high 33 minutes, 15 points and 5 rebounds @ Indiana on 5/24… Missed seven games with right elbow strain and two games with groin pull.

2016 (Los Angeles): Played and started in all 34 games for the Sparks… Averaged 8.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.5 apg and 1.0 spg in her first season with Los Angeles… Led the team in free throw percentage (.891), but didn’t have enough attempts to qualify for the WNBA leader board…

2015 (New York): Won the WNBA Community Assist Award presented by State Farm for the month of June; second time in her career she has earned the Community Assist award…  Appeared in 33 games and started 28…Averaged 7.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.2 assist and 19.9 minutes per game…Playoff averages of 4.2 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game… Season high of 16 points against San Antonio off the bench, 7-12 FG in 18 minutes (7/15) … Scored 14 points against Indiana (6/19) and went 3-for-3 from 3-point range… Career high of 7 assists against Chicago (6/30)…Played a season-high 32 minutes, finishing with 9 points and 4 assist in a win over Los Angeles (6/28) … Season-best 3 steals in a win over Seattle (7/21)… Came off the bench to score 9 points in a win at Washington in the Eastern Conference Semifinals (9/20)… Came off the bench to hit a three and finish with 7 points in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals at Indiana (9/27)… Had 6 games scoring in double figures.

2014 (New York): Played in 26 games with 11 starts in first season back from torn ACL … Averaged 3.3 points and 1.7 rebounds … Scored in double-digits in two games …Had third highest free throw percentage of her career (83.3%).. Had a season-high of 14 points at Minnesota (5/24).

2013 (New York): Appeared in four games with four starts … Averaged 14.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists through four games … Missed remainder of 2013 season due to torn left anterior cruciate ligament during game at Atlanta (6/7) … Underwent successful surgery on June 26 to repair torn left ACL.

2012 (New York): Appeared in 34 games with 23 starts … Averaged 11.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists … Scored in double figures in 20 games, including three 20-point games … Had one double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds at Chicago (7/6) … The 11 rebounds established a career high … Set career high with six assists vs. Washington (9/1) … Made her fourth playoff appearance.

2011 (New York): Appeared in 32 games. Averaged 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists … Scored in double figures in 19 games, including two 20-point contests … Tied her career-highs for rebounds and assists, registering eight rebounds (ATL, 6/14 and CON, 8/18) and five assists (@CHI, 6/17 and ATL, 7/13) … Selected to represent the Eastern Conference in the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game … Made her third career playoff appearance.

2010 (New York): Appeared in 34 games … Averaged 3.7 points and 1.6 rebounds … Reached double figures in season opener with 11 points against Chicago (5/16) … Registered 5-plus points in 13 games.

2009 (New York): Appeared in 34 games with 34 starts … Scored 10-plus points 17 times and 20-plus points twice … Grabbed five or more rebounds three times … Led the team in scoring six times and rebounds three times.

2008 (New York): Appeared in 34 games with 30 starts … Scored 10-plus points in eight games … Led the team in scoring twice and rebounding once … PLAYOFFS: Appeared in and started all six games, averaging 16.8 mpg and 5.7 ppg across the two series … Scored team and career-high 15 points in decisive Game 3 of Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against Connecticut.

COLLEGE:

Graduated 17th on Rutgers’ all-time scoring chart and 12th on all-time rebounding list… Averaged 9.5 ppg and 5.3 rpg for career … Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year for three straight seasons … Earned All-BIG EAST Second Team in 2008; All-BIG EAST First Team, BIG EAST All-Tournament team honoree, Greensboro Regional All-Tournament Team, Kodak/WBCA Region I All-American, first team Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association selection and preseason Wade Watch list in 2007; Achieved a spot on the All-BIG EAST Second Team and the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) All-Second Team in 2006; Named to the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association (MBWA) All-Second Team and a BIG EAST Academic All-Star in 2005.

PERSONAL
Born in Paterson, NJ … Nickname is E … Daughter of Stacey Robinson and the late Joseph Carson … Second of three children … Plays the piano, bass guitar, drums and saxophone, and produces music off the court … Favorite singer is Mariah Carey … Psychology major with a music minor at Rutgers … Graduated from the Rosa Parks School for Fine and Performing Arts in her hometown, but competed athletically at Paterson Eastside High School … Was an all-state volleyball player and ran track for the first time in the spring of 2004, winning the state 400-meter title … Has a pug named Champ.

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